Leave & Cleave

But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:6-9 NLT)

God’s plan of “joined together” (marriage) is far higher and not comparable to “living together”.

When God join two to gather, He meant no separation there after.

Marriage is the only relationship where commitment is learnt, appreciated and rewarded.

The commitment is mutual to stay true and be in peace before God and to each other, even if all other relationships may have a misunderstanding for a season. Only then, there is an expression of priority on the new family over the previous family – with parents & siblings.

Praying and thanking God everyday for the spouse He gave is the key for this commitment.

The purpose of the marriage is the commitment to be for each other no matter what happens in this life. God is pleased to show His favor when this commitment is established between the man and his wife.

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22

Exhibiting this committed relationship in our marriage is the true gift to our parents!

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A new kind of prayer

I am my lover’s, and he claims me as his own. Come, my love, let us go out to the fields and spend the night among the wildflowers.Let us get up early and go to the vineyards to see if the grapevines have budded, if the blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love. Song of Solomon 7:10-12

‘Being sold out for Christ’ is often thought as one being passionate for God’s Kingdom in doing things – preaching, teaching, equipping, giving, adding… but important of all these is our prayer life – pouring out time generously, sacrificially just to be with Him rather than asking, crying and pleading to Him.

God has rescued us from the clutches of devil with the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ, not for us to continue to stay busy and worry about many things; rather to start strengthening the relationship that He has restored back with Him and start celebrating each other!

This kind of prayer life is beyond asking Him to meet our needs or praising Him for Who He is – it is falling in love with Him and being with Him – where He cherish us and we cherish Him – way beyond the worship we know and completely far off from a Master-Slave or a Father-Child relationships into a harmonious one-spirited caught-up-in-total-love type of relationship that we never ever has experienced before!

Any human soul-spirit would never ever want to come back into this flesh again once it has tasted this awesome goodness of being with Christ relationship… a sincere love for God expressed in prayer life would offer a glimpse of this eternity to come!

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:15

An Understanding Marriage Stands!

Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife. Proverb 19:14

There is a supernatural power when two shall agree (a godly agreement) –

Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19

God loves one mindedness; meaning a plan or decision made not all alone by an individual, but by two or more in an unanimous agreement and submitted to God to do it!

Marriage is the only relationship that is holy because it is God’s idea to make the man and his wife as one.

They shall become one in their choices and decisions, and walk together in that one right direction seeing miracle together in their everyday life thru’ their prayerful agreement.

Understanding between the two spirits are the key to bring that two souls (will/intellect/mind) together to agree by weeding thru’ all disagreements that often arises.

Understanding is willingness to be corrected when one is wrong, understanding is forgiving when the other makes a mistake, understanding is craving to make the other more successful, and more importantly understanding is trusting/supporting each other in midst of misunderstanding that is yet to be resolved!

This is marriage, this understanding heart is from God. It is more precious than everything else.

Live to understand!

Delightful fear

No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11

How great it is to know that we can bring delight (an extreme pleasure) to the Lord by fearing Him!

Fear of the Lord comes in our lives not because we’re threatened by His power and might, but because of His unbelievable forgiveness and tender mercy towards us.

But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. Psalm 130:4

The only way to maintain the fear of the Lord is continue to praise Him and thank Him for His forgiveness and mercy.

Isaiah 11 says Lord Jesus Christ delighted in fearing His Father!

“His delight is in the fear of the Lord” Isaiah 11:3

Fear of the Lord is the only thing that brings a mutual delight in God and in us. Let’s delight in Him!

Are you in love?

(Jesus said) “If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15

Lord Jesus Christ being full of truth, grace and just, never leave us to an assumption of our personal relationship with Him. Rather, He made it plain and clear – “if you love Me – obey!”

Relationship with Christ Jesus is nothing close to other relationship we have towards fellow human beings.

The relationship with fellow human beings goes up and down depending on various factors like you feel happy or sad or frustrated or afraid, you’re able to help them, you have a like hobby or faith or purpose…

But relationship with the Lord Jesus is in our mere obedience to Him. Period.

We can feel all excited and fall in love with Christ Jesus marveling at His thoughts, teachings and miracles He did and continuing to do – but if we don’t obey His commands, we simply assumed we are in love with Him – but actually we are not.

We can never say Jesus Christ has the Lordship over our life when we disobey what He commanded. This is a very simply truth, but need a big visible reminder on a daily basis.

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?

I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49

 

Comeback stronger!

So they arrested him (Jesus) and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. Luke 22:54

Jesus was arrested at the garden of Gethsemane and all His disciples were scattered. Then we read, Peter followed at a distance.

This was the only time Peter followed Jesus “at a distance” – a most painful time in the relationship between the Lord and Peter.

Up to this point, everywhere Lord Jesus went Peter went with Him. Peter’s life was 100% all about Lord Jesus, he pretty much forgot how his old life was, and it became impossible for Peter to think a life without His Lord!

But then, this unusual threat came (“… Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.” Luke 22:31) and he got himself separated from the Lord, and followed Him “at a distance”.

A child of God can never follow the Lord “at a distance”. There may be a political/corporate/society threat, but following “at a distance” will lead to such a grief almost equal to total denial. It may appear that we at least survive but it creates a deep damage in who we truly are. There is nothing worse than denying an unconditional (agape) love relationship to escape suffering.

Hey, Peter’s comeback was amazing! As soon as he learnt that Jesus was resurrected from the death and saw Him – he fully repented (not was just broke down, but whole heartedly now sold out for Jesus) and followed Christ closer than anyone else.

Peter never ever denied Christ again and declared boldly “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12 and wasn’t afraid of any threat or suffering even to the point of death – on the cross – crucified upside down!

We may fail in our relationship with the Lord, if/when we did, we must comeback strong to strengthen every weak knees and tired hands – so they won’t fail!

Jesus told Peter, “… when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31