Monday, August 5, 2013

Marriage Trials

My heart is so heavy right now for struggling marriages... 

Josh and I on our wedding day 16 years ago
God gave me a huge burden for troubled marriages when He, in His Sovereignty, allowed my own to be destroyed 12+years ago through His fiery furnace.

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS: there are darts from satan being fired at marriages all around me during this season of my life.

How do we fight against and shield ourselves from the arrows satan launches at our marriage, and at our relationships?

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12

Please remember this: Your loved one is NOT your enemy.

Satan HATES marriage.  It is a picture of Christ and His love and commitment for His bride (the church).

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;" Ephesians 5:25

  It is so much easier to let satan's arrows land where they may, crawl under the table, and hide to let satan have the victory.  It's SO HARD and hurts SO BAD to fight for our marriage.


How you ask???

Have you cried out to God?  Have you put down your screen to dig into His Word?  Have you talked to Him about it instead of your girlfriends?  Have you written in your prayer journal instead of on your Facebook wall?  Have you sought the Godly counsel of an older God-fearing woman?  Have you memorized His Promises instead of your favorite song?  Have you begged God for His wisdom and love toward your spouse instead of complaining about them?  

These my friends are our weapons of warfare...not degrading our spouse to the closest ear, doing that will get you on "Big D (divorce) Road".

You CAN do this!  You promised God and your spouse on your wedding day, remember?  You promised in sickness and in health...this my friend, is "in sickness".  Your marriage is sick right now and it needs to be brought to the Great Physician.

"When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Mark 2:17

He loves you and your spouse so much!  He desires to pour out His grace and mercy upon you and your family when you follow Him.  

"And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth..."  Exodus 34:6

If God is SO longsuffering/patient, and loving toward us, than we too can be filled by Him, and pour out His mercy (not getting what we deserve) upon our spouse.

God is worth living for in EVERY area of our life....
even our marriage.

  ~ God has graciously given Josh and I 16 years of marriage, and Lord willing, more to come~

  If we can do it through Christ, so can you!

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