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This Week's Standing Firm Men's Devotional

Saturday, February 28, 2015
NO HELP BUT GOD ALONE
 
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.  Isaiah 55:6-7
 
Christian marriage is slowly being stamped out of our culture. Marriage is declining while co-habitation is exponentially rising. The Christian concept of marriage – one man, one woman, for life – is increasingly under attack. The Supreme Court of the United States will soon pass judgment on the constitutionality of marriage being restricted to a union between one man and one woman. Who will defend the sanctity and permanence of Christian marriage? Perhaps you have been called for a time such as this. It would be far easier to just fit in with the culture but you have been called to live and speak the truth about God’s plan for marriage.
 

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land… my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”  Hosea 4:1, 6a
 
People have turned their back on God, seeking self-fulfillment at the expense of home and families. We live in a hedonistic society that promotes sensual pleasure as the highest good and primary goal of human life. Marriages, families, husbands, wives and children are being destroyed in the midst of our culture that has lost all Christian morality. Only God can satisfy the deepest longing in the human heart. No amount of possessions, sex, drugs, alcohol and worldly pursuits will satisfy the deepest desire to love and be loved. People are perishing through a lack of knowledge of the beauty and truth of God’s plan for human sexuality within the confines of lifelong and faithful Christian marriage.
 

Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 6:9-10
 
Satan has attacked your home. Your marriage and family is in shambles. Where do you turn to find help and comfort in the midst of the evil forces coming against you? Seek God with all your heart. Submit your life to His loving care. Abide in the Lord, trusting in His infinite mercy. Cry out to Him to save you from the pit of despair. Pray unceasingly for God to give you the grace to stand for your marriage until He heals it. Do not stop praying when answers do not come as quickly as you would like. God is in control. Do not lose hope.
 

But you, Sovereign Lord, help me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.  Psalm 109:21
 
Only God can take the broken pieces of your marriage and shape them into something beautiful. Scripture says “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). God has called you. He hears your cries. He wants your marriage to be healthy and whole. God uses marriage as an earthly image of His Son’s unbreakable love for His bride, the Church (see Eph 5:25-32). If marriages can be broken, then Christ’s love for His people can be broken. Do not doubt that God wants intact, healthy marriages. Satan wants to destroy this image of God’s love in the world. Turn to God; never stop seeking and praying that He will heal your marriage and family. Be persistent and never give up. God is with you, my Brother. He is mighty to save (Is 63:1).
 

But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.  Psalm 40:17
 
Keep in mind that Satan will work unceasingly to convince you that your prayers are ineffective. He wants you to believe that your prayers do not matter to God. He wants you discouraged, depressed and despondent, thinking that God does not love you. These are flat out lies. This is why daily Scripture reading is so important. When you are steeped in God’s Word, with the “belt of truth around your waist” (Eph 6:14), you will be able to counter the lies from the Evil One.
 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:4
 
Be ever vigilant and ready to expose the schemes of the Prince of Darkness. Pour the light of the Gospel into your situation; Satan flees when exposed to the Light of Christ. Do not allow the Evil One to steal your faith or the powerful weapon of your prayers. When under attack, tell Satan to go back to Hell because you and your family have been washed in the saving blood of Jesus Christ.
 

Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.  Psalm 6:4
 
John Wesley, the 18th century Methodist theologian credited with cofounding of the evangelical movement, had this to say: “Give me a hundred men who hate nothing but sin, who fear nothing but God, and who know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and I will shake the world.” The world needs a shaking, my dear Brother. The world needs holy men and women who are beacons of hope and light in a world darkened by sin. Marriages need to be restored for the glory of God. Together with your Lord Jesus Christ, you have the power to make a difference in the world. The enemy will be defeated when you focus on God, His power, His work, His mercy and His plan.
 

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.  Romans 16:20
 
God bless you, my Brother. Do not lose hope for God is with you.


Dennis L. Wingfield
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
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