|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
Compliments of the season to you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! Without any doubt, I know that the Lord has done so much for you this year.
Are you thankful to Him for all His benefits that you have enjoyed this year? Some of which are the gift of life, the benefit of forgiveness, protection, provisions, redemption and so on!
Last week, I brought you the introductory part of this teaching. There, I said that your submission to your husband must be in everything as summoned in God’s Word. This week, I will be teaching on Submission: A Command From God!
Failure of some women in embracing submission has brought so much heartache into their homes. God in His omniscience knows that without this most-effective ingredient, no matter how anointed the couple are, their marriage simply cannot work; hence, He made it a command, not a suggestion.
Your struggles to make things work in your marriage will not yield positive results until you come to the understanding that submission is a command from God, and you obey it. Until this is done, you’ll never enjoy marital bliss. Read this testimony for a confirmation:
“I have been married for over 12 years, but what I am enjoying now, I’ve never enjoyed since I got married. I thank God for His Word to me through you. You taught… and laid emphasis on wives being submissive to their husbands in everything, just like the church submits to Christ. My understanding opened and I told God, ‘Lord, from this day, I know that obedience is the key’. Ever since that day, I have been enjoying what all my fasting, binding and other spiritual engagement couldn’t deliver to me. I thank God that now it’s like I am wedded anew. Just yesterday morning, to confirm God’s faithfulness in my home, my husband gave me a cheque of one hundred thousand Naira, which I cashed this morning. I now enjoy peace, love and harmony.” Adebayo, L.
Somebody may ask, “What if a woman has an unbelieving husband, should she still submit?” Yes, because even as an unbeliever, he is still the husband. A follow-up question is: “What if the unbelieving husband wants to involve the wife in sinful acts (such as sacrificing to idols), should she still be submissive?” The answer is an emphatic, “No!” Any submission that will make you go into sin to disobey God’s Word and eventually miss heaven, is unscriptural.
It is important to note that when whatever you do does not fit into the Lord’s command as Ephesians 5:22 and Colossians 3:18 say, you are to decline. This, nonetheless, must be done in meekness. May the Lord give you understanding!
There was a time my husband and I wanted to change schools for our children. There was a particular school we wanted them to go, and we had started making arrangement for the change. But after some time, I discovered that there was a better school they could attend.
Though I had my reasons which were based on God’s Word –one of which was that the proprietress is a spirit-filled believer and most of the workers are Christians, but my husband did not immediately see why I wanted that particular school, especially after both of us had agreed on one before.
For the fact that I have the understanding that submission is a command from God, and had learnt how to use the weapon of prayer to get whatever I wanted, instead of arguing, I took the issue to God in prayer and presented my reasons before Him.
God did it! Few days later, my husband came home and said that, that particular school I talked about was where the children would start attending! Can you imagine how excited I was that day? Immediately, all arrangements were made and they resumed there. What arguments wouldn’t have brought for me, submission and prayer did.
You need grace for total submission, which is available for those who are born again. If you desire to be 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 firstname.lastname@example.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).