|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
Hallelujah! We have come to the last and crowning month of this glorious year. As always, it is a great privilege to welcome you to another exciting time on your favourite weekly column. Our focus for this month shall be on How to Improve on Your Marriage.
Today, I would start by saying that Marriage Is A Miracle! It is important for you to know that nothing works on its own, just as no problem solves itself. In the same vain, miracles only answer to certain inputs from the benefactor. In other words, your obedience to what is required of you and how you initiate same is what eventually makes your marriage a wonder to behold.
Take the miracle of the turning of water into wine, for instance. Mary told the servants: whatever he (Jesus) tells you to do, do it (John 2:5). The servants initiated their miracle by obeying Jesus’ instructions to fill the water pots with water. Nothing happens by chance in the Kingdom of God. There is always something you must do to get what you want. All you need to do is to accept the required responsibility.
Marriage is a miracle! Daily, we see men and women seeking after soothsayers and seers, to know whom to marry, the cause of their marital delays, to find out what the future holds for their marriages, and how they can be guided into glorious homes.
But, for us at the other side of Jordan, we have a reason to thank God. This is because, He doesn’t leave us to guess and grope through life. That is why He said: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not (Jeremiah 33:3).
It is the thoughts of man that make a man. What you think of your marriage and family makes it what it is. You can’t think obstacles in your marriage and have miracles. You can’t think of marriage as a necessary evil, and experience a glorious marriage, because sweet marriages and homes are basically provoked by your thoughts.
Nobody builds a tower without adequate preparation and a strong foundation. You must first desire a tower, before you can build one. Do not enter into a marriage covenant without an expectation. If you expect the best, it will be yours (Proverbs 23:18).
Someone once came to me for counselling and said that she had been having a very tough time in her marriage. As she spoke, I deduced that the root cause of her problems was her wrong perspective about marriage. She had expected grief and calamity, so when the storms rose against her marriage, she began to cry, saying, “They told me that it would be like this.”
Below is a testimony that will further help your perspective about marriage:
“I used to worship in a place where the pastors believe that misunderstanding brings about understanding. One day, the lady pastor asked me if I had ever had any serious quarrel with my wife (then my fiancée), and I said, ‘No’. She then said that we had not started, and that until we had quarreled and fought, we would not know if we truly love each other.
Shortly after our wedding, we started having problems in our home. But when I came here, I heard the Bishop say, ‘I have not had the first argument with my wife.’ I told my wife that if what the man of God said is the truth, then we’ve been in the wrong place, where we had been fed with the wrong spiritually food. So, we decided to start worshipping here.
We told ourselves, ‘What this man of God has seen that is making his marriage sweet, we also must discover it.’ Then I was in WOFBI Full-Time programme. After each lecture, I would go home and teach my wife the same thing. Today, to the glory of God, we don’t have misunderstandings anymore!” Ibiang, A.I.
God has promised to grant your expectations, whether good or bad. So, let your expectations be based on God’s Word, for it is higher than any evil experience or information about marriage you may have had or heard (Proverbs 10:24).
If you have caught any light from this piece, believe God for a unique touch in your home, and you will have a testimony in Jesus’ name.
To have a miracle marriage, you need to first of all receive the Miracle Worker into your life. His Name is Jesus and you can receive Him by confessing your sins and saying this prayer with faith in your heart: 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 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: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).