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“Did You Make Any False Starts toward Home?”

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Today’s message is from Bob, who was a prodigal who returned home and was remarried to me for an additional 23 years before the Lord took him home to Heaven. Bob wrote 19 books from the prodigal’s perspective for more than two decades after our divorce and remarriage. – Charlyne

I am often asked about false starts, and the answer is, yes, I did have false starts home. From ministry experience, I suspect that most prodigals who have returned home and stayed home to see their marriage restored have done so after a few false starts. The pull toward home by the Holy Spirit is so strong, but then the enemy tugs us back in the opposite direction.

For the sake of illustration, at times, it can be much like two boys playing tug of war on the playground. Just when one appears to be winning, the second gives a tremendous tug on the rope that once again brings things back like they were. Please do not think that your God is in a battle of power with Satan. It is your spouse on one end of the rope and the enemy on the other. Your marriage is in the center for the winner to claim.

We were divorced. I had been offered a job out of town. I had quit my job locally and given notice that I was breaking my lease on my efficiency apartment. Suddenly the out-of-town offer was in question. I was to be told in a few days if the offer was still open. I faced being unemployed with no place to live. My first thought when I hung up that doubtful phone call was, “If this all falls through, I will move home.”

Why did I consider going home? Because my wife had told me that the door at home was always open for me, regardless of the circumstances, and at any time. I called her and explained my dilemma, but even before calling, I was confident of her reply because she had told me, not only in words, but in her actions. Does your prodigal know they are welcome back at home? If so, does your walk match your talk?

One of the most discouraging areas of day-to-day ministry work is dealing with people who are dabbling with standing. It is extremely frustrating to have a person report:

“Yes, I am standing for my marriage, but I also go to divorce recovery because it helps my self-esteem. The reason I am so active in the Singles Ministry at church is to be around other people. I do go out, but it is really not dating. He/she is also standing and understands. I have failed morally, but only a couple of times, and besides, God understands my needs. He doesn’t want me to be miserable. I am so busy that I had to unsubscribe from “Charlyne Cares” messages. They were filling my inbox. I stopped praying for my prodigal, though, and am just letting God work.” 

“My wedding bands? I don’t wear them because God might send someone into my life, and they would think I am married and not approach me. I think I know where my rings are, though, for when my spouse comes home. I have made a list based on what everyone has told me my spouse must do before I can allow them in the house again.” 

“I am standing, but if my ‘ex’ has a baby or marries that other person, I am released Besides, everyone in my online group told me to find someone else, but God is going to restore my marriage soon because I gave Him a deadline.” 

Thankfully, this did not all come from the same individual, or I might have had stroke number seven. This is a composite of what we hear from men and women claiming to be standing for marriage restoration.

WAKE UP! If I have offended you by one of those comments, I make no apology. Our prodigals may be heading to Hell, living in sin and running from Christ, while some make a game of standing with God and praying for their mate’s salvation.

The false start toward home will come for your spouse. When it does, you must always be prepared to intensify your praying, your spiritual warfare, your time with the Lord, and your stand with Him.

In my false start, the enemy pulled his end of the rope, and the job came through. The other person was off to help me move. Did Charlyne give up over all this? You know the rest of the story! I can assure you that after that incident when I knew I was welcomed at home, I began to have false starts in rapid-fire succession until the day I obeyed what the Holy Spirit had been telling me to do for two years.

Your spouse can be manipulated back home, but that is not God’s plan. If you do, this is not a false start, it is a stall, and you know what happens to airplanes that stall–they crash. The Lord wants to change you first, and then your mate, rebuilding your marriage on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.

If your prodigal is making false starts toward home and then backing out or disappearing, stand strong and rejoice because God is at work in the life of your resistant mate.

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!  Romans 7:21-25

Because He lives,

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1 year ago

Thank you for Bob’s perspective!

Same God
I’m calling on the God of Jacob
Whose love endures through generations
I know that You will keep Your covenant
I’m calling on the God of Moses
The one who opened up the ocean
I need You now to do the same thing for me
For me, for me

1 year ago

Good morning. No matter what I see, I will continue to pray and stand for my husband’s salvation and our marriage. God is good, God is great.
Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord -1Corinthians 15:58

1 year ago

It’s a struggle, I will admit. I have no other option but to stand, of that I am sure. I pray God forgives my unbelief but I am weary, alone and feeling forgotten. I know the Father sees my suffering and my comfort is that He knows I am obedient and each day pray for much – not just my marriage – and know in my heart that the Lord works on my behalf. T Y

1 year ago
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Nelda 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 for you.

I was feeling that way yesterday too. It is a battle. Then wouldn’t you know, HS told me to search up Bill Johnson, and this was what came up, and it is his sermon from 5 days ago! So good and perfect! God is always on time!!

Last edited 1 year ago by Bianca
1 year ago

Yes, every day I am resolved in Jesus – “not today, devil, not today” – when the tempter comes along with that stinking thinking that I am all alone and that nothing will ever change – I remind myself, and even say out loud, “not today, devil, not today – my Jesus paid it all for His victory” and He’s working it all out for His glory and our good. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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