There is a great attack against marriage in our culture today. Where there is no honor but in fact, a blatant disregard for the institution of marriage as a worthy endeavor. The Lord recently instructed us to teach on the difference between Holy Matrimony and marriage. There is a difference! Anytime that word HOLY is mentioned that means God is involved. Over the next few months, we will be sharing our testimony with you concerning the principles we have learned from God’s Word that have resulted in us enjoying Holy Matrimony.
God IS good and He is the architect of Holy Matrimony. The only way we are going to have a GOOD MARRIAGE is with God in control! For example, Christi and I are no longer fighting for the last word, we have both made the absolute commitment that The Word of God is The Final Authority in our home. We’re not negotiating for control, the Holy Spirit is in control at our house. I cannot overemphasize this truth. It is the key to a successful marriage and life…THE WORD OF GOD IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY IN OUR HOME! Whatever the Word says, easy or challenging, is THE TRUTH. We have both entered covenant (a decision from which there is no return) with God concerning His Word that we will “Choose Life” through submission and OBEDIENCE. (Deut. 30:19)
Therefore, our relationship with Jesus must be our first commitment because obedience is the outward demonstration of a heart in love with Him. (John 14:15) Jesus is our First Love. Christi and I both loved Jesus before we loved each other. GOD IS LOVE and understanding and sharing His Love is what makes us a good husband/wife. Jesus also taught in Matthew 10:37-38 that we are not to love or take more pleasure in our family (defined as: mother or father, son or daughter) more than we do Him. In other words, our chief commitment again is to our First Love. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has placed eternal purpose in you that “nothing under the sun (a successful career, marriage or money) but God alone can satisfy.” Our mates do not and cannot complete us. We are complete in Him! (Col 2:10)
After our relationship with Jesus, according to the Word, the bond between husband and wife supersedes all other relationships. Ephesians 5:31-32 says, “a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” According to these verses, we can observe the marriage union, how one treats their husband/wife and know their commitment to Christ, wow! We need to ask ourselves this tough question-
When others observe how we treat and speak to our mate, are they seeing a representation of our honor and love for Jesus
We understand this teaching is not ‘baby food.’ We are serving up ‘meat and potatoes’ when we discuss God’s instructions for Holy Matrimony. And the only way to get from here to there is to deny ourselves. For marriage to truly be a reflection of Christ and the Church, all selfishness, self-worth and self-respect which are all rooted in pride must be crucified! In Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests…] and take up his cross daily and follow Me…” We must get our minds off ourselves (our needs and wants) and quit focusing on what our spouse is or isn’t doing for us. Your First Love, Jesus, is the only one who can meet every need. It’s time to GROW UP so we are not so needy, insecure and selfish. When we grow up, we aren’t takers anymore, we become GIVERS! Christi and I can testify that when we made the decision to grow up and started looking for ways to out-give each other, it became heaven on earth at our house!!
Giving is the highest expression of LOVE. John 3:16 says, “For God SO LOVED the world THAT HE GAVE.” As you give this month, do so motivated by your love for The Lord and His people. You can see for yourself at www.mylon.org how we are taking this message of Love to the world through the internet, TV ministry, books, ministry events, prisons, etc. When you sow with the pure motive of love, get ready…LOVE that conquers ALL is going to be show up and prove again how much He Loves You!
We love and appreciate you!
Mylon & Christi
P.S. TV Update: We are continuing to format our new TV show and coming up with ideas for editing that have never been done before! We will keep you informed along the way. Just know that your agreement in prayer and faithful giving are providing for the equipment, filming and editing of “On the Road to Freedom” and will soon reach the world with the Love of God!