Renewing Your Marital Relationship
You are welcome to this glorious and exciting moment in God's presence. As you pay rapt attention to God's Word concerning your marriage today, Him hands shall rest upon your marriage.
This month, we shall be looking at this all-important subject, Renewing Your Marital Relationship. To renew your marital relationship, one of the things that must be in place is your Expectation.
Every man sets a stage for his miracle. It is your expectation that gets fulfilled. One key factor for the miraculous is expectation. Do you totally and truly believe Him? Don't you doubt Him somewhere in your heart saying, "I tried everything….but nothing worked. I never saw anything. I am tired. I don't think it will work."
Don't' be offended in God, for the fact that you still have the breath of life. Express your mind to God. Say, "Lord God, I thank You. I know You are forever faithful. Thank You for the gift of life. That I still have a mind to know what I could not get last year, and I am still alive today to approach You, I appreciate You. You have even promised me a glorious and fulfilling year ahead of me. I know You will do it."
Forget about old things; they are old. God will do a new thing in your family, this year, which will make you live everyday of your life thanking Him. God is set, but you have to be set too. To be set, you must determine to do some things, especially, if a successful home is what you desire this year.
Husband, can you see a turnaround in the character of your wife? Can you see your children obedient and God-fearing? Can you see abundance of peace, joy and harmony in your home? Wife, what do you see? Do you see your husband turning from his sinful habits to pleasing God this year? Do you see his business going up, and he begins to provide more for the family? Can you see serenity in your home? As far as you can see, it shall be given to you. It is only what you see that you can possess.
Stop seeing the negative. Stop seeing your business going down, because of economic meltdown. Stop deducing reasons why you think things won't work out well in your family. Stop celebrating failure. Believe God and let it be counted to you for righteousness. If God has said what He will do, let it be settled in your heart and in your actions, that He will do it. He is not a liar!
Many years ago, I made up my mind to believe God's Word in Proverbs 4:18. I have never had cause to doubt it. No last year has been better than the current one for me and my family. In fact, my present position as at today, is the least I can ever be. God is ever faithful. Friend, see good and you shall have good. See no lack around you this year, and you shall walk in abundance. God will see to it that His Word does not fall to the ground in your own life. Choose to believe God and you will have no occasion to regret.
See with your eyes of faith. Walk by faith and not by sight. Don't determine the happenings in your home this year by the environment. See into the plans of God for your life and family life, and assure yourself of the best of times ahead.
Someone once came to me for counselling, and had been having a very tough time in her marriage. As she spoke, I discovered that the root cause of her problems was her wrong idea about marriage. She had expected grief and calamity. So, when the storms rose against her marriage, she began to say, "They told me it will be like this."
You must first desire a tower, before you can plan to build one. Don't enter into marriage without an expectation. The Word of God says: For surely there is an end; and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18). What you expect is what you will get. Like God's servant, Bishop Oyedepo would always say, "Expectation is the mother of manifestation."
God has promised to grant your expectations, whether good or bad. So, let your expectations be based on God's Word, for it is higher than any evil experience or information you may have had or heard about marriage.
If you are already married, there is still an opportunity for you to change all your negative expectations. As a couple, discuss your positive expectations and I guarantee that things will work out more smoothly in your home.
As single persons, what do you expect in marriage? Your expectations shall not be cut off! Before my husband and I got married, we made discoveries from God's Word that made us expect a hitch-free marriage. Till today, those expectations have not been cut off. If you expect the best, it will be yours!
A right expectation begins with being connected to God. You get connected by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. That is what being born again is all about. If you are ready to be born again, please say this prayer: Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations! You are now born again! Till I come your way next time, please call or write, and share your testimonies with me through: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel. No: 234-1-7747546-8; 07026385437; 07094254102
For more insight, these books authored by Pastor Faith Oyedepo are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all the Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work and Building a Successful Family.