Maintaining Spiritual Fervency in Marriage (Part 2) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Maintaining Spiritual Fervency in Marriage (Part 2)
Welcome to another exciting time in God’s presence. Let’s start by reminding ourselves that God instituted marriage and He intends every home to be sweet and peaceful. Most Christians dream of 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 fulfilment. That is why I want to show you some keys to maintaining spirituality and fulfilling marital experience.
Prayer is a very 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 recognised 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 anything 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 (1 Peter 3:7). So, one of the reasons the enemy puts disagreement between couples is so that he could 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 cooperate 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.
Also, prayer can bring that change you have long awaited in your home. Elisha was an ordinary human being like you and me, 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).
Consider 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 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 tears 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 guesswork, enough of trials and errors. Invest in anointed books of proven men of God whose lives and testimonies are real; sit 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, devour them to find solutions to the problems you are experiencing.
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 want to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, then say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are born again and now 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 a Successful Home 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.