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Husbands and wives 1

'She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.' Genesis 3:6 NKJV

In Genesis, before Eve was created God warned Adam not to eat the forbidden fruit, and it was his responsibility to communicate that to his wife. Clearly, he didn't do a very good job. As a result he lost his job and they ended up losing their home.

Notice, the devil first approached Eve with the idea of disobeying God. 'When the woman saw that the tree was good...She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate' (Genesis 3:6 NKJV). Question: Where was Adam when Eve was being deceived? 'With her.' So here's an important lesson: When a man fails to listen to God and obey Him, he can't be the leader his wife and family need. he literally opens the door to Satan and allows him to come in and cause chaos in the family. When Satan was trying to sell Eve a bill of goods, Adam stood silently by instead of speaking up and saying, 'That's not right. Unless we follow the path God has laid out for us, we'll lose everything.'

On of the issues in marriage isn't about who's the boss; it's about honouring the structure God created so everyone in the family can walk in his blessing. The Bible says Satan comes to 'steal, kill and destroy' (John 10:10). But when a husband is truly submitted to Christ, he can protect his family. So if you're a husband, you need to step up to the plate. And if you're a wife, you need to encourage your husband to walk with God and let him know that it's an honour and privilege to follow such a man.

Soulfood: Col 3-4 + Philem, Mark 11:12-26, Ps 78:17-31, rov 23:26-28


God has a plan trust him

'He makes everything work out according to his plan.' Ephesians 1:11 NLT

The Bible says, 'The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right' (Psalm 84:11 NLT). Sometimes we pray for a certain thing, believing it's good for us. But God, who has a plan for your life, knows what would be 'good' and what wouldn't be. Billy Graham's wife, Ruth, said if God had answered all her prayers when she was young, she'd have married the wrong man - several times.

Two teardrops were floating down the river of life. One asked the other, 'Who are you?' The second replied, 'I'm the teardrop from the girl who loved a man and lost him. Who are you?' The first teardrop replied, 'I am the teardrop from the girl who got him.' That's the way life goes, isn't it? We cry over what we don't have, not realising we might have cried twice as hard if God had given it to us. The expression 'walking by faith' means trusting the plan God has already worked out, and will reveal to you on a need-to-know basis. Paul said, 'I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content' (Philippians 4:11 NKJV). Clearly his contentment didn't come from his surroundings, since he spent all but seven years of his ministry in prison. So where did it come from? The knowledge that God 'makes everything work out according to his plan' (Ephesians 1:11 NLT).

Does that mean Paul understood every detail of God's plan? No, but when he didn't understand the plan, he trusted 'The Planner'! And that's where Paul's peace, joy, and contentment came from. The same goes for you.

Soulfood: Col 1-2, Mark 11:1-11, Ps 78:9-16, Prov 23:22-25


Discover who you are called to reach

'How is it that each of us hears them in our native language?' Acts 2:8 NIV

On the day the church was birthed, we read: 'All of [the apostles] were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under Heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?"...Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"' (Acts 2:4-8, 12 NIV).

The question 'What does this mean?' indicates that God loves and uses all kinds of people - gypsies and cowboys, bikers and academics, single mums and well-heeled executives. It also tells us that when we're filled with God's Spirit, he has equipped each of us to reach a specific kind of person. So: (1) Who do you find it easy to talk to? Teenagers? Drug addicts? The elderly? You may be tongue-tied around children but eloquent with executives. No problem; that's how God designed you. (2) Who do you feel the most compassion for? God doesn't burden each of us equally. 'He fashions [our] hearts individually' (Psalm 33:15 NKJV). What makes your heart break and your pulse race? When you see the homeless, or victims of the sex trade? The newly-bereaved or the divorced?

Paul says, '[God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others' (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT). So, discover who you are called to reach.

Soulfood: Josh 22-24, Mark 10:35-52, Ps 78:1-8, Prov 23:19-21

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