The power of marriage
I had a chance to do a wedding a few weeks back and it prompted me to once again revisit the whole concept of marriage from a spiritual vantage point. First of all, we must remember that a marriage is a powerful relationship and also a powerful tool against spiritual darkness.
It is, in fact, the second greatest relationship God created after his relationship with man. The first joining of the man and woman fulfilled not only the provision from God for fellowship, companionship and propagation, but also set them up as a mighty team to fulfill Matthew 18:19 which gives power to two in agreement: “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
The words of two in agreement brings the possibility of power. The power of agreement.
I think of those who think of Adam and Eve as just a tale, but in its truth there is much that can be gleaned by us today. God caused Adam to fall into a great sleep and then took from him a rib, or as it translates out in Hebrew, “a portion.”
A piece of man is missing until he finds what was taken from him. The rib. Not taken from the arch of the foot, or under the print of the thumb, from the knee or from the back. The rib. This is very important because when a man finds the one God has chosen for him, she comes and stands by his side.
Not under his foot or his thumb, not running ahead of him or lagging behind him. Right by his side. That is the perfect fit. The possibility of power. That is coveted by so many. That brings a smile to God’s face, but also brings a chill to the bone of the enemy.
People say, “I didn’t have as many fights before I got married.” And that is true, but certainly not a cause for abstinence from marriage. Once you are married and enter into commitment, contract and covenant, you become a very serious threat to the kingdom of darkness.
He will fight you for your marriage harder than he’s ever fought for anything else you have ever had. He hates the intimacy. He hates the Godly love and covenant. He hates the power you suddenly possess. Bottom line, he wants to take away your prayer of agreement.
Even Peter who was a married disciple admonishes men to take care to honor that relationship, telling us that it is so powerful that prayer itself could become hindered without it. In Genesis 4:1 Adam became intimate with his wife. Too bad it couldn’t have happened while in the garden of Eden. While in the garden, they didn’t become intimate, but they did have a battle against Satan himself. And they lost.
That tells me that a couple must never put their warfare before their intimacy, for with their intimacy comes the power to win the battles. Love your spouse, beat down the enemy and never the other way around.