My husband and I seek God for Scriptures to anchor and power us through each year.
We don’t have a formula or a particular way of arriving at these verses. Sometimes a theme will begin to form towards the end of a previous year. God might speak to us individually and we confirm each others witness. A scripture might jump at us.
Sometimes we’ll have a confirmation from the outside, like the yearly theme of our church corresponding to what we already feel in our hearts. We also start the year by prayer and fasting and the discipline brings more clarification.
This year we have three anchor verses and one of them is Genesis 1:28
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
We have felt strongly that 2015 is a year of expansion and multiplication, of following God as He leads (as opposed to leading God and hoping He comes along).
My confidence in declaring the Word came from understanding that God had already commanded the blessing and gave the marching orders.
“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”
The writer of Ecclesiastes had a revelation when he wrote Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
Now, while my husband and I know God’s instruction and marching orders for 2015, being fruitful and increasing in number, subduing the earth in its various forms has not been easy. There is much opposition to fruitfulness. It happens every year; for every promise, there’s a battle.
The struggle is not unique to us. Every couple that comes together in and under God’s blessing will encounter opposition as they seek to live out their full potential.
We start out excited and filled with dreams. We receive the word of the Lord (cos girlfriend you have to receive the word, not just hear it. It cannot be mere mental assent, you have to get that word deep down in to your spirit and birth it in prayer and faith)
But after a while, life happens. Financial difficulties, marriage blues, parenting challenges, a job lay off, turmoil in the church, health challenges, conflicts in relationships, comforts. We struggle to bear fruit.
One luxury we do not have, in the midst of this opposition and hardship, is giving up.
God’s intention for marriage was that the couple would become more, not less or even the same. (Click to tweet)
When He joined you and hubby together, His goal was that you would increase. It’s easy to see that in form of bearing children, but it was never meant to stop there. Every area of life, starting with your pursuit of God and His specific purpose for you as a couple, should exhibit increase.
Francis Chan said
Our lives should be more than just focusing on our marriage but on focusing our marriage toward what God’s mission is for us as a couple.
The devil knows that. He knows you were created for a mission and he will every distraction to discourage you.
When Joshua took over leadership, Moses told him, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31;8
God spoke the same words to Joshua in Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The one thing that strengthens me as we walk out 2015 is the revelation that God Himself sent us out.
Here are two things to remember when it comes to Being More as a couple;
1. You are sent
God brought you together for a reason. You might think “I don’t think we are meant to be together, I made a mistake, it’s too hard” Well, you are together now. Even if your beginning was a “mistake” God restores and redeems. It won’t be easy but He still has a purpose for you. You must remember that.
The enemy loves to destroy what God loves. And God is generational, so the enemy is not just after you, but after your potential and fruit. You might think you are having a socks-on-the-floor-he-doesn’t-care fight but it’s much bigger than that!
Many people are looking to see how your marriage works out, your influence and testimony grows or is marred by how you treat one another. When your home is strong, your work or business is strong. So many things hinge on your trust and obedience. So you cannot, must not quit on the promises of God to you*
2. Dream bigger
Maybe you are wrapped up with life and your relationship you have forgotten this life on earth is not about us but about God and His kingdom. Maybe you allowed yourself to settle in marriage. You kicked back, relaxed and don’t have the time to dream or want more. You have excused yourself from all responsibility because “I am a busy married woman now”.
Sister, I feel you! Since I got married, there’s more on my plate and I have to constantly remind myself that life is not only about wife-hood. God wants me to be more. To dream bigger and to attempt more.
Lest you become discouraged, we accomplish more, not because we are attempting more things literally, but because our efforts are multiplied. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.
Or maybe all this talk is Greek to you…
Or your husband is not on board when it comes to pursuing God’s purpose. That’s why you are his Helpmeet. No, not to nag or pester. But to get down on your knees and call on the One who brought you together so you could be more. Ask Him to open both your eyes to see what He sees. Ask Him to rekindle your desires and birth new passions. He will lead you to places you never imagined. But first you have to believe and ask. (Mathew 7:7-8)
Marriage, ideally, should be an incubator of greatness where world changers are nurtured and unleashed into the world- Blues to Bliss, Creating Your Happily-Ever-After
Question – Where have you “settled” since getting married? What one thing can you do today to get unstuck from the rut?
*If you think you are in an unhealthy situation in marriage, please read this post.
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