“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt.6:24)
Your spouse may be used either by the Holy Spirit to strengthen your ministry or by the devil to weaken or destroy your ministry. It all depends on who is making use of him or her. You should note that it is a spouse that is growing spiritually that can be used by the Holy Spirit to help your life and ministry. Consequently, it is important that you take steps to encourage your spouse’s spiritual growth so that at any point in time, she will be an instrument in the hands of God to help your ministry.
Pray For Her And With Her.
The scripture talks about one chasing a thousand and two putting ten thousands to flight. There is tremendous power in praying together as a couple concerning your ministry. Praying for your wife is also vital during your own personal prayers.
Encourage Your Spouse To Seek God’s Face In Decision Making.
Encouraging your spouse to rely on God when taking decisions is important because someone that relies on God’s leading will not do anything that will be inimical to the progress of the ministry even when offended.
Let Your Spouse Know That The Answer Is Not Always YES.
There is need for your spouse to know that the fact that things are not working the way expected does not mean God has abandoned the project. Sometimes, the answer to prayers may be NO or WAIT.
Discourage unholy influences.
Those that your spouse associates with are a very significant determinant of whether or not the Holy Spirit will make use of her in your ministry.
Encourage Your Spouse To Have a Role Model.
Who is the role model or the mentor of your spouse? A good role model may be the spouse of a senior minister of God who is a good influence in his or her spouse’s ministry.
Encourage Your Spouse to mentor upcoming ones.
It is also important for your spouse to mentor others because true mentors don’t want to disappoint their mentees.
Encourage Your Spouse to value heaven.
Your spouse will likely be willing to make herself an instrument in the hand of the Holy Spirit if she values heaven and knows that the fulfillment of ministry is a significant part of what defines whether one will have a testimony like that of Apostle Paul. (2 Tim.4:7-8)
Whether it is the Holy Spirit or the Devil that will make use of your spouse is often a resultant effect of your efforts. You need to pray that God will give you the grace to sacrifice anything you need to sacrifice to be able to achieve this, because the benefits accumulate over time.
Discussion Points With Your Spouse
* What steps can you take to make each other to be greater instruments in the hands of the Holy Spirit?
Father, make my spouse to become a help for me in life and ministry in Jesus’ name.
YOUR SPOUSE IN THE HAND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE GREATEST HELP FOR YOUR LIFE; IN THE HAND OF THE DEVIL, YOUR SPOUSE IS THE GREATEST DESTRUCTIVE AGENT IN YOUR LIFE. – Dr. Mike Oluniyi