Webster defines the home as, “the social unit formed by a family living together.” The Bible speaks of the home as consisting of one male joined by God to one female. The Bible speaks of this relationship as a marriage; the union of male and female, leaving father and mother and cleaving to each other.
The Bible reveals this God-ordained relationship in Chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis, and speaks of its importance throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Laws of God that regulate marriage make the institution of marriage fundamental to the moral fabric of society. When the Laws of God concerning marriage are upheld and followed, they regulate and harness all areas of the society of mankind upon the earth. When God’s Laws concerning marriage are disregarded and not followed, then mankind is on a path of sin and destruction.
Never has this been truer than in the 21st Century. The Laws of God in marriage have been ignored and despised. Therefore, rather than unity in the home, there is confusion and division, which has led to divorce and destruction. Adultery and fornication are the norm now, and not holiness and faithfulness.
The destruction of the home has affected the Church, the children, and the morals of society in general. The home is the foundation of society. When the home deteriorates and is not the cement of a moral society, the results are disastrous to the entire civilization. Then society becomes lawless, selfish, and murderous. When moral purity is gone, only confusion and destruction are the offspring.
God’s people need to go back to Bethel and renew their vows and confess their sins and get rid of their idols (Genesis 35:1-3). This is true especially in the area of The Home. There must be a return to the Laws of God that regulate marriage, if our society is to have the favor and blessings of God. Otherwise, corruption and ruin will be the harvest (Galatians 6:7-8). God’s people are to be God’s witnesses of what a Godly marriage is, and of the benefits of obeying His Commandments that regulate marriage. God’s people must set the standard for the world to see this Design of God in Marriage.
This series of devotions is directed to God’s people; to stir their remembrance of God’s Laws of marriage. Not that they don’t already know, but they need to be instructed again, so that the Fruit of Righteousness be borne in their marriage, and they experience the joy of a physical relationship in a marriage that is highly blessed of God according to His Word.
This series is submitted – not to have another book on the shelves concerning the home; and not to add to or take away from any other man’s work on this subject of the home – but this series is submitted to all who are seeking to experience the benefits of a Godly marriage based on the Design of Marriage by God. Also, to all those who feel that their present marriage is lacking the blessing of God, and who are ready for a change; ready to do whatever God commands married people to perform, in order to receive the fullness of the Love of God in marriage, as they type out Christ and His Bride.
Not only will the mechanics of the home be presented and examined according to the Scriptures, but the spiritual application of these details will be viewed through personal experiences of past mistakes; from the present reaping of the Fruit of the Spirit in marriage because of correction; because of submission and obedience to God’s order in the home, which brings enjoyment, satisfaction, and completeness; and with the hope of a future harvest that is past this earthly realm as one enters into eternity.
Many, if not most marriages that are several years old are headed for divorce or:
1) They are in the “numb” state, only existing for financial and family reasons.
2) Or in the “sour” state, saying, “What went wrong? It started so sweet and now it’s so sour.”
3) Or they are in the “empty” state, saying, “Is this all there is to marriage?”
4) Or maybe in the “tired” state saying, “We are tired of each other.”
5) Or there is the “enduring” state, for the “children’s sake.”
However, I believe that there are some marriages seeking for more; much, much more from God. Their prayer is “God show us the fulness of Your Design in Marriage.”
This series is submitted to those married couples who are hungry and thirsty to pull up out of the “numb” state, the “sour” state, the “empty” state, the “tired” state, or the “enduring” state. For the married couples who realize something is not right; something is missing. To the ones who believe there has to be more to married life than the mundane life of work, eat, carry the children to school and then to the ball field, sleep, go back to work – and repeat. To those couples who believe that God had, and has, a greater purpose than to reveal in marriage only material security and family accolades. To those married couples who desire to please God in their marriage more than to please their own flesh. This series is directed to them.
The author has been given, by the Holy Spirit, the key that has unlocked the glorious benefits of the Love of God in marriage. This gift came through the correction of God; the confession of sin; and by repentance. This repentance is evidenced in a vow to surrender to God, to submit to and obey His Word. And then to endure in that obedience in order to first bring God honor, and then for his own good in typing out Christ and His Bride, the Church, the Body of Christ.
This is a devotional style work with its foundation rooted and grounded in the exegesis study of Scriptures concerning The Home and its order and function. Upon the foundation of Scripture, practical applications will be given that, if utilized in marriage, will bring forth life to the marriage – abundant life, more than one could ask or think.