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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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Each Monday we share a guest devotional written by a fellow stander. The views expressed below are those of the writer and may not reflect the views of Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc. or the Steinkamps.

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LET IT GO!
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.  Philippians 3:7-10

Restoration is God’s business.

Pray and ask God to give you the desires of your heart but you MUST put God first.

Pray for those who are lost and pray for God’s will to be done and for you to have the discernment to find the mind of Christ. Anything else that comes before Christ is an idol, such as: People, addictions, careers and materialistic desires and possessions.

Restoration must first be you…yourself, being restored fully back to God. God must completely be on the throne in your heart.

His will be done.

Letting go and letting God is not being weak, mean spirited and most of all… (and I hope you hear me on this), it is not you giving up on another human being or breaking the Scripture of being double minded, not caring, etc. If your stand for the healing of a broken marriage is causing torment, uncontrollable fear, sinful anger, faithless sadness, crippling depression, anxiety, despair and hopelessness…then you DO NOT HAVE GOD FIRST. You have your “stand” first and IT has become the idol. Only when God is FIRST, do those emotions come into alignment with the Will and the Word of God. It is not the absence of those emotions; it is having those emotions and not reacting to them but responding to them with the Word of God.

Having your focus on your timing and being controlled by the rollercoaster of your emotions is very dangerous ground because God’s timing is perfect and you do not know how long or even how God will take or bring your situation to its fruition. And, if it doesn’t happen in your way and within your time frame, you could wind up being angry at God and holding resentment toward Him. It can happen to the best of Christians. You must be vigilant and on guard. The demonic realm will be looking for any foothold to throw you off course. Read the whole account of Joseph’s life from Genesis 37-50 and take note of the suffering and most of all the timing God took to bring His promises to Joseph to completion. Pay attention to how Joseph responded to setbacks and disappointments.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8

Remember that Satan himself, knowing full well that Jesus was the Son of God, tried to derail and deceive Him. Now think, if Satan is bold enough to try that tactic with the Messiah Himself, do you think Satan could use the same tactic on you? You must be rooted and grounded in the Word of God in order to handle such a covert ambush. Letting go is not letting go of what you desire, it is “letting go” of your fear and control and surrendering that for…trusting God, believing that He is faithful, that He cares, that He is able and that He has nothing but the best for you. That is trust. If you continue to hold too tight, you don’t really trust God to handle it. Letting go is not quitting. Letting go, when it puts God first, is spiritual maturity and trust in action. Letting go is putting you on the Solid Rock of Christ where you can NOW effectively and solidly “STAND.”

When you have God first in your life, then you have peace in the midst of whatever storm you’re in and you can TRULY say, “God, I am grateful for where I am and I thank You for loving me and wanting to give me beauty for ashes. I trust You and I know that I know that You have nothing but good in store for me, my covenant and my children. You hear all prayers and for that, I am confident and grateful.”

If you’re not in that place, say that prayer out loud to God until you believe it. When you’re in that place, you will have the Light of Christ radiating from within you and it will give others hope and will most certainly attract. But, it must be 100% of God’s doing…not yours. God is the power and He wants the glory for doing what ONLY He can do.

He is the source, the author and finisher of your work.

Stand for the restoration you seek but not at the expense of putting God first in every area of your life. Remember, it is the Holy Spirit that called you to stand in the first place.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

Standing on the Promises,
Lee in Louisiana

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He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

Isaiah 40:29-30
 

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