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A RESTORED MARRIAGE
"My husband came home, thanks to many prayers. I, as well as others, had prayed for the Lord to send someone to speak with my husband and the Lord used several. One of my prayers has been for us to worship together again. When he returned to church with me, the front of the bulletin had a picture of a married couple with a scripture from Psalms." (Georgia)
A RESTORED MARRIAGE
"After divorce and remarriage on my husband’s part, and me giving up my faith, God showed me He had other plans and I was to stand. My husband is now divorcing the non-covenant and we have been spending time together. Praise God that He showed me my prayers were working even though I could not see or did not know anything was happening. God is faiithful." (Oklahoma)
A Word from Bob...
From my personal experience, and from ministry experience, I suspect that most prodigals who have returned home, and have stayed home to see their marriage restored, have done so after a few false starts. The pull toward home by the Holy Spirit is so strong, but then the Enemy tugs us back in the opposite direction.
For the sake of illustration, at times, it is much like two boys playing tug of war on the playground. Just when one appears to be winning, the second gives a tremendous tug on the rope that once again brings things back like they were, but please do not think that your God is in a battle of power with Satan. It is your spouse on one end of the rope, and the Enemy on the other. Your marriage is in the center for the winner to claim.
We were divorced. I had been offered a job out of town. I had quit my job locally, and given notice that I was breaking the lease on my efficiency apartment. Suddenly the out of town offer was in question. I was to be told in a few days if the offer was still open. I faced being unemployed, with no place to live. My first thought when I hung up that doubtful phone call was, "If this all falls through, I will move home."
Why did I consider going home? Because my wife had told me that the door at home was always open for me, regardless of the circumstances, and at any time. I called her and explained my dilemma, but even before calling, I was confident of what her reply would be, because she had told me, not only in words, but in her actions. Does your prodigal know they are welcomed back at home? If so, does your walk match your talk?
One of the most discouraging areas of day-to-day ministry work is dealing with people who are dabbling with standing. It is extremely frustrating to have a stander report:
"Yes, I am standing for my marriage, but I also go to divorce recovery because it helps my self-esteem. The reason I am so active in the Singles Ministry at church is to be around other people. I do go out, but it is really not dating. He/she is also standing and understands. I have failed morally, but only a couple of times, and besides, God understands my needs. He doesn't want me to be miserable. I am so busy that I had to unsubscribe from 'Charlyne Cares' messages. They were filling my mailbox. I try to remember to pray on the way to work, unless there is something good on the radio. I stopped praying for my prodigal, though, and am just letting God work.
"My wedding bands? I don't wear them because God might send someone into my life and they would think I am married and not approach me. I think I know where my rings are, though, for when my spouse comes home. There will be time to find them, because I have made a list, based on what everyone has told me my spouse must do before I can allow them in the house again.
"You asked about the last scripture verse that God gave me. He doesn't talk to me. I am standing, but, if my 'ex' has a baby or marries that other person I am released, because of some scripture that I can't remember. Besides everyone in the Internet chat room told me to find someone else, but God is going to restore my marriage soon, because I gave Him a deadline."
Thankfully, this did not all come from the same individual, or I might have had stroke number seven, and Charlyne could have had something. This is a composite of what we are hearing every day, from men and women claiming to be "standers."
Wake up! If I have offended you, as a stander, by one of those comments, I make no apology. Our prodigal men and women are going to Hell, living in sin and running from Christ, while some make a game of standing with God and praying for their mate's salvation.
The Lord sends prodigals home to standing spouses who are sold out to Him, and who are ready to welcome a hurting wounded prodigal home, in any condition, and under any circumstances.
The false start toward home will come for your spouse. When it does, you must always be prepared to intensify your praying, your spiritual warfare, your time with the Lord, and your stand with Him.
In my false start, the Enemy pulled his end of the rope, and the job came through. The other person was off to help me move. Did Charlyne give up over all this? You know the rest of the story. I
can assure you that after that incident, when I knew I was welcomed at home, I began to have false starts in rapid-fire succession, until the day I obeyed what the Holy Spirit had been telling me to do for two years.
Your spouse can be manipulated back home, but that is not God's plan. If you do, this is not a false start; it is a stall, and you know what happens to airplanes that stall--they crash. The Lord wants to change you first, and then your mate, rebuilding your marriage on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.
If your prodigal is making false starts toward home, and then backing out or disappearing, stand strong and rejoice because God is at work in the life of your resistant mate.
"So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!..." Romans 7:21-25
Stand strong with Jesus,
A Word from Charlyne...
"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." 2 Corinthians 7:10
Spouses are coming home every day around the world! Are you ready for your spouse to come home? God is going after His lost sheep and bringing back His wayward strays. Be ready for your blinded, deceived, brainwashed, and wounded prodigal spouse to walk through your front door at any time! In Ezekiel 34:16, it says it so perfectly:
"I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthened the weak..." Ezekiel 34:16
"Then Jesus told them this parable: 'Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety- nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent." Luke 15:3-7
Our Ministry prays for spouses and prodigal children to come home every day. Today, we heard from a stander from the United Kingdom who had a remarriage "Blessing Ceremony' on May 6. We also received an email from a stander who told us that her husband came home in April. Three other standers emailed, saying that their spouses have told them that they are wanting to come home. God is moving! God is speaking to His prodigal children who are in the far country as in Luke 15:
"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." Luke 15:17-20
You may already have your spouse home or your spouse has spoken off and on abuot coming home. I want you to know that your spouse humbled themselves by calling you or stopping by and saying that they know that they have made many mistakes and want to come home. God is moving on their heart. Keep praying! Don't take these words lightly.
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." I John 8-9
The spouse who left you and your family may have taken months or even years to make the final exit from your home. Your spouse may have also made more than one "false start" at coming home ,as Bob shared in his devotional yesterday. Be excited and praise the Lord that God is moving in your spouse's heart. Know for certain that God is speaking to them as they lay their head down on their pillow each night.
"For God does speak-now one way, now another-though man may not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride, to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword." Job 33:14-18
Not all spouses come home in repentance, as David cried out to his God in repentance in Psalm 51, after Nathan revealed his sin. Bob came home in fear of God, but he had not repented of all that he had done. Many standers imagine their spouse coming home as the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 asking for repentance, but not all of them come home that way. You can help by praying specific scriptures, such as Psalm 51 or 2 Corinthians 7:10 (top of devotional) for your spouse to repent of all their transgressions. Pray many different scriptures, asking the Lord to cleanse your spouse from their impurities and idols removing their heart of stone to a soft pure heart.
"Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!" Ezekiel 18:30-32
"I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws." Ezekiel 36:25-27
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:38-39
"To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." Acts 2:18
When a spouse starts the process of restoration, sorry for all their wrong choices, may you be ready to be like the Prodigal's Father, opening your arms with compassion. Do not have a list of demands that you expect before they ever unpack their suitcase. How does your Lord treat you when you cry out for help or mercy? How has the Lord treated you for the many mistakes that you have made even in your Christian walk? I have found out that my Lord has unfailing love for me and my family.
As Bob has previously mentioned, there is a tug of war that will be going on in your spouse's life. Tonight, before you go to bed. read Romans, Chapters 6, 7, and 8. These Chapters will explain to you about your spouse that has been a slave to sin.
If your spouse has come home, but shows no sign of wanting to repent or mention their wrong lifestyle, don't panic. Just pray. Allow the Holy Spirit to do the convicting, not you! You and your spouse need to know that there is victory in our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord defeated Satan and all his cohorts, but we must each choose to follow our Lord and Savior.
"In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace." Romans 6:11-14
"'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, "This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited." Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'" Ezekiel 36:33-36
What a promise from our Lord! People around you will know that the Lord was the One who rebuilt what was destroyed. Believe that for your marriage now and forever!
Prodigal spouses are coming home! In the last twenty-four hours, we are still hearing from several people that God is moving on their spouse's heart wanting to reconcile and restore their marriage. Are you ready for your spouse? Repeatedly, we hear this week that some are not ready for their spouse to come home. In fact, when your spouse calls, fear and anxiety may have come in to question whether you should allow them back home!
What is happening? The Enemy is attacking you and giving you a spirit of fear. Satan is trying to continue to steal, kill or destroy your miracle of marriage restoration that your Lord God is knocking at your door with. Yes, you have a choice. You must open the door and allow your spouse back into your/their home.
That is what happened in Luke 15 with the prodigal son and father. The father was waiting, expecting, watching, looking to see if his prodigal son was walking down the road to their house. That prodigal son did not have a telephone, Internet or text messaging to talk to his father before. He had decided to humble himself and just go home and offer to work as a slave. The prodigal father ran to him, hugging and loving his son. Then the father wanted to celebrate because he had been praying for this to happen. Please don't forget to praise your Lord and celebrate that the Lord is doing a miracle for you and your marriage!
"I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men. So he got up and went to his father." Luke 15:19-20
May I also mention that you need to be talking frequently about expecting your spouse to come home by the power of your Lord God frequently. Yes, your parents, extended family, and friends and possibly many others may not want you to allow your spouse home without some evidence of rue repentance. What has the Lord been speaking to your heart? What have you been expecting?
I had been telling my in-laws that I knew that God is bringing Bob back home and I was waiting forever. We went to Bob's parent's house first after our remarriage and said, "Guess what we did this afternoon." His mother said, "Got remarried!"
Have you told your spouse there is going to be conditions before they can come home? My Lord had already prompted me through the power of the Holy Spirit that I was expecting my husband to come home at any time, even when he brought our children home on his weekends. I had told him he was welcomed home at any time, in any condition. I prayed every time he saw our children or me that he would surrender to the Lord and come home right then. Loved ones may not understand for a season or act like the prodigal's brother. Don't panic, just pray. God will change their heart.
"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' " Luke 15:28-32
As Bob says, "I knew that the Lord had been telling me to come home for quite awhile and I disobeyed him. Now imagine your spouse being obedient to the Lord and then you, as the spouse, refuse to let them into your home! God catches the fish, brings them home and then He does the cleaning." You need to be praying for your spouse's heart to be changed by your Lord, not by you!
Your fear or anxiety may be due to unforgiveness, unresolved anger or bitterness regarding your spouse or the other person. Bob and I hope that most standers have already grown in the Lord and dealt with all of these issues before your spouse knocks at your front door. Please examine your heart today and see if you need to repent and confess your sins before your Heavenly Father, asking Him to cleanse your heart from all impurities and create in you a pure heart.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24
"Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:12-15
Yes, your heart's desire is for your spouse to repent of their sins, asking Jesus Christ to become Savior of their life. The prodigal spouses that return may have just walked out or run away from another person. Bob had to call the other person that evening, after he remarried me in the afternoon, telling her that he was not coming back.
Was I afraid he might go back? The thoughts may enter into your mind, but you know who is speaking fear to your heart, the enemy. If my Lord can bring my husband home, then I knew my Lord could get us through each issue that we must go through in rebuilding our home that was destroyed by the storms of life, adultery and abuse. Your issues may be different with pornography, alcohol, drugs or other addictions. I remembered and claimed the scripture that my Lord gave me during my stand. What scriptures has the Lord spoken to you?
"For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37
Your spouse may agree to counseling with your pastor or a counselor. Your prayer is that they will be mentored by someone to help make them accountable during this rebuilding phase. Wait on the Lord to see who He brings into their life. Just give them love, space, and time. Your spouse may be hungry to read different books or want to know of someone else that went through what they went through. Still others may not want to talk about it at all. Your spouse will have to deal with all their emotions and feelings that they had for the other person. Accept that and give them time.
There may be a place for biblical counseling by your pastor or a professional as part of the restoration of your home. Be sure to find a counselor whose guide is the Bible. He or she should be praying as part of every counseling session. You should be given scripture passages. Above all else, anyone you entrust to counsel you and/or your spouse must believe in the power of our Mighty God. Your counselor must know that God heals huring marriages, regardless of circumstances.
You need to be loving and understanding for this season. Do not ask questions, or bring up the past, until they are ready to talk. If you do, it may cause strife between you. Your spouse has been deceived, blinded and brainwashed by the Enemy's tricks and schemes, but your Lord can cleanse them from all their sins. Your job-love your spouse unconditionally. You will reap what you sow, but never stop praying. In fact, you should be praying even more after your prodigal comes home!
"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 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 5:16,19-20
Are you getting excited about your spouse coming home? Great! Always be ready for the "right now" knock at your door or "suddenly" telephone call.
"Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. "'For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land." Ezekiel 36:22-24
Are you ready to start rebuilding your marriage? What are you going to build your new relationship on? It does not matter that your spouse has not yet surrendered their life to the Lord. What does matter is how you are building your foundation. The only correct answer is your Lord Jesus Christ.
Be careful that you do not slip back into all your old habits that you used to have prior to your marriage problems, separation or divorce. Be on guard and be alert, as the Enemy is not going to like or want your marriage healed, restored, or your love rekindled and resurrected.
Satan may retreat for a short season, but he will be back, attempting to steal, kill, and destroy you or your spouse with another trick or scheme. Never forget that as you grow closer to the Lord there will be spiritual battles, but the Lord has won the war. Satan is defeated.
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen." I Peter 5:8-11
When your spouse is home or just coming back home, you must still put your Lord and Savior first in your life. I hope you have been telling your spouse that your marriage is going to be different, because you are a different person, a new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) I pray that you have allowed your Lord to heal all your hurts, pains, rejection, abandonment, being brokenhearted and all your wounds. If not, this is a must now. Go to your Lord and ask the Lord to remove all your hurts and pain. Ask Him to give you a peace that is beyond understanding. Always pray daily for your spouse's salvation and spiritual growth in the Lord.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:17-18
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7
Your time with your Lord is still extremely vital. I found out that after Bob's return home, I prayed more after seeing Bob having to deal with his emotions and feelings that he was still battling in his mind about the other person and his lifestyle. Pray that all soul ties will be broken and severed forever. Don't panic, trust your Lord.
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
I knew that there was a spiritual battle that Bob was facing for the destruction of my husband and our marriage. Be faithful, be persistent, and have tenacity in your prayer time and reading God's Word. Get up early or get up in the middle of the night. Be creative and have your time with your Lord at your lunch time. All I know is that you must continue and possibly increase your time with the Lord for this special season of restoration in your marriage and family. Ask permission, but go to church, even if your spouse wants to stay at home.
May you never forget that it is not your spouse, but the Enemy. Let me take you to Ephesians Chapter 6:10-18. This scripture you should know by heart. Every day put on the full Armor of God on you, your spouse and children. Put the Blood of Jesus over all of you, including your finances, careers, health, home, cars and marriage. Put a Hedge of Protection around you and your family so that no evil can get near you. (Hosea 2:6-7)
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13
When Bob returned home, he was living 90 miles away and came home on weekends for several months. I had to trust my Lord for all of Bob's actions and behavior. I knew my Lord brought him home and He would have to keep him home. I also knew that the other person was still lurking around. Bob and I agreed to have him tell me if they talked or happened to see each other. Accountability. I had to pray for my reaction and "zip my lips!" Ask the Lord how to work this detail out. I kept fasting and praying when six months later, Bob still felt the pulling and sinful nature appearing his ugly head up in his life. That is when he saw a counselor we had seen before and he told him, "No communication at all for six months and then come back and see me. None. No exceptions." (We know that there are exceptions if there is a non-covenant child. But pray that person away from being in constant contact, even to getting a new job, if necessary! Some couples have even chosen to move.
Then the Lord gave me the scripture below in Romans, Chapter 7 to explain Bob's dilemma:
"We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin." Romans 7:14-25
Give your spouse time to adjust to being back home and pray that the Enemy does not speak negatives about you or your marriage. Bob wanted to keep his own checking account for a while. He wanted to put all his furniture in storage, just in case things did not work out. I did not ask anyone else's opinion. Remember, I got divorced by taking polls, so I said whatever he thought best. I was trusting my Lord to change both of us and remove Bob's sinful nature by having a Damascus Road experience. I did not want any strife in our home, that is what we had before. The Lord had given me another scripture that I prayed and claimed in 2 Timothy. chapter 2:
"Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will." 2 Timothy 2:22-26
My husband had opened several doors to the spiritual realm of darkness that I knew needed to be closed. I could not talk about it, but I could pray. I had studied much about prayer and spiritual warfare which are the acts of the sinful nature versus the fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:16-26 it discusses many of these in detail. I also learned to bind the enemy (the sinful nature symptoms) and loose on my husband the fruit of the spirit. I would bind against the spirits of jealousy, pride, bondages, whoredoms, perverseness, lying, and heaviness for example and loose on my husband the fruit of the Spirit which were love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:18:-19
God heard and answers my prayers in so many different ways. A year or so later my husband gave all his furniture to a couple in need from our church. We combined our checking accounts when he was relocated back to working locally. If you seek your Lord and pray, God will answer your prayers, if you are faithful.
Our Lord Jesus touched Saul a man that murdered and persecuted Christians in Acts Chapters 9 and 10 and changed his heart completely so that he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and died for His Lord. I knew my Lord could do the same for my husband, if I would only stand on His promises and believe my Lord forever. I could not allow time to be my enemy. I remembered Abraham and Sarah and so many other women and men of faith in the Bible.
Will you be ready to love your spouse unconditionally forever? Will you be faithful in praying and waiting on the Lord's timing for their coming home, their salvation and their deliverance?
You will be blessed beyond what you could ever imagine if you will follow and obey your Lord Jesus Christ in everything! Prodigals do come home. Some have false starts, but they come back home, because your Lord Jesus Christ will never stop speaking and going after His lost sheep! So be ready for God's perfect timing in bringing your prodigal spouse and even prodigal children home forever!
"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." Psalm 27:13-14
Be ready and wait forever,