For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:10-12
What a powerful scripture of truths! Do you know what tempted your spouse to leave? How are they living their life now? How are you living your life every day? Are you radiating the love of the Lord to family, your co-workers and friends, or has the enemy stolen your hope for the future? Are your children able to see the difference between the darkness and light between their parents? Please remember, if your children are young or teenagers they need you as a mother or father to communicate, text, email or call them even if they are not living with you. They need your love as I said in yesterday’s devotional. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you to not call or text them nightly! They are your children. Would you not talk to them every evening if you were home? At least try!
Will you allow the Lord to be your main source of hope for all areas of your life and not your circumstances? Will you choose to pursue righteousness and godliness? It is a choice every day of your life. As we continue to fast and pray until Easter for a spiritual breakthrough, may you ask the Lord to make you into the man or woman of God that He wants you to become for your spouse and children both now and in the future.
Will you allow the Lord to transform your own heart so that when your spouse starts to push your buttons, you do not react with ungodly words or behavior? You first must plant a seed, then water it, by disciplining yourself to grow in the Lord. It takes time. But become a student and doer of the Word of God. We want you to radiate victory in your body, soul and spirit.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:4-6
Will you ask the Lord to increase your endurance, faith, love, and gentleness as godly character traits for you to glow with the love of the Lord in everything you do? Are you weary? Ask the Lord to intensify your strength and stamina. (Isaiah 40:26-31)
Are you fleeing from the temptations of the world? I heard this week from a stander that her first fiancé had come to their hometown to visit! That is a trick and scheme for you to open doors and emotions to renew an old relationship while you are praying for your spouse’s salvation. Beware of the enemy’s tricks. What is the enemy tempting you to do?
Your beloved spouse has been tempted by the lust of the eyes, the temptations of the world and the cravings of the sinful nature. Ask the Lord for His directions, His peace and contentment every day as you miss your spouse so much. Are you trusting the Lord and speaking to Him daily of any worries or fears that you may be facing? As I read the Bible, especially in the New Testament, it teaches us how to walk Christ-like throughout our daily life. How are you really doing? Are you fighting the good fight of the faith or has the enemy stolen your faith, hope and trust in God? Never forget who you are in Christ and all His marvelous names! Cry out for help now!
Now let me share a scripture the Lord spoke to me for you:
Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
God’s Word is very truthful and says it very bluntly in the Bible – there are consequences to living in sin. We all must run from sexual immorality, drugs, alcohol, abuse or gambling. God’s holy Word is a manual of Bible stories of truths, principles, precepts and instructions for living a holy life and avoiding a variety of sins. The Lord will give us wisdom, knowledge, discernment and insight as we walk the narrow road following our Lord’s footsteps. You and I do not want to go on a detour road that will lead to bondages, destruction and spiritual death.
We are so blessed that we are sanctified, set apart to be used by the Lord for His purpose to further the Kingdom, with salvation coming to the ones who have rejected or never heard the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! How did you come to know the Lord? You may have come to know the Lord or rededicated your life to the Lord when your crisis of marriage problems kept getting worse. The Lord has chosen you to stand in the gap for your beloved husband or wife. The Lord is right there beside you encouraging you every step of the way! Choose to be different – Jesus was!
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:8-12
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