By Lawrence B. Abitogun
Here is one of those stories that give hope and that is very inspirational to people and make them hold on even when it seems like the world is going to end. Our family used to attend a white garment church (one of the African institutional churches), a prayerful church, but with little knowledge of the Word of God. Prayer is good, but not effective without truth, righteousness, evangelism, faith, salvation and the Word of God. These seven virtues help one to live a holy life.
There was never a day that any preaching or sermon touched on the subject of fornication. The ministers and elders in this type of church love to fornicate and I became a victim. I battled this deadly sin for a long time. Since the ministers and elders were into fornication, the same spirit rampant among members obviously runs down from the altar (Ps. 133: 2).
The Appearances of the Wages of Sin
At first, my wife did not suspect me of engaging in fornication. My wife left the church, she saw what I did not see and left me behind. She could not convince me enough we were in the wrong place.
After a while, we relocated to another town. However, I was still coming from my new station to worship in this church. When my wife discovered my infidelity, the wages of sin began to manifest. Love, peace, joy, happiness, harmony, unity, temperament, kindness, understanding, togetherness and sharing in the family broke down. Instead of enjoying our marriage, we were managing and enduring. My wife was in anguish – stress took over and she tired to cope with the rage of the devourer in our marriage.
After a while, my wife found a new church. A Pentecostal church, a bible studying church and a church where holiness and godliness was placed above any earthly things. Each time my wife came back from a church program, she would excitedly tell me what she learned. Inwardly, she was hoping to win me back to the Lord. She knew I loved God but had derailed for a season. As she kept doing this, she began stirring curiosity in me.
One day, I decided to attend the Bible study class and the miracle hour program. While I would be away to my white garment church every Sunday, members of the new church were always around to pray with her. The Bible says, “The prayer of the righteous availeth much”. Whenever I came back from the old station, she would welcome me with love. God bless her.
My mind tells me that my wife must have been waiting for the day I would say goodbye to the old church. Whenever I came home, I was always overwhelmed with fear. Thinking what my wife would say. I wanted peace, but who will deliver me from this power of sin?
One day, as usual, I was on my way to my old station, a short distance away from my new station, the Holy Spirit arrested me. All of a sudden, my mind was heavy and the spirit would not allow me to go further, not knowing that my wife and the church members were praying for me at that particular moment. I sent a message through my brother to that woman of fornication that she would not see me that day. I turned back to my new station.
What a joy!
On getting back to my new station, my wife and children were surprised to see me in the Church; we gazed at ourselves and smiled simultaneously. What a joy. The smile on my her face was deep and I felt a big relief in my heart, like someone that was loosed from bondage. From that time, I never went back to the old church; and I ceased to visit the woman of fornication. Joy of the Lord returned to my home. My wife and the congregation of the children of God never cease to pray for my deliverance. My wife humbled herself, depends on God throughout the storm that raged her matrimonial home, she conquered.
Lawrence B Abitogun is a christian book author and creator of Christian Edification online blog. If you like this inspirational christian story and want read more, visit http://christianedification.org.