The Christian Life: The Biblical Structure of the Home and Marriage

Sunday August 26, 2012

Word given by Larry Hostetter: Children, you don’t know how special you are, how special I have made you. Those giftings that I have put in you. When I [had] created you, I [had] placed giftings within you. There are many different giftings. There are giftings of the Spirit. Have you found them? Have you found those giftings that I want for you, found in the baptism of the Holy Spirit? It’ll set you free. It’ll change your life. It’ll help you walk the walk that I have called for you, the plan that I have for you. It’ll take you there. It’ll take you there. It’s where I want you to go. As you follow Me, as you learn My Word and place [My] Word in your heart, I’m going to change you into a vehicle that will glorify My Name. It’s not about you. It’s about the One who lives in you.  Don’t forget that. I placed giftings in you, but they are supernatural giftings that I want you to work in, I want you to move in, but it’s done by the Spirit. So, train your ears to hear His Word, so put His Word in your heart so you can hear His Word, that you can hear His voice and learn to know the difference. The Word says you have to judge the spirits. There are many spirits in the world, but there’s only one true God. There’s only one living God. There’s only one God that paid the price. That glorious salvation that He provided for you is free. There’s no price in it, except for your life, except for your heart. That’s a big price for some people to pay, but that’s the price that I accept. That’s the price that Jesus died for. So, be willing My children. Hunger and thirst after Me, after My righteousness for your life needs to be changed. It needs to be changed, one day at a time, one surrender at a time. When I put My finger on something, get it out, get it out! When you see it, when you hear it, get it out! Get it out! There’s a price to pay. Time for surrender… It’s time for us to surrender in Jesus’ name.

Offering: Pastor Syd shares a testimony about his obedience to God and the blessing that followed (2 Cor. 8:9; 2 Cor. 9:6). Sermon: The Word can bring revival in our marriages. All marriage problems stem from selfishness. Are you doing marriage the way God said? Gen. 2:15-25 tells about Adam in the Garden of Eden. God made Eve to be Adam’s helper. Christ is the head of the man; man is the head of his wife; and God is Christ’s head (1 Cor. 11:3). The husband is the leader, and the wife is the helper. Except for 1 Cor. 7:1-6, marriage is NOT 50/50. (Eph. 5:15-22; Heb. 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13-17). Honor is big with God. Choose to respect and honor, even if the person doesn’t deserve it. Refuse to fight. Submit (1 Peter 5:5; James 4:7; Eph. 5:24-33; Col. 3:18-19; Eph. 5:22-33). Every question about marriage is answered in how Christ functions in the Church. 1- Submission is not agreement, and in fact, you don’t need to submit if you agree. You can submit when you don’t agree. 2-Submission isn’t easy. 3-Submission is not weakness (1 Peter 3:1). 4-Submission isn’t forced. No form of making someone do something is from God. It’s manipulation. Serve. Marriage is to be a picture of Christ and the Church. Walk in your own place. Submission is your own choice.