The average Christian believes that God by the leading of the Holy Spirit should be in absolute control of his/her life and family. He also desires that this should be his personal experience. Our major challenge now becomes how to describe what we believe to be the basic features of the home where God is in control. What do you think will be the sin qua non of that family where God is pleased to dwell? Take some time off to think through this issue before you continue.

In the home where God rules by the power of the Holy Spirit, there will always be at least an agent of God living there. An ambassador of some sort through whom the Holy Spirit carries out God’s instructions.

God’s work depends on vessels that He can trust to be there for Him when He needs them. People who take delight in taking instructions from Him only and deferentially report back to Him the happenings in their environment. Such yielded and praying vessels, cannot do anything without the express permission and guidance of God. That's the Bible definition of undivided loyalty.

This of course is a high calling, especially in a marriage setting, because if for instance such a person is joined to another who does not maintain such a vibrant relationship with God, there is bound to be a constant gbata-gbata1[1] in that home because according to Amos 33, two cannot walk together unless they agree. But remembering that Christianity is a race and a battle and not just a bed of thorn-less roses will help.

God cannot reign anywhere on earth, (that is, exercise the power by which He rules) without the agency of an ambassador.

 He initiated the marriage institution and therefore respects couples, but He chooses to work with us at the individual level, at a time, for maximum results. So in any family unit, He looks out for an ambassador, one who best fits His requirements of unalloyed loyalty. God looks out for at least one in the pair, a bridge-head of sort, to accomplish His aim in every home. He can use one spouse but how lovely when the pair becomes a worthy and yielded instrument in His hand. And even when this miracle of perfect union happens, God still works on us individually:
Even though God works with the couple, He still prefers to perfect the individual because a defective raw material they say cannot produce a premium product. God wants to perfect you before marriage and after wedding He still continues the sanctification process till He gets you into His desired shape so that you will perform His desired tasks for His pleasure. Make no mistake about that, God is always after His pleasure and that is for our benefit for when God is pleased with an individual, nay a couple, divine bliss manifests.
God works with one person to maximize his /her divine capabilities and when two persons growing under God ideally unite, they expand their potentials to an infinite proportion.

GOD + WIFE = 100%
GOD + COUPLE = a[2]

One can do it, but God knows that a couple is His primary choice for a complete home and His perfect creation.2. Having said that, we must note that;

Your spouse does not need to walk with you for you to make heaven, but there is no end to what God can do with a yielded couple walking together with Him in love.

So who in the union do you think is best fitted to be God’s ambassador in the home? When God created Adam, He was satisfied in the works of His hands. The same was true with the creation of Eve, both of whom He created in His own very image.3But then, they were still work-in-progress even after their wedding.

As a married couple, God allows us some healthy leverage to operate on our own as individuals. For instance, He neither reproved Eve for talking with the serpent alone nor condemned Adam for allowing his wife to do so. His reason for not being happy with her I believe was her coming so low as to hold such a determinative conversation with a serpent and not being repelled by the fact that it questioned the integrity of God, casting aspersion to His Holy name.
Because God recognized their individuality, in His judgment, He handled them first separately, then as a couple4. He was hard on Adam because he failed in helping his spouse when he noticed her missteps, for part of God’s mandate for us in marriage is to help redirect our mates back to the   path of God when we notice they begin to walk contrary to His purposes. This we ought to do in love without [3]acrimony, hostility, impatience, intolerance, prejudgment or sometimes the narrow-mindedness that usually accompany such redemptive works, which attitude   exacerbates an already muddled situation. What are we saying? In all situations, we should make the word of God the only lamp to our feet and light to our path: And our Lord Jesus our only role model5. And the question of who best should work with God in our marriage I believe is an issue that spouses must answer for themselves without recourse to their partners. For the real question is:

§  How do I want to walk with God?
§  And how do I want God to walk with me as a person?

Amos 33 again argues that two [you and God] cannot have any meaningful relationship unless there is a binding agreement. So who among the two of you do you believe that God should work with in your family?

If you think that you are  not God’s chosen vessel for that union, then you will be  ill-equipped to function appropriately, and  maybe, just maybe, that’s why things may not be working according to God’s  in your home: Because of the presence of an impersonator.
Yes! You.

 For if you are the chosen of God for  that home, then, you are God’s instrument to bless your union as you work for His honor and  glory. You will  be the one God will be looking up to for the advancement of His will in your environment. For whenever He wants to manifest tolerance, kindness, understanding, love, or sacrifice He will look for you as His unprofitable servant whose desire is to do his/her part in filling the [4]whole earth with the knowledge of the glory of God , as the waters cover the sea6.  Whatever He wants done in your environment, God will look for you as His ready and willing instrument.

 Adam may have been created first but that does not make him morally superior to Eve. I am one of those who believe that men and women are morally equal even though I do not believe that God is the author of feminism as an ideology.  I still believe that women should in no guise be considered either subordinate or inferior to men. God may have foreknowledge of what we will eventually be even before we were conceived but that does not say that He decided in advance who among us will be His agent in all situations especially in my home. God in His omniscience knew before creation that a close associate of the Messiah will betray Him, but there was nowhere in the Bible that Judas’ name was mentioned as the very one who will betray Jesus. Judas was not created to betray Jesus rather at some point in his inglorious life he became a traitor for personal reasons best known to him7. As moral agents we are responsible for every action we take otherwise God would not have any ethical justification as a just judge. So the person that the cap fits is the one that allows the cap to fit his or her head.  Doesn't this cap of God’s ambassadorship fit your head? And if it does why won’t you choose this day to allow Him use you to fulfill His Divine counsel in your home?
In that home where God is in charge, there is at least a vessel ready to be used of Him. A vessel that recognizes that he/she is incomplete and that his/her mate is equally an unfinished instrument in God’s hand yearning and striving for perfection. A vessel that is content in his/her contentment in the Lord.

Biblical Illustration 
So who is this vessel of honor and what are some of his/her characterizations? And how can we identify God’s battle axe in a family setting?  We are going to use biblical narratives as illustrations, to see how some select biblical characters juggled family life with the will of God in their day and what we can learn from them. How did these couples grapple with God’s ultimate aim in creation?

…For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.6 NKJV

In other words, God’s aim as stated thus is for the whole earth to be saturated with the knowledge of His glory. Everyone should have a comprehensive knowledge of God and consequently maintain a lifestyle that will honor and glorify Him. That is God’s just desire.

§  He wants this done first, in your life:
§  In the life of your spouse:
§  In your home:
§  And then, extended to the whole earth..
He has chosen you to be His change agent: Why not accept that offer if you have not done so yet, so as to fulfill your divine mandate. God has a comprehensive plan for His creation and a composite strategy to accomplish His purposes. That strategy is centered on man and his heart which incidentally was[5] aptly described in Jer. 179 as deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Ironically, this same warped heart is the primary organ for God’s work. But then He promised thus:

I will take away your stubborn heart and give you a new heart and a desire to be faithful. You will have only pure thoughts, because I will put my Spirit in you and make you eager to obey my laws and teachings8.  CEV

He seeks to transform the man through sanctification by His word, in the family setting9. Some aspects of the lives of a few Bible characters in their home settings may help clarify some of these issues for us. How did they live to fulfill God’s aim of saturating the whole earth with the knowledge of His glory? What decisions did they make individually and as couples: And how did their choices impact their spouses, family members and God’s entire plans for His creation? Then, what possibly we can learn from them?
1.  Adam And Eve.

When God came down in Gen. 38 to heal the family of Adam and Eve after they ate the forbidden fruit in disobedience to His commandment, He treated both of them as separate entities, not as a unit which they were.
There was an unreported issue in the Family of the Adams and God came to solve that problem, even though they had covered the self-inflicted festering ulcer of their sin with band aid, hiding their heads in the sand, enacting the proverbial ostrich treatment. When [6]God came, He addressed them one on one. And notice, He did not start with asking what the problem was or who did what. To Adam he went first, and then to Eve. He did that because as moral agents either of them had the God-enabled individual capability to stand in the gap and save the family from the fatal consequences of their sin. But often spouses end up looking for the scapegoat to hang, forgetting that they rise and sink together. God thinks differently. I believe He started with Adam not only because he was the head of the family but scriptures gave us an editorial report pointing to His reason.

…And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result10. NLT.

 Eve was the one deceived. And she became contaminated; somehow as usual she also infected her husband who was her only source of help. So it was only rational to start resolving the issues with the one who should have a better understanding of the situation, even though he too goofed. Just as one person introduced the fruit, one can also make the difference. I believe that was why God sought them out: For healing. God is a healer, but you must desire to be healed, and by Him too. And not only desire, you must cooperate with Him for any meaningful result.  Their failure is now history because the consequences of their choice live with us till date.

We may have the free will to make our routine choices but we do not have the luxury of determining the dynamics or the consequences of our actions. That is the prerogative of God. And every decision we make counts for eternity.[7]

It could be scary to know that we will give account of every choice we ever make. So it calls for caution11! What would Adam or his wife have done and how do you think the God of a second chance would have responded?

·         How should one whose heart is completely yielded to God respond on conviction of sin? Contrast that to this couple’s response to God.
·         How do we usually respond when something we think has been taken care of suddenly spills over: And why?
·         What kind of cock-n-bull stories do we shamelessly tell ourselves whenever we decide to go contrary to God’s command?
·         How did Ruth for instance, respond, when she was told that her continued refusal to approach the king may jeopardize God’s plans for her life and the endangered people of God and why?
The Bible said in 2 Chro. 169
…For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him; In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars." NKJV.
…Whose hearts are fully committed. NIV.
…who faithfully obey Him. CEV
…given themselves [8]completely to Him. NCV

All that God is looking for on earth is a yielded heart, not a perfect one. A heart in spite of human imperfections desirous to do God’s will.

After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse. A Man After My Own Heart; He Will Do Everything I Want Him To Do12. NIV. Emphasis mine.

 The implication is that if one refuses to make his heart completely committed to God, yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit and not to what he thinks is right or what society says, such a person the Bible calls a fool. And unfortunately, foolish actions spread like gangrene13.

Corporate Transformation Is Contingent Upon Individual Transformation At The Heart Level.

In any family where there are these insidious but salient hostilities gnawing at the fabrics of unity, check well, there may be some foolish conspiratorial schemes going on, behind God’s back.

Decisions and actions that vainly seek to sideline basic biblical injunctions cannot be tolerated by God.

In the home, God seeks at least one person, better still the two of you, to empower and impact not only your nuclear family but the entire earth. That’s His ultimate aim. Adam failed in spite of God’s good will, most probably because he was still very angry with his wife whom the Bible said was deceived. [9]

Unforgiving spirit is like an Ebola virus in the heart. It defies any cosmetic treatment that most of us apply, while seething with anger like Adam14.

"It was the woman you put here with me," the man said. "She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it." CEV. Emphasis mine.
So you took it from her and ate?
See how we like Adam foolishly attack both God and our spouse. Believing we know more than God we end up in fool’s paradise, bringing untold hardship to posterity.

2. Isaac And Rebekah.

The story of this couple’s intrigue and folly is found  in the following verses.Gen.2521-23; 2746-285 Let us  consider what happened in this nuclear family: What did God say to them, and what where the challenges they  faced in trying to actualize God’s dream in their lives and circumstances.
  And the Lord said to her:

"Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger15."  NKJV

I think Isaac understood what God said but for certain obvious reasons he glided unto the path of disobedience. May be he believed   that somehow he could outwit God. So he tried to execute his sinister plans of passing on the mantle of divine leadership to someone the Bible described as immoral.  That is incredible!

How could one so worldly and materialistic that he would sell his birthright for material wellbeing be trusted with God’s mandate and the consequent blessings?
Or, could it be that Isaac’s wife did not tell him what God said about the boys when they were in her womb? 

Assuming it was so, what did she achieve and what do we achieve by playing the lone-ranger like Eve?
Why do you think this patriarch disobeyed God: And why do children of God, knowing the omniscience of God and the dynamics of their relationship with Him still attempt to deceive Him? Could it be lack of true knowledge of God, or the evil one snatching the seed away? Or the pressure of afflictions and persecutions? Or better still the fault of the deceitfulness of riches? On which of these altars do you sacrifice, in dare situations? Or you don’t?

What happened to the son of Abraham is a serious warning to all of us.

Anyone who believes he can outmaneuver God soon discovers that he has been the fool. And it could be fatal.

If one contrasts Rebekah’s heart attitude to the Word of God as she positioned herself to be used by God to save her family, with that of her bush meat-loving husband, who irreverently hatched an avoidable absurdity in his own nuclear family, which resulted in Rebecca and Jacob resorting to an extreme method to try to correct his crass decision the [10]result will be obvious. But let us get the facts right. Rebekah lied and cheated her blind husband. That is despicable to say the least, but what do you do in such a desperate situation where a man who is not only physically blind but spiritually too, is at the brink of plunging the whole family and God’s plan into a bottomless sinkhole. She was in a desperate situation and so took an extreme action, and God honored it. Her method for saving a daring situation was unethical and not commendable but like Hagar she faced a perilous dilemma. Pray not to fall into these ladies’ shoes because like Uzzah who unwittingly tried to save the Ark of the Covenant from falling, you may not survive it. Mr. & Mrs. Ananias who tried a fast one on Apostle Peter were frowned at by God.16. I don’t know what happened to their after that encounter. The heart, the Bible says is terribly deceitful only God comprehends it17.
The question has always been; why would Isaac of all people or anyone else do such a gutless thing, instead of submitting to God’s gracious authority?  The answer is sin: An offence primarily against God, no matter who is the immediate recipient. Sin is when anyone for whatever reason fails to conform to any law of God. Sin is the transgression of the word of God.

 The essence of sin is when a man prefers anything other than God. Anytime anyone chooses anything first before God or even attaches anything to God that is the heart and soul of sin.

 In 1 Cor. 1622 The Bible sternly stated that:

If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed. Our Lord, come! NLT.

 It is as bad as that. It means that there is something other than God that gives him satisfaction and joy. It was John Piper who said and I quote:

The truth and beauty and worth of God shine best from the lives of saints who are so satisfied in God that they can suffer in the cause of love without murmuring….God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

Nothing gives God most pleasure than when we are most satisfied in Him rather than His gifts because satisfaction is a correlate of value. Quoting John Piper again he wrote:

The value of God shines more brightly in the soul that finds deepest satisfaction in Him

The man God uses is the man after God’s heart, the man who will not be satisfied with anything outside God; who will be prepared to do everything God says, even if it means walking in to the lion’s den or singing his way into a fiery furnace without weeping and wailing and moaning and gnashing of teeth, as a song writer once put it. Isaac preferred flesh like most of us most of the time rather than God. If there is such a thing that you prefer rather than God, then the sin of Isaac and Eve has found a disciple in you. And that could very be a stairway straight to hell.

Isaac loved flesh more than the word of God; but remember, Esau was his first born son.

But do these reasons justify his trying to circumvent God’s authority in his home, even though he was the head of the family? A true ambassador’s [11]considered priority is first the will of God, if it means perishing, well and good, after all Mat.633 is non-negotiable. It was the love for God that gave Ruth the impetus to abandon her own life in other to take care of her aged mother-in-law. David refused to kill King Saul and secure his own safety and throne just to give God pleasure. Rehab, the harlot of Jericho, played in this honored league when she saved the Joshua’s spies18. That is the common denominator of all those whom God had ever and will ever use.

Isaac ran into the same problem as his father Abraham when he was asked to banish Ishmael to make room for the covenant son. It was a tough decision for Abraham. Self-sacrifice has always been a tough decision for man. It was to his credit that Isaac made up eventually and approved his wife’s decision.19

3. Abram and Sarai.

Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land. And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, "Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, 'This is his wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you."  So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that [12]the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh's house. He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels20. NKJV. 

We said that In That Home Where God Rules by the leading of the Holy Spirit, that there will be at least an agent of God living there. An ambassador of some sort through whom the Holy Spirit carries out God’s intentions.

Now there was a Severe Famine in the land that God promised to give to Abraham and his descendants and what did Abram and his dear wife do. Why?
What should a true ambassador of God do in an endangered situation where the very promises of God are threatened? What did Sarai do and why? What would you as a wife do in such trying times? How did their actions or inaction affect:
§  Sarai;
§  Abram; and
§  God’s plan?

Now listen to the rebuke and disgrace the friend of God got from an uncircumcised pagan;

But the Lord sent terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai, Abram's wife. So Pharaoh summoned Abram and accused him sharply. "What have you done to me?" he demanded. Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' and allow me to take her as my wife? Now then, here is your [13]wife. Take her and get out of here! 21" NLT

What was the friend of God thinking when he decided to go down to Egypt and subsequently give out the hand of his wife to Pharaoh in marriage, receiving sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants (Hagar), female donkeys, and camels as dowry? Wiseman that he was, Pharaoh never asked Abram to return the dowry he paid and Abram went away with all his Egyptian loot including Hagar who was later to become his misfortune.
 It was C.S. Lewis who said and I quote:

It is the stealing of the apple that is bad, not the sweetness.

Of course sweet apple will always be sweet, but the contention is how you came about it. The taste of the apple does not change with the method with which you obtained it but Hagar must always give birth to the troubler of Abraham’s descendants. She must be a painful festering wound that will dog his life. Anyone who follows such a compromising example of Abraham and his dear sisterly wife will surely reap the same whirlwind that has been chasing them ever after. What happened to Abraham and Sarah is prevalent in our postmodern society today.  It is called Compromise: A middle and caustic position between two irreconcilable extremes; an accommodation that is bound to boomerang, especially in spiritual issues, often with disastrous consequences.

What do we do as agents of God when  the very livelihood of our families are threatened and our spouses propose a plan that may bring immediate relief but that may also compromise our Christian confession and pitch us against God?
Let us turn to the erudite Christian scholar, C.S. Lewis again;

A perfect man will never act from a sense of duty; he’d always want the right thing more than the wrong thing.

Abram took an astute business decision but like all decisions contrary to the will of God, he ran into moral roadblocks set up by God to bring him to his senses, but like any of us, he rode furiously until he crashed unto Pharaoh’s feet of clay. His wife fared worse. She became dumb, following her husband’s selfish plot against her. Why did Sarah accept such a self-annihilating contraption? What was she expecting from Pharaoh? The steadfast love of God indeed never ceases indeed!

 Eve acted on her personal convictions. She was persuaded but the Bible reported that she was deluded10.

And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. NIV.

Yet even Adam also acted on his personal conviction. Isaac did the same. At the point they acted, they believed that they were doing the best they could do. They acted out of duty giving no place to God’s precepts and pleasure. And that was their Waterloo. Eve not only became a sinner but inadvertently passed it on to her acquiescing husband. But if Eve was oblivious and she was, what was Adam’s problem? I do not believe that she would have even spoken with the serpent if she knew and believed what God said on the issue. You can imagine that Mrs. Adam, whose husband had privileged [14]one-on-one fellowship with God, was not convincingly aware of the mind of God on the only prohibition in their controlled environment. Do not ask me what else Adam was doing with her.
How ironical and yet so true today. And therein lays the danger of neglecting the spiritual wellbeing of your spouse. We must guard jealously the state of our mate’s spirituality otherwise he/she will take decisions that will precipitate preventable punishments on us and posterity. Adam knew that his wife had goofed, yet he collected the fruit from her and ate, probably to mollify her but soon after he began to blame her for a choice he made consciously. He even tried to implicate God in his own blunder.
 It goes to prove that when we disobey God in other to pacify our family members or even other people, it reveals a depth of witlessness that resonates our state of depravity.

Adam would have saved his wife and all of us from unwarranted adversity if he had insisted on the word of God being done in his home; instead he gave in like we do most of the time, endangering the wellbeing of our loved ones. Achan thought he was doing his family a favor when he disobeyed Joshua’s command by taking home forbidden goodies to maybe improve the living standard of his wilderness weary family22.
 You will always pay for stealing even in the midst of the euphoria of enjoying the apple’s sweetness. The apple never changes its taste because it was stolen but the thief must receive a just recompense.
Brethren, the steady growth of our individual spiritual life should not be compromised for any reason.

Anyone who cares more [15]about his social, academic, political or financial status than his spiritual wellbeing, has with that choice, also chosen to step outside God’s environment and so cannot enjoy the privilege of fulfilling the will of God in his life, and that unavoidably provides a veritable platform for the devastations that trailh curses.

The Bible   says that:
If anyone does not love the Lord [does not have a friendly affection for Him and is not kindly disposed toward Him], he shall be accursed! Our Lord will come! (Maranatha!)23 AMP

Listen to Sarah’s solution to a situation that arose in the family.

Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her." And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan.24 NKJV
 There was a problem of barrenness in that home and the question of a heir had so disturbed them lately that Sarai had begun to think that perhaps very soon Abram may take a second wife to actualize his dream and that may cut her off since she has indeed become too old to conceive. Rational thinking!  So, before that happens she introduced plan B, the use of what she got from Egypt to fulfill God’s promises to them irrespective of God’s timing. It was Bishop Amaechi [16]Nwachukwu who was quoted as saying that:

One cannot use the devil’s gift to accomplish God’s purposes.

 Abram heeded the voice of Sarai without any sign of resistance or reference to God, probably confirming his wife’s fears. He, like Adam swallowed his wife’s toxic time bomb. And what was the of the success of Sarah’s plan B? The bursting of the hornet’s nest.

So he went into Hagar and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. Then Sarai said to Abram, "My wrong
be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. “The Lord judge between you and me.” So Abram said to Sarai, "Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please."  And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence25

He, like Adam swallowed his wife’s time bomb.
 They needed an heir and here comes Ishmael. So what is the problem again? They got their apple but it turned sour. God cannot honor any plan that contradicts the least of His laws. It sounds ludicrous but true that Sarai was blinded to the will of God by her fleshly desires repeating the error of Eve; she went for the same fruit that she thought would solve her problems. But like Eve she was deceived. The same ancient serpent put flashy ideas into her head that never works for anyone’s good.
Adam accepted for reasons best known to him, took the fruit from his wife and ate. Abram followed suite. How could the man who abandoned a settled and successful life at Ur and followed God, exhibiting such an exalted level of faith unknown in his time turn around, going down to Egypt and putting up his wife for resale? What was he thinking when they led his wife away in the bridal procession to Pharaoh’s embrace, most probably after a sumptuous wedding ball? Why would the covenant child of Abraham prefer meat to obeying God? Why would a man sell his birthright for anything at all? Where was Mrs. Achan when her husband was digging up the ground in their tent to hide his loot? These are questions that resonate so dangerously close to even my own tent; and maybe yours too.
 It is becoming almost impossible by the day to love God in our postmodern world. But still in the home where God rules by the power of the Holy Spirit, there will always be at least an agent of God living there. An ambassador of some sort through whom the Holy Spirit carries out God’s instructions. There is indeed no option than being that ambassador in my home. There is no sacrifice so great that cannot be paid to be whom God can rely upon to be there for our spouses and families. With all the illustrations that God had so graciously and systematically arranged in the Bible for us, we have no excuse not to take God by His word anytime, any day.

[1] Gbata-gbata; Igbo for confusion and trouble.

[2] Gen.218,  3 Gen.1216-31,  4 Gen.38-19,21-23
5   Psa.119105, Heb.12 1-2
6  Hab.214;  7 Psa.419, Lk. 223
8 Ezek. 36 26-27;  9  Jn. 1717
10  1Tim. 214
11  Matt.1236, Rom. 1412, Heb. 1413
12  Acts. 1322;  13 Psa. 141
14  Gen. 312 :    15 Gen. 2523
16  Acts. 51-11,2Sam. 61-7; 17  Jerm. 179-10
18  Ruth 18-19, 1Sam.269-11,23-24,Josh. 21-23;  19 Gen.2746-285
20  Gen.1210-16
21   Gen. 121719
22  Josh.71
23  1Cor.1622;  24 Gen. 161-3
25  Gen.164-10
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