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Charlyne Cares is a daily reminder that God cares and that we care about your marriage. Each morning Charlyne sends a devotional and Bob does a Prodigal Perspective on Tuesdays. These come from someone who has experienced the tragedy of divorce and the triumph of a family restored by God speaking to Charlyne's heart not to give up on their marriage after she divorced Bob.

Today's Charlyne Cares Devotional

Friday, August 1, 2014
VINDICATE ME, O LORD!

 

Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer—it does not rise from deceitful lips. May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right. Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.  Psalm 17:1-3
 
Are you crying out to the Lord daily?  Are you striving to live a lifestyle that radiates the Lord all the time with your children and where you work?  Do you feel discouraged, defeated or hopeless today?
 
David was crying out to God for protection as he was surrounded by his enemies in Psalm 17. Do you feel like you are being attacked by the enemy, but the words that are resounding in your ears are coming out of your spouse or loved ones’ mouths? Vindicate me, O Lord!
 
I know how you feel when you are being wounded, rejected, humiliated, and emotionally or verbally abused. Why is this happening to me Lord by my spouse who I vowed to love and cherish forever? This is not your spouse, but the enemy, Satan, who is wanting and trying to destroy your marriage. A powerful truth to never forget!
 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.  Ephesians 6:10-13
 
Your spouse has allowed their heart to become hardened or calloused:
  • By thinking ungodly thoughts.
  • By not taking the thoughts that are coming through their mind captive instantly and making them obedient to Christ.
     
  • By putting into action their ungodly behaviors of actions and words.
  • Never forget that your spouse is blinded and deceived. They do not realize they are being tempted by the enemy, Satan.
  • Beware! The enemy wants to attack your mind with hopelessness, thoughts of giving up, or leaving which are usually the enemy’s tricks and schemes.
  • God does see everything and is aware of what is going on behind your closed doors.
  • Pray against the enemy with a clear conscience, a pure, blameless heart and life.
They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance. They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground. They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover. Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword.  Psalm 17:10-13
 
What are you to do? You need to pray as David did in Psalm 17 for God’s divine intervention and protection from the tongue lashings or persecutions that you may be presently facing. Never forget who you are in Christ and that the Lord can fight all the battles and rout your enemy if you will only ask Him! Keep asking, seeking and knocking until you see your breakthrough! Vindicate me, O Lord!
 
Walk in faith and trust the Lord to protect you as He is your refuge and fortress in ALL times of trouble. Ask the Lord to guide your every footstep in all areas of your life.
 
A vital key: use the Name of Jesus and read the Word of God as the Sword of the Spirit, praying scripture with your spouse’s name in them daily. Never forget that God’s Word will never return void. (Isaiah 55:11)
 

My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped. I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.  Psalm 17:5-9
 
If you have heard words of accusation, allow your Lord to vindicate you and be your Protector and Defender. You just need to keep your heart, mind and emotions in check by praying and keep asking yourself, “What would Jesus say or do?”
 

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:10-12
 
Your Lord Jesus Christ is the answer for you to live a victorious life. You must choose who you are going to follow and serve, your Lord Jesus Christ or the enemy, Satan. You must keep your eyes on your Lord, so you will not be tempted to fall into the sins of the world as your spouse has done.
 
Do not walk in fear, but walk in faith and in the power of the Lord. God created marriage. God hates divorce. You and your spouse are one flesh, so know that you are to stand and fight for your marriage forever! Vindicate me, O Lord! Go rescue my beloved spouse, touching and transforming their heart and mind quickly! To God be the glory.
 

Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword. O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life. You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children. And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.  Psalm 17:13-15

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28
 

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