HOW THE WILL OF THE TRUE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IS TIED TO YOUR MARRIAGE?
ake a panoramic excursion into the Word of Life with the hindsight of the Holy Spirit; you will be shocked at the carcasses of spiritual giants who became casualties of three things dogging us all. The three existential issues and challenges of life you and me will ever confront in the Journey of Life are: marriage, sex and women. As with all creation of the Almighty God adjudged by Him as: "good" at Creation, Satan, the archenemy of God and the implacable foe of the human race has turned these three institutions and inevitable challenges into avenues to deny billions of His Grace and Paradise. Why did the Almighty God create women? He answered the question Himself: "The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him" (Gen. 2:18). From this scripture, we knew that Adam was alone not in terms of physical engagement; because he was surrounded by multitudes of animals and creatures, some of which we have lost during the Ice Age as a result of the Deluge. So from this scripture, the alone didn't refer to being separated, because Adam named all the animals and creatures. Anyone who says loneliness was being referred to here should pay a visit to the zoo and you will have plenty in your hands. I once worked at the popular The Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa, Florida and boy, you will never be bored. The definition of "loneliness" referred to here by God was elucidated in Genesis 2:20b thus: "But for Adam no suitable helper was found." Adam found none of the animals to relate to in terms of spiritual relationship. It was this thirst for spiritual relationship that made God to do the following thing for Adam: "So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man" (Genesis 2:21-22). It was also this spiritual relationship that made the Almighty God to create you and me in His Image and Likeness. You can't commune and relate spiritually with non-spiritual beings, thus the God of Love could not have made human beings zombies, lobotomized lackeys and marionettes without free will and free choice. It was the creation of woman that solved Adam's loneliness, but three other objectives of the Lord were also realized which He had already specified a priori in Genesis 1:28: "God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it."
The word: "Man" did not refer to the male gender as erroneously interpreted. The Man that the Lord God created was a generic word for both male and female, for in the beginning, He created them male and female (Genesis 1:27). We have also pointed out elsewhere and in this column that Man was different from Adam per se. Adam was a representative of the generic Man that the Almighty God created and it was Man and not Adam that the Lord God Almighty had a Covenant with at Creation. Thus when Adam sinned with Eve, who was also a representative of the Man created as male and female (Genesis 1:27), the Almighty God must continue with His initial plan to have a family on this earth. Simply because you have a stupid dog that is behaving badly and couldn't be tamed doesn't mean all animals are bad. Do you get it now? As a matter of fact, the Almighty God doesn't say Man has fallen; that expression; "The Fall of Man" was never in the original Hebrew manuscript as contained in Genesis. English translators used that as a heading in Genesis 3, because as the Almighty God is concerned, it was Adam and Eve, the representatives of the Man that God created that fell, Man hasn't. We should allow the Holy Spirit to explain this Biblical Truth for us. It was in furtherance of the Will of God for Man that sexual intercourse needs to take place and the institution the Lord God Almighty created for this to happen is Marriage.
The first purpose of marriage is relationship between a male and female. Why should it be between a male and female? After all, a male and another male can also have relationship. Or a female and another female can decide to have spiritual relationship as well. The Almighty God Who created us doesn't want a male and another male to have spiritual relationship and physical relationship together or a female to do the same to another female because of three things; (1) the sexual organ of both are different and hence He deprives one of what the other has so that a male should be looking for a female since what the former has, the latter doesn't have it; (2) life will come to a standstill, if male and male have spiritual and sexual relationship together. How would they be able to fulfill this commandment of God as He stated in Genesis 1:28: "God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it." Finally (3), if male and male are united and female and another female are united; they would not be able to fulfill the third commandment of God for Man as again stated in Genesis 1:28b; "Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground." But you say how? The animals and all other creatures will overwhelm us. There is power in numbers. Praise the Lord!
Consequently, as you examine your life and the lives of those that had passed through this dimension, certain commonalities can be traced to these three issues of life; women, sex and marriage. For those who made it to the finished line; their power through the Holy Spirit to surmount these three issues of life should be imbibed by every regenerated soul. Similarly, when we study the lives of those who didn't make it to the end in the Journey of Life, we can easily trace their down fall to one or all of these spiritual banana peels of life. Papa Abraham was well-rounded and had riches and wealth but siring of children was his problem. Satan didn't attack any other area of his life, except that area of his life that would give glory to the Almighty God via His Promise in Genesis 22:17: "I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies…" Abraham and you and me would have chuckled: What a joke? How do you make such a gargantuan promise to come to pass in the life of a man who doesn't even have a child? Now friend, know this and hold firmly to this spiritual truth; Satan will never attack anything or any area of your life, if that area of your life will not give glory to the Lord. Hallelujah! When people ask me how can they know the will and purpose of God for them and I tell them; examine your life and search for that area of your life that you suffered intense need and deprivation while growing up. Satan knew that it was through child bearing that the Will of God in Abraham's life would be fulfilled so he went after that aspect of his life. A brother approached me in Chicago and complained that he was always getting into trouble with the law for apparently no reason. He has given his life to the Lord and wants to serve Him, but somehow he is always seeing himself in and out of jail. He couldn't understand why and as I was about to pray for him, the Holy Spirit said I should tell him He wanted to use him to minister to prisoners. "Why, prison ministry?"He shouted. "Who do you think the Lord would send, a free man?"I answered him. "An alumnus like you will be the best herald." That was one of the reasons our Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth physically as Emmanuel or God with us. How could the Lord God intervene and plead our case before a Holy God if He didn't know what you and I are going through as fallen human beings? That was the leitmotiv of the Book of Hebrews.
Take a look at the life of Isaac. He too also had problems in the area of siring and childbearing. "Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant" (Gen. 25:21). Rachel cried and wept complaining to her husband; Jacob that he should make her pregnant or she would die. "When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I'll die!"(Gen. 30: 1). Why was Rachel barren? A king was coming out of her and Satan knew that so he tried to stop that king, but the Will of the Lord was eventually done. Joseph came and we know the rest of the story. Why did Samson not make it to the finished line? What was the only blemish that is commonly remembered in the life of great King David today; the man after God's heart? Bathsheba! Why did Absalom perish prematurely in his rebellious arrogance against his father? We got a clue: "Ahithophel answered, "Sleep with your father's concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute." So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel" (2 Samuel 16:20-22). With all his wisdom, the Wisest Man Who Ever Lived; Solomon fell flat before women, sex and marriage for in the latter days of King Solomon, with all the power, pomp and riches, he became a footnote in historical records thus; "King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter-Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, "You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods." Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done." (1 Kings 11:1-6). We can go on and on the devastation wrought by these three issues of life; dreams aborted, destinies cut short, lives destroyed and monumental havoc done on earth.
I was at home in Chicago years ago when a call came from a sister shouting and weeping over the phone. She was telling me: "They've killed…" she mentioned the name of her husband. "What happened?" I asked. Amid sobbing, she told me how her husband convinced her to refinance their home in the United States and how she accepted with the understanding that he was going to Africa to start good business. He lied. Unbeknown to the sister, the husband was engaging in adulterous relationship. One day, he was caught by the husband of his paramour, who eventually set a trap for him. He was cold-bloodedly murdered at the outskirts of Lagos as he was driving with the paramour. Our inamorata had given his life to the Lord Jesus Christ; he was a "pastor" and anytime he preached, you thought the Holy Spirit was in front of you. But he went after the way of Demas. Five years before his tragic death, I had warned this particular brother of the plan of Satan to destroy him through adultery and sexual immorality. He didn't listen. "Sir, will he go to heaven?" his widow asked. "No, he was a candidate to hell fire cruising on Hellway Boulevard," I announced rather brutally. Brother, Sister, I do not know where you're reading this, but its very important to solve these three issues of woman, sex and marriage. If you're single, get it right now and fast. If you've tried it before and it didn't work out, you know and I know that you cannot be celibate forever. You are deceiving yourself if you allow Satan to deceive you that you don't need a man in your life. If you are a man and fall for similar artifice of Satan that you can be by yourself and do not need companionship, you have been captured by Satan and his demons. We are created for fellowship. God Almighty is and will never be Alone. He created us for relationship and that is why we were created in His Image and Likeness. The first thing the Almighty God will remove from those going to hell is relationship. It is called the demon of Abaddon from where we have the English word; Abandon (Revelation 9:11). In hell, every soul is abandoned and forlorn. There is no relationship, there is no fellowship, you are by yourself miserable and abandoned for life. That is hell fire for you. Read Isaiah 14:12-20 and you will see the picture of hell. That is why it is important to partner with us in these three vital areas of your life; women, sex and marriage. You need the Holy Spirit more than ever before in this areas of life. Visit www.getyourchristianwife.com or www.getyourchristianhusband.com for more details. It shall be well in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR BROTHER TOYE AND SISTER ABIODUN ODUBIRO
The joy of serving the Lord God Almighty extends far and beyond our individual salvation. Yes, we are full of His Glory that we are making it to heaven and for what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had accomplished for us on Calvary, we are eternally grateful. If we have 1000 tongues, they will never be enough for us to praise, and adore Him for this work of salvation. But another cause for joy and heartfelt gratitude is what He is using us for in the lives of precious souls around the world. The Holy Bible says, when we boast, we should only boast in the Lord: "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord" (2 Corinthians 10:17). Consequently, we should not and never close our mouths when the Lord Jesus Christ answers prayers and uses us for His Glory, Hallelujah!
* Sister Abiodun and Brother Toye Odubiro will become parents in Jesus Mighty Name
When the couples; Brother Toye and Sister Biodun Odubiro called us at The Jesus Christ Solution Center Texas from Illinois early in the year for the fruit of the womb, we took them through the Words of Life and explained it wasn't part of His Plan for married couples to be childless. The scriptures cannot be broken, because God is not man that He should lie or change His Mind (Numbers 23:19 & Titus 1:2). We assured the Odubiros that the Jehovah Lord God Almighty would answer our prayers and supplications, just as He has done for others. Midway to our prayer sessions, the Holy Spirit gave a directive which we promptly passed unto the Odubiros. Praise the Lord, they obeyed. Today, Sister Biodun is expecting. I am happy for them and will rejoice with them for the Lord Who promised will never fail. Just as He said in His Word, Isaiah 66:9: "Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the LORD. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" says your God." Again, I rejoice greatly with the Odubiros. I will keep our readers posted.
THE TITHE CONTROVERSY
The hoopla surrounding tithe issue in Nigeria should stop. Many have written to me to intervene and as the Lord Jesus Christ permits, we shall do that next week and many will be enlightened on this important aspect of Christendom? Should Christians pay tithe? Will you go to heaven or hell over tithe? What does the Holy Bible say and teach about tithing? Are today's churches and pastors really teaching and telling their parishioners and congregation the truth and nothing but the truth about tithing? We will examine the matter next week in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.