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Charlyne Cares is a daily reminder that God cares and that we care about your marriage. Each morning Charlyne sends a devotional and Bob does a Prodigal Perspective on Tuesdays. These come from someone who has experienced the tragedy of divorce and the triumph of a family restored by God speaking to Charlyne's heart not to give up on their marriage after she divorced Bob.

Today's Charlyne Cares Devotional

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I NEED MORE OF YOU, LORD!
Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.  Psalm 119:2

What are your plans for this Sunday afternoon after you go to church? Do you know what you probably need to do today? You need to spend some quality time saying, “I need more of You, Lord!”

What does that mean? I pray that you will hunger and thirst, seeking God’s will and way for your life and marriage. That means you need to read God’s Word to direct your every step. I pray that you seek His Presence every day for you to change and become more like Jesus. May you and I stop using excuses about our personalities or our family heritage or our personal tragedies or failures in our lives, but may we truly desire to be “More like You, Lord.”

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  Matthew 5:6

I pray that you will want to do a personal evaluation of what is really going on in your own spiritual life. Be honest. Are you depressed, oppressed, hopeless, lonely, angry, unforgiving, bitter, or judgmental due to your circumstances? Why? Because God did not stop or change your circumstances? I pray that you will start reading the Word of God to see that God turns things around to our good, if we will only believe.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

I believe in the scripture above more today than I did many years ago when I was standing. Allow your Lord God to be your spouse for this period of time if your spouse is gone physically or emotionally. (Isaiah 54:4-17) Ask God what does He want you to do? He has a very special plan for you, but you must first grow in the Lord, becoming more like Him.

The more you seek the Lord, the more your circumstances will appear smaller in size. The more you praise the Lord, the more you will feel and walk in “victory.” Your Lord God created the heavens and the earth. He has not forgotten you! Are you complaining, murmuring and grumbling all the time to others about all that is going on in your life? Stop! Remember what happened to the Israelites! Read Numbers 14.

All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole Assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword?… Then Moses and Aaron fell face down in front of the whole Israelite assembly and gathered there. Joshua said… “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?”  Numbers 14:2-3, 5-9, 11

We must learn the lessons that God wants us to learn from the Bible. Your Lord God can set you free from the circumstances that you are living in. Believe in God. Believe in His mighty power. May your heart’s desire be to need “More of You, Lord.” How? By praying and reading God’s Word. Learn to pray without ceasing throughout your day. Yes, that means pray about everything.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Believe that your spouse can be touched and changed by God at any moment. God has a wonderful, marvelous plan for your future. Will you follow His footsteps and listen to His soft voice every day? The battle for your mind with all your thoughts is from the enemy, Satan. The enemy wants you to be thinking about giving up on your husband or wife and standing all the time. Will you put all your hope, faith and trust in the Lord completely?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:11-13

Your Lord can reignite and rekindle your love in your marriage. Nothing is too hard for God. He can touch both you and your spouse’s hearts. Believe in the Lord’s mighty power. My prayer for you today is that you will start admitting that you need “More of You, Lord” by praying, seeking and spending time with the Lord to have Him fill you up with His Presence and with the power of the Holy Spirit. Allow the Lord to increase your faith, your strength and the power to live a victorious Christian life, regardless of the circumstances that you are facing right now with your marriage.

Your victory is in the power of the Holy Spirit being with you all the time! Let us pray for a mighty harvest of prodigal husbands, wives and prodigal children to be saved around the world on this Lord’s Day. Will you choose today to say, “I need more of You, Lord?”

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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