Pastor Matthew told them the efficacy of God’s words and its application to every area of a believer’s life. He prayed for them and they promised to take necessary actions. They thanked him and Peter for their time.
When they left,. Pastor Matthew received a call.
“What! What happened?”
He turned to Peter and shook his head. Peter was equally surprised to see his sad countenance.
“What happened?” Peter asked.
“Another couple wants to see me in regards to their marriage. There’s no problem. I will attend to you.”
Peter looked troubled and asked him,
“Why are there tensions and challenges in marriages?”
Pastor Matthew tapped the table repeatedly with his right middle finger.
“Marriage was the first institution ordained by God in the Bible and the devil has been fighting against it since then. When there’s peace in the family, there will be peace in the community, church and the world. Devil always opposes peace and stability. He is always looking for a crack in relationship to come in. The Bible talks about the fiery darts of the enemies in Ephesians 6 verse 16.
‘Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.’
It says all the fiery darts of the wicked. If only couples would understand that marriage is beyond eating, drinking and sleeping together, they will take the shield of their faith seriously.
“Shield of faith? I don’t understand.” Peter asked.
“The faith is in two parts. First, faith in Christ Jesus when a sinner comes to Him for forgiveness of sins. An unbelieving couple can’t quench the fiery darts of the enemies. They must surrender their lives to Jesus Christ and be transformed by his awesome power. The second part is the faith in the ability of God to fight for them and help them. The Bible says in Hebrews 11 verse 6,
‘But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’
This is the shield of faith that can carry the couple and secure their victory over the wicked ones. They believe that God is able and ever ready to help them whenever they call upon him.”
Peter interjected, “I was careless and took my marriage with levity then. In fact, we hardly pray or study the Bible. We were doing everything physical with no understanding of the unseen enemies who were after our marriage.”
“Exactly! The unseen enemies are everywhere and they don’t need visa to pursue believers but their end will be in the red sea if they don’t repent. Without any provocation, the devil and his cohorts will always throw the fiery darts of misunderstandings, malice, lacks, suspicions, lukewarmness, prayerlessness, sicknesses, discouragement, comparisons and so on with the aim of taking away the shield of faith and then attack. Spiritual battle is real in marriages.” Pastor Matthew explained.
“Pastor, I don’t know if I have the stamina to pray and defend my family. I need help and courage. I’m a bit scared now.” Peter complained.
“I was in the same situation before but when God opened my eyes to the truth behind the name of Jesus, my fear vanished “
“The name of Jesus?”
“My wife and I faced some challenges early in our marriage after the birth of our twin girls. I was scared when there was a serious financial lack and misunderstanding in the family and that brought a strain between us. I didn’t know what to do and prayer became an herculean task. One night, I dreamt of someone who gave me a key with “Jesus” written on it and asked me to open as many doors before me. When I looked up, I ran to open the door of financial breakthrough, then the door of understanding, the door of good health and I then kept the key in my pocket. The man told me to use it whenever I need anything. This revelation changed my prayer life and things turned around for good in our marriage and family.”
Peter was greatly encouraged by this revelation and asked if the yoke in his life can be broken.
“I have drunk some mixtures from Josephine, made covenant with some of our business partners and my dream life is a great pointer. I have eaten strange foods and drinks in my dreams. I need help in the name of Jesus.”
Pastor Matthew asked if he was willing to be delivered and shared some Bible verses with him. He prayed for him cancelling the works of the devil in the name of Jesus. The prayer of faith works wonders and Peter believed the Lord has set him free Thereafter, he took him to the hospital for the final removal of the Plaster of Paris and he was able to walk perfectly to the glory of God.
On their way back, Lisa called the Pastor to remind him of her birthday and her desire to use it as a means of bringing souls into God’s kingdom. Pastor Matthew passed the phone to her husband who smiled when he heard her voice. They were still talking when Pastor Matthew parked in front of a house. When they came out, Peter looked around to be sure of where he brought him.
When he ended the call, he passed the phone to him. Pastor led the way and Peter followed him. When they reached the building…
To be continued in Episode 48.