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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, August 31, 2014
FOUR POWERFUL ROPES!

 

One day as he (Jesus) was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”  Luke 5:17-20
 
This Lord’s Day do you know someone who is paralyzed in sin? Does your husband/wife/child/loved one need to be brought to the Lord Jesus Christ to be healed and delivered from being bound in sins that are destroying their life?
 
Will you visualize in your mind this scene with Jesus in a house packed with people? Jesus was teaching, not in a large church as we know today, but in a small home. Everyone was pressed in so more people could come and be healed and set free from the evil that was destroying their lives. Remember what Jesus had been doing in each town, – healing the sick, setting free demon-possessed people and feeding thousands. The people of this town had been hearing all about the miracles and they wanted to see, listen to and touch the Lord Jesus.
 
Then four very determined men wanted to have Jesus heal their paralyzed friend. In fact, they were so confident that Jesus could heal their friend they carried him onto the roof, removing the ceiling tiles to create a hole large enough to lower the paralyzed man. Imagine such determination, boldness and perseverance to get their friend and loved one into the presence of Jesus. What faith they portrayed! Are you walking in that much faith for your husband/wife/child?
 
When we consider the customs and architecture of that day, we see that most likely the lowering was accomplished with ropes. After the paralyzed man had been lowered, it would have been necessary for the four men to “let go of the ropes.” Consider what was going to happen after the ropes fell on the mat. The man could be healed and walk out of the door or, if he was not healed, there was no way of drawing him back up. The crippled man could be trampled by the crowd. Those four men had enough “faith” in Jesus to bring their hurting friend into His presence and then “let go of the ropes.” The rest was up to Jesus. How would you rate your level of faith? As you read the Gospels you will see over and over again where Jesus said, “Because of your faith, _____ is healed.”
 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1
 
Have you come to the place in your stand for marriage restoration where you can “let go of the ropes” and let God deal with your husband or wife? Every stander wants so badly for their absent spouse to come to Christ and for their marriage to be healed. You may be bringing your prodigal spouse into His presence daily – yet do you have the right ropes to lower your beloved one to Jesus? For that crippled man to have been balanced there must have been at least four ropes.
 
Are there four ropes being used as you bring your loved one to Jesus? What ropes have you been using? May I suggest this Lord’s Day to bring your husband/wife/child to the Lord. But first you need four ropes to lower your beloved down slowly to be in front of Jesus. The first rope should be “faith.”
 
Believe that nothing is too hard for your Lord God to do and to heal your marriage. Know and stand on the promises of the Word of God. Look to God to increase your faith. Let your prayer be, “Lord, increase my faith every day.”
 

“Have faith in God.” Jesus answered…“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22, 24
 
Another rope should be “prayer.” Do you believe in the power of prayer? Prayer can move mountains of circumstances, can heal the sick and can touch your loved one to be delivered from the bondages of sin such as adultery, alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography by a praying spouse. Jesus prayed every day to the Lord and then He ministered to the multitudes doing many different kinds of miracles.
 

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.  James 5:16b-20
 
When I was standing for my marriage, I had a person who I respected as a Christian say to me, “Charlyne, let Bob go and let God bring him home. Let go and let God.” That day I chose to “trust” my Lord for everything in my life and marriage. I had to let go of my worry, doubt, fear and hopelessness and have faith and believe that the Lord Jesus would go to Bob and speak to or touch him and the Lord would change Bob’s heart and mind, suddenly. Today, look around you in your church. How many men, women and children need a divine touch or deliverance from the Lord to be set free from habitual sins that they can’t stop doing?
 

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”  Ezekiel 11:19-20
 
The final rope in letting down your husband/wife or the paralyzed man was “God’s mighty power.” When you have faith, you believe in the power of prayer, you trust in your Lord completely for your life and marriage and then you add God’s mighty power knowing He can do anything – nothing is too hard for God.
 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power, that is at work within us.  Ephesians 3:20
 
I pray that you will be like the men taking the paralyzed man to Jesus. Take your husband/wife/child to Jesus daily in prayer, walking in faith, trusting that the Lord can do anything through His resurrection power. I knew in my heart that my Lord loved and cared about Bob more than I did and I was weeping over his sinful lifestyle, asking the Lord to change Bob’s heart and deliver him from the bondages of sins that he had allowed into his life.
 

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…”He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.  Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”  Luke 5:20-26 (emphasis mine)
 
Go to Jesus, allowing Him to touch and heal your spouse’s heart. Let go of your ropes of fear, unbelief, hopelessness and doubt that torment you daily. Believe in your Lord Jesus Christ to resurrect, heal, restore and rebuild your marriage on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. After the paralyzed man was healed he left to go home, praising God! This Lord’s Day will you choose to leave your marriage at the Lord’s feet and trust the Lord with changing all the circumstances? Your husband/wife/child will be set free, praising the Lord and go home!
 
Let go and let God bring life and healing to your dead marriage His way!

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

Isaiah 40:29-30
 

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