‘’When a marriage is working and successful, it is because the man and woman involved are obeying God’s instructions for marriage. Where the marriage is not working, it is because the covenant is being violated either by the man or the woman or both of them. God is never at fault.’’ – Dr. D.K. Olukoya – General Overseer, Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries.
THE FAMILY: A family is described as: ‘’a unit of two dedicated to healing, even if they do not enunciate it, or even understand it fully. It means two who are happy to be together, who want to be together, and who deeply love one another, even though it can just be friends, for example, or a parent and a child. (Wilson, Lawrence) Not many people think about the importance of family values. No society could develop without paying particular attention to this observable fact. A man and a woman, living together in concord and peace, as leaders of family units comprising their children wards and dependants contribute significantly to the advancement of societies, nations, and indeed, the world. When the families are strong, society is strong, as a rule. When families are weak, societies begin to break down. Today, we yield our spaces on our channels to messages on family values by the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Dr. D.K. Olukoya. We ask that you read prayerfully. They will surely bless you and are potent enough to generate positive testimonies.
NOT GOD’S IDEA PART 1 -By Dr. D.K Olukoya
TOPIC: Not God’s Idea (I) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 24 January 2019)
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2:21-25; Bible In One Year: Exodus 9-11; Matthew 15:21-39
MEMORY VERSE: “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.” – 1 Timothy 3:2
THE MESSAGE: Christian marriage originated from God, it is God’s idea and the foundation of social structure called family. Man is redefining so many things God has created and made beautiful from the beginning. Sometimes, people attribute it to modernisation; some attribute it to lack of contentment and inquisitiveness on the part of man. Christian marriage is one of the institution man is erroneously redefining. God is the originator and founder of the institution of marriage. It is solely His idea. He has plan, purpose and blueprint on how it should be constituted, those who are supposed to come together in the conjugal union, the roles of each party in the covenant partnership, the benefits of partners fulfilling their parts of the covenant and the consequences of not doing so.
MARRIAGES CONSTRUCTED ON UNGODLY FOUNDATIONS WILL FAIL: Not all marriages are Godly. They are not Godly because they are not following the blueprint and divine manual enshrined in God’s word (the Bible). Today, divorce and separation rates have reached an alarming height. Couples run their marriages based on human ideas and wisdom rather than God’s idea. Some are even using the devil’s idea and methods to run their marriages, neglecting the word of God. Beloved, this is the main reason the world records thousands of cases of failed marriages on a daily basis. Marriages that are established on ungodly and sinful foundations are bound to fail and collapse. What are these kinds of marriages that we find in the world today? First, it is not God’s idea that a man should get married to another man or a woman to another woman. God’s standard and idea is marriage between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-25).
Second, it is not God’s idea that a man or woman should get married to his blood relation (brother, sister, cousin, nephew, niece, step brother, step sister, step mother and step father, etc.) as is the practice in some parts of the world today. Incest is a great sin in the sight of the Lord (Leviticus 18:1-18; Deuteronomy 20:11-21). In addition, it is not God’s idea that a Christian get married to an unconverted pagan. Abraham stressed this point to Eliazar, his servant, when he sent Eliazar to go and get a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24). The patriarch knew the implication of a circumcised person getting married to an uncircumcised person. Besides, God Himself acknowledged that Abraham would obey Him and ensure that his household does so too. Conversely, the Bible records that Solomon did not end as well as he started with God (1 Kings 11:1-8). Beloved, to obey is better than sacrifice. Be wise!
A GODLY MARRIAGE PRODUCES GODLY CHILDREN WHO ARE ASSETS TO THE SOCIETY AT LARGE.
Your marriages shall experience the peace of God.
- I remove my marriage from the dominion of the powers of darkness, in the name of Jesus.
- I reject every spirit of financial embarrassment in my marriage, in the name of Jesus.
- I kick out every spirit of error in my marriage, in the name of Jesus.
- God my Father, give me the power to do Your will in my marriage, in the name of Jesus.
- I cancel every evil vow affecting me negatively, in the name of Jesus.
- I destroy the time table of the enemy for my life, in the name of Jesus.
- I remove my name and my family’s name from the register of untimely death, in the name of Jesus.
PART 2: LOVE IS A GAME THAT TWO CAN PLAY AND BOTH CAN WIN.
TOPIC: Not God’s Idea (II) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 25 January 2019)
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:22-28; Bible In One Year: Exodus 12-13; Matthew 16
MEMORY VERSE: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” – Isaiah 1:19
Marriage is a covenant involving God, a man and a woman. It is also a life-long affair. A covenant is a binding agreement between two people and it leads to honour and dignity for the parties involved. Hebrews 13:4 affirms that marriage is honourable. This is true if you do it and run it in God’s way. In the marriage convenient, the man and woman involved have individual responsibilities that God has given them. When a marriage is working and successful, it is because the man and woman involved are obeying God’s instructions for marriage. Where the marriage is not working, it is because the covenant is being violated either by the man or the woman or both of them. God is never at fault.
Isaiah 1:19 says, “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good is the lands.” To enjoy the blessings of marriage, dear brother, you must know and fulfill your God-given responsibilities in marriage. Similarly, to enjoy the blessings of marriage, dear sister, you must know and abide with your responsibilities. Learn how to become the husband God desires you to be. Fulfil your responsibility as a husband. Someone said that responsibility is the price of greatness and a life without responsibilities is a liability. Ephesians 5:25 is God’s standard that summarizes a husband’s responsibility to his wife in the marital covenant relationship: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
The same Ephesians 5 but verse 22 reveals the wife’s responsibilities to her husband in marriage, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Dear brother, do you love your wife as Christ loves the church? A marriage where the husband or wife shirks their responsibilities is not God’s idea. Dear sister, are you submissive and obedient to your husband as unto the Lord? If you have not been obeying God’s covenant of marriage in your marital life, ask God for the grace to obey and turn a new leaf today. God rewards the obedient. Your marriage will begin to experience a turnaround, in Jesus’ mighty name.
LOVE IS A GAME THAT TWO CAN PLAY AND BOTH CAN WIN.
The enemies of your marriage shall be disgraced.
- I retrieve my marriage from every evil attack, in the name of Jesus.
- I receive power to scatter the agenda of the enemy, in the name of Jesus.
- God, arise and answer Your name in my marriage, in the name of Jesus.
- I plead the blood of Jesus over my life and my marriage, in the name of Jesus.
- I command every evil thing planted in my marriage to be uprooted, in the name of Jesus.
- I redeem my marriage by the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
- Heavens, arise, kill the enemies of my marriage, in the name of Jesus Christ.
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