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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.

Handling Temptation

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.  Proverbs 1:10 

Every day we are going to face temptations. What temptations will you face today? What do you think your spouse’s temptations are today?

Are you ready to say “No” to the tempter and all temptations that you face? Do you know who the enemy is? Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy you, and your family. You need to recognize Satan’s tricks, schemes, and lies.

“‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”  Matthew 6:13 

Do you know what your weaknesses are? Be aware that may be where the enemy will attack.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  1 Peter 5:8-9 

We need to pray that prodigals would confess their sins, asking the Lord to help them turn from the world’s temptations. We need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ to walk in righteousness. We also need to pray for the ones who have fallen into sin.  

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.  1 John 2:15-17 

We must understand that temptations are subtle and may seem harmless at first glance. Foremost, we must realize that temptation is not a sin but becomes a sin when we give in to temptation. Do you see how you and your spouse were tempted? I became deceived after Bob fell into Satan’s trap, and I filed for divorce when I did not believe in divorce. Andis and Lilita recently shared on the Fight for Your Marriage Podcast how they fell into the same trap. Neither of them believed in divorce, yet the tempter made it look like a way out of their problems.

How was your spouse tempted to fall into sin? What are some of the temptations that your loved ones may be facing? Lying, gossiping, disobeying parents, discouragement, fear of the future, lust, worrying, or neglecting God’s Word?

What are you tempted to do today? Are you tempted to give up on believing in God’s power or plan to restore your marriage?

Have you been tempted not to read your Bible or to pray daily? Has sexual immorality tempted you? Did you do things as a teen or young adult that you thought you would never do because someone tempted you? How has that affected your life?

Let me remind you of two men who handled temptation differently. Potiphar’s wife tempted Joseph to commit adultery, but he refused, regardless of the consequences, and ran from the house. Then also remember David. As soon as David saw Bathsheba, he was filled with lust. David should have left the roof and fled the temptation. Instead, he entertained the temptation, fell into sin, and the results were devastating.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  1 Corinthians 10:13 

We need to set standards for our lives according to God’s Word. We must know that we need the Holy Spirit and to use God’s Word to overcome sin and temptation. We need to read, study and memorize the Word of God, so we have the power to resist Satan and his cohorts.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Matthew 26:41 

There are so many temptations in this world today. May you seek the Lord and ask Him to examine your heart if you have fallen into temptations. Ask the Lord to forgive you for any wrong thoughts and actions daily. 

Pray that the Lord will speak to your spouse to free them from their sinful desires of the flesh and the world’s temptations. Your Lord God will go after your spouse. He has not given up on your spouse or your marriage. Never give up believing in your awesome God’s power to win the war. There is an escape route with the Lord’s light shining to show your spouse the way home!

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  1 Timothy 6:11-12

God bless,

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10 days ago

Thank You Charlyne! Father help us and our spouses to not love the world or anything in the world. Help us not give in to —the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. May we do the will of God and live forever. ( 1 John 2:15-17)

Freedom is coming
You breathe new life in me
Death loses power when You speak
Oh, He is speaking
Rewrite my history
The fear of man has lost its hold on me
Oh, I can see again
You make a way when I can’t find one
My freedom’s coming

10 days ago

This blessed my soul…

Jonah didn’t just go down to the bottom of a ship to take a nap. He first boarded that ship, heading into a vast ocean, to travel in the opposite direction from instructions given by God. Then he stepped down to the lowest, darkest point on the ship to hide from the truth of God’s directive. And then he escaped, avoided and tuned out the soul-stirring convictions of the Holy Spirit by taking a very long nap.

When a person decides to go in the opposite direction to what God has called them to do, it’s expected that they will begin to hide – unconsciously or purposefully – just as Jonah did.

It’s not likely they will board a ship and take a nap. But you may see them move out of photos that place them with people, locations or in situations that could hold them accountable to their actions. They may withdraw from social media as a way to limit others’ access to information in their lives. They filter stories, remove details, and censor information shared with others. Shifting sand of truth marks their interactions. Talking in the first person of “I” in all their discussions. They minimize contact and involvement with those who know of God’s directive and call in their lives, while simultaneously increasing contact with those who are not likely to hold them accountable, encourage their faith, all while providing a constant distraction from the truth.

I’ve spoken with so many of you who watch and absorb these behaviors as personal affronts or attacks. But it’s critical to understand that these actions are about that person’s own accountability with God, their own internal processing of their lives and decisions.

Jonah didn’t stop being a messenger of God for the people of Nineveh because of his hiding. God orchestrated the circumstances around Jonah to bring him back into obedience with what God was commanding him to do. Those circumstances may not be in the belly of a whale, but it could be financial difficulties, health issues, or a sudden unexplained, internal meaninglessness for whatever has been placed before God.

God knows exactly what is necessary and He knows the alloted time for the process to unfold, just as he did for Jonah’s eventual chiseling of character to occur.

Darkness wants to hide from light. If you are walking as a window through which others can see Jesus, prepare for the darkness in others to seek distance from you. Don’t minimize or retreat from your own pursuit of God. Darkness also seeks to overpower light. It’s critical to stay anchored in the Word of God and in community with other believers while you navigate this season of standing on your promise from God.

What you’re walking builds endurance and perseverance in you, for sure. But it also should be building patience and empathy to realize the person you are praying for has their own journey to walk with God. It’s not all about what you’ve been told will come to pass. When God says he makes all things new, it takes time – on HIS time, not your time.

And if there are people in that person’s life who are encouraging ongoing and continued disobedience to what God has ordained, earnestly pray for them too. Mercy and grace extend to all who are navigating life apart from God. ““For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Fleeing from God’s directive and plan/purpose in life is serious business. But don’t think for a second that once a person travels down that road, it is over for them. God never left Jonah, nor abandoned him due to his disobedience.

Stand in the gap of faith through prayer for the one who is in a season of hiding, disobedience or rebellion. Prayer is a powerful weapon in the hands of those who choose to use it.

Nichole Surber
Nichole Surber
10 days ago
Reply to  Jemmy

Thank you for your response.

9 days ago
Reply to  Jemmy

Jemmy, so many truths you’ve spoken here! Or whoever wrote this! Thank you for sharing! Never give up praying!! 🙏

6 days ago
Reply to  Jemmy

Jemmy, I have been a couple days behind on reading this devotional and am trying to catch up. God knew the exact day I would need this.
Last night I read Jonah 1 day early because I have to work today and I also had to reply to a tough e-mail last night to my husband concerning the divorce he wants. I am thankful that God brought this message through you at just the right time.

12 hours ago
Reply to  Jemmy

Well said!!

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