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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, July 24, 2014

What type of seeds are you sowing into your life and family right now? Are you sowing faith, hope and trust into your marriage instead of fear, doubt and unbelief? This is a very practical and powerful teaching that you can apply in your life immediately!
 
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GIDEON – A MIGHTY WARRIOR
 
The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”  Judges 6:11-12
 
The Israelites had done evil in the eyes of the Lord. So for seven years he had given them into the hands of the Midianites. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites would ruin the crop and kill all their livestock. The Israelites had to hide in caves and plant their food in unusual places. But they never called on God, until their situation became unbearable.
 
Is that your situation regarding your marriage today? Are you trying to solve all your problems in your way or your parents’ or friend’s way? Are you listening to a counselor who keeps telling you the opposite of what the Bible says about marriage restoration? Does your pastor or counselor pray and seek the Lord before they talk to you? Ask them to pray before you start.
 
When are you going to be willing to seek and listen to the Lord first? Have you asked Jesus Christ to be Savior and Lord of your life? That is the first step. Then you must seek the Lord for His wisdom, knowledge, insight, discernment and for His answers for all your circumstances. God does speak to His children.
 

“‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”  Jeremiah 33:3
 
Gideon was questioning the angel of the Lord who had appeared to him, because he saw no evidence of anything happening. Is that where you are? May you understand the message that the Lord is speaking to you today. When the Lord sends you to fight a battle, He will empower you to do all that is necessary to win. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Believe in His mighty power. Listen to what the Lord says:
 

“But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.” The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”  Judges 6:13-16
 
The Lord was speaking to Gideon another strong word and message. Do you see it? Gideon was telling the Lord all the circumstances that had happened to them, BUT the Lord said, “Go in the strength you have, am I not sending you?” You must believe in God’s power and have faith to be able to do what the Lord is telling you to do every day.
 
Have you learned to walk in faith and speak victory to your family and friends? Do you fear that your reputation may be ruined or that they may think you are crazy or not coping? I totally understand. I thought the same thing, until the Lord showed me that I was to share what the Lord spoke to my heart and to say, “I choose to believe what my Lord has said and I am going to wait for what the Lord is going to do for me, my spouse and our marriage.” But God! Then everyone was able to see the power of God by bringing Bob back home! Choose to believe in God’s mighty power and become like a Gideon, a mighty warrior.
 

Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.” And the LORD said, “I will wait until you return.” Gideon went in, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast…With the tip of the staff that was in his hand, the angel of the LORD touched the meat and the unleavened bread. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the LORD disappeared. When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed…But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”  Judges 6:17-19, 21-23
 
Then the Lord told Gideon he was to tear down his father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. The Israelites had started worshiping other gods instead of their Lord God. Gideon was obedient and followed His instructions. Then Gideon built a proper kind of altar and offered the proper sacrifice as a burnt offering.
 
The Lord does not want any of us to worship any other gods before Him. What idols have you put before your Lord? Have you put your spouse on a pedestal, or your children, your career or money? Today, examine your heart, and make certain that your Lord God is first in your life. Your marriage will never be restored unless you put God first.
 

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Deuteronomy 5-6
 
Today, ask the Lord to remove anything that is blocking or hindering your spouse coming home. Tell the Lord you will put Him first in your life, including surrendering your life daily, seeking His will and way for your life and marriage. Are you reading your Bible daily? Are you reading a daily devotional? Are you praying at least one to two scriptures a day with your spouse’s name in it? You must! He wants a personal relationship with you every day. He is a jealous God. You are praying for a miracle, you must spend time putting the Lord first in your life forever. Let me share a scripture that I saw today that will be excellent to pray for your spouse:
 

Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.  Isaiah 55:7
 
Today cry out to your Lord as the Israelites did and be obedient to His instructions, becoming a mighty warrior in God’s army. The Lord will empower you to do everything that He tells you to do to have your marriage restored. The real question is: Will you obey the Lord’s instructions?

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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