MARRIAGE: A LIFETIME COVENANT
MARRIAGE: A LIFETIME COVENANT
I welcome you to this month’s teaching. I want you to be rest assured that God is going to visit you this month. This month, I shall be discussing on Marriage: A Lifetime Covenant.
Today, I want to start by looking at the origin of marriage. In Genesis 2:18-25, we see God initiating the idea of male and female relationship in which both will serve as succour to each other. God’s purpose for instituting marriage is to create a help that is suitable, adaptable and complementary, to establish unity and for procreation.
What is Marriage?
Marriage is a union between a man and a woman. It is the coming together of two people of opposite sex, with a view to building a God-centred home. Marriage is not the culture of any country of the world; rather, it is heaven’s culture. It is God’s idea, not man’s idea. The Word of God says: And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man (Genesis 2:21-22).
God in His infinite wisdom knew that man would have certain needs and desires that cannot be satisfied by animals or other things He created. So, He initiated the idea of marriage, and formed a helpmeet for man.
It is important for us to know that at the beginning of the institution called marriage, God introduced it as a union between a man and woman and not same sex. People of the world have perverted what God Himself formed for man and his wife to enjoy. In the beginning, it was not so. Homosexualism is really growing fast in various countries of the world today. God’s rule has been laid down concerning this abominable thing. The Word of God says: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination (Leviticus 18:22).
Scripturally, marriage is for a lifetime. It is, therefore, not to be entered into without knowing what you are getting into. It is very important for you to know what marriage is and is not, before you say, “I do” to anyone. Hear the testimony of this sister.
“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 Christ in 1992, it became obvious. Yet, I lacked wisdom and counsel, and I was emotionally immature.
All the same, I got married, and the Lord has been merciful. However, on joining this Church and listening to different ministrations, my life and marriage has acquired meaning, and direction. Now, my marriage is established and I am free from all manner of oppressions of the wicked.
My family has increased remarkably and I now apply myself to the wisdom of God that He has imparted on me by reason of the teachings and ministrations I get here!”
Opara, C. C. N.
God ordained marriage for man and woman to give, and receive satisfaction, and to meet the needs, and desires of one another. This marriage relationship is very unique since it involves the spirit, soul and body of two individuals. As long as a couple is born again and their lives have been transformed, they have become new creatures and they belong to the same spiritual Kingdom.
Our father, Abraham, knew the importance of this; that is why he told his servant to go to his (Abraham’s) people to get a wife for his son. The Word of God says: And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh. And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell (Genesis 24:2-3).
In the realm of the soul, both husband and wife should have the same mind concerning issues of life, especially when it comes to living one’s life according to the doctrines of the Holy Bible. There must be an agreement between the couple, before they can really walk in the principles of the Bible. The Bible advises: Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3).
It is important, therefore, for us to know that there is no agreement between light and darkness. So, as a believer in Christ that is regenerated, you are not permitted to even consider an unbeliever for marriage. The Word of God says: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).
To have a good marriage and a successful family, you need to first have a good stand with God. To do so, you need to confess your sins and surrender your life to Him. Please say this prayer in faith, if you are ready for this: “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).