Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Don’t Give Up! (2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Don’t Give Up! (2)

Dear Reader,

Last week, I showed you how you can win your spouse and loved ones for Christ through prayers. This week, I will teach you another effective way to win them to Christ, which is by Living a Life That Speaks. Do you remember that old proverb which says, “Action speaks louder than words?”

There is a life that speaks!  Its voice is louder than the sound from the vocal cavity of man. It gets an unbelieving husband or wife saved. It ministers and brings glory to God. It is the kind of life that every believer must live in the home, at work, at the market place and everywhere, so that sinners can be magnetised into the Kingdom of God.

Your life is the greatest witness, especially to your spouse.  Your unbelieving spouse will always consciously or unconsciously watch to see what you preach in your actions. Your actions should speak louder than your words.

Your Christian life must be one of good example that portrays the fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 says: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  If you live a Christian life having these characteristics, it will influence your spouse and even other relations, to the extent that without opening your mouth to witness to them (even though it is scriptural to witness to them), they will be attracted to the Kingdom of God.

Your spouse will be easily won to Christ when you do it using the fruit of the Spirit mentioned above. These characteristics must replace every other negative attitude. They must be clearly seen by him, her and everyone around you. Jesus, our role model for winning souls, expects us to live a life worthy of emulation. God’s Word in Matthew 5:16 says: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven. I have had opportunities to counsel people, who have unsaved loved ones, and discovered that quite a number of them do not live lives that speak right in their homes.

I once met a woman who was having problems with the salvation of her husband. I, later, discovered from my discussion with her that the way she used her tongue in the home had constituted the major obstacle to the man’s salvation. Brethren, be chaste in your conversation!  Women are usually guilty of this. As long as you keep nagging your unsaved husband, after a while, he will not even like you to be around him. This may even lead to a divorce in a home. Do not let your tongue be a trap to your loved ones; instead, let it be an asset!

Living a Christian life is not as convenient; rather, it must be compulsory. Therefore, you have a job to do. So, a woman who has a husband, who is an unbeliever and probably a drunkard, would need to fall on her knees and take the situation to God in prayers. She would also need to follow up on her prayers with the practice of the fruit of the Spirit. Nagging, insulting, abusing or cursing the man will only push him deeper into his sins. Remember, whatever happens to him, will also affect you in the long run.

Therefore, let your life be a living proof of the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit. Let love, gentleness and meekness be your stronghold. Let it move you to prayers, watching out for your unbelieving spouse even in a terrible drunken state. Let your actions speak patience, temperance, faith and very shortly, God will touch your spouse’s heart by His power as written in John 6:44 which says: No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Here is a testimony that will inspire you: “When we started preparing for the Women’s Convention, I prayed to God and told Him that I wanted my own family renewed. I did not like the names I was being called, (I was called the wife of an unbeliever). But I told God I didn’t want to be called that anymore.

God did a great thing, even before the convention began! He changed my husband!

On the day of the last Breakthrough Night, my husband said by himself, “We have to go to church’.  We came to church together and he gave his life to Christ that day. He has now stopped smoking and everything has changed in his life. He is now a new person! – Efemuaye L.

I see God do the same for you in Jesus’ name! With Him, ALL things are possible. Embrace Him today and turn the life of your spouse and loved ones around for good. To embrace God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and become born again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. 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 contact@faithoyedepo.org; 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: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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