The Christian Home (4)
God instituted marriage and He intended every house to be a sweet and peaceful home. Most Christians dream of a sweet home, a place where joy, peace, prosperity and fruitfulness abound. But they are not ready to pay the price it takes for their dreams to find fulfillment. That is why I want to show you some power for accomplishment.
Prayer: Prayer is a vital tool in the home. As a married man or woman, you have a higher level of unity with your spouse than any two friends can ever have. Your union is recognized and sanctioned by God. So when you offer prayers to God on any issue at all, He honours your request. The Word of God says: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 18:19).
The key word in the verse quoted above is "agree". When a man and his wife agree, tremendous power is released for the accomplishment of their desires. But if they do not agree, their prayers are hindered. The Word of God says: …That your prayers be not hindered (1 Peter 3:7).
So, one of the reasons the enemy puts disagreement between couples is so that he can rob them of this prayer advantage. The Word of God says: And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). God, your spouse and you form a three-fold cord that is not quickly broken. So, as you co-operate with God to establish His purpose for marriage in your home, He honours your family, by ensuring that whatever you desire concerning your home and children is established.
Prayer can bring that change you have long awaited in your home. Elisha was an ordinary human being like you and I. But with prayer, he was able to change the climate conditions of a nation as and when desired. Maybe, you have been going through a season of drought and dryness in your home, earnest, heartfelt prayers can change it to a season of refreshing, fruitfulness and plenty.
Your prayers can bring changes to the lives of your spouse and children, because the Bible says: For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy (1 Corinthians 7:14).
Look at this sister's testimony: "When we were preparing for the Women's Convention, I prayed to God and told Him I wanted my own family renewed. My husband was not saved then, and I did not want to be called the wife of an unbeliever again. So, I told God that, and He did a great thing in my life. God changed my husband!
During one of the all -night prayer meetings, my husband decided to go with me to the church. He gave his life to Christ that day, and has now stopped smoking! He is a brand new person!" - Efemuaye, L.
Why not take advantage of this powerful weapon of prayer? You will see every unpleasant situation in your marriage and home turn around for good. God is on your side!
Another way which you can obtain power is through Word study. Locate what the Word of God says concerning any issue of your life and home. God has made available His Word to you, but you must be able to sit down and locate your place in it. The Word of God says: And I wept much, because no man was found to open and to read the book… (Revelation 5:4). Until the Book is opened, weeping continues. God is not moved by your tears; He is moved by His Word. You can neither use your tear to harass God, nor bribe Him by weeping. You only gain access to His blessings by the understanding and application of His Word.
Fill your heart with the Word of truth. Let the Word of God be your guiding light. Open The Book and let every shame roll away. Enough of guess work, enough of trials and errors. Invest in anointed books of proven men of God, whose lives and testimonies are real, bow down and devour them. Saturate your spirit-man with the Word of God. The Word of God says: Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
The only way to avoid shame is to study. If you don't want reproach to continually hang around you, study. God says the only way out of shame, is to study and apply yourself to the Word of truth. Are you having problems in any area of life? Sit down with your Bible and anointed books.
Friend, it's time to retrace your steps to the study of the Word of God. Shame is not a thing of glory; it is a reproach. There is no testimony in shame, don't allow it to hang around you any further. Delve into the Word of God, today, and be free from every form of shame. Fix your eyes on the Word.
In the natural, if you fix your eyes on a particular object consistently for a long time, the object tends to look bigger in your eyes. The more you look at the object, the bigger it seems. It's the same with the Word of God. As you keep your focus on the Word, it is magnified more than your physical problems, and eventually, it swallows up these problems one by one until you see them no more. So, as you focus on the Word, keep meditating on what you have seen, apply it to your situation and circumstances, and let those words form a pattern for your living. I see you moving from glory to glory this year in your home and family, in Jesus' name!
You need to give your life to Christ in order to have access to true power. If you are not yet a child of God and you want to do so today, could you please say this prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. 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:
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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)