The Death of the Family

In His Presence: Colossians 1:9

“I will put enmity between [the serpent] and the woman” (Genesis 3:15).

When Satan wanted to instigate mankind’s rebellion against God, he went to the woman to undermine the man’s God-given authority. He approached Eve rather than Adam at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to discuss what God said about the tree.

Eve responded to Satan’s prompts by taking up the position of the spiritual guide for her family. Eve made the decision about the direction the family would move. Adam became the follower. Eve ate the fruit and gave it to her husband. We know that Adam was with her; he heard the conversation Eve had with the serpent and did not interpose God’s viewpoint. Eve became the initiator and Adam became the responder. Their roles were reversed.

When a man gives up the biblical headship of his family, especially in the spiritual realm, there is a death in the relationship. Satan has become an expert in getting men to forsake their biblical roles because he knows if he can get the man out of his leadership role, the family will be weakened. We think conflict in the family is about differing personalities, or about finances, or how to rear our children. But the underlying cause is the death of the spiritual state in the home. The roles have been reversed, and man has forsaken the spiritual mantle God gave to all men.

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When the husband and/or wife have rebelled against God in some way, death takes hold of family relationships.

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