Topic: Enjoying Honour in Marriage [Part 2]
Last week, we saw how marriage is meant to bring honour to your life – spirit, soul and body. Spiritually, the iron of your husband sharpens yours, thereby making you a better Christian.
This week, we will go a step further and look at What You Must Avoid to Truly Enjoy the Honour that is in Marriage.
Hebrews 13:4 our anchor scripture says: Marriage is honourable in all and the bed undefiled… You must ensure that you keep the marriage bed pure, to enjoy the honour in marriage. The word ‘undefiled’ simply means kept pure. Whether as singles or married, to enjoy the honour that is in marriage, you must ‘keep the marriage bed pure.’ If this was impossible, God won’t tell you to do it. Young men, stop messing around with ladies, thinking that nobody knows. God’s Word tells us in Proverbs 15:13 that: The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good. Do not take away the honour that God has in stock for you in marriage.
Romans 12:1 says: I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. In order words, the presentation of your body unto the Almighty God, as a living sacrifice is your reasonable service unto God. Any service done unto God without your body being a living sacrifice, is not acceptable. It does not matter what you do and the volume of money you give in church everyday. If your body is not kept pure, that service is not acceptable unto God. Whether single or married, illicit sexual affairs render your service to God unrewarded and will deprive you of enjoying the honour He has destined for you in marriage. God is much more interested in your person than your money or what you can do. When your person is acceptable unto God, then your service will be acceptable unto Him.
Marriage is honourable in all, when the bed is undefiled. Single men and ladies, if you must enjoy honour in your family life when you get into marriage, you must lay a good and solid foundation for it, by keeping yourself pure. God’s Word tells us in 1Timothy 4:12: Let no man despise thy youth… Refuse to submit yourself to the deception of the devil.
Parents, begin to train your children against pre-marital sex. It does not matter whether it is acceptable in the society or not. God can forgive you after, if you ask Him, but the scar will be there.
Many people get emotionally distorted, when they defile the marriage bed, to the extent that it disturbs their marital life. You can save your marriage from torments, by keeping your life pure. I decree that the fire of the Lord falls on you and consumes that dirty habit in Jesus’ name. Below is a testimony that can encourage you to break loose from pre-marital sexual habit.
“Due to my parent’s separation, I left Nigeria for Mali and for 15 years, prostitution was my stock-in-trade. In 1999, in desperation to be free, I went to a priest and narrated all my woes to him; but he ended up raping and molesting me. After this incident, I made up my mind never to have anything to do with any church again.
One fateful day, I met a brother, who gave me a Breakthrough tape by Bishop David Oyedepo entitled: “Prophets”. I listened and said, “God, if this man is Your prophet, let his declarations come to pass this week in my life”. The Bishop said in the tape that a true prophet’s word must come to pass. That week, everything he said came to pass in my life!
I am not just free from 15 years prostitution, I also got baptized in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. I am free and restored back to life.” –Chinyere, O.
If this lady can be set free, I see that chain broken off your neck in Jesus’ name.
When you defile the marriage bed, you are behaving like a beast, and whatever happens to a beast can happen to you. Therefore, you must make a change in the right direction. The later part of our anchor scripture says: .…But whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. The word ‘whore’ simply means harlot. Give no room to the devil, if your soul is actually precious to you.
Refuse to fall a victim, if you truly have value for yourself. Don’t say you want to earn yourself a living by whoremongering, because God will judge those who do that. Stop it! Don’t wait for the fire of God to come upon you, plead for His mercy, call upon Him now that He is ready to hear you.Take the honour in marriage, which is your heritage in Christ violently and stop every form of harlotry in your life. The Word of God says: The Kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12). Receive grace to practise the Word of God, so that you can truly enjoy the honour destined for you in marriage in Jesus’ name.
If you are not born again and you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, then say this prayer:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. I believe You died for my sins and rose on the third day. Forgive me of my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
If you prayed this simple prayer, you are 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).Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 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:
Making Marriage Work
Building A Successful Home
Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
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