MANAGING YOUR HOME 2
Last week, we learnt man's placement in the home. God designed marriage and family life to be successful. Well, you may say that every family has its own problems, but that is not necessarily the truth. From searching the scriptures, I have evidence to back up my claims that it is quite possible to have a hitch-free family here on earth. It is possible!
This week, we shall be looking at those scriptural evidences briefly.
After the fall of man, NOAH's family was the first to distinguish itself in an evil generation. He was such a successful married man that God singled him and all the members of his family out, in the midst of destruction. God's Word says: And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation (Genesis 7:1).
It is amazing that a man can succeed in family life, even before the dispensation of grace. That is to say that even before the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the era of grace, a man had won God's favour by his commitment to his family. God's Word says: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8).
If Noah could make it, then you and I have no excuse to fail in our families. There is no reason for pressure, tension, or frustration because Jesus has already paid the price. He was our perfect substitute. He has been wounded, bruised, beaten, humiliated, spat on, etc, so that we may enjoy glory and honour in our homes. That is why no man has any excuse for beating his wife. None whatsoever! In as much as you cannot beat yourself for inefficiency in any circumstance.
ABRAHAM, the father of Nations, was a very successful married man. In those days when the law had not been delivered, Abraham was still faithful to his barren wife. Even before he became the friend of God, he had a successful marriage. His contact with God did not reduce his commitment to his family, rather it enhanced it.
He was a man God could count on to command his family to follow after Him. God's Words says: For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him (Genesis 18:19).
If truly we are children of Abraham, it should be for us ‘like father, like son'. That's why Isaiah 51:2 says: Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
It is time to resemble our father, Abraham, not only in a life of faith but faithfulness to build our families following God's blueprint. If Abraham did not have problems in his family, you should not import problems to your family. It is about time you walked in the footsteps of your father. If he made it, so will you!
SIMON PETER, one of the foremost apostles and right-hand man to Jesus, during his earthly walk, was a successful married man. God's Word says: Have not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? (1 Corinthians 9:5).
It is possible to doubt whether Peter was married or not, because there is no record of a day his wife came to the crusade ground to challenge him for not fulfilling his marital obligations! I believe that one major reason he could fulfil his course with joy was because he had peace at home. His marriage was not an obstacle to his ministry or vice versa.
If Peter could make it in spite of the tight schedule Jesus ran, we have no reason to fail. God's Word says: And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them (Matthew 8:14-15).
These are proofs that success in family life is a reality, and only fools doubt proofs. So, we have a responsibility to apply ourselves to the principles of God's Word, which form the blueprint for marital success. Marital success shall be your portion in Jesus' name!
If you are not born again, you cannot be entitled to the peaceful married life that God has reserved for His children. You become born again by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you desire to be born again, say this simple prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I believe You died and rose on the third day. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your Precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now, I know I am a child of God.
Congratulations! You are now born-again! Till I come your way next time, please call or write, and share your testimonies with me through: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com OR 07026385437 and 08141320204
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all the Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Family, The Effective Minister's Wife, and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).