|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
Happy New Year! We give God praise for the year 2016, but then, we give Him all the glory for another opportunity to witness the year 2017. Thank God for the gift of life. He that has made it possible for you to see the New Year will certainly do something great with you and your family this year in Jesus’ name. I would like to start right by setting some good standards on the right foundation for your family this month. There are things which should of necessity, not be found in your family, if you must enjoy a successful family life this year. There are enemies of family success; they are the things that cause family stress, pain, arguments, quarrel, lack of peace, separation and sometimes, divorce. Most of them are caused by man himself. A good knowledge of some of them will help keep your family free from such things.
A man doesn’t have to be foolish in himself to be destroyed. All he needs to do is walk with the foolish and soon, the folly in his friend will become part of him too. The Word of God says: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20). Walking with a foolish person is as bad as being foolish. The company you keep either makes or mar you; it doesn’t leave you the same. The major cause of problems in some homes today is wrong company, caused by family members who keep receiving counsel and moving with people who always cause trouble in their homes. A wrong association will affect you negatively. It will make you do things that you may never have done on your own. You must be careful about your choice of company and friends. A wise man once said, “Show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are” and I would like to ask you the same question: Who is your friend? If your friend is a liar, a cheat, a thief, one that beats his wife or one that is covetous and you think you are not anything like him or her, then you are wrong. Very soon, the nature of your friend will begin to rub off on you and the end result will be destruction.
Anyone who constantly provokes your spirit and gives you wrong counsel against your wife, husband or family well-being will destroy your home. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says: Be not deceived: evil communication corrupt good manner. A wrong company or association corrupts good manners. The basis for any association should be agreement (Amos 3:3). When the company or association you keep is not in agreement with the things you believe in, then you must end your relationship with that company. Friendship, as they say, is by choice and not by force! Separate yourself from wrong friends. Be selective in your association. Select your friends in wisdom. Do not allow wrong company to put your family and home asunder.
Another enemy of family success is SLOTHFULNESS. Slothfulness means laziness. Successful families don’t just happen; they are consciously made to happen. If God had to work for 6 days when He was creating the world in Genesis 1, you must be ready also to do what it takes in order to enjoy a successful family. Get rid of laziness or slothfulness because the fruit of laziness is shame. It is a destroyer of families. Knowing what to do to improve the state of your family and not doing it or doing it for a while and giving up will not bring the success you desire; rather, this attitude can cause problem in your family. You must co-operate with God by playing your own part of getting rid of spiritual and physical laziness, in order to enjoy a successful family.
A brother who read one of my tracts, Created to Create, said, “I was very happy when I read your tract. I used to be very lazy, right from my youth, to the point that I was always late to school because of oversleeping. After I read your tract, which mentioned a sister that decided to sell boiled water for drinking in school and prospered by it, and another lady who sold tomatoes and bought a car with the profits, I became ashamed of myself, because my business was not prospering due to my lazy attitude. I was challenged to change my lazy ways and decided to, according to your advice in that tract. God touched my soul and I was converted. I thank God for opening my eyes. My life and business are no more the same!”
I see the same thing happening in your life, as you take right steps to get rid of every act of laziness and slothfulness in your life in Jesus’ name. I curse every sluggish, dull and drag attitude that has stolen away the beauty in your family before now and I decree that God release to you the grace to be diligent, so that you can enjoy your family in Jesus’ name.
You need Jesus Christ to help maintain the right company and strengthen you at all times. You receive Him when you become born again. If you will like to be born again, please say this prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your blood. Deliver me form sin and satan to serve the living God. I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
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, 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).