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God's Divine Order: The Christian Family

"And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." (Gen 2:18)

"And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh".(Gen 2:23-24) 

God's Divine Order is simple: Christ, Husband, Wife, and Child. "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God". (1 Corinthians 11:3)

This plan was put in effect the moment God created Adam first before blessing him with Eve. Adam was firstborn and with that came authority and the responsibility to lead.  God gave Adam ownership and the right to rule. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth.....(Gen 1:26)  
In Gen 2:19-20, God further demonstrates man right to both authority and responsibility by bringing every beast created to Adam to be named.  Eve was born to be a help meet, standing at his side to be a help and not a hindrance. But let's not forget she was also created to be his companion. She is to respect and acknowledge his authority.

"Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, loveyour wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with washing of the water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it whould be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives s their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself". (Ephesians 5:24-28)

These are very profound words that have been written. First, a wife must be subject (submissive) to her husband as she is unto Christ. If you love Christ then as a woman you should not have any trouble following Christ in everything.  Submitting to Christ's authority over your life demonstrates the growth of your love and the more reverent and submissive you've become. Once you have acknowledge that Christ is in the driver's seat the more you trust him to guide you in all things. Remember as a warrior in God's kingdom you first need to know to respect those that have authority over you, regardless if you are in agreement. Prayer is your most treasured weapon for guidance, instruction and moving mountains!
The scripture also states that husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church...  This is pretty significant because Christ's love is unconditional regardless of the church's flaws. Once the honeymoon phase has gone, through trials and tribulation love is a choice.  It is a choice to say I am going to stand by this person through richer for poorer, in sickness, in health and through the good as well as bad times. As Christ love us through our best and ugly days, so should husbands love your wives. Love her through the Word, cleanse your union with faithfulness as you are faithful in Christ, purify it with prayer and fasting that you may be pleasing unto the Lord. The relationship between husbands and wives is the reflection between Christ and the Church. Submission is on both individuals.

Love and marriage between man and woman is a beautiful representation of Christ and the church! But I must warn you that because of the blessed union between a man and woman the devil will seek its destruction. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour".That devil seethes and gnashes his teeth at the union between man and woman. Think about it! One puts a thousand to flight but two ruins  and destroys his day!!

If you have two God-fearing people in combat mode mountains are moved, strength is constantly flowing even if one is down the other is there to lift them up, joy and the reproduction of more warriors (children) become true threats to the enemy. This should put a smile to every couples face because of your steadfastness in the ministry, (and marriage is a ministry) you are now a delight in the Lord's eyes and horror to the enemy!

Brothers and Sisters! Please pray and do not take each other for granted. The union between husbands and wives is a blessing from God! Do not let the enemy take what God has given unto you!

The beautiful union between Mr. Humberto Morales and Ms. Catherine Creevey on October 15, 2011.  Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Morales!
Reference Scriptures:

Ephesians 5: 21-33
Ephesians 6: 10-18
Colossians 3:18-21
Titus 2:4-5
I Peter 3:1-7
I Corinthians 7:3-5
Proverbs 31-10

Here is a story to remind you to cherish and love one another:

When I got home that night... my wife was serving dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why? I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her! With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now. The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again. In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door every morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request. I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully. My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don’t tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office. On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her. On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger. She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. i suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily. Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head. Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’ s time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day. But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy. I drove to office…. jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind…I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore. She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart. That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I ran up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed -dead. My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was too busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from whatever negative reaction it would have on our son, in case we pushed through with the divorce. —At least, in the eyes of our son—-I’m a loving husband…. THE SMALL DETAILS OF YOUR LIVES ARE WHAT REALLY MATTER IN A RELATIONSHIP. "IT'S NOT" the Mansion or House, the Car, Property, the Money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage! Most of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up...
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