STUDY 9: A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF

TEXT: MARK 3: 25

Introduction

The home, as ordained by God, serves as an umbrella or a cover for every individual (Psalm 68: 6; 107: 41). As a result, there are series of attacks from Satan in this end-time against homes. On daily basis he seeks for opportunities to create cracks in the homes. Many have fallen victim of this and are deprived of their rights of securing a cover thereby left in desolation.

 

Satan’s Instruments of Division.

Satan is the author of division and confusion. He puts some instruments in motion to ensure commotion in the family, some of which include the following:

  1. Unforgiveness

There will be a great deal of peace and tranquility in a home where the couple are great forgivers. Lack of forgiveness is an emotional bondage, which consumes minds with memories of offences, distorts emotions with revenge and fills hearts with churning unrest. Our Lord Jesus warned against it (Matt 18: 33 – 35).

  1. Selfishness

If we carefully study the parable of our Lord Jesus Christ (in Matthew 18 from verse 21) we’ll discover that selfishness is the real cause of unforgiveness. A good marriage practices mutual submission. Apostle Paul (in Eph. 5: 21) admonishes us to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ. Marriage is not a 50/50 deal. It’s a 100/100 deal—each willing to surrender all to the other person.

The question is, how are you at serving your spouse? Would they say you strive to serve them more every day? Are you more the giver or the taker in the relationship? Be honest (I Cor. 10: 24).

  1. Undesirable Stranger

Let not man put asunder”. This is God’s desire for every marriage. Great couples strive to allow no one—even children—even in-laws—to get in the way of building a healthy marriage (Matt. 19: 6). Isn’t this a hard one? Yet many marriages have ruined because the children came first or the in-laws interfered. Some marriages crashed by friends—sometimes co-workers—who had little regard for the integrity of the marriage, and so they built a wedge between the couple. As hard as it is sometimes, great couples work to protect the marriage from every outside interruption.