Triumphant Christian Center Visionary Times Summer 2010 Volume 2, Issue 2
Building Up Marriages in the Body of Christ
Apostle Juan Woods & Pastor Vernice Woods
"I, ___ take thee ___ to be my wedded So what are some of our roles as godly By keeping Christ in the center of our
wife or husband, to have and to hold men and women in marriage? marriages, utilizing multiple acts of
from this day forward,…to love and to forgiveness, staying unselfish and
cherish, till in death we part and with this Men: Ephesians 5:25-28 says keeping the lines of communication
ring I thee wed.‖ We have all at one time ―Husbands, love your wives, as Christ open, our marriages can be nothing but
or another heard these legally binding loved the church and gave himself up for blessed! Pastor Nisi says ―Pray over your
wedding vows exchanged in front of God her, that he might sanctify her, having spouse, pray for them, speak out good
and a room full of witnesses? Of course, cleansed her by the washing of water things, speak out what you want to see
yet the reality writes Paul Smithson is: with the word, so that he might present come out of them. Be encouraged: God
―Marriage is done today simply out of the church…In the same way husbands will give you the desires of your heart‖
convenience…but God views marriage to should love their wives as their own
be a covenant relationship. It is just as bodies. He who loves his wife loves
binding of the covenant God has made himself.‖ Trust God, no matter what it looks like in
with us.‖ your relationship--call what you want into
Apostle says the man’s role in marriage your mate! You can’t curse the marriage
In this series of ―Building up the Body,‖ is to love his wife with an agape then expect it to be blessed!
Apostle Juan and Pastor Vernice Woods unconditional kind of love, to be the head
expound on what is tearing down leading his wife and family by example, Most of all, godly couples should walk
marriages today in the body of Christ. and be the voice in the home. The man is together in genuine love. We must
They give clear instructions on biblical the seed giver. He must plant and sow remember that ―heat comes to fuse a
male and female roles in the marital the seeds for the fruit he wants to see marriage together, to melt and join two
relationship and how we can build up our produced in his wife. ―If you do not like into one. ―Therefore, what God has
own marriages. what you’ve been getting, maybe it’s time joined together, let man not separate."
to change the seed you’ve been sowing.‖ (Mark 10:9).
What is tearing down the marriage
covenant? Apostle Juan states that one Women: Ephesians 5:22-24 says, Full sermons available on CD.
or several of these presenting factors can ―Wives, submit to your own husbands, as
tear down a marriage: lack of to the Lord. For the husband is the head ~Tiffany Gilmore~
commitment, infidelity, abandonment, of the wife even as Christ is the head of
physical or mental abuse, just to name a the church, his body, and is himself its
few. He also says the top three reasons Savior. Now as the church submits to
for divorce today can be attributed to Christ, so also wives should submit in
communication, sex, and money. everything to their husbands.
Yet in Malachi 2:16, God says "I hate Pastor Nisi explains that the woman’s
divorce." Apostle Woods says divorce is role in building up the marriage is to be a
a sign of immaturity and selfishness. God submitted supporter to her husband, to
is the only one who can legitimately communicate effectively, trust him, and
break a marriage covenant. So ―you continuously let him know he is ―your
better work with what you got because king.‖ Furthermore, a wife is to be a help
divorce is not an option!‖ He goes on to meet – one which is adaptable, suitable,
say that, ―Marriage is the only thing on and who strives to keep peace in her
earth that reflects the relationship home. We are to win our husbands and
between Christ and his bride ―the church‖ ―excite them‖ states Apostle Woods.
which is us.‖ God keeps His covenants,
therefore so should we!
Triumphant Christian Center Visionary Times Summer 2010 Volume 2, Issue 2
Words to Remember What Am I After?
Apostle Juan Woods Sr. God,
What price are you willing to pay to see I am expressing my love to you…
your harvest? I am expressing my love to you like a husband expresses his love to his wife,
My life had been like a journey that was turned from right to wrong, over and over
What you don't feed will die. What again, off and on…and all along you loved me beyond the misery and strife, a lot of it
needs to die in your life? I caused because honestly I didn’t submit to your will. I made mistakes over and over
and over again and like the great God you are at the end of the chapter, there’s
The joy of winning will deplete the always been a happily ever after.
anger of losing. Focus on winning! What am I after? I’m after the man that taught me how to walk just like Him. A perfect
example to me. The one that smiled at me with his sunshine when I was down, and
Don't go where you're tolerated. Go sung to me through the sound of His birds. And in the wind… there I feel His peace
where you're celebrated." and serenity infill me. And I realize… I’m alive, and all the more He’s alive in me.
God, you’re better than Good, better than awesome, honestly was a word really
"Our attitude determines our altitude." created to describe you? We doubt you, we question your word, we walk out on
you…but you remain.
"The way you dress is the way that you What am I after? You’re heart. I’m after your light because for years I’ve been living
will be addressed." in the dark, I’m after your compassion cause I need that in me. Also, I’m after your
strength to stand against the wiles of the enemy.
"The greater the work the greater the God,
preparation." I don’t wanna be lost like the others…my desire is to stand out and be different.
When no one else wants to go I will…when everyone else says No….I wanna be the
"Consistency is the key to one to tell you I do. I don’t need my name in Lights, I don’t need to go down in
breakthrough." history, or even be an author of a great book, I don’t long to keep up with the jone’s, I
don’t need fame or fortune—and you know my heart, I really mean what I’m saying,
and even my name doesn’t matter; it’s all about the name of Jesus.
Pastor Vernice Woods I just want to continue on in you, Lord…having that childlike love for the one who
birthed me. Oh God…What am I after? I can chase after possessions but what
"What is your life speaking?" about chasing after things that will last for eternity, things that will never change, or
grow old—or die? I chase after you…and my soul chases you…and when I find
you…eventually you show me there’s so much more to you…so my life will be a
"We ought to live a life so that people
will be able to glean from how we live in
I’ll be in continual pursuit after the The King. The True King, The one and only King
a good way."
And I’m after a prize that will never erase…eternity, a life with spent with you forever
"When the enemy comes at you, look at and ever.
him and tell him, "You are beneath me!" For so long I was after what I wanted, and what I thought I needed, But it wasn’t until
I selahed in your presence I found that what was right for me all along was to remain
―When you don’t know what to do—just
stand.‖ in you. Still, calm, subtle, serene, mellow…and as long as I rest in your arms life
becomes a breeze…and though the storms rage around me…just like Ann on King
―Put pressure on the pressure. Speak Kong, I lay in your huge palm and rest…and when I awake…I find my self safe in this
the word to the pressure.‖ jungle of a life.
I’m so after you God, after your ways, after the words you want to say, after your
―It’s too easy to quit.‖ thoughts, after your desires…I want you as my best friend if that’s okay? And I love
you more than words can convey. I’m after a kind of life that will minister before I
―My history is not my destiny.‖ even say a word, my countenance and the presence of God on me will cause others
to say…what is it about you? What do you have that I need? And of course, I’ll speak
―There’s a blessing in a pressing.‖ of you.
So from now on God, every day that I live…every move for you, that I make…even in
―Why are you here, when you should be ministry, every gift I liberate, I will re-evaluate my motives and ask myself this, What
there?‖ Am I After? And the response will be ―I am After the Lord my God, and His will,
~Copyright Brittany M. Mayo~