Good Evening family,
How are we all today? Hope you’re enjoying this week so far. London has been extremely rainy and grey; I am looking forward to leaving! Today’s message is going to be short, sweet and straight to the point but I pray that the excellent spirit that was on Daniel will fall upon and rest on us today and always. I pray that what the Lord wants us to learn, He will show us and give us the grace to act according to His will. Amen.
Last week, I was watching a sermon by Dr. Myles Munroe called “Singleness”. It was extremely beautiful and enlightening. One of the things that however stood out for me was when he shortly spoke about divorce. He said that divorce is one of the most painful experiences a human being can go through; worse than death. With death, there is some level of closure but most times with divorce there isn’t. Life goes on but you still see the person; especially if you have kids. You may have to watch the person get married again. It can be an excruciating process, before, during and after!
Two days after that, I was speaking to a friend when she told me about a couple we knew who was getting a divroce; I instantly felt down, sad and broken! I am not close to the couple but it’s just sad to know a couple who was once so in love, made vows to spend their lives together and today their marriage is ending in divorce. It was extremely bad news for me and I spent the rest of the day quite sad. To make things even worse, during my blog run that evening, I learned that a very wonderful and lovely couple in ministry was getting a divorce. All this in one day; I was extremely hurt and sad because only recently I had watched sermons by the wife who is also a Pastor and I thought she was extremely lovely, wise and humble! I imagined how great a ministry she had and how lovely and peaceful her family must be! I was so sad to learn about this impending divorce and it dawned on me that as christians, we need to intercede for our leaders, our family and friends! We can no longer sit down and watch painful things unfold but we must be active in this fight for peace and unity within our homes, families, marriages and ministry! I personally believe that as Christians, we must be our brother’s keeper! If you are a regular reader of this blog, by now you know that I am very passionate about the family unit, marriage ministry and children and I know most readers are too! We must intercede for families, homes and marriages!
2 Corinthians 10:3-4– For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;).
We can no longer sit back and just watch wonderful and inspirational marriages fail and dissolve, we can no longer sit back and watch families ripped apart of couples living together but in war! We can’t do this anymore! We need to use our power in the spirit realm to fight for unity.
There is a saying that goes “United we stand, divided we fall”; this is very true and is depicted in the Bible.
Deuteronomy 32:30– How could one person chase a thousand of them, and two people put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?
Are we all aware of this? There is power in numbers and power in agreement which is why the devil hates unity! He loves to separate and divide and division is a spirit. Tribalism, divorce, family separation/malice, all these issues are spirits manifested by the devil to stop unity and we need to fight against this. There is so much division in the world; whites against blacks, then within the black race, West Indiands Vs Africans; West Africans Vs North Africans, Ghana vs Nigeria, within Nigeria, Igbo Vs Yoruba, even within the tribe, this village versus that village, in that street, this street versus that street, within a family, this side doesn’t speak to that side! I mean it is a spirit and we must understand this! Today, I urge you to pray against every spirit of division within families, tribes, nations and across the world.
More specifically, let’s take the institution of marriage to our Lord who created it and ask Him to intervene! Whether you are single or married, come to God and thank Him for inventing such a beautiful thing as marriage and acknowledge that all He does is perfect! Let’s thank Him for the Bible He provided us with and for the gift of the Holy Spirit who leads us. We need to pray for marriages around us, our marriages, that of friends, colleagues, our parents, grand parents, children and our leaders! You may know of a couple who is going through a difficult time, why not use your authority as a child of God to intercede for them? Pray for them and commit their marriage into God’s hands and declare that they will find peace again, unity will reign in their home and that they will feel love and joy again! Decree that their marriage will never end in divorce but will be a testimony that will lead people to Christ! Amen! What about that couple that you admire, that lovely couple that is so inspirational and happy? Lift them up before God; praise the Lord for the success of their marriage but ask God to continually be with them and to triple their joy. Tell God how much of an inspiration they are to you and you want their marriage to continue to touch others; ask the Lord to give them grace to continue and ensure that their marriage will not end prematurely!
What about our leaders in ministry? Our Pastors in Church and the Pastors whose books and CDs we buy, the sermons we watch online. What about them? Or the ones whose blogs we read? They bless us everyday with their inspirational messages yet do we take the time out to bless them with prayers and prophetic declarations? You know these Pastors have thousands of sheep to tend to and lead, yet do we pray for God to grant them grace and lead them? We need to lift our pastors up before God and ask for His intervention in their lives and ministry! We need to pray for their marriages and ask God to give them strength and grace and decree that their marriage shall never be a failure neither shall they end in divorce! We must decree the favour of God upon their marriage and that the Lord will continually bless their union, take them from strength to strength and magnify the joy they felt on their wedding day throughout the course of their marriage. This year alone, there have been so many cases of divorce in the body of Christ especially within the leadership and it’s very sad to see but I believe that if we all stand together, pray for our leaders always and intercede for them, it will be a thing of the past!
For those of you who are married, pray for your marriage, pray for your spouse; whether in time of trouble or joy! Always ask God to protect and preserve your marriage; always ask God for the grace to hold on and enjoy your marriage! Decree that every spirit of division will be far, very far from your home! While those of you who are still single, yes you may not have met your spouse but begin to pray for your marriage; that it shall never end in tears or divorce! Tell God to give you a marriage which will be beautiful and blessed; one you will enjoy and not endure! One that will bless thousands of people and lead people to Christ! Happy marriages really give children an insight into what the family unit should be and gives them a good start in life and we as Christians need to cherish and protect the gift of marriage and always stand in the gap, praying for marriages all around us! Not only should they last but they should inspire other people and that both parties in the marriage enjoy it and that others around will be touched by the marriage! Decree that divorce will become a thing of the past in ministry and every spirit of division in the Church will die! Decree restoration to the marriages of our leaders and pray that God gives our Pastors the strength and grace to hold on to their families and to always be committed and dedicated to their marriage! We just need to pray; because if we are honest, these statistics do affect people and discourage them and so we must intercede! I hope you will join me today in this fight to preserve, protect the family institution and marriage! God bless you all!