All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Proverbs 16:2
What is one of the main questions that you are often asked while you are standing for God’s best in restoration of your marriage? I believe the most asked question is: “What about your spouse’s own free will?” I know when I was standing that was one question that I was asked frequently by so many people at my church and at work about Bob’s own free will.
What about Bob’s free will? I believe that my Lord showed me that Bob had been tempted, as Eve in the Garden, and had fallen captive to Satan’s tricks and schemes in destroying him and our marriage. I stopped taking surveys of my church friends as they were the ones who cheered me on to divorce Bob, so I went to the Lord asking Him for His divine answers only.
After writing down my question and praying, I started reading the Bible. The Lord took me to the scripture in 2 Timothy Chapter 2. After I studied and prayed over the scripture, the answer seemed so clear to me. Bob had become deceived, blinded and needed to come to his senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who had taken Bob captive to do Satan’s will. Whose will? Satan’s will. I knew I had to pray for Bob to “come to his senses” to escape from the trap of the enemy.
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…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, 25-26
At the beginning of my own spiritual journey in praying for Bob and for our marriage, the Lord had me read Luke 15 about the Prodigal Son. My Lord told me to love Bob unconditionally even though he had left for a far country, taking all that was his just like the Prodigal Son did. Instead, I was to be like his father who loved his son, unconditionally. That lesson from my Lord saved me a lot of heartache and anger when Bob kept coming and going, testing the waters at our home. God was speaking to Bob’s body, soul and spirit and was speaking to Bob’s will, to stop sinning.
Read these powerful scriptures for hope and encouragement:
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
“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
Later I found out that Bob had been disobedient to the Lord when he was in the far country by not obeying God’s voice to come home and repent of his sinful lifestyle. Please pray for all spouses who are deceived, blinded and have been taken captive by Satan’s will, for them to obey the Lord, and that they “will come to their senses.” Satan does not give up his prisoners easily, but never forget that your Lord God is greater.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
As I read and study the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, I see that God is calling His children to repent, turn from their sinful lifestyle and turn from the corrupt generation. Jesus was sent to seek and save the lost sinners. That may describe your spouse right now and my husband many years ago. That also means that God has thousands of ways to get your spouse’s attention to come home to Him and then back to your marriage. God created your spouse and He has a plan and purpose for their life. God will not give up on calling your spouse home to Him. Never forget the power of your prayers.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Our Lord God is healing and restoring marriages every day. God is calling sinners home every day from their sinful lifestyle. Our Lord will touch and change your spouse’s free will. Will you believe in the power of your Lord God?
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:26
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