Extraordinary Miracles

God of Wonders

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by Tesh Njokanma 

 God is in the business of performing miracles. Miracles show case God’s power and glory, miracles show how small we are next to this great and awesome God we serve, miracles prove beyond any doubt that there is a true and Living God. Excitingly, miracles are what God wants to do in our lives this season. Until you have a miracle, the Word is yet to become flesh in your life; the Word is still nothing but a mere story book or a collection of biographies of people from the past. But I pray that in this month of Easter, like Peter did in Luke 5: 1-11, you will come in contact with the God of miracles and the Living Word will become flesh in your life.

There are different kinds of miracles God performs. God can give you a creative miracle. From nothing at all, God can give you something substantial. Luke 5:1-11 is an example of such a miracle. Here Peter had NOTHING! His net was empty, he had caught NOTHING, he had NOTHING to show for all his labour. But by the time the God of creative miracles was through with him, the person who started out with nothing, ended up with an astonishing number of fish. Instead of sadly going home with an empty net, God intervened and Peter went home that day with overflowing and abundant blessings.

God can also give you a miracle of multiplication or explosive growth. In 2 Kings 4:1-7, the distressed widow whose late husband left her with a bad debt to sort out, had nothing but a little oil. But when the power of God came upon that little oil, it began to multiply, increase and fill several jars. An explosive growth also took place in Mark 6:30-43. Two fish and five loaves of bread multiplied and increased to be more than enough food to feed five thousand men, not counting the women and children.

God can also give you a type of miracle I would like to call a good problem. Sometimes God can give you a blessing or breakthrough that is just too big for where you presently are or the level you are on. When such a blessing comes to you, whether you like it or not, you need to relocate to another place or position that can accommodate that kind of blessing. Malachi 3:10 explains this. It talks about God giving you a blessing that you don’t have room to contain. In other words, you have a good problem on your hands. You need a bigger house, car, or account to handle this good problem. Not only did Peter experience a creative miracle in Luke 5:1-11, he also had a good problem that day. The blessing God gave him was beyond what Peter had the capacity for. The blessing was too big for his net to carry, it was also too big for his boat to carry (Luke 5:6-7). May the Lord who is the same yesterday, today and forever more, bless us this Easter beyond our wildest dreams, beyond our capacity.

A creative miracle, an explosive growth, and a good problem can happen to any of us. You don’t need to be an apostle or great theologian to have such a breakthrough. All you need is to be firmly rooted and connected to the source of miracles. Miracles don’t happen in a vacuum. Someone is always behind every miracle, someone makes miracles possible. After a miracle took place in Acts 3 where a man who had been crippled from birth started walking, everyone wanted to know the power behind this miracle, they wanted to know how such an unconventional thing had happened before their very eyes. Peter in Acts 3:16 simply told the people that it is JESUS that has made this possible; it is JESUS behind this miracle.

This Easter, may Jesus enter into the boat of your life, may His resurrection power come upon you, may your hands firmly hold on to the helm of His garment, and may you experience a season of extraordinary miracles.
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Tesh Njokanma is a lawyer by training whose heart is in writing. She is a prolific writer with over 15 years experience as a magazine Editor. She is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God with a prayer and teaching ministry. Tesh is married with children. She is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

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12 Biblical Precepts For Marriage

WithThisRing

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by Angie Lewis


Sometimes in marriage we just need to hear it again. We need to hear that marriage takes a few simple guidelines to help it along. With time we tend to forget that our marriage needs a bit of TLC once in while. Because of this, I have made a list of a few areas I think all marriages could utilize to bring back that punch that is so vital in marriage.

1) Communicate feelings effectively for spiritual growth

2) Couples who understand themselves and utilize their inner spirit have better marriages.

3) Wives who respect the role of their husbands and allow them to be captain of the ship find its sails steering into many blessings at the shore.

4) Husbands who respect the role of the wife as being the helpmate and co-worker within marriage find it flourishes with abundance and the marriage develops and is happy.

5) Couples who give each other room to grow and just be themselves find their spouses are less stressful and more caring and giving.

6) Learn to utilize every aspect in marriage towards the good of the relationship

7) Forgive by letting go of resentment

8) Couples who pray together stay together

9) Shift your man-made foundation into a spiritual supported one when dealing with marital issues

10) Learn to use your God given talents positively in marriage

11) Detach with love and allow your spouse freedom to be who they are.

12) Pray together and humble yourselves to each other.

The power of our words-by what we say and how we say it becomes a learned “way of behaving” and eventually will break down the structural integrity of the relationship. Following a set of precepts helps us to remember that.

A great marriage involves team players working towards the good of the relationship. This is what “Team Work” is all about. We should help pull together the area in the relationship where our spouse is less practiced then we are. This way the marriage is complimented by each other’s ideas, goals and working environment.

When we do little things like this for our marriage it flourishes and becomes one institution, instead of two institutions fighting to take the lead.

We can always try and take the easy way out and continually harass and pick and peck at our spouse as we try to take the splinter out of their eye. But it won’t do a bit of good, until we take the log out of our own first.

It is by realizing our own actions and how WE can change, that we actually see clearly enough to react in beneficial ways toward the marriage, and our spouse when issues do occur.
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By blackeybaptistchurch Posted in Faith

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror Reflection

by Jane Morin


Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)

Wow… can I say this any better than already stated? Not really. As I grow older I realize the significance of this verse. I have found favor in many situations. However, favor does not last for an eternity. Favor is for a given moment.

Beauty on the other hand is eternal…but pertains to two different meanings. External and internal. External is the one many women struggle to obtain. Hair salons, nails, skin treatments, expensive clothing, all fall into this category. Why are we so driven to prove to the world that our outer layer is not depreciating? It’s called vanity. The definition for vain is: Characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance; Unproductive of success.

I have found out, as many of you have, that when we concentrate on the inner women, the inner beauty of relationship to God and man, it is anything but vain. Often women, who strive to become beautiful in character and relationship with God, naturally are eminent in their external beauty. When I am striving for that relationship, I can look in the mirror and be pleased with what I see. Does this mean that my skin is flawless, without wrinkle or imperfection? Does it mean that I’ve obtained my perfect body weight? Absolutely not. However, when I am struggling in my spiritual relationship, I also struggle with the reflection looking back at me in the glass.

How do we stop from falling into the status-quo trap of striving for outer perfection? The scripture above tells us. “Fear the Lord” When we have a healthy fear of the Lord, meaning, a profound respect towards Him and His law, we no longer fear man. We no longer worry what others are thinking of us, what we look like, how we measure up..etc. We are strictly concerned with pleasing God. As we develop the desire to please Him, as we in reverence fear Him, we will be surrounded by unexpected praise. This scripture says we will be praised, so we can expect that, but I often am taken back when someone has something of praise to tell me – about me. Maybe I’m not very good at receiving praise. It embarrasses me and makes me feel terribly awkward at times. I have learned from my dad though to just be gracious and simply say “Thank you.”

It is pretty easy to pick out women who fear God and fear men. There is a big difference. I have met some of the most beautiful women through my years. Unfortunately, I have also seen some the ugliest characteristics of the human race emanate from some of them. My prayer for all of us is that we will learn to love God with all our hearts souls, mind and strength. In doing so, we will fear only Him. When we accomplish this we will then see that beauty is more than skin deep. We will be able to look in the mirror and say “I am God’s Princess!” “I am wonderfully made!”

Copyright © 2006 Passion House Ministries, Jane E Morin

The Devil Wears Blue Jeans

by Charles Robey

Ask any man on the street what the devil looks like, and most likely you’ll get this description. “A little old shifty gentleman, dressed in red long-johns, horns on his head and carrying a “pitch fork” to stick us in gaining our attention”.

Biblically speaking, Satan (devil) comes as “an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14). Yet, in the popular imagination, he is usually wearing a red costume with a pointy tail, a sharp beard, and a pitchfork. Where did this inclusive characteristic come from?

These attributes are a bizarre combination of images, some inherited from classical mythology, that don’t particularly belong together (though there is a reason behind all of them, and even a smidgen of Scriptural support). Our modern image is a blend between:

1. Satyrs, the lust-filled tempters (goat legs, horns, beard)
2. Pluto, ruler of the Underworld (pitchfork)
3. Fairly generic color imagery (red and black)
4. The mediaeval bestiary (bat wings)

The Pitchfork comes from Pluto/Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, and is usual attribute is a scepter, indicating his sovereignty. The color red was a sacred color in Egypt. And horns were a symbol of power,

This particular combination has become more and more “standard”, as the ordinary secular individual needs some sort of physical image to worship. However, even this collection of attributes allows for some diversity in interpretation. Is the devil actually a cartoon figure, or a Miltonic anti-hero.

Well, none of these. For he’s that skinny blue jean wearing fellow, with that tight open button silk shirt, displaying a bright shinny necklace. He’s that sparsely dressed lady, overlaid with pounds of makeup. He’s that small uncontrollable child. And sad to say, he may even be that pastor dressed in the three piece suit.

His first entrance onto the pages of scripture is in (Genesis 3:1-5). Right from the beginning, we see Satan putting doubt into the heart of Eve, that God can’t really be trusted, that He really doesn’t have your bet interest in mind when He tells you something. He puts that doubt into Eve that God is holding back from you what is good and beneficial, and therefore He can’t be trusted. And Satan continues this same subtlety on us today. Just surf the word “atheist” on the internet.

Does Satan have judgments? Yes, he does. First and foremost, he was cast out of his original position in Heaven (Ezek 28:16). Judgment was pronounced on him in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:14-15). He was judged at the cross (John 12:31). And the best judgments are his future and final judgments. He will be cast out in the midst of the Tribulation period (Rev12:13) and cast into the lake of fire at the end of the millennium (Rev 20:10).

Our modern day theology, however, is quick to tell you that there is no intelligent evil being called the devil (Satan). They will tell you that the idea of Satan originated as a personification of the evil impulses within us. Or, the idea of Satan originated from some sort of primitive society, but we no longer need fear this superstition in our 21st century. Yes, they will tell you all kinds of lies that are directly in contrast with scripture. Why are they saying these things? Simply put, Satan is prompting these responses, to lower their guard against Christianity. (2 Tim 3:1-9, 13)

 Actually, Satan is a fallen angelic creature (Ezek 28:14) and was the highest of all angels (Ezek 28:12), thus he is a spirit being (Ephesians 6:11-12). His down fall was that he wanted to be equal with God, by being the possessor of heaven and earth.Satan has certain personality traits such as he is a murder and a liar (John 8:44). He is a confirmed sinner (1 John 3:8). He is an accuser (Rev 12:10), and he is an adversary (1 Peter 5:8). He posses intellect (2 Cor 11:3). He has emotions (Rev 12:7). He has a Will (2 Tim 2:26). And he is treated as a morally responsible person (Matt25:41).

Satan will and does use certain people, in an effort to hinder the work of Christ (Matt 2:16) (John 8:4) (Matt 16:23). Proof of this deceitful style can be seen throughout the know world, through individuals in power (Rev 20:3) (Rev 16:13-14). And he will use men to oppose God’s work (Rev 2:13).

How does Satan work in unbelievers? He will blind the minds (2 Cor 4:4) and, he will snatch the word from their hearts (Luke8:12).

How might he work, with respect to Christians? He will temp us (Acts 5:3). He will accuse and slander us (Rev 12:10). He will hinder our work (1 Thess 2:8). He employs demons to attempt to defeat our work (Eph 6:11-12). He will tempt us into immorality (1 Cor 7:5). He has sowed tares among us (Matt13:38-39) And he incites persecutions against us (Rev 2:10).

However, the devil still has crucial restrictions, “Praise the Lord”. He is a creature and therefore not omniscient or infinite. And most importantly, God has placed limitations on him (Job 1:12) and he can be resisted by Christians (James 4:7) So, what is our defense against the devil (Satan)?

We have the intercessory work of Christ (John 17:15) .
We should never speak of Satan contemptuously (Jude 8-9) .
We should always be on guard against Satan (1 Peter 5:8) .
We should always take a stand against Satan (James 4:7) .
We should use our armor to fight against Satan (Eph 6:11-18) .
You see the purpose of God may include using the devil for beneficial purposes in our lives (2 Cor 12:7).

Remember, Satan cannot be reasoned with. He has no characteristic in him that would cause him to show the slightest mercy or grace. He knows only rebellion against God and only destruction and he desires to enlist as many as he can in his campaign against God no matter what the consequences for people.

As Christians, we must stand firm against Satan by reflecting Christ’s characteristics in our lives. In (Eph.6:10-13), Paul calls this “putting on the full armor of God.”

REMEMBER!
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world “(1 John 4:4).

Helping Others in Spirit and Prayer

Prayer

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by Teresa Wiltz
There comes a time in life when the best thing we can do for someone who is on a downward spiral is to pray for God to shine His light into their soul of darkness; replacing despair with hope. The devil is constantly busy whispering lies and deceit into the minds of weak spirited people. However, sometimes we all must undergo hardship and pain in order to acquire wisdom from lessons learned. I remember treading on a dark path of hopelessness once upon a time, and the only raft within reach was floating peacefully in front of my eyes; especially during the roughest of tides. I truly believe that the prayers of loved ones led my hand to grab hold of Jesus Christ—the raft of life.

In the beginning of trials and tribulations, some people tend to get stuck on a path of bitterness and anger without even realizing it. They become blinded by their anger and confusion and are unable to see clearly to a constructive road a little farther down the road. One of the most effective ways to help our loved ones experiencing this kind of predicament is to step away, giving them enough space to climb out of their own hell. It is heartbreaking to stand by and watch them self-destruct, but our Godly advice will fall on deaf ears.

God is the only saving grace who will patiently wait on the sidelines until the dispirited person is ready to walk with an obedient heart derived from their season of suffering. In the meantime, God hears our prayers and petitions lifted up on behalf of others, and will answer those of us who remain faithful to His Word. God encourages us to pray for one another during times of weakness and illness; for healing is made available to all who believe and are righteous:

James 5:16~“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

God will deliver the brokenhearted at the perfect hour for when they are ready to believe and receive the greatness of His Word. It is through falling that we learn to stand strong again, the strength of God’s mighty hand will sustain us as we continue to walk this earth in faith, hope and love. Let’s bear one another’s burdens in spirit and continual prayer so that whenever one sheep is lost, it will be much easier to find the pathway home again:

Matthew 18:12-14~“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”

By blackeybaptistchurch Posted in Faith

Faithfulness and Church


Offering

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by Grace Tom-Lawyer

“You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing….” Hebrews 10:25a NCV

We are encouraged as believers by the Bible to be involved in a local church. Watching online services should not replace regular attendance in local meetings.

I believe first of all, we should prayerfully choose a church and be committed to her progress and if we do change church, it is faithfulness not to run down our previous congregation knowing that since churches are made up of imperfect people, our new church will also have her issues! If we change church continuously, it could be a sign that we do not want to be held accountable or are having problems with forgiveness.

We should be faithful in praying for our pastors as they serve as a covering and be concerned also about their welfare.

Faithfulness also means being financially committed to the church. Paying our tithes at a different church from where we worship regularly is best illustrated by Joyce Meyer’s statement of “eating in McDonalds and paying at KFC”! (two different eateries).Sometimes this is done due to ignorance or just an egoistical need for acknowledgement by someone. There is no justification for wanting to pay the tithe where we think it will be felt. It is also not wrong to support other ministries with gifts.

It also means being faithful to serve in an activity group. It is not faithfulness to attend meetings only when we are doing a function or be absent or late without the courtesy of informing the leaders. Many activity group leaders know the frustration of working with volunteers who cannot be counted on. It would also help if we do not over commit to things, having to say no at times in order to be effective. And if you are a leader of a group, lead by all means as your followers will not be more passionate than what they see you do and sometimes after prayerful consideration, it may be part of faithfulness to resign rather than just holding a title. What if you are not in a group? Find one, create one. It could be picking up the litter on the days you eventually get to church. The benefits of everyone being involved is so that the few committed people are not overwhelmed.

Let us be faithful as we serve in our churches being committed to her values and vision.

Grace Tom-Lawyer

Fear God


Total Surrender
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By J. C. Corcoran
(Written: 1/6/2014)In the past forty years I have probably read Proverbs 3:7 at least a thousand times but it never struck me like it did just the other day when I read it again.

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”

I finally asked myself; what does it mean to fear the Lord? Does God really want us to be afraid of Him? So I began a study on those three words, fear the Lord. Did you know that phrase is used in the bible several hundred times? That would make it pretty important, don’t you think?

I am not a bible scholar; nor am I a linguist. I have never studied Hebrew or Greek (those are the two main languages in which the bible is written). But, I do own a Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew, Chaldee and Greek dictionaries. So, along with my bible, my Strong’s, and a copy of the book The Two Fears by Chris Poblete, I began a study and I discovered there are two kinds of fear.

There is a good kind of fear and a bad kind of fear. For instance, in First Chronicles 14:17 it says; “So David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.” The word in the Hebrew language used for fear means a “great terror”. These people didn’t fear David as much as they feared David’s God. The only reason they feared David was because they knew David’s God was protecting him. That kind of fear is used many times in the Old Testament and it always refers to God’s enemies.

I don’t care if you’re atheist, agnostic, or whatever, I believe that you know, way down deep in your heart, that when you die, you will have to meet God. And that scares you. That’s a terrible way to have to go through life.

But I, on the other hand, and all true believers, are anxious to be with God. I know that when I go before God, I will not be able to look at Him. I will probably bow before Him with my head down. But that is out of respect, not terror. And that is the other fear. It’s the kind of fear that Peter talks about in First Peter 2:17 when he says, “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the King.”

The word that Peter uses for fear in the Greek language is translated as meaning reverence. So, also does the word in Proverbs 3:7. It’s a reverent fear.

As I’m writing this, I’m recalling a song of praise I learned at a bible camp years ago.

My God is an awesome God

He reigns from heaven above

With mercy, grace and love,

My God is an awesome God.

And that is the kind of fear I’m talking about as a born-again child of God. It’s an awesome fear; an inability to stand before an awesome God; a loving God and a forgiving God; when you know that your sins helped put His Son through that terrible death on a cross.

God is so full of love and mercy and grace that He allowed the crucifixion of Christ, His only Son, so that we could be free from all the nasty things we’ve done in our lives. So how can I possibly stand and face Him? How can I, a sinner, stand before such love, such goodness, such holiness?

David said, “My sins are always before me.” And it’s true, I suppose, for every born-again man or woman. I know it is for me. When I’m bowing my head in prayer before God, I know who and what I am, and what I was before I met God’s grace in Jesus Christ. I will always know what I was before. I’ve been forgiven, but I have not forgotten. And that is why I cannot lift my head or open my eyes in His presence. When I pray to God, I am drawing near to Him and He is drawing near to me, and it’s a fearful thing.

Revere Him; stand in awe of Him: that is the meaning of the phrase, Fear the Lord. Amen

Praise Break

Praise Him

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  – by Keith Henry

“I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. O Lord, You brought me up from the grave, you spared me from going down into the pit.” (Psalm 30:1-3 NIV )

Have you taken a “Praise Break” today? For years as I rose and as I lay down, I knelt beside my bed and prayed. My prayers consistently went something like this, “Me, me, me, my family, my money, my.” In my head I believed that I had the whole prayer thing covered; my heart, however, was heavy and troubled; something was missing. One day, out of the blue, all the loving and joyful pressure that had been building in my heart was unexpectedly vented in a BLEVE of praises to my Lord. It was then I realized what I had been missing; I needed to take a “Praise Break.” Daily, at some point or points during my “busy” day I take a second or two just to say, “Thank You Father” so that I might safely release the built up praise, glory, and love my heart generates for my Lord daily. The tagline of my business and ministry is: “It just takes a second;” that is to say that we should be able to take a second two or three, or ten times a day to pray as David prayed. To thank and exalt our Father for all the things He has done and is doing for us daily. Don’t allow the praise to build up, it may explode one day.

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Embracing God’s Purpose For Your Marriage

Wedding Ring Heart
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By Daniel Robertson

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.(Jer 29:11, NIV)

Your marriage is meant to be great. It is meant to be something wonderful, something amazing. God’s intent is that your marriage would be full of hope, passion, joy, and companionship. More than that, your marriage is meant to be a shining example of God’s love for the whole world.

God’s plans are for you to have a hope and a future, and that includes your marriage. God’s plans are to use you and your marriage as a vessel to spread the message of His mercy and glory throughout the Earth.

Your marriage is meant to mean something. God’s desire is that your marriage would stand for something great. To make an impact on this generation when the world is full of darkness and sin.

Somewhere, Things Went Wrong
If you’re anything like most married Christians out there, your marriage doesn’t look anything like that. The truth is, most of us live in apathy to the call of God on our lives. We go through our days worried about things that have no eternal significance.

More than that, most of our marriages are troubled by a number of problems brought on by selfishness, pride, anger, or passivity. In other words, sin.

Sometimes marriage can be downright hard. Other times we might feel that we are just living side by side, not really sharing our lives. And other times our marriages can seem great, all the while we just know that so much more is possible.

This isn’t always a bad thing.

God cares more about your holiness than your happiness.

If your marriage isn’t all it should be, this may be an indicator that God is trying to get your attention. He has a way of using our spouse as a mirror to expose our own sin. It is only when we see our sin for what it truly is that we can repent, turn away from the sin, and turn to God’s righteous power to cleanse us and set us on the path of holiness.

As long as we live in ignorance or denial of our sin there can be no change. One of God’s purposes in marriage is to force us to see our sin and to give us a reason to want to change. Only then can His healing and restoring power begin to work in us.

What If It’s Not Me?

Oftentimes marriages can be difficult even when you are doing everything you know how to follow God and submitted to His leadership. You are doing everything you can to be the best husband or wife you can be. Sometimes it may seem that you’ve tried everything in your power but your marriage is still on the rocks.

First, I would say that you will never be free of sin, nor will you ever be the perfect spouse. You will always be a work in progress and God will always be working to show you your sin so that you can repent. Difficulties that arise in marriage can be one of the ways God does this.

Wives, do you get angry at your husbands lack of initiative? God may be trying to reveal his sin of passivity, but He is probably also trying to reveal your anger at the same time.

Husbands, do you shut down when your wives try to take control? He’s probably at work in your own life to reveal your passive-aggressive tendencies.

That being said, I’m not saying it’s all your fault that your marriage is having problems. The truth is it may be your spouse that is causing the most problems. The only thing you can do is remain faithful to God and your spouse and to stay in prayer for your situation.

You cannot control your spouse, nor are you responsible for their sin. You can only do your best and trust in God to deal with your spouse.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have an influence on your spouse. But by far the best way to do this is often to let go of the situation and hand it over to God.

What If It’s Not Either Of Us

Even if both you and your spouse are following God and doing your best to be obedient to Him there can be problems in your marriage. This is because we live in a fallen world that has come under the influence of our Enemy. He will stop at nothing to keep us from impacting the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the de-facto ruler over this earth and is very interested in keeping you down.

It is his goal to keep us from realizing our full potential. If he can keep us in sin, he will. If he can keep us in apathy and passivity, he will. If he can keep us preoccupied with trivial matters, he will. If he can send difficulties our way to distract us from God’s mission, he will.

Whatever he can do to stop our marriage from making a difference in this world, he will do it.

This is why it is important to continually submit ourselves to God and remain under His authority. Resist the devil and he will flee. The darkness has now authority over the light. Remain in God’s truth and you will be protected from the full force of Satan’s malice.

God’s Purpose For Your Marriage
God’s purpose for your marriage is the same as His mission for the Church. It is the same as His mission for each individual Christian. It is the same as the mission of Jesus Christ.

His vision for your marriage is to use it to redeem the lost and to transform lives with the power of Jesus Christ.

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Daniel Robertson is a Christian husband and father who writes about the issues faced by Christians in their marriages. Visit his site at http://www.godshelpformarriage for practical advice on how to build a stronger marriage.

Copyright by Daniel Robertson.

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Taking It To Jesus (Poem)

Conversations

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By Deborah Ann Belka

Whenever I’m unhappy,
feeling down and out
I take my thoughts to Jesus
talk to Him about my doubt.

I tell Him the way is hard,
things haven’t been so easy
my heart’s frequently broken
my stomach is often queasy.

I let Him know of my cares,
the worries on my mind
how I seem to bump into
difficulties of every kind.

But, then He reminds me,
He came to give me peace
though it does not mean
my troubles will end or cease.

So, I turn over in my mind,
my worries and my cares
and they just seem to vanish
the more with Him I share!

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2 Thessalonians 3:16
King James Version

“Now the Lord of peace himself
give you peace always by all means.”

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