Day5/31: God-given responsibilities in marriage

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To have something function at its best,one has to use the manual.In order for a couple to enjoy marriage the way God intended when He brought the marriage institution,they have to follow the manual and see how God designed it to function.With the understanding that God’s Word is authoritative,we can safely say it’s the manual and we can draw out God’s design for marriage.

For the fish to survive and live at their best,they have to stay in the environment from which they were created.|“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”Genesis‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭AMPC‬| Fish were created from the water so they function best in the water.Humans were created in the image of God so to function at their best,they have to be connected to God and stay in His presence which is the environment they they were created from.|“God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. [Ps. 104:30; Heb. 1:2; 11:3.] So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Col. 3:9, 10; James 3:8, 9.] And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.”Genesis‬ ‭1:26-28‬ ‭AMPC‬|
This also applies to women,for women to function at their best they have to stay in the environment from which they were created.Women were created from a man’s side so a married woman has got to stay by her husband’s side to function at her best.|“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh. And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”Genesis‬ ‭2:21-22‬ ‭AMPC‬‬| God did not create a woman from a man’s head that he should rule her,or from his feet that she should be stepped on and be his slave,but rather from his side that they work side by side and dominate and rule over the earth,sea and the air together.

In order to create the best environment for success and potential release of the two,God gave them different responsibilities in their union.These responsibilities were given to be carried out in the humans’ suitable environment,the presence of God.Ephesians 5 starts by talking about being filled with the Spirit submitting to one another in the Lord and then it divides into specific responsibilities.|“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”| Ephesians‬ ‭5:18-21‬| The man was given the responsibility of headship and loving his wife the way Christ loved the church.The woman was given the responsibility of being a helper to her husband and submitting to him.

It’s very important to understand why God gave men the responsibility of heading his family.It wasn’t because men are physically stronger than women for both sexes are strong in an equal but different way,men are stronger from the waist up,they can carry heavy objects easily and women are stronger from the waist down,they can bear the pressure and pain of giving birth.It cannot be because men are smarter than women,they carry the same mental capacity.The headship responsibility wasn’t given to Adam because Eve was inferior to him in any way,weaker(their spirits and souls had been created the same way and were equal in power and authority)but because Adam possessed information Eve didn’t have(i.e knowledge about the not eating the fruit of knowing good and evil) since Adam was brought to the earth before Eve.|“The Lord God gave him this command: “You may eat from any tree in the garden. But you must not eat from the tree that gives knowledge about good and evil. If you eat fruit from that tree, on that day you will certainly die!”Genesis‬ ‭2:16-17‬| So understanding that the headship responsibility was given to Adam because of knowledge not strength,his sex etc is very important in effectively carrying out of the man’s and woman’s responsibilities without abuse and incorrect use of the manual.In God’s design,headship responsibility given to men in marriage is not for making the women feel inferior,unimportant,feel like the weaker sex or dumb.The husband does not rule his wife but exercises headship.As head of the family he leads the family,not as a dictator,but with love,grace,wisdom and knowledge under the lordship of Christ.

Pray that your family may be filled with the Spirit and be submitting to one another out of reverence for God.Pray that your future husband/husband understands this truth,that him being given the headship responsibility doesn’t mean he should rule over you but that he should rule with you and lead your family in the way of Christ.Pray that with this understanding you may be able to submit to him.Ephesians 5.18-33

We will on another day go deeper into understanding these responsibilities so for now,pray that the Holy Spirit enlightens you to the truth we shared today and prepare your heart to receive a deeper understanding of your responsibilities and your husband’s responsibilities in marriage.

Many times,these responsibilities have been mistaught in the body of Christ or teachings on them have been generally negative towards women,causing some people to think God doesn’t love women.Pray against thoughts of inferiority that may come as a result of misunderstanding the concept of submission.Much of the traditional teachings on submission are based on a gross misunderstanding of the Scriptures, which has led to devastating results in the lives and relationships of countless women.Some women have stopped pursuing their dreams thinking they are doing good to submit,this is saddening as God wants to see women rising to their fullest potential.Pray against all this and pray the same for your fh/husband.

The end.

Day5/31 days of prayer for your future husband/husband.
05/05/17

God-given responsibilities in marriage

To have something function at its best,one has to use the manual.In order for a couple to enjoy marriage the way God intended when He brought the marriage institution,they have to follow the manual and see how God designed it to function.With the understanding that God’s Word is authoritative,we can safely say it’s the manual and we can draw out God’s design for marriage.

For the fish to survive and live at their best,they have to stay in the environment from which they were created.|“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”Genesis‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭AMPC‬| Fish were created from the water so they function best in the water.Humans were created in the image of God so to function at their best,they have to be connected to God and stay in His presence which is the environment they they were created from.|“God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. [Ps. 104:30; Heb. 1:2; 11:3.] So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Col. 3:9, 10; James 3:8, 9.] And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.”Genesis‬ ‭1:26-28‬ ‭AMPC‬|
This also applies to women,for women to function at their best they have to stay in the environment from which they were created.Women were created from a man’s side so a married woman has got to stay by her husband’s side to function at her best.|“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh. And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”Genesis‬ ‭2:21-22‬ ‭AMPC‬‬| God did not create a woman from a man’s head that he should rule her,or from his feet that she should be stepped on and be his slave,but rather from his side that they work side by side and dominate and rule over the earth,sea and the air together.

In order to create the best environment for success and potential release of the two,God gave them different responsibilities in their union.These responsibilities were given to be carried out in the humans’ suitable environment,the presence of God.Ephesians 5 starts by talking about being filled with the Spirit submitting to one another in the Lord and then it divides into specific responsibilities.|“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”| Ephesians‬ ‭5:18-21‬| The man was given the responsibility of headship and loving his wife the way Christ loved the church.The woman was given the responsibility of being a helper to her husband and submitting to him.

It’s very important to understand why God gave men the responsibility of heading his family.It wasn’t because men are physically stronger than women for both sexes are strong in an equal but different way,men are stronger from the waist up,they can carry heavy objects easily and women are stronger from the waist down,they can bear the pressure and pain of giving birth.It cannot be because men are smarter than women,they carry the same mental capacity.The headship responsibility wasn’t given to Adam because Eve was inferior to him in any way,weaker(their spirits and souls had been created the same way and were equal in power and authority)but because Adam possessed information Eve didn’t have(i.e knowledge about the not eating the fruit of knowing good and evil) since Adam was brought to the earth before Eve.|“The Lord God gave him this command: “You may eat from any tree in the garden. But you must not eat from the tree that gives knowledge about good and evil. If you eat fruit from that tree, on that day you will certainly die!”Genesis‬ ‭2:16-17‬| So understanding that the headship responsibility was given to Adam because of knowledge not strength,his sex etc is very important in effectively carrying out of the man’s and woman’s responsibilities without abuse and incorrect use of the manual.In God’s design,headship responsibility given to men in marriage is not for making the women feel inferior,unimportant,feel like the weaker sex or dumb.The husband does not rule his wife but exercises headship.As head of the family he leads the family,not as a dictator,but with love,grace,wisdom and knowledge under the lordship of Christ.

Pray that your family may be filled with the Spirit and be submitting to one another out of reverence for God.Pray that your future husband/husband understands this truth,that him being given the headship responsibility doesn’t mean he should rule over you but that he should rule with you and lead your family in the way of Christ.Pray that with this understanding you may be able to submit to him.Ephesians 5.18-33

We will on another day go deeper into understanding these responsibilities so for now,pray that the Holy Spirit enlightens you to the truth we shared today and prepare your heart to receive a deeper understanding of your responsibilities and your husband’s responsibilities in marriage.

Many times,these responsibilities have been mistaught in the body of Christ or teachings on them have been generally negative towards women,causing some people to think God doesn’t love women.Pray against thoughts of inferiority that may come as a result of misunderstanding the concept of submission.Much of the traditional teachings on submission are based on a gross misunderstanding of the Scriptures, which has led to devastating results in the lives and relationships of countless women.Some women have stopped pursuing their dreams thinking they are doing good to submit,this is saddening as God wants to see women rising to their fullest potential.Pray against all this and pray the same for your fh/husband.

The end.

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