Bitter Truth On Marriage; Married Man

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From ALBINUS CHIEDU

It is the responsibility of a married man to establish core values in his home. However, implementation has to be shared by the husband and wife.

 

Father, each time your wife says discipline should wait till you come; the children will hate you because you are the one beating them.

 

Core values are like the lines around the stadium. If those lines were not there, you wouldn?t know if the ball was in or out. There are goal posts. If there were no goal posts, you wouldn?t be able to know if the ball was above, over the bar or within the bar. Core value in a marriage means a home, a husband and wife knows what they settle for. They know what becomes of a Christen home.

 

It is core values that under guard your daughter?s life before even she meets a boy she will court.? These core values are the things you use to tell her which kind of person she can cope with.? It is core value that determines who you think will marry your daughter; same thing for women.? It is core value that makes you make up your mind.

 

A good guy that is struggling and has a vision comes for your daughter and another boy has a very wealthy family but has not done much for himself in life.? They are both keen for your daughter.? It is core values that makes you see the guy that comes from a broke family but has a vision, a dream and a destiny and is pursuing her. It? makes you to say ?Excuse me, I don?t care how wealthy your dad is.? Thank God for you.? There is a girl for you somewhere but my daughter; herself and this guy, if they start together building together, they will have future together.? If you don?t have core values, the moment you smell money, you say ?I am very glad I raised you well.? Those without core values, the moment they bring the boy or girl home, they ask ?What is their name?? How much does the father have?? ?The response is ?Daddy, his father is loaded.? He has a private jet?.? Daddy says: ?Settled.? I have heard from the Lord.? You can marry?

 

As a man, your foreground is more important than your background. God is about the family because families reflect nations.? In the Bible, you would observe that people were not classified on the basis of their colour.? In the Bible, people were classified on the basis of their language, their nation and on the bases of talent. They say ?and so so and so begat this and that begat this?.? It means it is important to God.? That is why He is called Father.? Jesus is the Son of God {God is very interested in the family unit that he has committed into the hands of man to manage.

 

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?Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.?

But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night.?

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers?. (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)

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A blessed man does not walk in the path of the scornful or with those who mock the word of God. Many marriages will always have problems because the man has not carefully understood that if my marriage will work, I must first learn how to connect with God; how to submit to God; how to truly receive from God and then pass it to my home.? A man that is not in submission to God is a problem to himself and his family because he is not hearing from God.? He is drawing from his flesh.? Essentially, you draw from something to manifest what you do. So, if you are not drawing from God, you are reaching into your soul and drawing and using it to manifest.? It is very important for a man to learn how to submit to the leading of the holy spirit.

?As many that are led by the holy spirit, they are the sons of God? (Romans 8:14)

So, when you learn to submit to God, then your wife submits to you and you do not end up mistreating your wife and attracting curse to your life. You will be cursed if you mistreat your wife. The Bible says, how can you dishonour what is part of your body?? So, a blessed man does not dishonour his wife and mistreat her.? He realizes that they are one flesh. If the man wants to be given respect and honour, he has to first honour and respect God.? Many have cursed their own future because they mistreated the person who left her father and mother to come and live with them.

However, many times, what the woman needs is a reaction to what the man has been doing.? So, you are tampering with a curse if you mistreat your wife.? If somebody hears his own is better and you are always comparing her ?This person is better than you.? Look at that lady. Look at the way she carries herself. Look at those people?s marriage?.? You have got to understand that if that marriage is good and that woman is nice, her husband is doing something.

Everyone has a way of entrance to heart. We all have ways which we can be scoped.? Some people like petting. Others like money. Some like actualization. Seek to know what the person likes. Some people like flowers. Some like surprises. Some people don?t want to see flowers.? They say ?Show me the money. If you don?t buy flower, just give me the money?.

Jesus tells us the kind of a blessed man that he seeks. He doesn?t stand.? He doesn?t walk with the scornful, the sinners and the ungodly.

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MEMORY VERSE: ?Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. (Psalm 1:1 NIV)

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PRAYER POINT: 1. Jesus, take over my life and deliver me from bad company in Jesus name. Amen

2. Jesus, I reject every counsel that works against your commandment in Jesus name. Amen

3. Oh Lord! I loose my life from the influence of those who mock your name in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 25) Married Man

If you want your wife to submit, you?ve got to learn to submit to some authority.? If there is nobody as a man you respect or fear, then there is a problem. A rebellious husband does not deserve a submissive wife. You should be someone your wife can talk to if you are going out of order.? If you are going out of order, there should be one name she can mention that gets you to be in place.? If there is no one who can talk to you, you are a dangerous man.? You are a danger to yourself, your children and everyone around you. There should be someone who can talk to you; your parents or your pastor. There should be one person somewhere who when they mention his name, is a father to you; a spiritual father; a guide; somebody who helps you to be in line with the way of God.

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Blessed men do not feel insecure.? You have to be a secured man; a man with order to his life. You should be a man who has a prayer life and a focused life; a man who has a life with direction. A blessed man for example, does not build a house without his wife?s knowledge. Insecure men abuse their wives. Insecure men abuse their children. Insecure men become a terror to everybody. Insecure men don?t know how to carry themselves right.? When you do not know how to anchor strength to your life, you cannot know the blessing of God. Insecure men fall apart once things go wrong.

Physical achievement of having children is not a sign that a man is a blessed man or real man.? Anybody can father children if he knows what to do. Today, even three year olds do know what to do because all the time, they are on television. Because you fathered a child doesn?t make you a father.

 

MEMORY VERSE: ?But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night? (Psalm 1:2 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: Jesus, set my heart on fire for you that I may desire your word always to guide my life in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 26) Married Man

Real men drop the past. We all have pasts; damaged past, hateful past, things that were sent into our lives, even abandonment by our parents. There are certain things you remember and ask ?Why did a boy have to go through all these??? But you cannot live your future based on your past. You can?t tell your children not to eat because you didn?t eat. Some parents do that. They starve the children and say ?When I was a child, we were not having enough food?. But God provided so that your children can have abundance. Then, the next generation can be better than the last generation.

 

Sufferings of the past must not stop the future. You cannot because you have lacked so much, refuse to bless your children. God will prosper you. Don?t let your children join the statistics of failed children.

Being a blessed man happens by you, honestly confronting what you really were, to become who you really should be. It is working in the path of a changed mind that distinguishes you.

 

Do not marry more than one wife because you are from a polygamous family and go through the round of disharmony and crisis that accompanies polygamy. You can break the jinx in your family. Many men have already done so.

 

MEMORY VERSE: ?He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers?. (Psalm 1:3 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: 1. Oh Lord! Plant my home by the streams of your living water that we may serve you forever in Jesus name. Amen

2. Oh Lord! Let my efforts in this world reflect your glory in Jesus name. Amen

3. I reject every fruitless labour in my physical and spiritual life in Jesus name. Amen

4. Oh Lord my God, prosper the good works of my hand in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 27) Married Man?s Expressions

It is an error for you to tell your wife, daughter or son things like ?Don?t do something evil or bad so that you don?t soil my name and spoil my political ambition.?

This is a statement from a selfish and self centred man. If I rephrase the statement, it means ?Look! You are not important and you don?t matter. I don?t care what happens to you. All I care about is my political ambition. If not for my personal desires, I won?t even ask after your welfare.?

You must realize that your wife and children are human beings with feelings, brains and ambitions too. The likely unexpressed reaction to your statement will be ?Look at this man. So, it is all about your name, political ambition and business. Foolish man! I will just do what I want. You are on your own. Who cares about your useless name and ambition?

The counsel that could give you positive result is: ?My dear (wife, son or daughter), this way you are following is against the will of God and word of God for you. It can lead you to destruction and affect your future negatively. I love you and I don?t want evil things to happen to you. Moreso, God and the government or the law will not be happy with you. You could attract a curse, punishment or destruction to yourself and obstruct your destiny.?

It is about God and the person being addressed. You are a counsellor, guardian, caretaker to the home. Your role as the head of the home should be played in love, on behalf of God, FOR THE GLORY OF GOD (Not your personal glory).

Don?t refer to your child as ?my son? or ?my daughter? when you are talking to your spouse. It is a display of selfishness (when the child is doing well). It becomes ?your son? or ?your daughter? when the child is doing badly (a display of cowardice and irresponsibility).

When your son or daughter introduces a potential life partner to you, your endorsement should not be based on considerations of political or financial status of potential in-laws. In fact, leave your children to decide the kind of husband or wife they desire. Your intervention should only have to do with questions as regards character of the potential son or daughter in-law. Even your daughter or son will be able to do this screening if your home has been built around God, godly lifestyle and values. Teach them the ways of God from the beginning.

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MEMORY VERSE: These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! I hand my wife and children over to you. Set their hearts on fire with desire for righteousness in Jesus name. Amen.

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 28) The GSM Connection

The volume of mobile phones in circulation and active lines speak volumes of the place of the invention in daily life. According to the International Data Corporation, 418.6 million mobile phones were shipped by vendors in the first quarter of 2013.

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) says by the end of January 2013, Nigeria had 154 million connected lines. 144 million of them were active. This led to growth in the country?s tele-density, which is the percentage of connected lines in relation to the population in a given period of time. Nigeria?s tele-density rose from the 80.85 per cent of December 2012 to 81.78 percent at the end of January 2013.

Within the one-month period of December 2012 to January 2013, 1.3 million phone lines were added. Between one-year period of January 2012 to January 2013, 18.3 million lines were added to the phone users? subscriber base in Nigeria. This represents a 19.1 percent increase.

In Nigeria, the GSM technology has changed lives since its introduction in 2001. It has created thousands of jobs while making life and communication easier. The technology has equally enhanced business operations and Nigerians have fully embraced it. Corporate and individual time management has significantly improved and the general impact of the technology on Nigeria?s overall economic development has been simply awesome.

However, the GSM technology has a number of minuses which have negatively influenced family and individual relationships as well as moral values. For instance, the craze for ownership of mobile phones has resulted in misplacement of priorities, especially among teenagers in this clime. Many students have diverted their (valuable) school fees into the purchase of (expensive) mobile phones.

The issue of addiction to mobile phone operation has led to very poor time management and waste of precious time. An average Nigerian teenager could spend an entire day on unproductive face book chats, using a mobile phone. This has by implication, increased indiscipline and disrespect for parents and wards, as vital errands are ignored.

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MEMORY VERSE: ?Because those who are led by the spirit of God are the sons of God? (Romans 8:14 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: Jesus, take over my life and guide me in the paths of righteousness amidst a sinful world in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 29) The GSM Connection-2

Effective parents-children communication in the home has been severely hampered by the advent of mobile phones. Once the average teenager is busy with pinging, browsing or chatting, vital parental instructions are hardly heard or digested

Worse still, an inquiry in most cases, into the subject that holds the teenager?s attention upsets the moral sensibilities of such inquirer. Put straight, the mobile phone of today?s Nigerian teenager is used for perusing nude photographs of the opposite sex and other pornographic materials. This is a major contributor to the current decay in moral values, which has drastically increased reports of rape incidents by the media.

The common use of the mobile phone to lie over the user?s location is also one of the technology?s minuses. So many pre-marital and marital relationships have been broken through the use of the mobile phones. It has contributed to the rate of infidelity and the terrorist activity called rape has been executed using the mobile phone.

Desperate and misguided guys and ladies in search of life partners are also vulnerable. This is why it is wise for such people to carry God along in their search. ?Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God? (Philippians 4:6 NIV).

The use of Short Message Service (SMS) has contributed to the growing level of intellectual laziness. Most times, words in text messages are hardly spelt correctly. The poor performance of candidates at the Universities Technical Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) in recent years is one of the consequences of the SMS culture.

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MEMORY VERSE: Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6 NIV).

PRAYER POINT: I denounce every technological invention that contends with my relationship with God in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 30) My Husband-To-Be

?Look in the scroll of the Lord and read: None of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth that has given the order, and his spirit will gather them together? (Isaiah 34:16 NIV).

Single sister, your husband is somewhere on the surface of the earth but you need to liaise with God to get a connection to his location. The will of God for you is the best but you cannot flow in line with God?s will if you are not walking with God. The qualities that you desire in your husband-to-be should be products of God?s will. This is where many ladies miss it. ?What kind of a man do you desire to be your husband?? She responds: ?Anyone, provided he has money.?

This is the problem. Many ladies don?t know what they want in a husband. No wonder they hold on to any guy that comes close, for fear of never getting married if they leave him. But men can smell fear a mile away. They can sense your intentions if you are desperately holding on to the relationship because of fear. To move ahead in life, you must deal with fear. Know it today that if a guy is not your husband, he is not. Don?t hold on to him because of fear.

?For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind? (2nd Timothy 1:7 KJV).

I should know what I want. For instance, if he is the type that lies, he is a dangerous person. I need someone who says something and I can believe him fully. Is he asking me for sex when we are not yet legally married? He cannot pass. I want to have sex with a man only after we have completed all legal procedures for marriage. Does he love money more than God? Is he desperate about money to the extent that he can do anything to get it? I won?t marry him because one day, he could use me for money ritual.

Sister, watch out for substance and not fantasy. Apart from the fact that he spoils me with cash and has sex with me, is there any other husband quality in him? If there is none and I am still following him, then, I could be likened to a prostitute. Prostitutes only care about money and sex, nothing else.

Does this guy truly love me? Well, how can I know when I have been carried away with sexual pleasure? It is difficult for me to be objective here if the pleasure of sex has taken over my faculty of judgement.

Sister, avoid pre-marital sex for your own good.

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MEMORY VERSE: Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge (Hebrews 13:4 KJV)

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! I pray that I will not marry somebody?s husband in Jesus name. Amen.

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 31)My Husband-To-Be 2

Our parents always like to enhance their CVs. ?I have five daughters and they are all married.?

So, some parents whose daughters are of age and are not married sometimes pressurize their daughters to marry just any guy that comes around.

Some even say, ?Look at you. Your mates are married. What are you still doing in my house?? Many parents feel they are expressing love for their children when they reason and talk this way. Unfortunately, it is a display of lack of love because you are giving the lady parental pressure that could lead her into wrong decisions that could backfire later.

Sister, refuse to bow to such human pressures for the sake of your future. MARRIAGE IS NOT THE WEDDING CEREMONY. IT IS WHAT HAPPENS THEREAFTER,

Some parents even go to the extent of fetish manipulation to achieve this objective. Sister, this is why you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal saviour so that you can tap from his power. All powers on earth and in heaven has been given unto us as believers in Christ. At the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. He has a promise of victory for you.

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MEMORY VERSE: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: By the power in the name of Jesus, I command every juju priest manipulating my relationship to go blind in Jesus name. Amen.

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 32)- My Husband-To-Be 3

The root of many crashed relationships today is wrong perception of marital relationship and wrong foundation. For instance, marriage is more than feelings. Do not just say:

?Oh! He is a good guy but they are so poor in their house. Let me marry him so that I can help them out since I am so rich?

?I am so impressed with what I have seen in this person. Let me marry him, even though I may not be able to express myself or my real feelings to this person?.

My dear, impression without expression can lead you to depression. Maybe it has been all about sex or money but marriage is more than feelings.? Marriage is more about a decision; a lifetime decision. It is about responsibility, understanding, compatibility, faithfulness, loyalty…commitment.

Sister, if a man is a layabout and has no character, you have no business marrying him with the intention to improve his life later. His mother couldn?t get it done. So, you MAY NOT do a better job. Leopards don?t change their spots…except by miracle.

If the guy you are dating is so temperamental and is already attempting to slap you because of anger, he will use you as a punching bag when he marries you. You are not likely to have a marital bliss. You may end up having a matrimonial boxing ring. This is why marriage is more of a decision than a feeling. You may decide to go ahead and face this. It is a matter of decision. Let consideration for your decision and implications, overpower your feeling and not vice versa.

Above all, go closer to he who knows all things and all hearts. He will guide you correctly. The same God that spoke to Moses, Abraham and Mary when they consulted him is the same God we serve today.

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MEMORY VERSE: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! Protect me from marrying the wrong person in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 33)- Taboo

LEVITICUS CHAPTER 18 (NIV)

Verse 5: Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.

Verse 6: No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.

Verse 7: Do not dishonour your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

Verse 8: Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonour your father.

Verse 9: Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

Verse 10: Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonour you.

Verse 11: Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

Verse 12: Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative.

Verse 13: Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative.

Verse 14: Do not dishonour your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

Verse 15: Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.

Verse 16: Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonour your brother.

Verse 17: Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

Verse 18: Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

Verse 19: Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

Verse 20: Do not have sexual relations with your neighbour’s wife and defile yourself with her.

Verse 22: Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Verse 23: Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

MEMORY VERSE: Everyone who does any of these detestable things–such persons must be cut off from their people (Leviticus 18:29 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! Keep me far from every act that offends your word and your ways in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 34)- ?Self-Made Man

?It is better to heed a wise man?s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools? (Ecclesiastes 7:5 NIV)

?I am a self-made man and I don?t want to bring in any woman to come and destroy what I have built.? This is the mentality that has kept many ?old? men unnecessarily single till date. But this is ?the song of a fool.?

This man?s foolishness is in his ignorance. First, there is no successful individual on the face of the earth that is ?self-made.? At the hospital where you were birthed, if the midwife had neglected her responsibility and refused to help the delivery process, you would not have been born. If the teacher who awarded you grades in school had decided to be an obstacle to your destiny despite your academic capabilities, you would never have graduated. If your first employer had resisted the urge to employ you, maybe you would have still been jobless by now. If your mother had aborted you before delivery, you would not have existed. If someone somewhere had not prayed for you when you were tender, asking God to help you grow up into a great man, you would have been a failure. Walk into your office, wearing white clothes and discover that the chairs are dusty. Mr. Self-made, would you look for rag to dust the chairs or invite the office cleaners? If your official driver had driven carelessly, running under a moving trailer and killing you both, would you have been alive?

Stop listening to people who patronize you with statements like ?You are a self-made man.? It is the song of fools. Do not join the chorus. Everybody that you have met and will ever meet on the ladder of success is important to your destiny and to God. Realize that it is just the mercy of God that has kept you.

My dear, look for your wife.

 

MEMORY VERSE: What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:4 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! Open my eyes to see more of you and less of me in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 35)- ?Self-Made Man-2

??The Lord God said ?it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him? (Genesis 2:18 NIV)

Man, you need a wife to help you achieve your vision if your vision is in line with God?s purpose for your life. That is the role of a wife-a helper.

However, do not expect a lifetime helper when you have never and are not willing to be a helper to someone. Secondly, you must share God?s perception of husband-wife relationship. If you are a liar, you will attract liars and pretenders into your life. If you project sex, money and material things, you will attract young (and even old) ladies who want these things from you. Who you are is what you will attract, To connect with the right person therefore, work on yourself. Become a person of integrity and live a Christlike life. Uphold the values of Jesus Christ-values of true love, vision, uprightness, holiness, truthfulness, etc.

It is your orientation that influences your attitude. Your attitude determines your altitude in life. Do you see your wife-to-be as part of your property i.e. furniture, car, etc? Then, you cannot have a joyful marriage. Do you see women as tools or items that could be bought, used and dumped? Then, you can NEVER have a peaceful relationship. You can?t even have peace and you are likely to marry someone else? wife, thereby attracting troubles and possibly, curses upon yourself. If you change the way you look at things, things will change the way they look. You cannot help yourself. You need Jesus to help you.

 

MEMORY VERSE: I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit for without me, ye can do nothing. (John 15:5 KJV)

PRAYER POINT: Jesus! I surrender my all to you. Take possession of my body, my mind, my soul, my spirit, my present and my future in Jesus name. Amen.

 

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 36)- Sexual Promiscuity

Pre-marital and extramarital sex have both physical and spiritual implications. First, the medical dangers; A guy could contract HIV, tuberculosis, staphylococcus and other viruses that could infect his body system and create fertility problems after marriage. Today, some married men have not been able to get their wives pregnant, years after marriage because of body infections they had acquired from indiscriminate sexual relationships before marriage.

For a lady, the dangers of pre-,marital and extra-marital sex include cardiovascular problems, unwanted pregnancy, heartbreak, etc. Fertility problems, blood infections, HIV, staphylococcus and other medical problems are also high possibilities.

Pre-marital sex could truncate very bright dreams of a guy or a lady especially when pregnancy gets involved. For those who are experts in flushing out developing pregnancies from their bodies, that is abortion. Abortion is murder. ?Thou shalt not kill? (Exodus 20:13 KJV).

This takes us to spiritual implications of sexual promiscuity.

?So is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it? (Isaiah 55:11 NIV).

?And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means, clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children?s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation? (Exodus 34:6-7 KJV).

Our great grand parents did a lot of shedding of blood out of either illiteracy, ignorance or sheer wickedness. There was the killing of twin babies, using of human beings for sacrifice, burying of people alive, using of human heads for installation of kings, and so on.

God hates the shedding of innocent blood with a passion. This was why when Cain killed Abel, he gave him a mark that made him a vagabond upon the face of the earth.

?And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother?s blood from thy hand. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shall thou be on the earth? (Genesis 4:11-12 KJV)

David shed a lot of innocent blood but later repented and embraced God to the extent that God described him as ?a man after my own heart? (Acts 13:22 ). But when David proposed to build a temple for God, God refused on the grounds that his hands were soiled with blood.

 

MEMORY VERSE: I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1)

PRAYER POINT: Jesus! I surrender my body unto you. Take over and keep me on the path of righteousness in Jesus name. Amen.

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 37)- Sexual Promiscuity 2

?And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means, clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children?s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation? (Exodus 34:6-7 KJV).

In the process of idol worship, some of our great-grand parents married their unborn children and grand children to idols and water spirits, while some pronounced barrenness upon the fruit of their loins as sacrifices.

In this generation, most people are ignorant of the level of atrocities committed by their parents, grand and great-grand parents. By virtue of Exodus 34:6-7, you already have a spiritual battle to fight to separate yourself from the link to your ancestral sins of bloodshed and untie spiritual yokes, especially when you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and saviour.

Deliverance can be done by the power in the blood of Jesus, which speaketh better things than the blood of Abel. So, every guy and lady has this spiritual battle of breaking negative spiritual foundations, curses and yokes from his or her life. This implies that every husband or wife has possibly, four (two each from mother and father?s family lines) of such battles. Then, add this four to your partner?s four.

Now, if a guy has sexual intercourse with ten ladies in his lifetime, outside legal marital union, he has added 4 times 10=40 of such battles to his own four because he has connected himself to their own ?loads.? Sexual intercourse is a spiritual thing. ?What! Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit?. (1st Corinthians 6:16-17 KJV).

The same thing applies to a lady who has sex with ten or more men outside marriage. Sexual promiscuity increases the number of spiritual battles you need to fight in your life and keeps you farther away from the benefits of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You can now see that physical problems in some marriages today have spiritual undertone. The solutions are: First, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and personal saviour, believing in his power to deliver you. Then, embark on intense deliverance prayers, padded with faith. Thirdly, live a Christlike life in line with the word of God. You will be delivered in Jesus name. Amen.

 

MEMORY VERSE: They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death (Revelation 12:11 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: 1. By the power in the blood of Jesus that speaks better things than the blood of Abel, I disengage my life from every ancestral influence in Jesus name. Amen.

2. I break every known and unknown spiritual covenant working against my relationship in Jesus name. Amen

3. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I destroy every monitoring power working against my marriage in Jesus name. Amen.

 

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 38) PASTOR?S WIFE

Pastor! Who says your Ministry will not prosper if your wife is not ordained as a Pastor or Rev. Mrs? A divine call into ministry is a spiritual matter. It is an individual/personal issue between the person in question and the divine caller. It is not the political or business appointment that many have turned it into in their spiritual blindness and outright carnality.

Today, there are wives of church pastors and General Overseers who have been denied the freedom to fully utilize their skills and potentials for serving God and society better, because their husbands insisted that they had to do nothing else than ?preside over church affairs. Funny enough, some wives even pressurize their husbands to ?lobby? for the ?human? ceremonial ordination.

Divine call into ministry is not a circular or carnal affair. God does not always do and see things the way we do and see them.

?For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord? (Isaiah 55:8).

No wonder several Pastors? wives that to the glory of God, would have made tremendous positive impact as career women, have remained in the prison of ?My husband is a pastor. Therefore, I need to be ordained as ?Pastor Mrs? (to match) and focus on presiding over church affairs with him.?

Many a Pastor (Mrs.) have brought problem to their husband?s ministries because they were cajoled or compelled to share the altar with their husbands. Some have registered complete failures as full time Assistant General Overseers.

Yes, Jesus gave one key assignment to every one who has accepted Christ as Lord and personal saviour.

?Go ye into all the world and preach the good news to all creation? (Mark 16:15)

The method of implementing this assignment depends on the potential inside of each individual, exhibited under divine direction. For instance, as a carpenter, bricklayer, trader, driver, lawyer, doctor, engineer, teacher, artist, seamstress, caterer, policeman, etc, the excellent and righteous way that you render service to your customers without defrauding, cheating or deceiving them is already an evangelism. This effectively complements and supports opening your mouth to talk to them about Jesus Christ.

The reverendness or pastorness in a Pastor?s wife is not in the title but in the inner godly qualities, skills and potentials inside of her. It is not compulsory that you acquire (and sometimes, obtain) the title of Pastor before you perform your responsibility as a born again Christian.

Can you see that those who lobby for titles in church are blind and ignorant?

Husbands! Please, release your wives to exploit their God-given talents and pursue careers that will give them fulfilment and expose the glory of God in their lives. Do not limit their potentials for greatness (which is yours anyway), with humanly imposed pastoral assignments.

Don?t get me wrong please. A Pastor?s wife MUST fully support her husband?s ministry. The method of this support is the issue under discussion. A Pastor?s pastoral calling should be a blessing to his wife?s potentials, gifts or career prospects rather than a limitation.

Yes! There are some pastors? wives who were genuinely called into pastoral ministry. What is more important however is the great commission in Mark 16:15. The motive behind working in God?s vineyard should be to preach the resurrected Christ to the unsaved through our personal actions, exemplary lifestyle and words and to get sinners to drop their sins, live holy lives and go to heaven. Every other motive is secondary and could be ulterior.

?But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you? (Matthew 6:33 KJV).

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MEMORY VERSE: ?God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24 NIV).

 

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! Broaden my vision and thoughts that I may see and think beyond man?s operating patterns in Jesus name. Amen.

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 39) Leadership & Management

There are various theories and definitions for leadership and management but I believe in the position of the teaching guru called Peter Drucker. According to him, management means ?doing things right? while leadership means ?doing the right things.?

Stephen Convey, author of ?The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People? later amplified these positions.

If you do what is right, even if your method of doing it is wrong, you could discover, correct yourself or adjust methodology and still end up as a success story. You are a leader.

If you are doing the wrong thing, the rightness of the methodology will not count and result may not be sustainable because the foundation is wrong. You will only continue to manage the journey of error.

For instance, if as a lady, I have sex with a man that is not my husband, that is a wrong thing to do. I could get infected by diseases in the process and manage the situation without anybody knowing about it. If a pregnancy comes in, I could abort it. If the abortion effort does not work, I could claim that the pregnancy was deliberate (just to save my face). I could be forced to manage single parenthood or to marry someone I never planned to marry. I can also decide to keep away the child so that another man will be attracted to me to marry me. If this happens, I will have to manage this secret of a hidden child until the bubble eventually bursts, with time. This is all erroneous management-trying to do things right on the wrong ladder. You cannot get rightness from wrongness. I have already done the wrong thing by sleeping with a guy that is not legally married to me. Whatever follows has a foundational problem.

A success-thirsty person would rather opt for leadership, coupled with effective management. That is, doing the right things always and doing them the right way.

As a lady, many of my mates are getting married and I am not getting younger. Yes. But also, I know the ungodly method many of them have applied-pre-marital sex, deliberate enticement of men, lying and deceiving guys into marrying them, high level pretences, marriage without knowledge of their parents and guardians, marriage to bullies that beat them up and they bear it because of desperation to marry, marriage to men that are already married with children, marriage to men that are older than their fathers, etc. Some even apply fetish means and they are asking me what I am still waiting for. Many, including my parents, even sound as if I am doing the wrong thing by not following the path of sin.

I will not bulge! I will marry as a virgin. Even if I am no longer a virgin, no guy will have sex with me again until after paying my bride price. I will go closer to God because time and age cannot limit what he can do in my life. I would rather be happily married for fifteen years of my entire life than to have a fifty-year marriage that is full of sorrow and regrets-and after that, go to hell fire. God forbid! I am a leader and a good manager. I have chosen to remain so without compromise.

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MEMORY VERSE: Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:11-13 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: Jesus! Pilot the affairs of my life and keep me in the path of righteousness that I may make heaven in Jesus name. Amen

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 40) Leadership & Management 2

Always desire leadership before management. You can never regret doing the right things (leadership) but you will always struggle to do well if you are doing the wrong things.

You know it is wrong for you to have sex with your boss that is not legally married to you. This can never be right and the scandals that accompany it can lead you to destruction, erasing initial seeming benefits. A good leader sticks strictly to the principles of always doing the right things. Principles are stronger than principalities.

If you are not a leader (always doing the right things), you can hardly win the numerous battles of life. ?If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?? (1st Peter 4:18 NIV). A leader does not bow to the pressures to go for monetary benefits or pleasure against the right thing.

When you have sex with people that are not legally married to you, you are creating a snare for yourself.

Do not break traffic rules with your children inside your car. This is wrong and can never be right. Do not discuss fraudulent deals before your children or speak against your bosses or Pastor/Priest in their presence. If you do that, don?t expect them to turn out well.

Do not insult your husband or wife in presence of your children. Wrong things can never be right. Do not cheat your husband or wife in financial matters. This is a big error-cheating part of your body (For two shall become one). Leaders don?t do wrong things deliberately. So, political leaders who deliberately do wrong things in their personal and official lives are not leaders and they cannot be called leaders.

 

MEMORY VERSE: Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:11-13 NIV)

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! May your words not stand against me on the judgement day in Jesus name. Amen.

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 41) Dead Sacrifice

?I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your BODIES, a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, which is your REASONABLE SERVICE? (Romans 12:1 KJV)

The Bible is saying here that you and I should offer our bodies to God as a sacrifice that is living. To present your body, there has to first be a presentation of the heart. If you don?t present your heart, your body cannot follow.

What do we see today? A lot of young men and women present their bodies to God as dead sacrifices. How? They simply identify with a church, go there on Sundays (late of course), and leave the church after service without any impact from what comes from the messages. All they do is warm the bench. They don?t belong to any group in the church. When they talk about prayer meetings, crusade, seminar, bible study or such programmes, such guys are not interested.

Brother, Sister, if you are this person, you have offered your body, but not as a living sacrifice. You are a dead sacrifice. You are neither alive for God nor available for his use.

This is not surprising anyway because you have never seen God physically. You have done even worse things to your spouse-to-be, who you see face to face. You are never aware or moved by what he or she goes through. Even when you know the person is sick or in financial need, you hardly share. You perceive the relationship as a buying and selling venture. Then, how do you expect to have a happy married life? If this is your attitude, you are a joker; a dead sacrifice.

Even as a married man or woman, you are always not available for your family. You are always either on a private or ministerial trip. The children?s school fees are not being paid. One of them is ill and you are not even aware because you don?t care. Your money is going into drinking, womanizing, gambling and smoking. Your heart is not where it should be. You are a dead sacrifice. You are not living up to your responsibilities.

If you are this person, God is angry with you. It is time to repent from this sin of omission.

 

MEMORY VERSE: ?I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your BODIES, a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, which is your REASONABLE SERVICE? (Romans 12:1 KJV)

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! I offer my body as a living sacrifice to you. Wake me up with your power and spirit in Jesus name. Amen.

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 42) Dead Sacrifice 2

??I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your BODIES, a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, which is your REASONABLE SERVICE? (Romans 12:1 KJV)

You look around you and you see your mates do all sorts of sinful things like multiple dating, fornication, adultery, fraud, and so on. It looks as if you are alone and foolish; a virgin at 30? Wow!

Look! If you keep and present your body as a living sacrifice to God, it is to your own advantage. By the way, never think you are the only one keeping your body and preserving it for God. Don?t be deceived by the things you see daily. After all, nobody comes out with a microphone to announce virginity. That does not mean that there are no true virgins out there.

The more you have pre-marital or extra-marital sex, the more you depreciate the quality of your body. As a lady, maintain your patience and allow your parents to present you as a living sacrifice to your husband-to-be. Do not bow to the pressure to deliberately make yourself a dead sacrifice in form of dilapidated body, damaged womb, problematic health, etc-a dead sacrifice. God wants you to be alive for him and for the person he has packaged specially for you. Go closer to him to savour the benefits of a joyful marital life.

 

MEMORY VERSE: ?I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your BODIES, a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, which is your REASONABLE SERVICE? (Romans 12:1 KJV)

PRAYER POINT: Oh Lord! I surrender my body for your use. Use me for your glory in Jesus name. Amen.

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BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGE (Part 43) Acceptable Sacrifice

?What! Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?? (1st Corinthians 6:19 KJV).

Your body has to be presented as a living sacrifice in a way that is acceptable unto God. If you are involved in masturbation, you are desecrating the temple of the holy ghost by defiling your body. Yes, nobody may know that you engage in such iniquity before going to church to lead choruses in the choir or dance to praise music or do some church activity. But your sacrifice is not acceptable unto God.

Are you cheating on your spouse or spouse-to-be? Meanwhile, you engage in all sorts of church activity that suggest you are a dedicated christian. Sorry! Your sacrifice is not acceptable unto God. Men may applaud you. You might even be a pastor. Your sacrifice is not acceptable unto God. He is very angry with you. ?…God is angry with the wicked every day (Psalm 7:11 KJV). Stop offering God a dead and unacceptable sacrifice.

Offering a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God implies your personal consecration. The level of your consecration is determined by the extent of your yieldedness to the ways and commandments of God.

Consecration means presenting your body for the worship or service of God, for the purpose of pleasing him. It means presenting your body and your entire being as a sacrifice to God in appreciation of his love in sending Jesus Christ to die at the cross of Calvary for your redemption.

A man or woman that is a living sacrifice sets all his or her affections on things above. A living sacrifice is always interested in pleasing God. A living sacrifice exhibits the nine fruits of the holy spirit in Galatians 5:23-24 on a daily basis.

Brother, Sister, sacrifice your body to God acceptably like Abel and God will fight your life battles for you like he did for him.

Your pre-marital or marital relationship can improve if only you will present your body to God as a living and acceptable sacrifice. Your marital crisis and challenges can reduce if you offer your body, a living and acceptable sacrifice to God.

 

MEMORY VERSE: ?I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your BODIES, a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, which is your REASONABLE SERVICE? (Romans 12:1 KJV)

PRAYER POINT: 1. Oh Lord! In any way I have presented dead sacrifices to you as a Christian, forgive me in Jesus name. Amen.

2. Oh Lord! I surrender my body as a living sacrifice unto you in Jesus name. Amen.

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