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Christian Wife

by LaWanda D. Cook
(Glen Burnie, Md USA)

God making Eve from Adam

God making Eve from Adam

One in Spirit: What it Means To be a Christian Wife


"Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands." (Proverbs 14:1)

As Christian wives, we probably believe that we are incapable of plucking or tearing down our homes. We immediately want to believe that we are the women of wisdom that's mentioned in the first part of this scripture as opposed to the foolish one mentioned in the latter part. However, without realizing it, most of us fall into the foolish category.

That may be a hard pill to swallow, but the statement is true in most cases. This isn't because of immaturity, selfishness or wrongful intent; but mainly because of the lack of knowledge.

As Christian wives that attend church on a regular basis, we all want to believe that we are the epitome of what a Christian wife is supposed to be. We think that if we can master cooking, cleaning and ministering to our husbands' physical needs, then we have mastered wifehood.

Being the Christian wife that God intended requires so much more. Of course, all of the characteristics mentioned previously are important, but accepting the mantle of a Christian wife is not something that can be accomplished over night. Most of us are introduced to the basics from our mothers and grandmothers who taught us how to hem a pair of pants and baste a turkey. Nevertheless, the real teaching comes from God and the Holy Spirit.

"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." (1Jn 2:27)

As we become wives, one of the first lessons that God begins to teach us is that you are no longer (in a spiritual sense) considered separate "individuals". God sees you as one. Just as your limbs are an extension of you, after you become married, your spouse becomes an extension of who you are. As a single person, you think for yourself and your decisions and actions apply to and affect you as an individual. However once you marry, your decisions and actions affect your spouse as well as you.

Spiritually speaking, you and your spouse become Siamese twins. Just as Siamese twins in their natural form have to consider their other half, we as married couples must do the same in our union. We have to envision ourselves with two heads, but one set of arms and legs. We have to live as if we share one heart. Therefore when we do things, we have to think in a sense that it will affect our spouse just as it would affect us.

"And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Gen 2:23)

When Eve was presented to Adam in the garden, Adam then declared that Eve was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. Although you still have your own individual mind and bodies, you now are to think and operate as one.

Cleave (Proskollao,) 'shall be cemented to his wife,' as the Hebrew davak implies; a beautiful metaphor, forcibly intimating that nothing but death can separate them. (http://bible.cc/matthew/19-5.htm)

Unfortunately many married couples today settle for "just being married". However, there is more to a successful Christian marriage than just the ability to stay together for a long time. Many couples manage to stay married, but they frequently live in chaos and negatively charged atmospheres; not allowing God in truth to intervene and show us how to bring harmony to our marriage. Those unions often lack true harmony, understanding, respect, compassion and sometimes passion.

Many people refrain from getting married because they feel as if they don't want to be tied down to just one person. Some feel that they don't want to have to answer to another individual. They don't believe that being married is something that can bring them real joy. The state of a cleaved union does not mean that there will not be disagreements, attitudes and the days will always be filled with fun and sun. Allowing God to take marriages into a cleaved state provides a consensus to live in matrimonial bliss.

While Ephesians 5 gives us the recipe for a happy healthy marriage, I have listed a few choice scriptures to guide you:

21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the a husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Think about your marriage and what things you wish could enhance it.

Taking into account how long you've been married, do you feel as if you are truly "one" with your spouse?

If yes, why?
If no, why?



Closing Prayer


Father, in the name of your son and our savior Jesus Christ, I ask that you open the heart to those that are following this study. Bring us to the understanding that the blood covenant of marriage that you ordained is not stronghold or a form of punishment, but it was created to bring you glory.




Reference Scriptures:
Proverbs 14:1
1 John 2:27
Genesis 2:23
Matthew 19:5
Ephesians 5:21-33

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response to "pray for my marriage" NEW
by: Amanda

I commend you for wanting the Godly man in your life who will be the spiritual leader in your home. I had prayed for years that God bring my husband to this point where we prayed together, was committed together in going to church and serving God and would study the bible together. September 14, 2011 my husband had a heartattack and was rushed for an emergency triple bypass. From that day forward he has stepped up and been that spiritual leader, one thing i must tell you. You absolutely must be ready and FULLY prepared for what God has in store because your husband will become your accountablity partner, meaning when you fall short, there is correction, within bibical principles. God revealed this to me just last week. There is ALOT of stress going on in my life and when it piles up i fail God terribly. My husband will state, you aren't acting very Christ like right now, or something similiar which further aggravated me more. He was holding me accountable to stand strong in the face of adversary and i wanted to bash him for it. God gently spoke to me and told me that he did exactly what i prayed for, he answered my prayer, did i not realize there was more to it than just bible study and praying together? Great wake up call for me. So i just wanted to encourage you sister, that God hears your prayers and will answer just know that you will get so much more than you will expect or even ask for. You have to take the good with the bad but in human, womanly eyes we only want what "we" think we need, not the "ouches" that are there to help us grow also.

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Truly a Blessing
by: Anonymous

Just wanted to say that all though there is so much going on in the world my faith stays in Jesus. Sometimes it's hard not to get caught up in what's going on especially when my kids come home and talk about their days. But I thank God that we know the truth and that we can rest in Him.

Here is one of my favorite verses:

Romans 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, 42 nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

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Barbara and your unsaved husband
by: Theresa

My dear sister, I am so sorry that you are hurting. I, too, have a broken heart by the way I have been treated by my husband all these years. However, I long to please our Father in Heaven and I do much research, prayer and practicing all that He encourages me to do, no matter how difficult it may be. Here is a website that I am sure will help you. http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/spouse.htm I just got done reading it and I am encouraged. I know I can do this because Christ lives in me. He will give me the strength to endure for the glory of God. You can do it, too. Keep praying and keep seeking God above all else and He will guide you, strengthen you!!!! Please e-mail me if you have any questions or just need a whole lot of encouragement!!! I am here for you always and will be praying for your marriage!!! With love always in Christ, Theresa

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Awesome
by: Renee

To God be the Glory this is a Great teaching I know that my husband and family is saved because i am save and filled with HIS HOLY GHOST. It gets hard to continue to stand when your spouse don't acompany with you to church he says he believe in God, But he don't show it by attending Church. It's hard being part of the Ministry and your spouse is not supported. I wonder sometimes Keep me in your prayers.


Renee'

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unsaved husband now saved - Praise the Lord
by: Diana

I've been married 2 Keith for 6 yrs. I've been praying 4 him for 10 yrs. At times it was hard 2 find the words but that's when I found comfort in knowing that the Lord knows my thoughts and heart. We've had very rough times & not so long ago we faced another 1. This last trial was the 1 that caused Keith 2 surrender 2 God. God allows our trials 2 bring us closer 2 Him. I bear witness 2 the profound changes in our marriage, our childrens lives & my own faith. Now that we came together as 1 & share our prayers & Bible time with ea other, we see & experience God's hands @ work. There's more strength in our prayers than what there ever were in mine alone. I pray that God will use us as an example and instill all the fruits of the Spirit in ea one of us, so that we can lead people 2 God & enrich His Kingdom. God heard my cries, sobs, pain, anguish, my silent prayers, my heart, mind & needs. I am thankful that my cousin stood in the gap 4 me, when I felt 2 weak & that God has answered so many more of my prayer. I believe that the reason for this is, that I am now only really ready to understand the fullness of His Word & His Will 4 my life. I often felt that God did not hear my prayers & that it reached only as high as the ceiling. God recently gave me the answer 2 this...I always stood under His protection & even the ceiling over my head was there because He willed it, it's His protection. When I thought He wasn't there,The Holy Spirit always was & God was actually way ahead of me & already working on my future, which now seems bright. I'm not a fool, I know that more trials will follow, but I'm committed & my faith is stronger & what will get me through it all & because now 2 heads are better than 1. I will not fail in my committment 2 my Heavenly Dad. Together Keith & I stand strong and although we both were previously married, we r now truly married for the 1st time & 4 the last time. "Lord my Father, today I bear witness of Your greatness in the Name of The Holy One, Jesus Christ. God You have said in Your Word that You will not take us where the Grace of God will not protect us. Never before did I understand it like I do now. You are our Protector, Leader, Marriage Councellor, Father, The Light that shines on our path, our Creator & the Voice inside of us and Lord You r the Love of my life. Without You we amount to nothing, with You we are able to do anything through You and for You. We praise & glorify Your Holy Name & we thank You 4 instilling the wisdom in us 2 know the difference between what was & what is. I pray that every single person that reads this, will be inspired 2 remain in prayer & 2 know that You have blessed us with the Holy Spirit that will never leave us. Lord pls meet each one in their place of need. For You are the all knowing, seeing, forgiving and loving Father and You are true to Your Word. I pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Anointed One. Amen

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Christian Wife
by: Brandi

I really enjoyed reading this it was very helpful. However as I read some of the post that were written it made me think of a book that I just finish reading called Created to be his Help Meet. It was written by Debi Pearl and I would strongly recommend that you read the book. It has changed my out look on marriage and made my realtionship closer to both God and my husband. You can find this book on their web page nogreaterjoy.org I wish all of you the best and please let me know what you think!

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Prayer for Couples
by: Luke Avery

Father, in the name of your son and our savior Jesus Christ, I ask that you open the hearts of those that are following this study. Bring us to the understanding that the blood covenant of marriage that you ordained is not stronghold or a form of punishment, but it was created for your Glory. We ask this in Jesus? Holy name Amen

We also praise you Lord that my wife no Longer has temper outburst. We praise you for victory in this area!

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Pray for my marriage
by: Anonymous

I love my husband but I love God more...My husband loves me or so I hope he does but I dont know if he loves God as he should. I wish that we can pray more together and have Christ as the center of our relationship. I wish that we could read the bible and talk about it and its funny because we both serve God together in music ministry. I have been through a lot with my husband. When he was struggling with drug addictions, I was there for him and it was HARD. I lost all trust in him and although I say I trust him, deep inside I see that I don't and it drives me crazy. I don't know what to do anymore...sometimes I feel like he does not love me or like he is doing things that he should not and I don't know if it is me being paranoid because I have been hurt so much or what. So I just ask for prayer becauase I know God answers the prayers of the faithful. God Bless!

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money
by: Anonymous

I'm interested in knowing more about who should handle the money. How to be a submissive wife and have a career. In 24 yrs of marriage (christians) we have our biggest fights over money. that's about the only ongoing fight we have. He has a hard time even discussing it. He tells everyone that he handles our finaces because I get too worried about the bills, but that's what I let him think because he's so touchy about it I don't want to deal with it. But I feel like a child in my own(his) home. I don't own anything. I can't pay for anything. I started a Real Estate business last year and I love it but I dread making money and handing it over to him. He's great with the bills and we have excellent credit because of this. But I feel out of control. I have always had to be very careful because I never know what is in the bank or credit limit on cards, anything. I feel so stupid. Help.

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I am still learning
by: Rae

I have been married for only four yrs. Me and my husband have been through so much he is a p.k. and that alone has brought many challenges. But it seems as if we are very different people now. Yes, I choose to stay through all the madness and so did he, but I am afraid my passion for him has left. I look at him more like a child then a husband we have five kids and I just feel so alone. I am always at home with the kids and he barely is ever around.

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Blessed
by: Kerisha

La'Wanda thank you for taking the time in creating this online bible study. It was an inspiration to me. I was able to understand my role in becoming the wife God has called me out to be.

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(Second marriages.)
by: Anonymous

Marry someone elses former spouse and you will soon find out why thay were available.

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HELP
by: Anonymous

That was a great lesson. A far as submitting...When a women marries, should or must she leave her church and attend her husbands church?

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thank you
by: chartroose

thank you because my husband and i are getting back to gether and i need someon to teach me how to be a wife but I have a question what does it mean to submit? i have tryed to look it up but it seems like it has been taken out of the vocalubaly of to day I have to do my best this time/ one last question can a woman regain respect for her husband? if so how?

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The Reminder
by: regina

I am so glad that I tok the time to read the reminder as to what is still and always means tobe kept in the word. As we have been married for almost 18 years,this was a good lesson.

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Reply-Unsaved Husbands (Wives)
by: LaWanda Cook

Hi Barbara, in reference to your question, this situation is so common. However, 1 Corinthian 7:13 tells us 'And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband...1 Cor 7:13-14 (KJV). When we deal with unsaved/backsliden spouses, we are still expected and commanded to live, love and do what is right and acceptable in the sight of God; even if the unsaved spouses'salvation is one of convenience. There is an old cliche that states, "actions speak better than words"; this is very accurate. Our unsaved spouses can be won better by our actions and attitudes. 1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Disobedient or unsaved husbands are to be won over by our behavior. Stay true to God in your thoughts, words and deeds coupled with fasting and continued prayer. Continue to fulfill your "wifely duties" and watch God work.

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Unsaved Husband
by: Barbara

How can you have the standards if your husband is unsaved/backsliden? He believes in God and confesses him when in need but want commit to him
or anything .He is very controling and makes me feel bad most of the time.So please help me understand what is the role of wife with unsaved husband.

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WOW!
by: Brit

Wanda,
I never knew! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful and powerful reminder. Keep up the good work.
Much Love
~Britney

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A True Blessing!
by: Ameerah

This article is a true blessing! I know that, personally, as I was reading it, it reminded me of the oneness that my husband and I share. The example of the Siamese twins really brought home how much all of my actions truly affect him.

Thank you so much for sharing!

To answer your question:
["Taking into account how long you've been married, do you feel as if you are truly "one" with your spouse?
If yes, why? If no, why?"]

I feel blessed to be able to say that yes, I do feel that my husband and I have truly become "one". Of course no marriage is perfect, but, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we have been able to grow closer year by year.

I can honestly say that it has been our trials that have brought us closer together. We have been through several deaths in the family, severe health battles, financial challenges, and more. During each challenge, we had the choice to either grow closer together or further apart. We chose to allow God to use those trials to bind us closer together, and He has truly done that.

God Bless!
Ameerah
Founder of The Hem Bible Studies

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Old School Principles
by: B'more Sue

This article will be a blessing to any woman that read it, apply it and share these truths with other women. I'm so grateful that the Lord is in control of my marriage of 20+ years. It's a lie from the enemy, that Christian marriages can't have passion, ecstasy and joy in their union. Let’s be real about it, it will sometimes rain down heartache, misunderstanding and a few verbal fights. However, love and wisdom is a bridge back to peace and harmony.

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