Restored and Redeemed

Has your marriage been restored? Restored & Redeemed is a devotional for those in a restored marriage.

As a Returned Prodigal, When Should I Share My Testimony with Others?

Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 

What has the Lord called you to do for Him? Don’t listen to the lie of Satan that you’ve blown it and will never be used for Christ. It may be a call to ministry or a call to be a door holder. The position doesn’t matter, but the condition of your heart does matter. Remain open to all the Lord has for you.

“But what about my divorce?” you may ask. If you have returned to your covenant marriage, do not consider yourself to be second-rate for ministry. Consider yourself to be a recipient of God’s unfailing love. He has forgiven you and has restored your marriage.

God calls specific people to specific places for specific purposes. There are people you can reach that are beyond the grasp of all others. Ask God what He would have you do. Pray until you have the peace of Heaven and press on with what He has called you to do.

Don’t forget about your most important ministry. That is your ministry to your family. A praying spouse has hung onto Heaven for you until you came to your senses. The foremost ministry you will ever have is to those under your roof.

Even if you are called to pastor the largest church, your ministry will fail unless you minister first to that family God has entrusted to you. Any public ministry will be an outpouring of your ministry at home.

Allow these times to be healing times at home. While I was away, my wife, Charlyne had taken over the spiritual leadership of our family. Thank God she did. She gradually relinquished that role back to me as I became ready to accept it. Become a minister, perhaps for the first time, to your own dear family.

After your healing at home, which may take several years, you are ready to minister to others. The enemy will constantly try to remind you how you failed. Remember who you are in Christ. Others may see divorce. We are blessed that God has shown both of us the error of our ways. Thank God He forgives our mistakes and allows us to move on for Him.

The honeymoon is over. We received a late evening phone call shortly after our daughter, Lori, got married. She was seeking the name of a plumber. A pipe had broken in their new villa. The wedding festivities have come to a halt, and the reality of married life has set in.

The honeymoon has ended for you and me as well. We both have broken pipes that need to be repaired in our families. Our pipes may not leak water, but they leak precious emotions from those we love.

Allow your past to be your past. I pray that you never stop praising God for the miracle of marriage restoration that He has performed in your home. Let’s never stop loving and honoring those mates who loved us enough to take a stand for us, not going the world’s way by giving up.

At our church, we sing a little chorus written by Dr. Earl Lee. It is titled, “Yes, Lord, Yes.” “I’ll say yes, Lord, yes, to Your will and to Your way. When Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I’ll agree. My answer will be yes, Lord, yes.” Dr. Lee composed that little song during some difficult days of a building program at the church he pastored in Pasadena, California.

You and I will, likewise, experience some problematic days during the rebuilding program of our restored homes. Satan will not surrender easily, but the Lord will prevail through the days of testing. May we both always say, “Yes, Lord, Yes.” I pray that God will continue to bless and protect your precious Christian home.

God bless,

 

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