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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.

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Thursday, July, 30, 2015

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DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT THE LORD HAS SAID?
 
“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:11
 
How well are you remembering what the Lord has said to you since He started speaking to your heart about your marriage restoration and the salvation of your spouse, children or loved ones? Have you written down any of the scriptures or the words He has given you so that you can “remember” and speak them out loud, telling the enemy that the Lord has given you a promise which says this “___________” and then speak it out loud to the enemy, thanking the Lord for His promises and His faithfulness?
 

“This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself…who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’ of the towns of Judah. ‘They shall be built,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,…’”  Isaiah 44:24, 26
 
May you never forget that God’s Word will never return void. We hear from standers who are ready to quit or allow hopelessness or depression to attack them because they look at the present circumstances instead of remembering what the Lord has already spoken to them, not usually once, but many times! Do you “remember” how Satan was defeated when Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights? Jesus’ secret words were: “It is written.” Should we do any less? Satan’s name in Hebrew means “accuser” or “adversary.” The enemy wants to deceive you and steal God’s plan and purpose for your life, marriage and for generations to come. (John 10:10)
 

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:3-4

What does remember mean? The American College Dictionary says: “to recall to the mind by an act or effort of memory; to retain in the memory; bear in mind; to have (something) come into the mind again; to bear (a person) in mind as deserving a gift, reward, or fee; to mention to another as sending kindly greetings.”

 
What does remembrance mean? The dictionary defines it as: “The condition of retaining in the conscious mind.” Life has changed for you since your marriage problems, but may I urge you to pray that the Lord will start bringing back good memories of when you and your spouse were dating to the present time to both you and your beloved husband or wife. Ask the Lord to erase all your mistakes from your own heart as you confess your sins and repent, asking the Lord for His forgiveness. Then ask the Lord to erase your spouse’s remembrance of your mistakes and bad memories.
 

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all of your mighty deeds.  Psalm 77:11-12
 
Remember – what God has done for you
Remove – anything He wants to remove
Renew – your relationship with God
Recommit – your ways to be like His ways
 
Today, open your eyes and ears to the message that your Lord is speaking to your heart. Yes, I remember the pain that you are going through as if it were yesterday. I had to have a crisis happen in our marriage for me to turn my eyes up to the Lord for His divine answers. Sometimes pain is necessary to get your attention. Many people today do not respond to biblical truths until they experience pain. Are you listening to God for His truths, or are you only turning to Him when you are hurting?
 
Your Lord wants you to make a real commitment to Him and to your marriage. Real discipleship implies real commitment, surrendering your all to His will and His way. If you try to stop the pain sometimes, you are compromising God’s Word and you may die spiritually. Your pain may be necessary for your spiritual growth. Where were you and your spouse with your marriage before this pain? It is going to hurt for a season, but it will be worth it in the end, as you will be fruitful and your marriage restored. The Lord will start restoring and resurrecting your dead marriage in His way and in His timing. God is looking at your whole life and you are only looking at one piece of the puzzle. (Read John 15:1-8)
 
Do you remember these scriptures?
 

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21
 
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety- nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”  Luke 15:4-7
 
Well, do you remember all the words, promises and signs that the Lord has been speaking to your heart regarding your marriage restoration? Will you be a doubting Thomas until Jesus appeared before him or will you be like Mary Magdalene who loved the Lord so much that she believed anything He said, because He had changed her life completely?
 
You have a choice every day. Are you going to listen to the Lord’s voice of instructions or listen to the voice of the enemy speaking negativity, hopelessness and taking you on a detour road? I pray that you will pick up your cross and follow your Lord Jesus Christ as His way is the “only way” with eternal dividends and a restored marriage!

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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