I have been rejoicing in the Lord this morning…He has given me a wonderful gift (to be revealed in time). This gift allowed me to present myself before the Lord with a heart overflowing with greatfulness and yet knowing that I would need his strength and mercy more than ever because of it. So, on one hand, I was overjoyed but on the other, fully aware of my need for His sustenance. Confused yet? ;) Sorry, but just wanted to set the scene a little.
I commenced today’s prayer time with the allocated prayer topic (from the 31 days of prayer and fasting program I’ve been following) which was “A call to pray for and eradicate POLYGAMY spirits in the church.” As this is a program from PNG I understand that having more than one wife is relatively common practice over there. In Australia, however, divorce is the outward evidence of this spirit at work. This topic is one which is close to my heart as I have seen the restorative work of the Holy Spirit in my own marriage, who is willing and able to transform our lives as we hand our life over to Him.
This post is not actually meant to be focused on the topic of marriage per se but rather our hearts before God and the sin problem which is what ultimately leads those into this destructive situation. One of the points to pray was that the sin/spirit of fornication, adultery, lust, uncleanness, covetousness will not creap into the church and destroy Christian marriages.
Here in lies the problem. Sin. Fornication, adultery, lust, uncleanness, covetness can affect every area of our lives, not just our marriages. The next point to pray, was that the Word and Spirit of God will rule and the desire of the flesh will be crucified. This is the only answer for deliverance and salvation. We must continually allow The Word and the Spirit to rule and crucify the desires of the flesh as the flesh is nailed to the cross.
One of the verses pertaining to this topic this morning was Matthew 19:3-9. In verse 8 we again see problem which leads to this situation.
“Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.”
My prayer this morning, for those that are His, is that our hearts would not be hard so that we would look for permission to sin, but that our hearts would be soft and we would walk in submission to Him.