Archive for the ‘Covenant’ Category

Nov 04

Good afternoon friends! When things really do not seem like they are as they should be in a marriage it is perfectly natural for doubt to creep in. What if I married the wrong person? What should I do if the person I married is not the one God planned for my life? Maybe I made a mistake or maybe I should have consulted God more before choosing my spouse. I have had a few people ask me these questions recently and it has burdened me in prayer. In fact, I remember that there were several times that I asked myself the same questions. When my husband and I could not see eye to eye on just about anything I became really concerned that I had chosen wrong. I remember that these doubts left me feeling like God was punishing me. It left me in a state of despair because I am really against divorce and I saw no way out. I thought I had made my own bed and now I am going to have to lay in it…ugh.

In light of this, I have been asking God to reveal His heart to me on the matter. First thing I believe He showed me is that He knows us intimately. Isaiah 46:10 states, “I make known the end from the beginning.” God knows what we are going to do and the choices we are going to make. He gives us free will, but should we surrender that will to Him, at any time, He can take anything and turn it around for our good. In fact, He drew me to Romans 8:18-30. Please read it carefully, because there are principles in it that are directly applicable to your doubts.

” 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[b] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Romans 8:18-30 NIV Emphasis Mine)

Last time I talked about praying for our spouses and the things going on in our marriages, and I believe that applies also to praying for our spouse to be saved and be walking closely with God. Because you and your spouse are “one” you have authority in the spirit to bring this before the Lord and eagerly wait with confident anticipation that God will answer this prayer. Also, I have seen firsthand that there are some barriers that people put up unintentionally that make it more difficult for their spouse to surrender their heart to Jesus. One barrier could be if they detect hypocrisy in your walk with God. Please understand that we all make mistakes and are human, and God’s grace is sufficient for us, but if we are walking in blatant sin and looking for our spouse to change it can severely hinder this. If this is a reality you see in your walk with God, repent, and start moving forward in the truth of God’s love, and you may win over your spouse simply by the change they see in you. Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Another barrier to our spouse not being able to receive Christ’s love is if they cannot see your love. Christ lives in us, and we show people the love of Christ by the way we treat them. If you are not showing your spouse the love of Christ, then they will have a much more difficult time turning to Christ when they are in need of love or even believing that God loves them. See 1 Cor 13 for what love should look like. Also, for wives, the Proverbs 31 woman is a great description of how we can practically love our husbands. For husbands, Ephesians 5 is an excellent description of how you can love your wives. Every description of love has a few things in common, namely thinking highly of the other person, placing their needs before your own, and doing what is right in the sight of God.

I believe that it is the heart of God to move upon your marriage as it stands right now. I want to encourage you to try to look past your doubts, for God knows your heart, and He loves you. His desire is for your good, and regardless of whether or not the choice you made was wise, it is not too far gone for Christ to move upon your situation with a fresh breath of His Spirit. But remember, it is not on you to change your spouse, that is God’s problem to solve. The best way for us to work with God and not against Him is to make sure our hearts and minds are right before Him. Just by doing that, you will change the atmosphere in your home. By loving at all times and enduring all things (which is not easy by the way but incredibly rewarding) you take back ground for Christ and the enemy of our marriages will no longer be able to operate in the same way. Someone has to break the cycle; let it be Christ in you, the hope of glory!

In the face of your doubts about your marriage I encourage you to take a hold of the hope you have in Christ. Try to look past the present sufferings and let God give you a vision of what He intends to do with your marriage. Have faith that God can perform miracles, that He is the restorer of all broken things, that God is bigger than this, and that no matter what has come before, you can move forward in a new reality. Have faith for your marriage, and have faith for your spouse. Don’t let doubt steal your hope, but let God be God. “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!” (1 Samuel 12:16) God Bless!

Sep 24

If I am going to begin my blog anywhere, it should be at the beginning. In the beginning God created. He created everything we see, and He created the laws that govern all we see. As long as you believe this, this blog can help you. If you aren’t sure of the truth of this, but desire to know the truth, whatever that may be, this blog can also help you. I strive fully to work in truth, no lies, no ambiguities, no manipulations…just truth. So the basis of all my thoughts on marriage and how to survive the first few years of change and the melding of two hearts into one will come completely from the word of God. I believe that it is the only absolute truth out today and the only way to know truth is to know God.

So, that said…Why Covenant? Covenant is defined as an agreement between two parties, typically a lifelong agreement. This is a term used to define agreements of all kinds, be it treaties, contracts, and a marriage agreement between a man and a woman. Both parties agree to the terms and they are bound to them for the duration of the contract, in terms of marriage, for life. This is the very reason vows are exchanged. A vow is a pledge, giving the other person your word that you will, to the very best of your ability, uphold the terms of the covenant. Covenant is incredibly important because when all else fails, when love fails, trust fails, faithfulness fails, joy fails, when we fail to live up to expectations, this is the rock that keeps us together. When we separate to figure things out, when we apply boundaries, when we fall, when we lose everything, when life changes and when we want to give up, covenant reminds us of the promise we made to one another, and we live to fight for our marriage another day.

Covenant is so important because it is the way God describes His marriage to His church. By church, I do not mean a building or Sunday service, I mean His people. Those who have chosen to live for God and let Jesus into their hearts have effectively done the same thing as choosing to live for your spouse and let them into the deepest parts of your heart. There is no closer relationship on earth than the one between a husband and wife, because it was a freely chosen relationship with someone you love deeply enough to be your truest self around. God created this relationship to give us a picture of our deepest, most intimate relationship with Him.

The best thing about this is, since God created it and He created the laws that govern a covenant relationship so complex, we have the tools to navigate it and enjoy the amazing benefits of a lifetime commitment with the greatest love we will ever know. It does not always mean it will be easy, in fact, some of the greatest rewards come at a high price. But with God all things are possible, even overcoming our greatest challenges and fears. So, I’ll leave you with this. Christ’s covenant with us can be our war cry for our marriages. Romans 8:37-39 says: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV) And if this is so, and covenant marriage is a reflection of this relationship with God, then I am convinced that no money problem, no sex problem, no communication problem, no past hurts, no ruthless friends, no crazy in-laws, no temptations or addictions, nothing is going to separate me from my husband and the love we share between us. This is true of any marriage rooted in Christ. When you are ready to give up….go back to the beginning. Covenant. It’s always a good place to start. God Bless!