6103. JOURNEY INTO MARRIAGE (PART 3) – THE LITMUS OF “THE LIVING SACRIFICE”
Daughter: “Good day Dad.”
“Trust that you and Mom are doing well and encouraged in our LORD Jesus Christ.”
“Based on the lessons on marriage over the weekend, and as a single person trusting in the LORD for a Godly spouse, what are the main/key things that I watch out for before making a commitment.”
“Dad you taught us about foundations a couple of weeks ago. Are there any specific questions I can ask the potential spouse to find out more about their foundations before I commit myself to someone?”
“There is a gentleman from who has approached me with regards to marriage. I asked for some time to pray. Dad I’m still not sure if this is God’s will for my life.”
“God bless you Dad always. 🙏🏾”
PrayersFire: 1. ROMANS 12:1-2: “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. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
2. DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE TEACHINGS?
Daughter: “Yes Dad. I have learned that it is important to know God’s will for my life regarding marriage. Also that a guy who desires to marry me must earn a decent salary, in other words he must be in a position to provide for me and the children we will have in the future.”
“Also having spiritual guidance from someone who is matured in the LORD is critical before one could make such a commitment”
PrayersFire: 3. NOT ONLY THAT, HE MUST BE GOD-FEARING AND ZEALOUS NOT IN CHURCH, BUT IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
Daughter: “Noted Dad thank you for sharing this information.”
PrayersFire: 4. HE MUST BE READY TO “DIE” FOR YOU AS CHRIST DIED FOR THE CHURCH. HE MUST BE READY TO TAKE UP THE ROLE “SAVIOUR” (THAT IS, PROTECTOR AND DEFENDER) OF YOUR YOUR DESTINY.
EPHESIANS 5:23, 25: “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and HE IS THE SAVIOUR OF THE BODY… Husbands, love your wives, EVEN AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT.”
Daughter: “Wow. Amen.”
PrayersFire: 5. THE THREE WILLS OF GOD IN MARRIAGE ARE ALL SUPERBLY OKAY, SO DON’T LISTEN TO THE “APOSTLES OF PERFECT WILL” OF GOD.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE THREE OF THEM IS TIMING.
EVEN THE “ACCEPTABLE/PLEASING” AND “GOOD” WILL, WOULD LATER, AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME, IN MARRIAGE WOULD GROW TO BECOME THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD.
PrayersFire: 6. ANY MAN WHO CANNOT GIVE HIS BODY AND LIFE AS A LIVING SACRIFICE, CONSECRATED IN HOLY LIVING, AS AN ACCEPTABLY PLEASING SERVICE UNTO THE LORD CAN NEVER BE A GOOD HUSBAND.
WATCH OUT FOR THE DIMENSION OF “LIVING SACRIFICE”
Daughter: “Mhhh … noted Dad. This is very important to me right now.
PrayersFire: 7. “LIVING SACRIFICE” MEANS PAINFUL DEPARTURE FROM ALL HIS CURRENT FAVOURITE AND PRIORITIZED RELATIONSHIPS.
HE MUST BE READY TO “DIE” FOR YOU. NOT FOR YOUR BEAUTY, BUT MUST BE READY TO “PAINFULLY SACRIFICE” ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING EXCEPT GOD, FOR YOU. HE MUST BE READY TO PROTECT AND DEFEND YOU EVEN AT THE RISK OF REJECTION, RIDICULE AND MOCKERY BY HIS FAMILY AND THE WORLD.
Daughter: “Daddy that is profound. It’s amazing that one has been reading that scripture for many years but I never understood it in that manner”
PrayersFire: 8. IF HE CANNOT “PAINFULLY SACRIFICE” ANYTHING INCLUDING HIS PARENTS AND SIBLINGS AND BEST FRIENDS FOR YOU, IT MEANS, HE WOULD BETRAY YOU IN FUTURE.
Daughter: “WOW! Thank you Dad for such information wow”
PrayersFire: 9. HE IS NOT READY FOR MARRIAGE IF HE IS TOO EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED TO HIS FAMILY AND CANNOT “SACRIFICE” THEM FOR HIS NEW-FOUND LOVE, THEN, HE IS A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN. IN FUTURE.
ANY HUSBAND-TO-BE THAT FAILS THE “LITMUS TEST LIVING SACRIFICE” IS NOT WORTHY OF MARRIAGE TO THE WOMAN HE CLAIMS TO LOVE.
Daughter: “That is noted Dad. Very very much. Have a wonderful afternoon Dad. God bless you”
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