FAMILY LIFE UNIVERSITY…
November 2018 Edition…
UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRIT OF MARRIAGE.
Text: Malachi 2:15-16
“God, not you made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage…So guard the spirit of marriage within you…” (MSG)
“There is a spirit of marriage.!
The spirit of a thing is what makes that thing work or answer to its name. It’s what makes that thing a reality…
– the spirit of Christ-1Peter 1:11
– the spirit of faith- 2Corinthians 4:13
– the spirit of jealousy- Numbers 5:30
– the spirit of the world- 2Timothy 1:17… etc.
Many are doing marriage with the spirit of the culture and tradition of their country, tribe or colour. Some are doing marriage with the spirit of the age, century or generation they’re born in. No wonder there is so much trouble in marriages!
If the spirit of a thing is not at work in you, you will not be able to function as is required of you to enjoy the blessing that thing offers.
The spirit of faith, for instance, will make you believe, think, talk and act faith, and your life will be full of the proofs of the faith of Jesus that is in you as a believer.
Friends, there is a spirit of marriage. And when you’re conscious of that spirit, and you submit yourself to its power and influence, it will control you, and determine…
* how you see and value marriage
* how you behave
* what you do
* and the choices and decisions you make in and concerning your marriage.
Just like the way a man behaves when he is under the control and influence of the spirit of alcohol, drugs, lust or anger. Yes!
On your wedding day, you received a baptism of the spirit of marriage…
Just like the Apostles were baptized with the Spirit of Christ, and all of the Acts of the Apostles is a record of the influence and power of that Spirit in their lives, as they submitted totally to Him, and continued to do what was required to keep Him at work in them.
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That was why Peter told the others that they have to leave serving of tables to others, so that they can give themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.
Because that is what will keep that Spirit activated and powering their lives and assignment (Acts 6:1-7).
When you are aware that the spirit to do marriage came into you when you legally became husband and wife, and you allow that spirit to control you by all means, it will always make you do what is required of you to enjoy the power and blessings of marriage…”
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