|Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo|
Happy New year to you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! With joy unspeakable full of glory, I sincerely welcome you into this glorious year. With praise and thanksgiving to God Almighty, Who has brought us into this New Year with our families, I rejoice and congratulate you in Jesus’ Mighty name!
I have good news for you: I want you to know that there are so much good in store for you, your spouse, your home, your family, children, businesses, finances and careers, in this year; but the Bible says that it is only for the obedient. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19). Whatever the mouth of God tells you to do this year, do it. There is a reward in obedience. You shall not miss your portion this year in Jesus’ name.
Therefore, purpose in your heart to obey God; and be determined to do His will. Also, refuse to be among the evil doers; rather, choose that which is good, and then, you will see His outstretched arm in your direction this year, and you will become a positive surprise to all around you in Jesus’ name!
Your family needs the help of God to be exempted from the regular troubles, woes and calamities that befall families in our world today. Man is still searching everywhere for lasting solutions to the problems encountered in marriage and family; but the Psalmist shows us the secret to an enduring solution in Psalm 60:11, which says: Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. When you allow God to take the first place in your family, He makes His help reach you in whatever area of family life you desire His intervention, regardless of the level of challenges you have experienced in your family. God is all you need throughout this New Year to make your case different.
The problem with many couples is that they push God aside, and yet expect to enjoy divine benefits. They ignore the Word of God, which I call the “manufacturer’s manual”, and expect the product (marriage) to function perfectly. That is impossible! Psalm 11:3 says: If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? God is the foundation for success in the home. When the foundation is faulty, no matter how righteous you may be, your home cannot stand.
To give God a place of priority in your family begins with your personal relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ. The presence of God comes down in your home, when you as a child of God become a diligent student of the Word, who studies and practise it; this is the key to an exciting and successful family. Remember, God upholds ALL things by His Word. Once His Word is given its rightful place in your home, it will build a sure foundation, which must stand! Receive the grace to operate upon the Word right now, in Jesus’ name.
Here is a testimony on the wise application of the Word of God.
“After my first child was born in May, 1981, I went from church to church in search of another child, not really knowing the Word of God. I was anxious, desperate, worried and lacked good relationship with people. This almost caused me my marriage.
However, I got another baby in December 1991, (10 years later), and I thought peace had come to the home. But no! There was no peace until I started coming to this church in July 1994. I gave my life to Christ in October 1994.
Thereafter, I started hearing the Word of God in a different way that I had never heard it before! I started seeing changes in my home and in the relationship between my husband and I. Peace, joy, harmony and great love were restored to me.
However, I was still anxious for another child, since my baby was over four years old then, until I read the book You Can Overcome Anxiety authored by Pastor Mrs. Faith Oyedepo. Thereafter, anxiety died in me, because I now know that God is able to do all things. My husband, by His grace, is now the man, my husband and a father. There is now peace in my home and office, and my relationship with other people is excellent.” – Hart, C. I.
So, family peace depends on the place you give to God and His Word in your home this year. The more of Him you have, the more peace, joy, happiness and sweetness you enjoy in your family. Receive the grace to allow God take His rightful place as the first in your family, and to practice His Word in your home now in Jesus’ Name!
However, the first step to take, in order to give priority place to God and His Word in your family, and to receive the ability to keep at it, is to give your life to God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. Giving your life to Christ entails accepting and confessing Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. That is what being born again is all about. If you want to give your life to Christ and 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 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).