Good evening Friends, family, visitors and guests, WELCOME to Defender of the Faith Missions and Ministry! I am Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr. and this Sunday I will be continuing in a small sermon on Togetherness, and more importantly this Sunday on women, focusing on their SO – Significant Others, and it truly applies to all.

Let us begin in prayer..

Father, we thank you, for allowing us yet another day…to allow our feet to hit the floor and taking our first noticed breath. Allow us today Father to be able to discern the knowledge given, that it may help us understand that it takes two for a relationship to work un-doubtably with YOU as its anchor. Amen..

Today we are talking about pressures….the pressures that come along with any relationship. We are going to speak on two today…Money and Remembering your husband in the midst of your parental duties…

First we must understand that the greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Keep God 1st in all you do and you just watch the glorious works of creation abound in you….

Prevent money pressures. Save your marriage the stress that comes from financial difficulties by deciding to stick to a budget on which you both agree and holding each other accountable to it. Ask God to help both you and your husband be content so you can live within your means. If you’re already in debt, consider downsizing your lifestyle so you’ll be free of money pressures and can upgrade your marriage! This is absolutely a two way street…

Ok, walk with the ‘ol boy a little here…I used to count my money, make sure every last cent was accounted for, worried about when it would run out, fearful of not having any, etc. etc….
But when I put my trust in the LORD…Hear me now…TRUST IN HIM…. Money was nothing, I said, I take back all power I ever gave it!  And Darnit! I did. He provides, He provides…It may not be there when you want it…But it shows up when you need it! Glory be to GOD!

Money is there when I need it today. I trust that God will direct me as to what to use money for. And what not to use it for. It’s not meant for my own personal pleasure…but for helping others. Once I stopped worrying about it, it stopped being a weight in my life. It was hard to do, yeah. But I prayed on what was important for me in God’s eyes. See, Money really, really, really is just paper. Man pumps it full of evil, disgust, power and glorifies it. And for some men, money even takes the place of God. That’s unfortunate. Because one day, money will go away. But while it’s here….manage it wisely…Together…Understand what you want and what you need are two very different things…Don’t let money….stress your marriage..The devil will use it to Kill you both…Believe that. Again, Money may Go away…BUT, God lasts forever. Love Him!

Remember your SO in the midst of your parenting duties. Don’t let your responsibilities as a mom overwhelm you to the point that you forget to invest in your marriage. Understand that, biblically, your relationship with your SO is even more important than your relationships with your kids. Make a point of helping to meet your SO’s needs each day, even when that means having to say “no” to your kids about some things. Hello! Praise GOD!

Now, let’s get into details on this and preface the question with a question….More especially for Husbands and Wives….YOU Ready…..Ok here we go…

Question: “What are the roles of the husband and wife in a family?”

Answer: Although males and females are equal in relationship to Christ, Hear me now..the Scriptures give specific roles to each in marriage. ok…you ready…here we go…The husband is to assume leadership in the home (1 Corinthians 11:3;Ephesians 5:23). This leadership should not be dictatorial, condescending, or patronizing to the wife, but should be in accordance with the example of Christ leading the church!!. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word” (Ephesians 5:25-26). Christ loved the church (His people) with compassion, mercy, forgiveness, respect, and selflessness. In this same way husbands are to love their wives.

Wives…I didnt forget you all;) ok here we go… are to submit to the authority of their husbands. HOLD on…I didnt loose anyone did I;) just walk with the ‘ol boy a bit…here we go…“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (Ephesians 5:22-24). Although women should submit to their husbands, Ok Ok Ok…you still there…NOW MEN…You’re not off the hook here…stay with me, here we go….the Bible also tells men several times how they are supposed to treat their wives. The husband is not to take on the role of the dictator, but should show respect for his wife and her opinions. In fact, Ephesians 5:28-29 exhorts men to love their wives in the same way that they love their own bodies, feeding and caring for them. A man’s love for his wife should be the same as Christ’s love for His body, the church! whew…Praise God…Every body ok…:)

ok, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them” (Colossians 3:18-19). “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7). From these verses we see that love and respect characterize the roles of both husbands and wives.

NOW hear me CLEARLY….If these are present, then authority, headship, love, and submission will be no problem for either of you…HELLO!

Now…In regard to the division of responsibilities in the home, the Bible instructs husbands to provide for their families. This means he works and makes enough money to sufficiently provide all the necessities of life for his wife and children. To fail to do so has definite spiritual consequences. “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8). So, a man who makes no effort to provide for his family cannot rightfully call himself a Christian. This does not mean that the wife cannot assist in supporting the family—Proverbs 31 demonstrates that a godly wife may surely do so—but providing for the family is not primarily her responsibility; it is her husband’s. While a husband should help with the children and with household chores (thereby fulfilling his duty to love his wife), Proverbs 31 also makes it clear that the home is to be the woman’s primary area of influence and responsibility. Even if she must stay up late and rise up early, her family is well cared for. This is not an easy lifestyle for many women—especially in affluent Western nations. However, far too many women are stressed out and stretched to the breaking point. To prevent such stress, both husband and wife should prayerfully reorder their priorities and follow the Bible’s instructions on their roles!! Hello….let me state that one more time….

Both husband and wife should prayerfully reorder their priorities and follow the Bible’s instructions on their roles!

Somebody walk with me a little here!! Happy wife…Happy Life….Right right…all my men say Amen:)

ok, we are almost there..Conflicts, Conflicts…Conflicts regarding the division of labor in a marriage are bound to occur, people!!, but if both of you are submitted to Christ, ..HELLO!! these conflicts will be minimal. If a couple finds arguments over this issue are frequent and vehement, or if arguments seem to characterize the marriage, the problem is a spiritual one…. we addressed that above…get back to it..But, here we go..and in such an instance, the partners should recommit themselves to prayer …DON’T PLAY with this!!! PRAY TOGETHER….GET SERIOUS HERE..and submit to Christ first, then to one another in an attitude of love, honor and respect….You got to hear me here….The family that Prays TOGETHER….WHAT!!!? You know the rest!!….STAYS TOGETHER!!! praise GOD!

Learn this phrase…..WE STICK TOGETHER NO MATTER THE WEATHER….and mean it!

Dont let Money or Kids, or outside influences/people come between you (Unless its abusive) and remember, keep God 1st in everything you do! He is your redeemer and Provider…Jehovahjireh!!!!

God Bless you, may the Lord Keep you! Powerful you are…especially together! Stay united in Christ and together in Spirit! Remember…WE STICK TOGETHER NO MATTER THE WEATHER!!! and I will see you next Sunday!

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Rev. Poe –

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