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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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

GREAT IS THE LORD
 
“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.”  1 Chronicles 16:25
 
Will you go worship and praise the Lord today? What a privilege and honor it is to worship and praise the awesome mighty Lord for all that He does for you and your family every day. May you and I never take for granted how glorious it is to just worship and praise the Lord for His great and mighty acts and awesome works, those you see and many that you do not see on the other side of your mountain.
 

Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.  Psalm 145:2-5
 
Do you go to church expecting to have the Lord touch and change people’s lives?  I do.  I pray every week that thousands of prodigal husbands’, wives’, and children’s hearts and lives will be touched and transformed forever.  Let me share about a man’s life that was touched and changed forever:
 

Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.  He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.  Mark 3:1-5
 
Jesus did something that was not allowed in His time. The people were not allowed to do any daily work on the Sabbath and they considered healing a person to not be allowed. Jesus knew their hearts. He was angry at their stubborn hearts and healed the man’s hand in spite of what day it was, the Sabbath. The Pharisees were mad at what Jesus had done. They left the synagogue and started planning how to kill Jesus because of all that He was doing.
 
Let me share a personal experience a while ago.  In our church there was a man who sat in the row ahead of me. He raised his hand and received a visitor’s packet during the service. When our pastor preached his sermon, the man listened attentively, reading all of the scriptures, looking at many of them in his Bible. When the pastor was closing his sermon he asked for men, women and teens to come to the front of the church for him to pray for anyone who wanted to turn their heart and life over to the Lord. “Come forward now.”
 
The man asked the lady near him what that meant.  She whispered and talked to him and I prayed. He went forward being the last one to respond. I was praising the Lord. The Lord had spoken to his heart and he prayed at the altar. Could he be a prodigal husband or father or someone’s son whom they have not seen for quite some time? I sat there in the pew behind him waiting for him to return.
 
When he walked up the aisle, he was surprised to see his keys were laying on the pew. I told him that I had waited for him to return, but no one would had touched them. I told him, “I pray that the Lord has touched your heart and life today” and I left. Only the Lord knows what happened to that man’s heart, but I expect every week for the Lord to touch hearts in churches around the world for sinners to humbly come to the Lord, crying out for the Lord’s mercy and grace and many second or third chances.
 

…“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  Luke 5:30b-32
 
Do not miss going to church every Lord’s Day. Every Sunday, pray, asking the Lord to touch and change you, your children, transform your spouse’s heart, and thousands of prodigals’ and sinners’ hearts. This Lord’s Day may many prodigal spouses have godly sorrow that will bring them to repentance that leads them to a personal salvation of knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives.
 

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  2 Corinthians 7:10
 
Let us never forget how the Lord changed our lives completely. May you and I always remember where we have been, and where we are now, because of what the Lord has done in our hearts and lives.
 

“Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”  Luke 13:16
 
Today may we pray for all prodigal spouses and loved ones around the world who need to be set free from all the chains of sins and bondages that have kept them captive, bound in sin for a long time. Let us pray that this Sunday will be a special day of the Holy Spirit touching hearts in all our churches as our men of God proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and that there is freedom in Jesus Christ!
 

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on him while he is near. 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 55:6-7
 
…The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind.  Psalm 146:7-8

 
Our Lord God is urgently calling all sinners to turn from their evil ways every day. Out of God’s love, mercy and grace, God keeps calling sinners and backslidden Christians to repentance. Pray that all sinners will give up their rebellious lifestyles, their disobedience and their unrepentant hearts to be touched by the God who created them and the Heavens and the Earth. If people will turn from their wicked ways, our Lord God will set them free. Believe and keep praying!
 

“‘…They will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.”  Ezekiel 34:27

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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