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This Week's Standing Firm Men's Devotional

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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DO NOT BE AFRAID

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27
 
The phrase, “Do not be afraid,” appears 81 times in the NIV translation of the Bible. A similar admonition, “Do not fear,” appears 33 times. God does not want you to be afraid, my dear Brother! There is a mighty king on your side. His love is stronger than your struggles, stronger than your pain and stronger than your worries. His love is even stronger than sin and death. The Lord is king!
 

For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.  Psalm 47:2
 
Fear is debilitating. It clouds the mind. Fear inhibits the working of the Holy Spirit in your life. Satan is the master in spreading fear and worry and despair. If he can paralyze your faith walk, he has won the battle for your marriage. You need to persevere in the faith, my Brother. You need to be persistent in prayer, never wavering in the fight for your marriage. God is with you, fighting for you so you need not be afraid.
 

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.  Psalm 24:8
 
FEAR is “False Evidence Appearing Real.” Satan will tempt you with situations that will cause you to be afraid and lead you to despair. Do not take the bait. The best way to fight Satan’s schemes is to take your eyes off of your circumstances and focus on the promises in God’s Word. Another acronym for FEAR is “Failure Expected And Received.” If you are fearful of God’s ability to heal your marriage, failure is exactly what you will receive.
 

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.  Psalm 145:13
 
God is faithful! He will not let you stumble and fall. He is at your side, leading you and guiding you. Submit your entire life to Him, all your fears and worries, and let Him comfort you with His unbounding love. Walk with God in trust and faith. He is mighty to save.
 

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:4-9
 
He will keep you firm to the end; God is faithful (cf. 1 Cor 1:8, 9). Faith is a gift from God. If you lack faith, ask for more. God gives graciously to the one who asks. Your life, your future and your marriage are in God’s loving hands. He desires to bless you and your marriage. Your faithfulness in your stand for the healing of your marriage is an image of Christ’s unbreakable love for His Bride, the Church (see Eph 5:25-32). God has given us an earthly image of a heavenly reality. Marriage is the visible sign of God’s permanent love for His people. Do you still doubt God’s desire to heal your marriage? Broken marriages damage the Kingdom. They distort the image that God has given us of His everlasting and unbreakable love for us. If marriages can be broken, it leads people to believe that God’s love for us can be broken. This is a lie perpetrated by the evil one. That is why he attacks marriages. Satan, just as he deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden, wants to convince us that God really does not love us. Have you bought into the lie? If so, repent and ask God for the grace to believe with all your heart, mind and soul.
 

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”  Matthew 22:36-38
 
Your task, my Brother, is to love God with your entire being. Place your marriage in His hands. Trust Him with the outcome. He will not let you be defeated. Praise Him for His goodness!
 
 
God bless you, my Brother. You are in my prayers. May God give you the desires of your heart.


Dennis L. Wingfield
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
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Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  Isaiah 40:28
 

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