What exactly is marriage? What is it supposed to look like? What is it supposed to feel like? What is it supposed to sound like?
If we look out at the world around us, it will give us a variety of answers. It will tell us that marriage is temporary, if your spouse is not quite measuring up these days or if your needs are not being met on a consistent basis or if you just are not “feeling it” anymore. The world may also tell you that you can fall out of love just as easy as you fell into love with your spouse. That marriage can be between any two people so long as they love one another (we’ll save that for another day, perhaps). How about the notion that for two people who are saved or have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, that marriage will be full of nonstop bliss, with each day passing like your tip toeing through the daisy fields and that everything from the moment you say “i do” will be sunshine and roses.
Now as for the last remarks, if you have been married longer than a month, week, day or even an hour, you then know that nothing could be further from the truth.
The Bible is very clear on the subject of marriage! God Himself performs the very first wedding in the book of Genesis, chapter 2 between Adam and his wife Eve. Marriage as outlined in Ephesians chapter 5 is designed to be a representation of God’s perfect union with His church. A Biblical marriage should look and sound like love, forgiveness, mercy, grace and to be completely honest, feelings should have very little, if not nothing at all to do with it.
To everything there is a time and season for every purpose under heaven, and as it is in nature, so also in our lives. We are entering the season of spring, which also speaks to us of the blessing of hope, restoration and renewal in Christ. It is during spring that we begin to see those things that had the sad appearance of death and emptiness, begin to bud, blossom, bloom and bear fruit again as the cold of winter’s long stronghold breaks. So also with God, He speaks to us through nature expressing spiritual truths. There was a time of death and unfruitfulness in our own lives when, as the scriptures say in Ephesians 2:12 we were without Christ, strangers to His covenants of promise having no hope and without God in the world. Yet, now we who endured a bitter season of death and barrenness in life are reborn by faith in the Son, and now are bringing forth fruits of righteousness by His Spirit and by abiding in His word. We are literally begotten again, to living hope through His resurrection. He is the God of hope, patience, and comfort who governs the times and seasons of our lives, so that we are no longer alone and subject to the bitter tendencies of sin and death and all the hardships of life in this world: now in Him there truly is a new hope. This hope extends beyond the scope of human limitation and frailty: it’s origin and nature are supernatural and eternal in the heavens. This hope is expressed in the tree of life: the cross of Jesus Christ, and in Him is the complete expression of the perfect person of God. It is because of this revelation that we now have faith for today’s trials, and hope for tomorrow’s troubles, that in all things God is always working for our good to His glory.
As the season of Christmas is upon us, Let us remember to keep Christ with us, as we begin to embark on the craziest time of year. Christmas is my favorite holiday because I love to bake, shop, create, sing and decorate. However, while in the shopping line, waiting behind the customer who has a vast amount coupons and is arguing over price difference with the cashier, keep that patient Godly smile on your face. Pray and bless those around you.
Take time to not only be in the presence of the Lord, but let His Spirit lead, guide and direct you as you are out and about in the rush of the holiday. Stop to hear the Lord, as many people around us this time of year, suffer from extreme depression, maybe because of loss, not enough money, or the stress of life itself. You can be the bridge, the joy and the oil of gladness to those around.
Christ, means the anointed One, as Isaiah 10:27 says “.....and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” walk in the anointing power of God to help liberate, and set free the captives; so they may walk in the joy and peace of God."
As the remaining leaves find their way off the trees and onto the ground we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a wonderful time for family and friends to gather together around the table, enjoy a great meal and give thanks. As Christians though we know that Thanksgiving is more than just a day, it’s a lifestyle. The Word of God tells us in I Thessalonians 5:18 that “in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” The apostle Paul isn’t saying that we have to be thankful FOR the hard places that we sometimes find ourselves in, but he exhorts us to be thankful IN the midst of them. Even in the most difficult times, there are always things we can be thankful for.
In Ephesians chapter 5, we’re admonished to be followers of God as dear children and to walk in love as Christ loves the church. Beginning in verse 3 we are told that there are 6 things that should not be named amongst us – fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness and foolish talking and jesting…but rather giving of thanks. There’s a thought! I would imagine that it would be pretty hard to commit immoral acts of any kind if you are presently giving thanks for who you are and what you have, right where you are at. For instance, how could you lust after someone else or commit adultery when you are saying “Thank you, God for my wonderful wife/husband.” If you are thankful for all God has provided, you’re not likely to be covetous of what belongs to others.
According to Jesus, thankfulness is the barometer of your soul. It’s not your church attendance, prayers, or gifting of your service, although all of these are vitally important. If you want to know where your walk with God is in any given moment of any day, you can ask yourself, honestly from your heart, this question – how thankful am I right now in my present situation. Psalm 100:4b says “be thankful unto Him and bless His name.”
Here at FHC we seek to live lives literally inspired by the word and Spirit of God. We truly believe in fulfilling and obeying all that is in the heart, mind and mouth of God when He said that "My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations which Christ fulfilled and confirmed to us in the New Testament speaking by Isaiah the prophet 56:7. What the world needs now is the agape love of God ministered by His Spirit working in the saints with tears and prayers. Til as many people as possible are made free by the loving gospel of His Son preached as witness in all the earth til he returns.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
-Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
As we head into the fall season we see changes happening before our eyes. Tree’s leaves are beginning to change to a beautiful red, yellow, and orange color. Starbucks is featuring their fall line of Pumpkins Spice Lattes and Salted Carmel Mochas. And if you’ve been watching the news it’s hurricane season.
Many hearts are feeling the losses in Texas, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico as two hurricanes have devastated the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic, respectively. But, many are questioning if these storms could be God’s judgement, or is this demonic. Some are even attributing them to the fault of President Trump. Maybe, just maybe, it is just hurricane season. People that live in hurricane prone areas know that preparation for each season is necessary. When it is winter, we in the north prepare by winterizing our homes. So instead of fussing, join together and lay aside any differences to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Here at Freedom House Church we are progressing with Christ Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit towards a life of greater devotion in prayers and intercession, which is the first order to Timothy in the letter written to him 1 Timothy 2:1-4. As it is presently, the very ministry of Jesus Christ our Lord Himself is to intercede for His saints. He accomplishes this with the Holy Spirit through His saints for He knows what the mind of the Spirit is, therefore He can effectively make intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Now through prayers by the Spirit we will see the increase of miracles, signs, and the many wonders of His word that God so desires for His people and the world. We seek to enter into the times of refreshing from the Presence of the Lord where healing, restoration of families, deliverance from oppression and His freedom from the bondage of all addictions is known and ministered. Yes what we have seen and heard we speak, that prayer without a doubt is the absolute work of the supernatural Hand of God in our lives.