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CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE Monday, September 14, 2020

4 months 4 days ago #10165 by thaiwohvista
TOPIC: MIRAGE OR MARRIAGE?

Read Exodus 2:1; Luke 1:5-7

MEMORISE: For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh (Ephesians 5:31)

EXPOSITION
Mirage is a phenomenon in which light is reflected through a layer of hot air close to the ground, giving the appearance of being refuge in the distance. Figuratively, Mirage is an illusion; not real, it only seems to be like something but it is not. Marriage is a lawful relationship or union between a man and a woman, which should be driven by love for companionship, productivity and care taking, in order to fulfil God's mandate for the world, stated in Genesis 1:27-28.
Many marriages in this generation migrated from the platform of mirage, a relationship that were based on (1) physical features, (2) materialism, which has the ability to fly away (Prov. 23:5) when contending with the storms of life, like birds that fly when faced with storms (3) Lust: beauty and position. Beauty changes with age and make up, no one looks like he/she was after many years, this implies beauty fades away with time. (4) Position: No one stays forever in a position; there is always a taking-over: hence you cannot sustain your marriage on the grounds of materialism and attitudes of the world. These and many more are relationship and marriage mirage.
Singles must build their relationship on the bases of companionship, Christ's love, submission, and the fear of God, and not just on physical features of life. A godly marriage is purely driven from the altar of love, submission, and companionship (Eph. 5:21-25). If your marriage must conquer the mirage of relationship, then you and your spouse must consciously let go of pride and build the attitude of consistent forgiveness, love, and the fear of God, at all times.

PRAYER POINTS
1. My marriage shall not be a mirage, in Jesus' name.
2. Lord, open my eyes to see clearly in my marriage, so that I can do the right things in Your love for my spouse and children.
3. Every wrong information and understanding that is forming or painting mirage in the place of marriage in minds of our youths, be destroyed in the name of Jesus.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Proverbs 3 - 4

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