Peo­ple who had prob­lems get­ting mar­ried

Sunday Trust - - SERMON - Bishop Dr. Charles Olowo­joba is the Gen­eral Overseer of Dayspring Bible Church World­wide with HQ in Abuja, Nige­ria & Pres­i­dent, Dayspring Chris­tian Min­istries Int’l. Web­site: e-mail: [email protected]­ Help line: 08035150515

There are peo­ple in the Bible who had prob­lems get­ting mar­ried who oth­er­wise would have loved to en­joy the priv­i­lege of mat­ri­mony. As I stud­ied this, a clear pat­tern be­gan to emerge. Let us look at five groups. 1. Vic­tims of tra­di­tion In Ge­n­e­sis 29:21-30, we read the ac­count of how Ja­cob fell in love with Rachael, La­ban’s daugh­ter and had to serve seven years for her. A wed­ding party was called for Ja­cob to re­ceive his bride but alas, it was her el­der sis­ter Leah that was given to Ja­cob. He and Rachael were swin­dled. Rea­son? The younger one can­not marry be­fore the el­der be­cause of tra­di­tion. Here we see tra­di­tion work­ing against Rachael. Many are sin­gle to­day be­cause tra­di­tion and cul­ture for­bids them to marry out­side of the town, tribe or so­cial class. Be­hind every tra­di­tion is a spirit. May God de­liver you from the spirit of tra­di­tion. Tra­di­tion as­sisted Leah to get mar­ried but could not sus­tain her in mar­riage nor guar­an­tee her a happy mar­riage. Re­li­gious tra­di­tions kept many peo­ple sin­gle and sin­ning. 2. Vic­tims of parental vow Jeph­thah’s daugh­ter is a good ex­am­ple. Her fa­ther made a vow be­fore he went to war that he would of­fer unto God the first thing that comes of his house if God would help Him win the war. It was rash and fool­ish but a vow is a vow. We know the story. His daugh­ter came out and had to be of­fered. I be­lieve in ser­vice to the Lord so she re­mained a vir­gin. (Judges 11:30-40).

Vows made by peo­ple who have re­la­tional au­thor­ity over you could have telling ef­fects. You must can­cel every an­ces­tral vow or pro­nounce­ments that are ca­pa­ble of hin­der­ing your for­tunes in mar­riage, busi­ness or min­istry. Sa­muel, on the other hand was a ben­e­fi­ciary of a pos­i­tive parental vow. (1Sa­muel 1:11, “And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt in­deed look on the af­flic­tion of thine hand­maid, and re­mem­ber me, and not for­get thine hand­maid, but wilt give unto thine hand­maid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no ra­zor come upon his head.”) 3. Vic­tims of parental ma­nip­u­la­tion In 1Sa­muel 18:17-21. King Saul had promised to give his daugh­ter Merab to David in mar­riage but he failed to de­liver. But he later gave Micah to David for a very in­ter­est­ing rea­son; ‘to be a snare to him’. When par­ents in­sist on their chil­dren mar­ry­ing a par­tic­u­lar per­son without di­vine guid­ance, the devil is set­ting a trap. I pray the Lord will de­liver you from every parental ma­nip­u­la­tion. Micah did not en­joy her mar­riage. There was a long in­ter­rup­tion but even af­ter they got back to­gether, she ended up be­ing bar­ren. 4. Vic­tims of an­ces­tral moral prob­lems A good ex­am­ple of this is Ta­mar, Ab­sa­lom’s beau­ti­ful sis­ter. She was at­tracted to the wrong per­son and raped be­cause of an­ces­tral moral prob­lems dat­ing back not only as far as her fa­ther David but as far as Ju­dah. The Bible says she re­mained des­o­late in her brother Ab­sa­lom’s house 2Sa­muel 13:20b, “So Ta­mar re­mained des­o­late in her brother Ab­sa­lom’s house.” Read 2Sa­muel 13:1-32. Are you at­tract­ing the wrong per­sons in your life? Do peo­ple want you only for your body? Are you prone to im­moral re­la­tion­ships? You will need to re­pent of an­ces­tral moral sins and be de­liv­ered.

5. Vic­tims cir­cum­stances

Af­ter Lot es­caped with his daugh­ters from Sodom, they went to Zoar. There his daugh­ters con­spired to rape him one af­ter the other to con­ceive by him while he was un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. Ter­ri­ble! Ge­n­e­sis 19:20-38. Their rea­son was “there is not a man in the earth”. They were locked up in a land of ‘no man’. You could be in a large Church or com­mu­nity and still be in ‘a land of no man ’. Here is the dan­ger: when­ever women feel they can no longer find suitable men to marry them, they re­sort to un­godly means to have chil­dren and be­come sin­gle par­ents. Ge­n­e­sis 19:31-32, “And the first­born said unto the younger, Our fa­ther is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us af­ter the man­ner of all the earth: [32] Come, let us make our fa­ther drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may pre­serve seed of our fa­ther.”

The devil worked on their minds and they be­lieved a lie. Don’t be­lieve the lie of the devil, there is some­one to marry you. He will find you if you just be­lieve God and de­pend on Him to con­nect you to him.

This is how desert spir­its op­er­ate. They ped­dle lies. They iso­late you and con­vince you that men are scarce and that your time is past. It makes you not to be able to see be­yond your walls. You could be in the midst of a crowd and still feel iso­lated! Desert spir­its make of en­vi­ron­men­tal you feel re­jected and for­saken. They make you feel in­ad­e­quate. You could be pretty and feel ugly and un­wanted. But you must be­lieve God loves you and will an­swer your prayers and give you a hus­band or wife. You will also need to go for de­liv­er­ance in or­der to be rid of this spirit.

Every wall of iso­la­tion is be­ing de­stroyed, in Je­sus name. Bind and cast out the spirit of aban­don­ment and lone­li­ness in Je­sus name. No ex­cuse • Leah was not beau­ti­ful but she got mar­ried.

• Ruth and Abi­gail were young wi­d­ows but they got mar­ried.

• Es­ther was in ex­ile in a for­eign land but she got mar­ried to the king.

• Mary was preg­nant with child that did not be­long to the man she was en­gaged to but she got mar­ried.

What is your sit­u­a­tion? It does not mat­ter. God has a so­lu­tion; He has a spouse for you. You are not too old or too messed up. You are God’s princess. His de­sire is to plant you in your own fam­ily. De­pend on Him and serve Him whole­heart­edly and He will grant you the de­sires of your heart. You can be set free from desert spir­its and curses with tar­geted prayers.

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