Keys To Successful Family (Part 2) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
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Topic: Keys To Successful Family (Part 2)
Peace and blessings in the precious Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I welcome you to another interesting edition of these teaching series and I hope you were tremendously blessed in the first series? Last week, I pointed you to Jesus the ‘Living water’ who quenches any and every form of thirst in the home. Today, we shall be looking at The Realities of the Covenant Marriage.
It is important for you to understand what marriage is all about. Many people, including Christians, have a misconception about marriage. Some people think that it is just the coming together of a man and a woman to bear children while some others think it is a way to be free from loneliness.
Scripturally, marriage is a covenant, not a promise, and until you have this understanding, you may never enjoy fulfilment in your home. Marriage covenant involves two parties: God on one hand and man (and his wife) on the other. As long as you are in a marital relationship, it is important for you to know that you are in a covenant with God and with your spouse. God is the initiator of the covenant and His terms of an agreement are sealed up in His word. Malachi 2:14 says: Because the LORD hath been a witness between thee and … the wife of thy covenant.
Also Read: No Longer Two But One (Part 4) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
A covenant is an agreement between two parties, with each party agreeing to do something as a prerequisite to receiving some benefit. A covenant is also for a lifetime. A promise is a verbal or written undertaking to do or not to do something, but In a covenant, you have to abide with some terms and condition and as you do these, you enjoy the benefits it contains. When you walk in terms with the covenant, God fulfils His own part of the covenant.
Success in marriage is not a function of prayers. It is basically, a function of walking in the terms of the covenant. The only place prayer is needed is for divine grace to walk in line with the demands of the covenant. Prayer can never take the place of obedience to the terms of the covenant. Therefore, instead of going from place to place seeking a solution to the problems of your home, settle down for knowledge of your covenant responsibility and stay committed to its fulfilment thereof. It is in the doing of that covenant responsibility, that your desire lies.
The marriage covenant is best described as a triangle, with God on top or at the apex, and the man and his wife at the bottom or the base, everyone playing their part independently … As unto the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22). God created you and made you a part of that family for a purpose and you will be accountable to Him for the fulfilment of that purpose. Husband and wife have covenant obligations to each other for which they will also be held accountable. Your responsibility to obey the terms of the covenant is not dependent on your spouse fulfilling his or her own part. As far as God is concerned, you have been given an individual responsibility and you must be accountable to Him for its fulfilment.
The failure on the part of your spouse for the non-performance of his or her responsibility is not a sufficient excuse for the non-performance of yours. For instance, as a man, you cannot say the failure of your wife to submit to your headship is the reason you cannot love her. The same goes for the woman; whether your husband loves you or not, you are under an obligation to submit to him in everything. When you fulfil your own part of the covenant, God will also fulfil His own part which is to give you peace, joy, fulfilment and every good thing you desire in your family. God is constant; His side is stable; He doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6); He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He will do whatever He says He will do. What does that mean? Whatever good you see God do for any family, He can do the very same thing for you because He is no respecter of persons. If he has to change your spouse in response to your obedience, he will do it.
The Bible says: The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will (Proverbs 21:1). The turning of your spouse’s heart is but a light thing with the Lord for with Him nothing shall be impossible. You just concentrate on pleasing Him by your obedience to His command and He will please you by the fulfilment of His part of the covenant.
When your covenant relationship with God is in place, your covenant relationship with your spouse becomes a very easy thing to observe. If you get committed to obeying the Lord, by either loving your wife or submitting to your husband, you will find out that it becomes a thing of joy for you to do. It becomes a delight to show love or submit. It is no longer mechanical but spontaneous, and all that could ever be desired in a home becomes cheaply yours.
God is a God of covenants and the benefits of the covenant are only available to those who have a covenant relationship with Him. He said in his Word: Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice Psalms 50:5. You can become a part of those in covenant with Him by praying this simple prayer with me inviting Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and personal Saviour: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You this day as a sinner, I repent and ask You to forgive me my sins. I accept You toady as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Lord for saving me, justifying me and making me a child of God.” Amen.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.
MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 16 May 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Gracious God
TOPIC: Gracious God (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 16 May 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Kings 24-25; John 5:1-24
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 4:13-16
MEMORY VERSE: “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” – Romans 3:24
Many Christians interpret the grace of God as the ‘Unmerited favour’ of God (Favour that we are not qualified to have; unearned love and favour given to man through God). In actual fact, God is a gracious God and grace actually means more than the Unmerited favour of God.
Grace is the application of Christ’s righteousness to the sinner; it is virtues proceeding from divine influence such as faith, meekness, humility, patience, generosity. It is spiritual power. It is gratitude. It is final salvation i.e. eternal life. It is a kindness, to say and do what is right. It is gratitude.
Beloved, it is time to tap into all the facets of grace that God has made available to us. He is kind, forgiving and merciful God. Come unto the throne of mercy that you may receive grace and as we no longer live under the old covenant when the ‘mercy seat’ made of pure gold was approached once a year on the day of atonement, but with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the mercy seat was changed to a throne of mercy. Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice that allows us to approach the throne of mercy. Because ‘by grace you have been saved through faith’ (Ephesians 2:8).
THE GOOD THINGS OF LIFE ARE GOTTEN BY STRENGTH WHILE THE GREAT THINGS OF LIFE ARE GOTTEN BY GRACE.
May the grace of God abound in your life today and always.
My angel of blessing, locate me now, in the name of Jesus.
My angel of blessing will not go unless he blesses me, in the name of Jesus.
Lord, let my cries provoke angelic assistance, in the name of Jesus.
Lord, give me the name that will bless and transform my life forever, in the name of Jesus.
Let every hindrance targeted at my angel of blessing, be dissolved, in the name of Jesus.
O Lord, deliver me from evil stones thrown at me by unfriendly friends, in the name of Jesus.
Every evil riot and rage against me, be disgraced, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
Giving that Honours God – Open Heaven 16 May 2019
Open Heaven 16 May 2019 Thursday Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Giving that Honours God
Topic: Giving that Honours God (Open Heaven 16 May 2019)
Memorise: “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”- Proverbs 3:9
Read: Genesis 22:10-18 (KJV)
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Bible in One Year: Exodus 26-27, Jeremiah 36:4-19
Open Heaven 16 May 2019 Thursday MESSAGE:
Many of us desire the blessing of Abraham and this is a good thing. However, how many of us are ready to do the things Abraham did? Abraham gave gifts that honored God, so much that God swore by Himself to bless Him. After Abraham gave his very best on the altar of sacrifice, God said to him in Genesis 22:16-17:
“16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”
Our God is not a respecter of persons. If you can also honour Him with your giving, He is ready to give you a blessing that has everlasting value in return.
The most precious thing you can give to honour God is your life. Just as God demanded the son of promise as a burnt sacrifice from Abraham, so does He demand your life. He says to you today:
“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” – Proverbs 23:26
The devil is also struggling to have your heart so that he can thwart the great plans of God for your life. When you choose to give your heart to God, you have done Him a great honour, and you will find favour in His sight and in the sight of men (Proverbs 3:4). Another form of giving which honours God is found in today’s memory verse. Giving God the first fruits of your increase is an act of faith that brings delight to His heart. There is no ambiguity as to what we stand to gain from this. In Proverbs 3:10, He clearly says:
“So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”
Unfortunately, many Christians still argue against the doctrine of first fruits. Some say that it belongs to the Old Testament, and I ask them whether the Old testament is not part of God’s word to us. There are some pleasant promises of God we love which are only found in the Old Testament. We do not say we will not key into them because they are only in the Old Testament, so why ignore the doctrine of first fruit? Beloved, give God your best today. Honour Him by offering your spirit, soul and body to Him as a living sacrifice in holiness and acceptable service (Romans 12:1-2). I pray that the Lord will grant you grace to completely obey His command like Abraham the father of faith, did.
Open Heaven 16 May 2019 Thursday Prayer Point:
Father, please give me a heart of flesh that is receptive to keeping Your precepts.
Avoid Excuses by Pastor David Ibiyeomie
Avoid Excuses by Pastor David Ibiyeomie
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Topic: Avoid Excuses
Mark Twain said “There are thousands of excuses for failure but never a good reason”.
Luke 14:17 (KJV) And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
Everything is ready for you to become great in life but people limit themselves with excuses.
Luke 14:18-20 (KJV)
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
If you are looking for excuses, there are lots of excuses to make but never excuse yourself!
Romans 2:1a (KJV) Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man.
Stop procrastinating, stop shifting what you want to do for another day, do it now!
Benjamin Franklin said “I never knew a man who was good at making excuses, who was good at anything else”.
Also Read: Keys to Successful Family (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
If you see a man of excuses, he will never be good at anything. When you want to be the best, you will always find an answer no matter the challenge. If you want to give an excuse, there is always one to give.
Tell yourself, no more excuse and get up! God has created you to be the best, do not limit yourself. It is time to sit up. You do not have any excuse and the devil is not your problem; you are your problem!
There cannot be a rise without a price; you must invest into your future. Until you forego something, you will never go up. There are certain pleasures you have to let go now to gain the treasures of tomorrow. Little things make the difference in every facet of life. To get the most out of life, give life the extra mile that makes the difference between winning and losing.
In the race of life it is only those that are willing to pay the price that get the prize!
God bless you.
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