MARRIAGE: A GARDEN OF TREASURES (2)
Dear Reader, Welcome to this week's edition of Family Success. Last week, I started a teaching revealing the treasures in the marriage garden as designed by God Himself. I know that you have already started enjoying the treasures in your marriage in Jesus' name.
This week, we shall be examining more of these treasures and some tools needed for cultivating the marriage garden.
God said in Genesis 2:10: …And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted and became into four heads. Another treasure found in the garden planted by God is the river. Rivers are of tremendous benefit to man. From them, you get water for drinking, bathing and washing purposes. Rivers can also be used for irrigation, making all-year-round farming possible.
Water in Bible terms also represents the presence of the Holy Spirit (John 7:38). Lack of water can cause death by thirst. Don't die of thirst in your marriage, when there are lots of thirst-quenching rivers in it. It is thirst in marriage that makes couples prefer staying away from home, rather than enjoying their homes with their families.
I know of a man who prefers to stay back in the office after closing hours, rather than go home. It is not because he has work to do, but to keep away from home and have some peace. The home atmosphere was not what it ought to be. You can purpose to make the atmosphere in your home the best for the Holy Spirit, as well as for your spouse and children.
To the glory of God, my husband and I receive a lot of inspiration from the Holy Spirit, right inside our home. More often than not, a greater percentage of instructions we have received for our ministry to date, were received right at home. Make the atmosphere of your home a conducive one.
The river also can be used to generate power in the natural. In marriage, this implies that all-round power, spiritually, physically, materially, financially and socially is additional treasure. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says: Two are better than one… In addition, inside rivers are precious treasures, such as mineral deposits that can yield prosperity when properly traded with. That is why Isaiah 60:5 says: … The abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee. When you handle marriage in the scriptural way, you are bound to prosper in all areas of your life.
Tapping the best that the marriage garden has to offer, demands a total obedience to God's commandments concerning marriage. He has also made available several tools, for the man and woman to best accomplish the task of cultivating and keeping their marriage gardens. The most important tool given to the man, as a vital instrument for digging out the treasures in marriage, is the tool of love. God, Himself, used this tool in John 3:13 and commanded that man uses the same tool in Ephesians 5:25. The only type of love that can stand the test of time and dig out the treasures in the garden, is the God-kind of love, the unconditional love. There is no woman who does not respond to love. Even if she does not respond at first, keep loving her and very soon you will be amazed at the warmth and closeness it will generate.
For the woman, the tool of submission has been given to her by God to bring out the treasures in her marriage garden (Ephesians 5:22). Her effective use of this tool will bring the treasures of unity, genuine care, strength and covering upon her from the marriage garden. A rebellious and non-submissive woman is alone. She will have to struggle to take decisions on her own and to see to their execution. Such a woman has removed her covering and can expect unprecedented attacks.
Complete obedience to the tools given by God and a practical use of them, will guarantee your enjoyment of the treasures in your garden. This testimony is a proof of this fact: "When I was ready for marriage, I noticed that some things were working against me, but I was not a serious Christian then.
However, when I dedicated my life fully to Jesus Christ in 1992, it became obvious that I lacked wisdom, counsel and I was emotionally immature. My obedience to the different ministrations I have received here has made my life and marriage to have meaning and direction.
Now my marriage is established and I am free from all manner of oppressions of the wicked. My family has increased remarkably and I now apply myself to the wisdom of God that He has imparted on me, by reason of the teachings and ministrations I get here!"
You too can rededicate your life by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord, as this will enable you to understand and obey His commandments with ease. If you will like to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ, please say this prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your blood. Deliver me form sin and Satan to serve the living God. I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your kingdom.
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus' Name!
Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Tel. No: 08141320204; 07026385437; 07094254102
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Making Marriage Work, Marriage Covenant, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).