Excerpts from ‘The Good Father’.

21st
Century fathers need engage physical battles to protect their children, but they
must also keep watch over them, to secure their spiritual well-being. The enemy they must protect
their children from
is Satan, Lucifer, Accuser of brethren He is the
spirit that deceived Eve at Eden, that tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness,
and continues to taunt His followers. The word of God warns us that‘…we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.’
Eph.6:12.
That the machinations of the enemy are both physical and spiritual is exposed
by Jesus’ parable of the Sower:

‘……The kingdom of heaven is like a man who
sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed
tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and
produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
Mt.13:24-26.
Jesus meant to teach wisdom, therefore the believing father need pay attention,
to know and understand the enemy of his posterity.

The
Sower, God; the field, the world; the wheat, sons of God; the tares sons of the
devil; and the enemy, the devil. Just as did God, the devil has planted sons on
earth: the wheat and the tares will co-exist. The propagator of wickedness is a
copycat; he needs men, the ones with dominion on earth, to effectively
manifest. In the days of Daniel, the angel that was sent to respond to his
prayer was withstood for twenty-one days by the ‘prince of the kingdom of Persia’ – the devil. Michael, another
angel, ‘one of the chief princes’ came
to help, but still the messenger ‘remained’
with the ‘kings of Persia’ – menDan.10:13.Princes are angels, Kings are men: the spiritual and the physical are most
effective when they collaborate.

Fathers,
focus on the protection of your wards for Satan has no respect for the physical
boundaries you set around them. He is like a roaring lion, looking everywhere
for whom to devour1Pet.5:8.
You must develop sensitivity to his devices, so that you can counter his moves
against you; he is a spirit, a fallen angel working with and through human
beings against you. But you’ve got to recognize him first! This requires
sensitivity in the spirit – a function of constant fellowship with God.

War
is inevitable in the life of the believer. Therefore God teaches you to war; so
that your hands can bend bows of steel; you pursue your enemies and do not turn
back until they are destroyed, wounded and not able to rise again, fallen under
your feet2Sam.22:35-49.
All of this is achieved in the spirit realm. God is your stronghold, the One
who cannot be brought downPs.18:2.
By Him, you have strength for battle, to cause those who rise against you to be
subduedPs.18:39.
Like David, who knew that the battle against him was against the Lord, the
believing father need be aware that the arsenal at his disposal has nothing to
do with sword or spear1Sam.17:47.Else he will lack confidence, even be afraid, on the day of battle. Know this:
the day of battle will surely come, and every man will wage his own war by wise
counselProv.24:6a.
Wisdom, not strength is required, for by strength can no man prevail: ‘A wise man is strong. Yes, a man of
knowledge increases strength
Prov.24:5.Strength for battle increases as you mature in knowledge of God, His word.

How then is the enemy to be resisted? Scripture has
the answer.