Saturday, November 18, 2017
Are you bold in praying and standing
for your marriage restoration?
Have you become weary and doubting if you are to stand? Satan wants you to wallow in self-pity and in fear of your future. The Lord wants you to be “Bold as a Lion” and speak God’s promises to the enemy. In this teaching Charlyne will challenge you to be bold and fight for your marriage.
Below are excerpts from a few of the testimonies we have received in the past week, each shared with the writer’s permission. These are not to tell you how to stand and what to do, but are given here to share how God moves when people are praying. Do you have a testimony to share to encourage others?
Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1
“After several years, God has suddenly restored my marriage. My husband and I have been reunited for some time now and it is as though we were never apart. God truly has redeemed the time and reconciled our marriage. I give thanks for the fervent prayers of intercessors. May God’s peace and love rain down on all broken marriages delivering the reconciliation power of the shed Blood of Jesus!” (Tennessee) “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…” Joel 2:25. God restores what the enemy tried to destroy. God is faithful to His Word! To God be the glory! – Charlyne
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23
“The other day I was so discouraged. As I was driving to a certain department store I told God, ‘I give up’ from standing for my prodigal. As I entered this department store, I went to the first clothes rack near the entry which had different clothes labels stacked closely together. For some reason I randomly picked a t-shirt. To my surprise, the front said, ‘Never give up.’ I then went to the back of the store to get a wall picture. There were different ones I saw, but my attention was drawn to one that said, ‘He who promised is faithful.’ Only God could bring that to my attention. We know God will restore our marriages in the end. All we need is encouragement, strength and hope to deal with the ugly middle until full marriage restoration occurs at the end of the restoration spectrum.” (Virginia) I love it! God does speak to His children in so many different ways! Once He does this, stand firm forever, standing on the promises of God! – Charlyne
“After our divorce a few years ago, it was a very difficult time because I thought that I didn’t deserve to go through a divorce. What made things worse was that I was focused on what my wife was doing, and I kept blaming her for the divorce. I did not want to humble myself and see what I was doing wrong. I made my wife look bad. I didn’t want to realize that the divorce had really taken place because of the way that I was treating her for a lot of years and because how insensitive I was towards her. A year later God started working on the restoration of my marriage and brought us back together. What has made out restoration difficult has been my own pride. Being humble would make everything a lot easier.” (Florida) May we examine our own hearts to see what could be causing delay in our marriages. I was self-righteous and prideful, but God opened my eyes quickly which I will be eternally grateful. – Charlyne
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you…. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:7, 10
“I praise God that He is working on my behalf. I have been praying for restoration of my husband to Christ and restoration of our marriage. God is moving. My husband sent me a text message last week and admitted that he has grown away from God; by lustful desires and sin has brought forth death in his life. He never would admit that to me. He would always tell me that he loved the other person and it was not lust. He also texted me tonight and let me know he was being blessed by preaching of the Word on a live stream broadcast. I see the hand of God in it. I am yet standing firm and believing God for complete deliverance and restoration. God is able.” (Hawaii)
“After a restoration dream last weekend, God really moved this week. My husband began messaging me through the week about little things and was being overly friendly and then contacted me last night and wanted to talk about working on our marriage. I’m not sure what exactly happened with the OW, but she is gone. He says that since we have both changed and are different people now that he wants us to take it slow and start dating again and see if we can make it better than it ever was. I know that now our journey begins. God is so good if we just believe and have faith in the promise He has given us.” (Arkansas)
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV)
“My husband informed me two weeks ago that he was transferring across the country for work. After my initial shock and depression, I remembered Bob’s story of moving multiple times before coming home. I intensified my fasting and praying – especially after my pastor even told me that if my husband moves away, that he’s made his decision. I prayed to God to show up and speak to me and He sent me so many signs this week! Today my husband called to tell me he removed his ring and talked to a divorce attorney, but he sincerely apologized for what he has done. I prayed and asked God to give me the words to say and He helped me to witness to my husband and testify about what God has done for me in this process. My husband said he noticed the change in me. I was able to tell him that God did it for me and He could do it for him. Hallelujah! I will continue to stand on God’s promises and continue to believe my marriage will be restored! I will be praying for you standers, pray for me too!” (Texas)
“All praise to the Most High God who heard my cry. My husband canceled the legal papers and the Lord protected our matrimonial condominium from being sold. This is a very difficult journey. I run to my Father in despair. I have no contact with my husband. However, the Lord is working on the other side of the mountain. The Lord led me to Isaiah 43:18-19. Since then the same Word has been spoken almost daily by prayer partners and on Daystar. Yesterday we had all night prayers; this morning several pastors prayed in tongues. The prophecy was Isaiah 43:18-19. I know this is confirmation that my Lord is doing something new NOW. My heart is broken for all standers praying daily. Every Sunday I place a prayer request for stander friends. Victory belongs to Jesus.” (Canada)
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
“Although my husband is not home yet, I have been seeing the hand of God in his life. He and I spoke briefly on the phone and he was telling me how he wants to become a better man and make better decisions than what he has been doing. I was in such shock. I had a chance to tell him that I love and miss him. He then told me that he finds himself missing me. He is away from the OW and has been for the past month which I knew nothing about. PTL! And to top it off I have been seeing Swift trucks, PTL, and YRC (your restoration coming) trucks like crazy. I don’t know what God is doing but I know He is doing something and my spirit tells me that it’s going to be so fast that I will not see it coming. I thank God for this ministry and I have such high respect for all the men and women who have not given up on their marriages, even when the world tells us to. We will be rewarded. PTL.” (Alabama)
“I had prayed some years back when I had a miscarriage that I would have twins. When I read this Saturday’s testimony on a stander praying for twin girls, I started crying since I’d asked God to confirm to me with a testimony on twins if it is His will for restoration of my marriage and us conceiving a pair of twins. I am awed at God’s perfect timing to answer our prayers. Even though my hubby is still in the far country and nothing seems to be happening in the physical realm, I will wait patiently knowing that God’s got this. He never forgets our requests. Zechariah 9:12.” (Kenya)
Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12
“God has truly been good to my kids and me during this stand. I never would’ve imagined I could stand this many years, but I have. We have seen the hand of God and felt His love. Most recently my husband has gotten engaged to the OW. I knew right away it was a test for me to move to another level in warfare as I had slacked off and was not praying. I recommitted myself to prayer and started a fast. A long time friend who has been praying for me asked if I would visit her church. I hesitated as she didn’t know that the church she attends is where I got married. This past weekend I mentioned it to my children. My son is only home one weekend a month and my daughter usually works on Sundays but God arranged it that both my children came to my room at separate times encouraging me to go to the church. As we were entering the parking lot, ‘I Will Restore’ came on the radio. I walked in with confidence that God has spoken.” (Florida)
“Last month my husband knocked on my door. We were to go to divorce court in three days. He canceled that date and was staying in his RV in the yard. He reset the date to October, two days before my birthday. He again canceled the court date. He told me later, he asked God for a sign as to divorce or not. Somehow the birthday card sent from your ministry was on the outside deck (I don’t know how it got there). He picked it up and read it and when he saw the two intertwined rings on the back of the card, he said he knew it was from the Lord. We are now working on our marriage. PTL! Keep praying for us.” (Florida) God does speak to prodigal spouses in so many different ways! To God be the glory. One more marriage going on the road of marriage restoration. Please pray that prodigal spouses will find our web site and then their hearts will be softened as they read God’s Word about the permanence of marriage. – Charlyne
“For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride.” Job 33:14-17 (NLT)
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