KEYS FOR SUCCESSFUL FAMILY LIFE
Happy New Month Dear Reader!
In this fourth month, we will be examining some very vital secrets that make for success in marriage and family life. Perhaps, one of the most important secrets is what I shall be teaching on. It is the indisputable foundation upon which every home must be built, for any lasting and meaningful impact. Most members of the families are thirsty for life, yet they do not know what to do to be satisfied.
ARE YOU THIRSTY IN YOU FAMILY LIFE? The Lord can quench any thirst you may be experiencing in your family because He said: … If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink … He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow RIVERS OF LIVING WATER (John 7:38). Just as God planted the Garden of Eden and placed in it a river to water the garden and caused everything in it to remain fresh (Genesis 2:8) He also instituted marriage and family life (Genesis 2: 18, 2 1-25), desiring that with His living water you will only experience pleasure, delight and satisfaction.
Rivers are known for their tremendous help to humanity. It provides water for several uses: for quenching thirst, bathing, refreshing and for cleansing. God’s intention for you is for every thirst you are experiencing in your marriage and family life to be quenched by the ‘river of living water’, Thirst in family most often than not result in unhealthy comparison which leads to a situation where a married man or woman go after someone else other than his or her spouse and refuse to return home. It is this same thirst in the family that makes children prefer to seek for dangerous adventure outside parental counsel from the home; it also makes a married man stay back in the office even when he does not have anything doing. Such a home lacks fulfilment.
Thirst makes some women prefer to compare their husbands with other men and to give excuses rather than fulfil conjugal rights. They lack the refreshing needed for a cool atmosphere at home. This is far from God’s plan for the family. Open up to the Lord Jesus because He said: If any man thirst let him come to me and drink (John 7:37). He will quench your thirst and place a river of refreshing in your home.
What do the characteristics of a river do in the family?
Firstly, the presence of a river among other things is for cleansing. Therefore, Jesus in your home should produce a cleansing; He helps members of the family to live a life of righteousness, a life of cleanliness inside and outside. When besieged by all types of unclean habits or thought of immorality whether introduced by colleagues, friends or even in-laws etc., but with the Word of God in you, you will have heaven’s backing and be equipped to deal with it.
… Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). Placing Jesus the “Living Water” Himself at the centre of your guarantees a home of peace, joy, satisfaction etc.
Secondly, a river gives water, and water is a principal component in the growth of a plant. The Lord Jesus is the ‘river of living water’, which never runs dry. Having Jesus the living water in the home secures a sustainable healthy, growing and homely family.
Thirdly, just like physical rivers have mineral deposits, precious stones and treasures in them, there are diverse treasures in this ‘river of living water’ that Jesus brings into your home. Some of them are forgiveness, patience, joy and love etc having these treasures as an individual member of the family, it gives no room to strive, depression, anger etc. These treasures bring with it honour, respect, dignity and quiet. These are all treasures money cannot buy. Only the presence of Jesus and His Word in your home can bring such treasurable experiences. So, make sure you have invited him into your life and home.
There are some people who invite Jesus into their lives but tell Him (the Lord), not to come near some areas of their lives like their finances, bank accounts or their relationships (maybe with husband/wife or children). They don’t want Jesus and his Word to interfere with such areas of their life. For a lasting solution, you need to allow Jesus and His Word to take charge of the affairs of every area of your life, including private and personal areas. Allow Him to influence every aspect of your life and home and then you will be able to enjoy the ‘rivers of living water’, which he brings to quench every thirst in your home. He is the only one that can quench your thirst.
If you are ready to invite Him into your life and family, please pray this simple prayer of faith with me: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom. And now dear Lord Jesus, I come to you to quench the thirst of my life and home. Give us to Drink of your ‘living water’ this day and quench every thirst in our lives and family. Thank You Lord in Jesus name, Amen.
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 and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).