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Thursday, 30 April 2015

The #Woman in #Marriage - Faithful Woman

Welcome to the continuation of The Woman in Marriage series.

Series six is titled - The Faithful Woman

Several weeks ago, I mentioned in series one that I was invited to speak to a group of married women about - The Woman in Marriage - during their Mother's Day Symposium.

To read the first post on The Forgiving Woman, click here & for the second post on The Praying Woman, click here & for the third post on The Virtuous Woman, click here. The fourth post on The Wise Woman is here. And for last week's post on The Submissive Woman, click here.

This week, I'm going to share some truths about The Faithful Woman in marriage.
6. The Faithful Woman – Elizabeth was a faithful woman – Luke 1

The Book of Hebrews defines Faith as “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1-2.

(i) The woman in marriage has faith in God, her Maker. She knows that without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to God must believe that HE is and that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Heb 11:6.

How does she build her faith?

(ii) The woman in marriage builds her faith by spending time reading, marking, memorizing and meditating on the word of God, because she knows that FAITH comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God.

(iii) To obtain a good testimony, the woman in marriage walks with God, knowing HE will never forsake her.

Elizabeth, a relative of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the wife of a priest named, Zacharias. She was a descendent from the lineage of priests (Aaron). Zacharias and Elizabeth were both blameless before God. Luke 1:6.

The question is, how did the daughter of a priest, married to a priest remain childless even in her old age?

Gabriel, an Angel of the Lord told Zacharias his wife would bear him a son. Zacharias, a priest, who was burning incense in the temple at the time, did not believe. For his doubts, he was struck dumb for the period of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.

But Elizabeth had no trouble believing the prophecy because she was a woman of faith. Elizabeth trusted her God. She conceived and gave birth to John the Baptist. Elizabeth and Zacharias raised John the Baptist to fear, honour and to serve God. Jesus said of John the Baptist, “Among those born of women, there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist.” MT 11:11.

(iv) The woman in marriage raises up her children to love, honour, serve and fear the Lord.

Faith means obedience and belief even when it does not make sense to believe.
Dear women, the same trend continues today. There are times in your marriage, when you wonder how your husband, the head of the home, the Pastor of the Church, the Choir Leader or Bishop shows little faith in times of affliction or trials.

The closer your husband or you are to God, the greater your temptation might be. And the greater your victory and testimony. Sarah, whose husband, Abraham was a friend of God, and talked with God, remained childless until age 90. But Sarah and Abraham's testimony are  so great, they live on.

(v) A faithful married woman will commit to a difficult marriage.

In my lifetime, I have witnessed a few marriages fall apart. It hurts so badly, words are not enough to describe the pain and the challenges that engulf the family.

(vi) But always remember, the woman in marriage has the power to make choices every single day and in every situation.

(vii) And every decision the woman in marriage makes, bear fruits - good or bad. She and others have to live with the consequences.

(viii) For the woman in marriage, staying faithful to her marriage vows and her God is not an option, it is the only choice.

Cheating on her husband because he has been unfaithful is not the way out.

I pray and hope that you and I will make the right (Godly) decisions at all times and may our marriages be filled with joy, love, peace, healing and innumerable gifts.

The series concludes next week with the Patient Woman. Thank you for visiting.

You can listen to the presentation by clicking; The Woman in Marriage Video

If you missed any post in the seven series, click on the links below;

Series 1 - The Forgiving Woman 

Series 2 - The Praying Woman

Series 3 - The Virtuous Woman

Series 4 - The Wise Woman

series 5 - The Submissive Woman

Series - 6 The Faithful Woman

Series - 7 The Patient Woman
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Have a wonderful week.



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