I want to wish you a very Happy New Year. I pray that you will have a spirit of power, of love, and self-discipline this new year. I pray that you will pursue righteousness and peace. My prayer is that the Lord will do a mighty work, not only in your life but also in your spouse’s life this year.
David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior – from violent men you save me. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:1-4
Every year I try to read the Bible through. I use our Bible Calendar as a guide. Are you going to try to read the Bible through this year ? Sometimes I slow down and start meditating on the Word instead of focusing on finishing. I say, “Lord, Thy will be done. Let me be a diligent student and doer of the Word. Teach me more about Your Word, Your precepts, and Your promises this year.” There is power in the Word of God, and we need to know the Word to defeat the enemy.
In 2 Samuel Chapter 22. David is worshiping and praising God for deliverance from Saul, his enemy. The word “delivered” is used three times in the chapter. This chapter expresses the theme that God, “Yahweh,” is always there to rescue David or you whenever you need help. David had flashbacks to the vivid pictures of protection and deliverance from his past as a shepherd boy. Remember the answers to your prayers and the miracles that the Lord has previously done for you and your family.
The LORD is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident…For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:1-3, 5
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:1-4
This year choose to learn more about your mighty God. He will be your Light, your Refuge, your Fortress, your Rock, your Shield, your Defender, and your Deliverer. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom as you read and study the Word of God.
Start asking the Lord, “What do you want me to do this year for You?” Do you know the Word of God well enough to share with other people? Do you know what the Bible says about marriage and divorce? Have you done a study on those scriptures? If your spouse’s heart is hardened, do a study on the heart. You can be the student, and your Lord God will be your Teacher and your great Counselor.
God has a plan and a purpose for your family. He will never fail you. Seek and grow in the Lord. The more you read and study the Word of God, your faith will increase. You can speak God’s Word to defeat the enemy.
Do not allow the evil one to steal your faith or joy. Stand on the promises of God. Nothing is impossible.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
May the Lord bless you and your family this New Year! Thank you for your prayers and support of Rejoice Marriage Ministries. Our Lord God is awesome and has been faithful in meeting our needs year after year. We want to continue doing the work, so the world will know there is hope for their hurting or dead marriage. Praise His holy Name!
Our prayer as a staff is that the Lord God will open your husband’s or wife’s eyes and ears, touching their heart so that they will come to their senses and repent, turning their life to the Lord and then back home to you and their family in 2022. We trust You, Lord!
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17