Path To Ful­fil­ment In The Fam­ily (1)

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - IBRU CENTRE - By Pas­tor W. F. Ku­muyi

MAny­fam­i­lies are bat­tling with tough chal­lenges, some very se­vere. Be­cause they are ig­no­rant of the so­lu­tion to the chal­lenges they face, many pro­long their pain and suf­fer­ing. As it turns out, the key to solv­ing fam­ily prob­lems is to fear God. The psalmist de­scribes a fam­ily that fears the Lord, and enu­mer­ates what it en­joys. He says such a fam­ily is free from worry and anx­i­ety, prob­lem and op­pres­sion, cap­tiv­ity and calamity, dis­ease and death, fa­mil­iar spir­its and famine, hos­til­ity and ha­tred, in­iq­uity and in­fir­mity. When God raises a fam­ily and de­cides to pour the bless­ing of free­dom on it, what a great priv­i­lege that is! When God smiles on an in­di­vid­ual and lifts the coun­te­nance of His bless­ing on him; and when God has His favour and prom­ise upon an in­di­vid­ual and a fam­ily as in the psalm we are ex­am­in­ing to­day which be­gins with blessed­ness, what a priv­i­lege that is! When the psalmist de­clares, “Blessed is

ev­ery one that feareth the LORD”, he leaves the de­ci­sion for ev­ery­one to be can­di­date for the bless­ings that fol­low: all the bless­ings men­tioned in the chap­ter are for those who fear the Lord and come un­der His con­trol.

Upon those who know the Lord, who be­lieve in Him, who love Him, who obey His word, there are great bless­ings as in­di­vid­u­als, as fam­i­lies and the works of their hands. How­ever, there is need for proper ex­pla­na­tion and elab­o­ra­tion of what it means to be free as a fam­ily. Such deeper in­ves­ti­ga­tions are as im­por­tant and nec­es­sary as doc­tors’ med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and di­ag­no­sis be­fore pre­scrip­tion to their pa­tients.

What are the prob­lems fam­i­lies are wrestling with? When a fam­ily mem­ber has a spirit of in­fir­mity for a long time, the im­pli­ca­tion is that he or she be­comes the cen­tre of at­ten­tion rather than cen­tre of ac­tiv­ity. And in­stead of pro­vid­ing for the needs of mem­bers of the fam­ily, the fam­ily fi­nance is chan­nelled into tak­ing care of that per­son’s health be­cause health is a pri­or­ity. Also, when forces of dark­ness are bat­tling with a fam­ily in un­re­lent­ing at­tacks to the ex­tent that there is a “gall of bit­ter­ness” in the fam­ily and a brick-wall of re­sis­tance against the fam­ily, there is a bur­den of bondage in the fam­ily. This might lead to dif­fi­culty hav­ing chil­dren.

Some­times, it is un­equal yoke or part­ner­ship with those that do not know God. It is of­ten caused by im­pa­tience in the choices peo­ple have made in life, with their at­ten­dant con­se­quences. Oth­ers in­clude the bur­den of polygamy and back­slid­ing. Th­ese bur­dens fur­ther lead to hy­per­ten­sion, rest­less­ness, worry and anx­i­ety, guilt and con­dem­na­tion, sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases and even death and eter­nity in hell, if there is no re­pen­tance from sin by such per­sons. There are cases where the spouses agree to go astray to­gether as in the case of Ana­nias and Sap­phira. They died in sin with­out re­pen­tance. Hus­bands and wives who con­spire to sin against God bring judg­ment upon them­selves and their fam­i­lies ex­cept they re­pent. Other things that bring bur­dens upon in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in­clude: (a) adul­tery, (b) back­slid­ing, (c) con­tention, (d) debt, (e) envy and jeal­ousy, (f) fa­mil­iar spir­its, (g) guile – de­cep­tion, (h) ha­tred, (i) idola­try, (j) job­less­ness, (k) knock­ing and nag­ging of one an­other, (l) lust and li­cen­tious­ness, (m) money, (n) naugh­ti­ness, (o) op­pres­sion, (p) prin­ci­pal­i­ties and pow­ers, (q) quar­relling, (r) re­tal­i­a­tion and re­venge, (s) sick­ness, (t) tongue, (u) un­be­lief, (v) vi­o­lence, (w) world­li­ness, (y) yokes. Upon those who know the Lord, who be­lieve in Him, who love Him, who obey His word, there are great bless­ings as in­di­vid­u­als, as fam­i­lies and the works of their hands. How­ever, there is need for proper ex­pla­na­tion and elab­o­ra­tion of what it means to be free as a fam­ily. Such deeper in­ves­ti­ga­tions are as im­por­tant and nec­es­sary as doc­tors’ med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and di­ag­no­sis be­fore pre­scrip­tion to their pa­tients. Fur­ther Read­ing (King James Ver­sion): Psalm 128:1-6; 144:1115. Luke 13:16; Acts 8:23; Hebrews 12:15,16; Ne­hemiah 13:23,24,26; Jeremiah 8:4-6,9-12; Acts 5:1-10; Hebrews 13:4.

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