Standing Firm Mens Devotional


Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

God Is Working

The views expressed below are those of the writer and may not reflect the views of Rejoice Marriage Ministries or the Steinkamps.

Men, has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?

I want each of you to take a few moments to think back to the time of your wedding. Those were happy times, times of revelry, times to savor memories to last for a lifetime. For each of us, that was a time of new beginnings, of a new life together with the love of your life, your best friend, your spouse. Yet as the newness began to wear off, reality set in. Events, feelings, doubts began to creep into your marriage, your covenant marriage. Those vows you exchanged before God and before your spouse are now weighing heavily upon your heart and mind. It seems it was only yesterday that you spoke those vows, or was it a month ago, or perhaps a year or many years ago, yet a great hurt has set in. You begin to question your motives and desires of this union of your lives together, of your vows made before God and your spouse. Know this, even in the darkest times, God is working. Unseen and invisible, our God is working to preserve His family.

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5a

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”  John 3:16-18 (NLT) 

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  1 John 3:16-18 

In those tough times of marital discord, of separation, of abandonment and divorce, God is there for you and me. Just like in the story of the Prodigal Son, the father (just like our Father God) comes running to His hurting and confused child. God shelters and rescues each of us in our darkest hours.

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NASB) 

Is God meeting you in your darkest hours? Are you crying out to Him, seeking His comfort and advice? Be attentive to His soft voice. The Holy Spirit will speak to you in many ways… through dreams, through things you read, through friends and family, and through thoughts in your mind during your quiet moments. Our God is here for each of us. God is Omniscient, all knowing! He is Omnipresent, He is everywhere! And God is Omnipotent, all-powerful. These three attributes of our God demonstrate how He is able to work the miracles of healing in our lives and in our marriages.

Another attribute of God is that He is Invisible. God is a Spirit and we cannot see a spirit. Yet God has made Himself visible to you and me through the Person of Jesus Christ.

Cry out to Jesus. He will meet you via the Holy Spirit who lives in each of us. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and our Advocate. In my darkest days, I cried out to God and He met me in the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. He is real and I am aware of and feel His presence whenever I am troubled. He met me on the road to a prayer meeting at my church on Sunday afternoon, February 12, 2006. I had been served the divorce petition from my wife only two days before. Emotional and confused, His presence was very tangible to me. The Holy Spirit’s presence manifested himself as a sense of peace and calm that penetrated my whole being. That sense of peace and calm still exists in me some 12 plus years later, as His presence has never left me.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Matthew 7:7-8 (NASB) 

Cry out to God. He loves each of His children and He is always working in us. Associate yourself with God’s family of believers.

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.  James 5:16

God is always working. He never rests. He is there for you, He is there for me!

Standing firm on the covenant marriage vows my wife and I exchanged before God and each other, until we are parted by death.

Ben in Texas

 

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