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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

Thursday, October 30, 2014
COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD!
 
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6
 
Do you know and understand that God wants your “total commitment” to Him every day? Are you willing to commit everything of yours to the Lord completely? Did you say “yes” quickly, but now are you backtracking regarding different areas or things in your life? Today, think about it. What are you holding back? Why or what are you afraid to commit to the Lord? Are you afraid to commit your marriage to the Lord? Look at what the Lord says:
 

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.  Proverbs 16:3
 
What does commit mean? The American College Dictionary says: to give in trust or charge; entrust; consign.
 
Did you make a commitment, a vow before your spouse and God on your wedding day? Why are you trying to get out of it? Adultery? God’s best way is to pray and fight for your marriage to be resurrected and restored. Will you trust in your Lord that He will touch and change your spouse’s heart and remove the other person? Let me remind you what Jesus said in Matthew 19:8 about divorce:
 

They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”  Matthew 19:7-9 (NKJV)
 
If only every couple or husband or wife who is separated or divorced could read and have the Holy Spirit speak to them about how God hates sin, adultery and divorce, imagine how we could have a revival starting in the United States and going around the world. What about your husband or wife? Let me share a scripture with you that may help you understand that the Lord does not want anyone living in and committing sins regularly.
 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  Matthew 5:27-28
 
You must fully yield your heart to the Lord’s will and way in your life every day! Will you forgive your spouse every day? Yes, you have a choice. Are you ready if your beloved husband or wife call or walk into your home tonight wanting to come back home? If you forgive them daily, you will have already forgiven them for everything. How are you really doing in forgiving your beloved spouse every day for what they are doing and saying? Let me remind you of a scripture that will help you for the rest of your life when you get upset with your spouse or anyone else.
 

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”  Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV)
 
Are you living each day for your spouse’s return? Do you feel that you are not complete without them? Yes, I know you are one flesh with your husband or wife, and how your heart hurts so much at the beginning of your stand and sometimes even now, but the enemy wants to destroy your heart and life also.
 
Do you think that only your husband or wife can make your life happy or complete? Is that really true? You are to love your spouse ‘til death us do part,’ but while they are gone in the far country, you CAN live victoriously, waiting and expecting your beloved spouse or prodigal teen or young adult to come to their senses and come back home.
 
Here is a lesson that you need to learn so you can live a victorious Christian life:
  • Do not allow the enemy to torment your mind or your thoughts so that every day is ruined because your husband or wife did not come home! Let the Lord use you to radiate the Lord Jesus Christ to your children and others in your daily life.
What can you do today? Serve the Lord! What has the Lord asked you to do, and you are saying, “No?” Are you singing in your church’s choir? Do you help in the nursery or assist in a Bible class, or visit the elderly or the sick? Have you joined your church’s prayer team? You can share your faith regularly, so others can have faith for their future circumstances. God can use you today. Do not waste any more precious time – serve the Lord. Ask the Lord what He would have you to do. Immediately, He can use you every day by praying for people you see who really need the Lord. In fact, you may be praying for a prodigal husband or wife and you do not even know it, but the Lord does
 
You will be shocked after you “commit” your way to the Lord, what He will accomplish through you. He will have you shine as a star and He will use you as a magnet for people to come to you to give them hope and encouragement regarding hurting or dead marriages. Share what the Lord is teaching you and tell them your own answers to simple prayers. You may even lead someone to Christ! What a victory day, all because you are choosing to “commit your ways to the Lord.”

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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