A BLISSFUL HOME IS GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU – PT 1
Here we are again on another segment of family life. With the number of mails and testimonies I have received from readers, I believe that the Lord has been reaching out to you through His Word and putting new life into your homes. But if you are reading this column for the first time, by the time you are through, something new and thrilling would have happened to your family, in Jesus’ name.
Family life is very precious in the heart of Almighty God. He plainly reveals His interest in the family to us by making it the very first institution that was established after the creation of man. No wonder He said in Genesis 2:18, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him’.
It was also the instrument that God desired man to use in order to fulfil His first and foremost commandment to ‘Be fruitful and multiply … replenish … subdue … and have dominion…’ (Gen. 1:28). This means that the success of any man (or nation) would be tied to their family life.
It is, therefore, unfortunate that the family lives of many individuals are in shambles. Some have hit the rock, while others care less about their families. Satan himself has made the family his target for attack. Many individuals have their minds poisoned against their families. The issue of family to some others is dead and not to be revisited for any reason. Even some Christian families still struggle to keep their family life and fellowship alive; this is not God’s plan for your family!
Indeed, God’s plan for you is for your life and family to be alive and full of sparkle, joy and excitement. Even if the whole world is hostile to your existence, the thought of your family life and members should ease off the tension and stress confronting you. The Lord has designed the family to be a place of security, where you can be corrected when wrong and still be loved and appreciated at the same time. It is a place where you don’t have to stand alone (isolated), for ‘it is not good that man should be alone’. The family is where others are willing to stand by you and help you get on the right track in life. God’s Word makes it clear that new life is available for your family.
Family life doesn’t have to be a drag or a dead matter. As you learn more in this edition, your family will become a blissful one, in the mighty name of Jesus.
If you want to enjoy God’s plan for your family, the first thing you need to do is to understand and accept that family is of divine origin, not an earthly one. It is God that originated it. Whatever God establishes or sanctions is not to be taken lightly. Your family is not something you can afford to be indifferent about. You can’t say, ‘If everything is fine with my husband or wife, fine’. Or “If we are not on speaking terms then, I will just disappear from home.” Or “If my children pass their exams, I will give them a gift and if they don’t, it’s their mother’s fault.
You must be ready to make God the centre of your family life. If you are not ready for that, then enjoying a successful family life will only remain a dream to you and never a reality. Anyone who is not ready to mind God is definitely not ready to enjoy a blissful family, because the breath of God (His Word) will have no access to his (or her) home. Give God His rightful place and the attention that is required to your family. You do this by paying attention to His Word and obeying His instructions. And “When you have followed the Lord’s instructions, His glory will appear to you” (Lev. 9:6). For every instruction you obey, God’s glory begins to come into your home and family life. Your family shall be an example to other homes because of how bright each member appears spiritually, mentally, socially and physically.
Here is a touching testimony: ‘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”. And ever since that day, I have been enjoying what all my fasting, binding and all couldn’t deliver to me. I thank God that now it’s like I am wedded anew. And just yesterday morning, to confirm God’s faithfulness in my home, my husband gave me a cheque for ₦100,000, which I cashed this morning. I now enjoy peace, love and harmony’.
– Adebayo, L.
The beginning of letting God have His rightful place is to be a born-again child of God. The Bible says, ‘And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge…’ (Ezekiel 22:30). God is looking for one person in your family that he would use to touch and affect the other members. And you are that person. If you want to be born again, then say this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the blissful God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and 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).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 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).