God’s Design For A Successful Family Life!
FAMILY SUCCESS – MARCH, 2017
God’s Design For A Successful Family Life!
You are welcome to another edition of ‘Family Success’. This month, via the Word of God, I will be exposing you to God’s design for a successful family life. In this end-time, when the devil is doing more wickedly, it is essential that the secrets that make family life a testimony are discovered.
This week, I shall be teaching on The Family Garden. The family is a type of garden planted by God, Himself, for your pleasure, abundance and fulfilment. The dictionary defines a garden as a piece of ground that is used for growing things, such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, etc.
The Family Garden, however, is not ordinary. God’s Word makes us to understand that it is full of treasures. Treasures are highly valued objects. They can be traded with to make great profits. In essence, there are highly valued objects in the family garden, which you can trade profitably with, to bring you out of the realm of the natural to the supernatural.
To keep and dress the garden God had placed man, is the first assignment ever given to him. “Dressing and keeping a garden” entails a process that requires a farmer to dig around the plants, as he prunes and tends them. This assignment is necessary, in order to have access to the treasures in the family.
You will observe that I said, “Dressing and keeping”, not wishing. You cannot get the treasures in marriage by wishing. I’m sure you must have heard over and over, that if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. But, wishes are not horses! So, you cannot stay in your house and say, “How I wish I can enjoy the treasures in the family.”
If you want the treasures of peace, joy, fulfilment and satisfaction that the family garden carries, then you will do some practical digging for those treasures. However, family treasures cannot be dug with a digger. This is because there are tools (both spiritual and practical) that are required for this exercise.
First, there’s a need to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour; else, the struggle will continue. God’s Word says: …For without me ye can do nothing (John 15: 5). God, Himself, established the family and placed man in the garden He planted. So, He alone knows where the treasures in that family garden are located. That is the fundamental reason we need Him; to show us where and how to dig. Otherwise, all our efforts will be eternally fruitless.
The tool of Wisdom is the second requirement. The Bible says: Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established (Proverbs 24:3). Every wise farmer ascertains that wisdom cannot be done away with, in digging for treasures. In fact, any careless digging could destroy the very treasures you are seeking for. For instance, to apply the technique used in harvesting yams for maize will end in useless harvest. So, also, are the treasures in the family garden.
What then is WISDOM? Wisdom is the correct application of knowledge. God’s Word says that Wisdom is hearing the sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ and doing them (Matthew 7:24-25). It demands that you take steps in applying correctly, all you have learnt of God in your family life. Only then, will you begin to reap the fruits of a successful family. The place of wisdom in building a successful marriage cannot be overemphasized because wisdom is the principal thing on which all other things rest (Proverbs 4:7).
No matter how long you may have been married, how smooth or rough the journey has been, you can still lay hold on God’s treasure in your marriage by giving Him a chance to use your home to show forth His glory this end-time. So shall it be in Jesus’ Name!
This Sister’s testimony can be reproduced in your own family: “When I was ready for marriage, I noticed that some things were working against me. But I was not a serious Christian then. However, when I dedicated my life fully to Jesus in 1992, it became obvious that I lacked wisdom and counsel. But, as I joined this church, through the depth of understanding in God’s Word shared and practised, my life and marriage acquired meaning, and direction. My family has increased remarkably, and I now apply myself to the wisdom of God that He has imparted to me, by reason of the teachings and ministrations I get here.” – Opara, C.
Like I earlier mentioned, the starting point to enjoying the treasures in marriage is in accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you want to receive His free offer of salvation, say this prayer with me: 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).