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Marriage is a lifelong adventure of growing together through every age and stage of life. The happiest couples are those who commit to learning skills that help them weather difficult seasons and deal confidently with relationship challenges.

If you are ready to invest in your marriage and intentionally move towards oneness, we invite you to take part in this weekly devotional.

With this podcast, we help you understand God’s blueprint for marriage so you can create a legacy of greatness.

God's Blueprint for Marriage Family Life South Africa

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Marriage is a lifelong adventure of growing together through every age and stage of life. The happiest couples are those who commit to learning skills that help them weather difficult seasons and deal confidently with relationship challenges.

If you are ready to invest in your marriage and intentionally move towards oneness, we invite you to take part in this weekly devotional.

With this podcast, we help you understand God’s blueprint for marriage so you can create a legacy of greatness.

    Leaving a Legacy - Part 4

    Leaving a Legacy - Part 4

    GOD BLESSES US TO BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS
    Building a legacy of destiny requires reaching out to the world and results in bringing about changes in the world.

    The family was meant to be a redemptive vehicle. God blesses us to be a blessing to others.

    One of God’s primary purposes for your family is to make Christ known and to help fulfil the Great Commission.

    In Matthew 28:19, 20 we find the greatest commission ever given by the greatest Person who ever lived. Jesus’ last instruction to His disciples and to the entire body of believers through the ages up to now still is:

    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,... ,teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.

    This is the command given to every Christian and every family.

    The reality of Christ in your life and your family gives credibility to your witness.

    As you teach your children and others, your legacy will spread throughout the world.

    We have choices about many things in life, but not about whether we will die or not and also not about whether to leave a legacy or not.

    The only question is, what kind of legacy is it going to be?

    The three commitments we discussed, namely to grow in Christ, to build a godly family and to help fulfill the Great Commission will require time. I can well imagine that all of us have at some time or another used the phrase or at least thought: ‘I don’t have time’ for this or that. But that phrase is never a statement of fact. It is always a declaration of priorities.

    Please plan to intentionally be involved in all three the commitments we discussed.

    We want to encourage you not to be satisfied with a saved soul and a wasted life.

    Thank you and God bless you and your family as you participate in the fulfilling of the Great Commission!

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    Leaving a Legacy - Part 3

    Leaving a Legacy - Part 3

    BUILDING A GOD HONORING AND FUTURE IMPACTING LEGACY
    Building a God honoring and future impacting legacy of destiny also requires developing a godly family.

    After church little Johnny sobbed all the way home. His father and mother asked him what was wrong, but he would not say. Eventually he came out with what it was. He said that the pastor said that he wanted the children to grow up in godly homes, but Johnny said, ‘I want to stay with you guys!’

    Well, do your children know for a fact that they are being brought up in a home where Christian values are being taught and modelled?

    The family is God’s smallest battle formation. It is not supposed to be a holy huddle, but rather a safe place to retreat to, to be refreshed and built up from where to go out from and be salt and light in a mixed up and desperate world.

    God’s plan for a fulfilling marriage and strategic family is in opposition to the world’s plan. The world’s plan focusses on self-gratification and self-promotion where spouses inevitably drift apart and ultimately find themselves in the very disillusioned position of isolation.

    God’s plan for marriage focusses on glorifying God and building oneness through the power of the Holy Spirit. The result is peace and harmony and growing ONENESS. Children are trained to face a dangerous world out there.

    Remember: Your family influences future generations!

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “The righteous man lives for the next generations.”

    Henry Drummond said: “The Christian family is the supreme conductor of Christianity.”

    A happy family is not an end in itself!

    Let us adopt this transcendent view when it comes to the family.

    Leave your family an honorable legacy, not merely an inheritance.

    At our last session we will look at the greatest commission ever given by the greatest Person who ever lived.

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    Leaving a Legacy - Part 2

    Leaving a Legacy - Part 2

    PURSUING PERSONAL GROWTH IN CHRIST.
    Building a legacy of destiny, in the first place, requires pursuing personal growth in Christ.

    To raise a godly family, starts with my being a godly husband and father or a godly wife and mother.

    Spiritual maturity does not come naturally. It takes a decision of the will to want to grow and then a lot of consistent dedication.

    Teachability is crucial! A person’s teachability determines his capacity to learn!

    A God honoring character should be our aim. D L Moody said: If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself!

    ROMANS 12:1, 2 (NIV)Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    In Rom 12:1 and 2 we are encouraged to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in order to know what God’s good and perfect will is. We have to read and study God’s Word!

    As we pursue growing towards Christlikeness, we should be prepared to face a variety of obstacles and challenges.

    You must be prepared to persist through discouragement when there is a lack of appreciation in spite of your efforts to do what is right. There is no worthwhile alternative for doing the right thing. There are always alternatives, but they come at an unacceptable price.

    Remember, we don’t get the marriage we wish for. We get the marriage we work for!

    Also remember, God will honor your faithfulness.

    “His master said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”  – Matthew 25:23.

    Faithfulness is a sign of good character – Godly character.

    Next time we will consider the commitment to love one another.

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    Leaving a Legacy - Part 1

    Leaving a Legacy - Part 1

    BUILDING A LEGACY OF DESTINY
    At the end of this very short introduction to the Weekend to Remember, we would like you to think about the kind of legacy that you will leave behind when one day you step out of this world to be with God.

    We would like to help you grasp a vision and encourage you to dream and plan a legacy of destiny. A legacy that would count for God.

    A legacy that would build and strengthen the only kingdom that will outlast time, God’s kingdom.

    Look ahead, down the road of time, and consider who you are influencing with your life and how you are influencing them.

    Don’t focus on the past, on everything you lacked and all that was wrong. None of us comes from a perfect past.

    The legacy you will leave behind is of much greater importance than the one you received, and this legacy you leave behind is the only one you are responsible for.

    Building a legacy of destiny requires three levels of commitment:

    Firstly, a commitment to personal growth in Christ.

    No one drifts towards spiritual maturity. A life lived intentionally under the control of the Holy Spirit, results in growing spiritual maturity.

    Secondly, a commitment to love one another.

    Without a disposition of love towards others, especially your spouse, you have no credible testimony, especially not towards your children whom you want to influence for the rest of their lives!

    Thirdly, a commitment to help reach the world.

    In Mt 28:19 and 20 we find Jesus’ Great Commission, our marching orders to go make disciples of all nations.

    So, at our next meeting we will consider the first of these three commitments, our responsibility to grow in Christ.

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    Return a blessing for an insult - Part 4

    Return a blessing for an insult - Part 4

    IN CLOSING
    In closing the sessions on Returning a Blessing for an Insult let us return to the Bible verses with which we started this series.

    “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. DO NOT REPAY evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, BLESS, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” - 1 PETER 3:8-9

    I Peter 3 starts with the word ‘likewise’ which refers to 1 Peter 2:21, 22:  “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When He was reviled, he did not revile in return; when He suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to Him who judges justly.”

    Marriage affords us ample opportunities to react either with an insult for insult or a blessing for an insult. To choose consistently to give a blessing instead of an insult we need to have Christ in control of our lives. The longer we have Christ directing our lives and marriages through the power of the Holy Spirit, the easier it will become to choose Christ’s way.

    You could pray with me now, if you so desire, to ask Christ to take control of your life:

    "Dear Father, I need you. I acknowledge that I have sinned against you by directing my own life. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled and as You promised in your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this in the name of Jesus. I now thank you for filling me with the Holy Spirit and directing my life.” Amen

    This is a prayer we could pray every time we act contrary to Christ’s example, which can mean several times daily.

    For more information on this subject contact contact info@familylife.org.za

    • 3 min
    Return a blessing for an insult - Part 3

    Return a blessing for an insult - Part 3

    THERE NEEDS TO BE FORGIVENESS
    To be able to return a blessing for an insult there needs to be forgiveness. An unforgiving and hardened heart cannot give a blessing for an insult.

    We cannot talk about forgiveness without going to Jesus on the Cross. God accepted the Cross to make forgiveness possible and to model forgiving to an unforgiving world. The Christ of the Cross is our great example. Do you know Him? Have you experienced His forgiveness?

    “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. DO NOT REPAY evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, BLESS, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” - 1 PETER 3:8-9

    We can only forgive others who have hurt or injured us by word or deed when we forgive one another as God in Christ has forgiven us.

    Forgiveness is only finally complete when the severed friendship has been mended and returning a blessing for an insult can be an important step on the road to reconciliation.

    We are powerless to change another person, but by giving a blessing for an insult we can influence one towards a softening of heart which can ultimately lead to reconciliation.

    If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the One who died for your sins to be forgiven so that you can forgive, please pray the following prayer with me:

    “Dear Lord Jesus, I want to be in a personal relationship with You. Thank you for forgiving my sins by dying on the Cross for me. Please come into my life and make me the person you would like me to be. Empower me to forgive others like you have forgiven me. Thank you, Jesus. Amen."

    For more information on this subject contact info@familylife.org.za

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