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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, September 18, 2014

Do you need to increase your faith? Are you battling fears that are tormenting your mind frequently? In this teaching Charlyne discusses how you can increase your faith and remove all your fears so you may walk in victory as you wait for your miracle of marriage restoration.
 
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YOU MUST HAVE FAITH!

 

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  Mark 11:22-26
 
Do you really have faith in your Lord God? It is very easy to say you have faith in God when everything is going well in your life. But will you have faith in God when your spouse says that they are leaving or you are divorced? Your spouse has pronounced your marriage dead and they say they will never come back home. Now you are seeking the Lord for marriage restoration. You are now learning that you must walk in faith regardless of your daily circumstances.
 
What are you to do regarding your marriage? Your Lord God is saying to you “Have faith in God.” Say to your mountain of divorce, “Be gone and Lord, throw our divorce papers into the sea. I will have faith and believe in You. I will not doubt. I am asking you to resurrect my dead marriage. Lord, rekindle our love between each other. I believe in Your mighty power and I pray this all in the mighty Name of my Lord Jesus.”
 
That is how I started praying for my marriage when the Lord gave me this scripture in Mark Chapter 11 over 20 years ago. Yes, I sounded foolish, but I spoke the Word of God with faith, believing in His mighty power. I chose to forgive my husband daily for what he was doing, removing my doubt and fear and instead, walking in faith. I had a choice. I knew that my Lord had touched my heart after my divorce to believe Him for the restoration of my marriage. Could I disobey Him again? I had to walk in faith. You ask, “What is faith?”
 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.  Hebrews 11:1, 6-7
 
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.  James 1:5-8
 
When you are praying and standing with your Lord God, you need wisdom, knowledge and understanding in how to deal with so many different issues. Your Lord God will answer your prayers, if you will remove the different hindrances to your prayer life. I pray that you will examine your heart and go to your Lord asking Him to increase your faith daily. In Mark 9:22-24, there is a story about a son being sick. The father cried out to Jesus asking for mercy and then he asked the Lord to help him have more faith:
 

“But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us. ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”  Mark 9:22-24
 
As a woman or man of God, you must have faith. Our Christian life is based on faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, who died on the cross, shedding His Blood for our sins so that we might receive eternal life. How can you increase your faith? Ask your Lord to increase your faith daily. You only have to start with faith the size of a mustard seed. You can increase your faith daily by reading and listening to the Word of God.
 

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17
 
Let me share another condition or requirement in praying. Always pray in the Name of Jesus. Jesus taught His disciples several times in the New Testament to pray in His Name. There is authority in the Name of Jesus. Mark this down as a hindrance if you do not pray in your Lord’s Name.
 

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.  John 14:13-14
 
“…Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”  John 15:16

 
I am challenging you to examine your prayer life to remove any and all obstacles or hindrances to answered prayer. Let me call your attention to another very important hindrance which is demonstrated in our first scripture above:
 

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  Mark 11:25
 
How would you rate yourself on forgiveness? We know this is very hard to do, when someone you love so much is hurting you and your children daily. I pray that you will re-read Mark 11:22-25. Start asking the Lord how you can walk in forgiveness with your spouse daily. Then today, start walking in faith and praying in the mighty Name of our Lord Jesus.
 

“But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”  Hebrews 10:38

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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