MAKING CHRIST THE CORNERSTONE

HOW TO CENTER YOUR MARRIAGE IN THE LORD

  • WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A GREAT MARRIAGE?
  • THE BIBLE GIVES US A CLUE WHEN IT SAYS, “UNLESS THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, ITS BUILDERS LABOR IN VAIN “ PSALM 127:1
  • IN OTHER WORDS, THE MORE YOU ALLOW GOD TO BE THE LORD OF YOUR MARRIAGE, THE MORE COMFORTABLE AND EARTHQUAKE-PROOF IT WILL BE
  • THE TRUTHS IN THE BIBLE WILL REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR MARRIAGE.
  • BIBLICAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELLOR DOUG BRITTON WRITES THAT AFTER SUCCESSFULLY COUNSELLING WITH COUPLES, HE OFTEN ASKS WHAT ONE THING HELPED MOST.
  • THE MOST COMMON ANSWER COUPLES GIVE IS THAT THEY BEGAN TO CENTER THEIR MARRIAGE IN THE LORD IN CONCRETE WAYS.
  • THE MAIN KEY THEY SAY, WAS LEARNING PRACTICAL STEPS TO CENTER THEIR MARRIAGE IN THE LORD AND HOW TO PRAY TOGETHER.

MAKE CHRIST THE CORNERSTONE OF YOUR HOME, BIBLE SHOWS HOW TO CENTRE YOUR MARRIAGE IN THE LORD. YOU WILL DISCOVER AS YOU STUDY THE BIBLE

  1. HOW YOUR CHRISTIAN WALK AFFECTS YOUR LIFE TOGETHER
  2. HOW TO TUNE UP YOUR OWN WALK WITH CHRIST
  3. HOW TO SET SPIRITUAL PRIORITIES IN YOUR MARRIAGE
  4. KEYS WAYS TO PRAY TOGETHER EVERY DAY
  5. HOW TO ESCAPE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN PRAYING OUT LOUD
  6. WAYS TO MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS IN YOUR DAILY LIVES
  7. HOW YOUR INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL GIFTS CAN WORK TOGETHER
  • IS YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE UNWILLING TO CENTER YOUR MARRIAGE IN THE LORD?
  • IF SO, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED OR BITTER,
  • THE INSIGHT IN GOD’S WORD WILL HELP YOU BECOME THE BEST POSSIBLE SPOUSE AND LEAVE YOUR MATE IN GOD’S HANDS. THE LORD IS FAITHFUL.
  • AS YOU GROW IN HIM, HE WILL BLESS YOU IN WAYS YOU CANNOT IMAGINE.
  • PUT JESUS FIRST IN YOUR HOME AS YOU FOLLOW SOLIDLY SCRIPTURAL ADVICE
  • TESTIMONIALS
  • “DOUG BRITTON’S MARRIAGE BY THE BOOK SERIES IS THE MOST THOROUGHLY BIBLICAL, DEEPLY PRACTICAL AND USER-FRIENDLY MARRIAGE RESOURCE I HAVE SEEN IN THIRTY YEARS OF STUDY AND USE.
  • THESE BOOKS PROVIDE CLARITY, RELEVANCE AND BIBLICITY FOR SELF-STUDY,

ISAAC GHANSAH, UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR

KEY BIBLE VERSES ON CREATING A CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE

  • ISAAC PRAYED TO THE LORD ON BEHALF OF HIS WIFE, BECAUSE SHE WAS BARREN. THE LORD ANSWERED HIS PRAYER, AND HIS WIFE REBEKAH BECAME PREGNANT GENESIS 25:21
  • UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS HIS HOUSE, ITS BUILDERS LABOR IN VAIN. UNLESS THE LORD WATCHES OVER THE CITY, THE WATCHMEN STAND GUARD IN VAIN. PSALM 127:1
  • DO NOT LET THIS BOOK OF THE LAW DEPART FROM YOUR MOUTH; MEDITATE ON IT DAY AND NIGHT, SO THAT YOU MAY BE CAREFUL TO DO EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN IT. THEN YOU WILL BE PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL. JOSHUA 1:8
  • FOR WHERE TWO OR THREE COME TOGETHER IN MY NAME, THERE AM I WITH THEM. MATHEW 18:20
  • LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH MARK 12:30
  • HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES, JUST AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR HER TO MAKE HER HOLY, CLEANSING HER BY THE WASHING WITH WATER THROUGH THE WORD. EPHESIANS 5:26
  • DEVOTE YOURSELF TO PRAYER, BEING WATCHFUL AND THANKFUL. COLOSSIANS 4:2
  • FINALLY, BROTHERS, WE INSTRUCTED YOU HOW TO LIVE IN ORDER TO PLEASE GOD, AS IN FACT YOU ARE LIVING.
  • NOW WE ASK YOU AND URGE YOU IN THE LORD JESUS TO DO THIS MORE AND MORE. 1 THESSALONIANS 4:1
  • THEREFORE ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER AND BUILD EACH OTHER UP, JUST AS IN FACT YOU ARE DOING 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11
  • BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN PEOPLE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLEL BELONGING TO GOD, THAT YOU MAY DECLARE THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS WONDERFUL LIGHT. 1 PETER 2:9.
  • COMMIT TO YOUR MARRIAGE: DO NOT DIVORCE

PART 1 OF A BIBLE STUDY ON COMMITMENT

  • THEREFORE WHATEVER GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET MAN NOT SEPARATE MATHEW 19:6
  • COMPLETE COMMITMENT TO YOUR MARRIAGE PROVIDES A FOUNDATION OF DEPENDABILITY AND TRUST.
  • IT TAKES YOU THROUG TOUGH TIMES AND STEERS YOU TOWARD GODLY SOLUTIONS.
  • A LACK OF COMMITMENT ERODES YOUR STRENGTH, DETERMINATION AND RESOURCEFULNESS.
  • IT CAN LEAD TO TRAGEDY.
  • MARRIAGE CAN BE COMPARED TO A MARATHON RACE.
  • IF YOU DON’T COMMIT YOURSELF TO RUNNING THE DISTANCE NO MATTER WHAT THE COST, YOUR CHANCES OF DROPPING OUT ALONG THE WAY INCREASE.
  • BUT IF YOU ARE DETEREMINED, YOU WILL FIND UNFORESEEN STRENGTH TO OVERCOME EVERY OBSTACLE.
  • EMBRACE GOD’S ATTITUDE ABOUT MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE
  • THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHEN TWO ARE JOINED TOGETHER IN MARRIGE, THEY ARE NO LONGER TWO, BUT ONE, GENESIS 2:23-24, MARK 10:8 AND THAT GOD HATES DIVORCE.
  • YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE ARE “ONE” NO MATTER HOW POORLY YOUR MARRIAGE IS FUNCTIONING.
  • DIVORCE, IN GOD’S EYES, IS NOT AN OPTION EXCEPT IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS-AND EVEN THEN, FORGIVENESS AND REBUILDING ARE USUALLY BEST.
  • STUDY THESE SCRIPTURES TO SEE HOW SERIOUS THE LORD IS ABOUT DIVORCE
  • I HATE DIVORCE, SAYS THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL MALACH 2:16
  • WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET MAN NOT SEPARATE….I TELL YOU THAT ANYONE WHO DIVORCES HIS WIFE, EXCEPT FOR MARITAL UNFAITHFULNESS, AND MARRIES ANOTHER WOMAN COMMITS ADULTERY MATHEW 19:6,9
  • ANY WHO DIVORCES HIS WIFE AND MARRIES ANOTHER WOMAN COMMITS ADULTERY AGAINST HER, AND IF SHE DIVORCES HER HUSBAND AND MARRIES ANOTHER MAN, SHE COMMITS ADULTERY MARK 10:11-12
  • IF ANY BROTHER HAS A WIFE WHO IS NOT BELIVER AND SHE IS WILLING TO LIVE WITH HIM, HE MUST NOT DIVORCE HER. AND IF A WOMAN HAS A HUSBAND WHO IS NOT A BELIVER AND HE IS WILLING TO LIVE WITH HER, SHE MUST NOT DIVORCE HIM. 1 CORINTHIANS 7:12-13
  • MY WIFE SUSAN AND I WOULD PROBABLY NOT BE MARRIED TODAY IF GOD ALLOWED DIVORCE.
  • EARLY IN OUR MARRIAGE, THERE WERE TIMES WHEN EACH OF WANTED OUT.
  • BUT, AFTER WE BECOME CHRISTIANS, NEITHER OF US SOUGHT DIVORCE BECAUSE WE KNEW IT WAS SINFUL.
  • THIS KNOWLEDGE HELD US TOGETHER THROUGH DIFFICULT YEARS AND PUSHED US TO IMPROVE OUR MARRIAGE.
  • NOW, AS WE ENJOY A HAPPY MARRIAGE, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR GOD’S COMMANDS AGAINST DIVORCE, WE NEEDED THEM.
  • DO NOT REBEL AGAINST GOD
  • IT IS HARD TO OVERSTATE HOW MUCH GOD HATES DIVORCE.
  • JESUS SAID THAT TO DIVORCE FOR UNSCRIPTURAL REASONS AND THEN REMARRY IS TO COMMIT ADULTERY.
  • YET MANY PEOPLE WHO PROFESS CHRISTIANITY PLAY GAMES WITH GOD BY DIVORCING AND THEN CRUISING ALONG AS IF GOD DID NOT MIND.
  • THEY OFTEN CONTINUE TO ATTEND CHURCH AND ENGAGE IN “SPIRITUAL” ACTIVITIES OR MINISTRIES, THINKING EVERYTHING IS FINE. THEY LOOK GOOD ON THE OUTSIDE.
  • BUT READ WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT THEM.
  • YOU FLOOD THE LORD’S ALTAR WITH TEARS. YOU WEEP AND WAIL BECAUSE HE NO LONGER PAYS ATTENTION TO YOUR OFFERINGS OR ACCEPTS THEM WITH PLEASURE FROM YOUR HANDS. YOU ASK, “WHY?” IT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE BROKEN FAITH WITH HER, THOUGH SHE IS YOUR PARTNER, THE WIFE OF YOUR MARRIAGE COVENANT MALACH 2:13-14
  • IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN YOU DIVORCE FOR UNSCRIPTURAL REASONS, YOU DRIVE A WEDGE BETWEEN YOURSELF AND GOD, FOR YOU ARE REBELLING AGAINST HIM.
  • REALISE THAT DIVORCE HAS CONSEQUENCES
  • UNSCRIPTURAL DIVORCE ALWAYS BRINGS PAINFUL CONSEQUENCES.
  • NOT ONLY DO YOU DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM GOD WHEN YOU DIVORCE,
  • YOU ALSO DAMAGE YOUR SPOUSE, AND WOULD YOUR CHILDREN,
  • YOU INJURE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS,
  • YOU HURT FRIENDS, AND SET THE STAGE FOR FUTURE PAIN FOR FUTURE PAIN FOR YOURSELF AND BRING SHAME UPON THE NAME OF CHRIST.
  • WHEN YOU DO THINGS GOD’S WAY, THINGS WORK OUT BEST.
  • ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN YOU OBEY GOD PROBLEMS EVENTUALLY COME TO AN END
  • IF YOU DIVORCE FOR UNSCRIPTURAL REASONS, THE ODDS ARE HIGH THAT YOU WILL REGRET IT BEFORE YOU DIE.
  • YOU ARE CERTAIN TO REGRET IT WHEN YOU STAND BEFORE GOD.
  • NEVER SAY, “LET’S DIVORCE”
  • SUGGESTING DIVORCE WITHOUT SCRIPTURAL REASONS OPENS THE DOOR TO SIN.
  • WHEN YOU ARE BROKE YOU WOULD NEVER SAY, “LET’S ROB A BANK.”
  • ALONG THE SAME LINES, WHEN YOU ARE UNHAPPY, DO NOT SAY, “LET’S DIVORCE,”
  • “I DON’T SEE WHY WE SHOULD STAY MARRIED” OR “YOU’D BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT ME.”

DOES GOD EVER ALLOW DIVORCE?

ALTHOUGH THE BIBLE STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE AND PERMANENCE OF MARRIGE, IT PERMITS DIVORCE IN TWO CIRCUMSTANCES

  1. DIVORCE IS ALLOWED FOR SEXUAL IMMORALITY
  • JESUS SAID YOU MAY IF YOUR SPOUSE IS SEXUALLY UNFAITHFUL. NOTICE, HOWEVER THAT HE DID NOT COMMAND YOU TO DIVORCE. HE MERELY SAID IT IS PERMISSIBLE.
  • I TELL YOU THAT ANYONE WHO DIVORCES HIS WIFE, EXCEPT FOR MARITAL UNFAITHFULNESS, AND MARRIES ANOTHER WOMEN COMMITS ADULTERY MATHEW 19:9
  • JESUS SAID GOD ONLY ALLOWED DIVORCE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT BECAUSE OF THE HARDNESS OF OUR HEARTS (MATHEW 19:8) S
  • OME PEOPLE THINK THIS MEANS CHRISTIANS NEVER SHOULD DIVORCE SINCE JESUS TOOK AWAY OUR HARD HEARTS WHEN WE WERE BORN AGAIN.
  • HOWEVER, THIS CONTRADICTS WHAT JESUS SAID IN MATHEW 19:9.
  • HE WOULD NOT HAVE GIVEN AN EXCEPTION UNLESS HE MEANT IT.
  • HOWEVER, IT IS USUALLY BETTER TO REBUILD A MARRIAGE THAN DIVORCE.
  • THERE ARE MANY MARRIAGES IN WHICH THE OFFENDER ASKED FOR FORGIVENESS,
  • THE BETRAYED PARTNER FORGAVE AND THE TWO SUCCESSFULLY REBUILT THEIR RELATIONSHIP.
  • THE PROCESS WAS PAINFUL AND INVOLVED HARD WORK, BUT THE RESULTS WERE WORTH THE EFFORT.
  • GOD WAS GLORIFIED AND THEY ENDED UP WITH GREAT MARRIAGES.
  1. DIVORCE IS ALLOWED IF AN UNBELIVER LEAVES.
  • IF YOU ARE MARRIED TO AN UNBELIEVER, IT IS GOD’S DESIRE FOR YOU TO STAY MARRIED ( 1 CORINTHIANS 7:12-14, 16; 1 PETER 3:1-6.
  • HOWEVER, IF YOUR UNBELIEVING SPOUSE LEAVES YOU, “ARE NOT BOUND”
  • TO THE REST I SAY THIS (I, NOT THE LORD):
  • IF ANY BROTHER HAS A WIFE WHO IS NOT A BELIEVER AND SHE IS WILLING TO LIVE WITH HIM, HE MUST NOT DIVORCE HER.
  • AND IF A WOMAN HAS A HUSBAND WHO IS NOT A BELIEVER AND HE IS WILLING TO LIVE WITH HER, SHE MUST NOT DIVORCE HIM.
  • FOR THE UNBELIEVING HUSBAND HAS BEEN SANCTIFED THROUGH HIS WIFE, AND THE UNBELIEVING WIFE HAS BEEN SANCTIFIED THROUGH HER UNBELIEVING HUSBAND. OTHERWISE YOUR CHILDREN WOULD BE CLEAN, BUT AS IT IS, THEY ARE HOLY.
  • BUT IF THE UNBELIEVER LEAVES, LET HIM DO SO. A BELIEVING MAN OR WOMAN IS NOT BOUND IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES 1 CORINTHIANS 7:12-15.

DIVORCE IS NOT PERMITTED FOR “EMOTIONAL DESERTION.”

  • SOME SAY THE PREVIOUS VERSES JUSTIFY DIVORCE EVEN IF THEIR SPOUSE DOES NOT PHYSICAL LEAVE HOME.
  • THEY STATE THEY ARE FREE TO DIVORCE IF THEIR MATE HAS BEEN PLEASANT FINANCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE, SEXUALLY UNAVAILABLE, EMOTIONALLY REMOVED OR PHYSICALLY VIOLENT.
  • HOW DO THEY COME TO SUCH A CONCLUSION? BY SAYING THAT THEIR SPOUSE “LEFT” OR “DESERTED” THEM EMOTIONALLY.
  • SUCH LOGIC TWISTS THE CLEAR MEANING OF THE ABOVE PASSAGE, NOT TO MENTION GOD’S COMMANDS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • PAUL WAS WRITING ABOUT LEAVING PHYSICALLY WE ALL ARE MARRIED TO IMPERFECT SPOUSES AND AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER COULD JUSTIFY DIVORCE BECAUSE OF “EMOTIONAL DESERTION.”

ARE THERE ANY OTHER TIME GOD ALLOWS DIVORCE?

  • HOWEVER, THERE MAY BE TIMES WHEN ITS HARD TO KNOW WHAT TO DO.
  • FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOUR MATE IS JAILED FOR PHYSICALLY ABUSING YOU, THIS COULD QUALIFY AS A TIME WHEN DIVORCE IS PERMISSIBLE SINCE YOUR UNBELIEVING SPOUSE LEFT YOU.
  • IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT YOUR CIRMUSTANCES, TALK WITH A WISE PASTOR OR COUNSELOR SOMEONE COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU DISCOVER HOW GOD’S WORD APPLIES IN YOUR SITUATION, NOT SOMEONE WHOSE BASIC PHILOSOPHY IS , “IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY, DIVORCE.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DIVORCED?

  • IF YOU DIVORCED FOR UNBIBLICAL REASONS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU WERE A CHRISTIAN WHEN YOU DID SO, YOU NEED TO FACE THE AWFULNESS AND SERIOUSNESS OF YOUR SIN.
  • DO NOT PRETEND THAT DIVORCING YOUR SPOUSE WAS NOT SINFUL OR THAT IT SOMEHOW WAS OKAY WITH GOD. IT WAS NOT.
  • I AM EXTREMELY CONCERNED FOR CHRISTIANS WHO DIVORCE AND REMARRY FOR UNSCRIPTURAL REASONS AND ARE NOT WILLING TO FACE THE LARGENESS OF THEIR SIN.
  • WHEN WE CHOOSE TO SIN, WE HARDEN OUR HEARTS TOWARD GOD AND HIS COMMANDMENTS.
  • THEN RATHER THAN GENUINELY CONFESSING, WE JUSTIFY OUR ACTIONS.
  • PEOPLE SAY, FOR EXAMPLE, “I KNOW IT WAS A SIN, BUT IT WAS THE ONLY THING I COULD DO. “OR, “WE LIVE UNDER GRACE, NOT LAW.
  • “OR, “ I KNEW IT WAS WRONG, BUT JESUS TOLD ME HE WOULD FORGIVE ME IF I DID IT.”
  • NONSENSE. IT WAS NOT JESUS WHO TOLD THEM IT WAS OKAY TO DIVORCE, HE COMMANDED US NOT TO DIVORCE AND ADDED THAT IF WE DIVORCE FOR UNSCRIPTURAL REASONS AND REMARY, WE COMMIT ADULTERY MATHEW 19:9

THE BIBLE USES STINGING WORDS TO DESCRIBE THOSE WHO JUSTIFY SIN BY SAYING “WE LIVE UNDER GRACE. REMEMBER JUDE’S WORDS:

  • THE ARE GODLESS MEN , WHO CHANGE THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO A LICENSE FOR IMMORALITY AND DENY JESUS CHRIST OUR ONLY SOVEREIGN AND LORD JUDE 4
  • WALT SAID HE KNEW THE BIBLE CONDEMNS DIVORCE, BUT PLANNED SHELLY ANYWAY BECAUSE GOD IS A FORGIVING GOD.
  • “SHELLY PROTESTED AND WROTE LETTERS PLEADING FOR ANOTHER CHANCE.
  • HIS RESPONSE, EVEN AS HE WENT THROUGH THE DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS, WAS TO GIVE HER ANGRY SPEECHES, SAYING SHE MUST FORGIVE HIM BECAUSE SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN.
  • HE DIVORCED HER, MARRIED ANOTHER WOMAN, AND NOW ATTENDS CHURCH AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED.
  • MARGARET TOLD HER HUSBAND RICHARD SHE INTENDED TO DIVORCE HIM AND THEN MARRY A MAN WHO WAS DIVORCING HIS WIFE.
  • SHE SAID THEY PLANNED TO APPROACH THEIR CHURCH AND ASK FORGIVENESS AFTER MARRYING.
  • SHE CLEARLY WAS PLAYING GAMES WITH GOD AND CHOOSING TO REBEL AGAINST HIS WORD.
  • HER PLANNED “REPENTANCE” WAS A SHARM.
  • I COULD GO ON AND ON DESCRIBING PEOPLE’S RATIONALIZATIONS FOR DIVORCE.
  • FOR EXAMPLE, SOME SAY, “AFTER I DIVORCE AND MARRY SOMEONE ELSE, WE WILL COMMIT ADULTERY THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE SEX, AFTER THAT IT WONT BE ADULTERY.”
  • THOSE WHO JUSTIFY SIN WILL NOT BE SO NONCHALANT WHEN THEY STAND BEFORE GOD IN JUDGEMENT. HE IS NOT IMPRESSED BY OUR EXCUSES
  • FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, THAT EACH ONE MAY RECEIVE WHAT IS DUE HIM FOR THE THINGS DONE WHILE IN THE BODY, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10
  • IF YOU DIVORCED YOUR SPOUSE FOR UNSCRIPTURAL REASONS AND YOU BOTH ARE CHRISTIANS, YOU PROBABLY SHOULD PURSUE RESTORATION OF YOUR MARRIAGE IF NEITHER OF YOU HAS REMARRIED. SEEK COUNSEL FROM A BIBLE-BELIEVING PASTOR BEFORE YOU MAKE A DECISION.
  • IF YOU WERE A CHRISTIAN WHEN YOU DIVORCED AND HAVE MARRIED SOMEONE ELSE. CONFESS THAT YOU STARTED IN SIN. IF YOU TRULY CONFESS, CHRIST WILL FORGIVE 1 JOHN 1:9 AND HELP YOU DEAL WITH THE MESS YOU CREATED. BY TRULY CONFESS, I MEAN TO

1. GENUINELY FACE THE AWFULNESS OF THE SIN OF DIVORCING AND

2. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IF YOU COULD MAKE THE DECISION AGAIN YOU WOULD NOT DIVORCE.

  • ANYTHING ELSE WOULD BE HALF-HEARTED AND COME SHORT OF GENUINE CONFESSION.
  • AFTER CONFESSING YOUR SIN, DO NOT DIVORCE YOUR PRESENT SPOUSE TO REMARRY YOUR PREVIOUS MATE.
  • YOU CANNOT UNDO THE EFFECT OF SIN BY SINNING AGAIN.
  • THERE IS HOPE IN THE LORD, EVEN IN THIS UNGODLY SITUATION.
  • WHEN WE DISOBEY GOD’S WORD, WE SUFFER.
  • BUT WHEN WE HONESTLY AND HUMBLY CONFESS OUR SINS, CHRIST HELPS US PUT THE PAST BEHIND AND PRESS ON. AS PAUL WROTE:
  • FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND, AND STRAINING TOWARD WHAT IS AHEAD, I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL TO WIN THE PRIZE FOR WHICH GOD CALLED ME HEAVENWARD IN CHRIST JESUS PHILIPIANS 3:13-14
  • HOWEVER, DO NOT BE NONCHALANT ABOUT “FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND.”
  • YOU HAVE HARMED OTHERS AND NEED TO DO WHAT YOU CAN TO PROMOTE HEALING.
  • AT LEAST, YOU PROBABLY SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO YOUR EX-SPOUSE, CHILDREN, CLOSE FRIENDS AND CHURCH.
  • WHEN YOU OFFER AN APOLOGY, DO NOT MAKE EXCUSES.
  • BE SURE TO RESPOND WITH UNDERSTANDING, PATIENCE AND LOVE IF OTHERS DO NOT FORGIVE YOU.
  • LET ME CLOSE THIS SECTION OF THIS BIBLE STUDY BY OFFERING THE EXAMPLE OF SUSAN AND MYSELF AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT.
  • WE MARRIED BECAUSE SHE BECAME PREGNANT.
  • WE STARTED OUR MARRIAGE IN A BAD WAY AND SUFFERED MANY UNPLEASANT CONSEQUENCES.
  • HOWEVER, WE EVENTUALLY TURNED TO GOD AND CONFESSED OUR SINS.
  • ALTHOUGH WE HAD TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES, WE ALSO EXPERIENCED THE GRACE OF GOD AND HAVE ENJOYED AN EVER-GROWING AND DEEPLY SATISFYING MARRIAGE.
  • WHEN YOU GENUINELY CONFESS YOUR SINS, GOD BUILDS MANSIONS OUT OF ASHES.

THERE IS HOPE IN THE LORD

  • MANY PEOPLE SAY DIVORCE BRINGS FREEDOM. THAT IS NO MORE TRUE THAN THE SERPENT’S PROMISES TO EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN (GENESIS 3:1-5).
  • LIVING ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD PROVIDES TRUE FREEDOM-THE FREEDOM OF A CLEAN CONSCIENCE, FREEDOM FROM THE TYRANNY AND CONSEQUENCES OF SIN AND FREEDOM TO ENJOY GOD’S LOVE.
  • EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU ARE STUCK WITH A MISERABLE MARRIAGE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, TAKE HEART.
  • GOD LOVES YOU AND WANTS THE BEST FOR YOU. HIS COMMANDS ARE FOR YOUR GOOD.
  • BUILD UPON THE TRUTHS IN THIS ONLINE BIBLE STUDY BY GOING TO THE WORD ITSELF.
  • AS YOU READ THE BIBLE AND GROW IN THE LORD, YOU WILL DISCOVER PRINCIPLES TO HELP YOU LIVE WITH SATISFACTION AND JOY REGARDLESS OF YOUR SITUATION.
  • YOU WILL ALSO LEARN MANY WAYS TO TRANFORM AN UNSATISFYING MARRIAGE INTO A GREAT ONE

READ AND MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES!

  • 1 Corinthians 3:16-17:“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
  • Matthew 22:29-30: “Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.”
  1. SPIRIT HUSBANDS, SPIRIT WIVES, SPIRIT CHILDREN  ,SPIRIT  RELATIVES ,SPIRIT FRIENDS AND SPIRIT HELPERS  HEAR THE WORD OF GOD ,MY BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT RELEASE ME BY FIRE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST 
  2. I REJECT YOU ALL BY FIRE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  3. EVERY SPIRIT HUSBAND/WIFE, I DIVORCE YOU AND DESTROY YOU  BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST
  4. EVERY SPIRIT WIFE/EVERY SPIRIT HUSBAND, DIE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  5. I COMMAND EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DEPOSITED IN MY LIFE TO COME NOW OUT BY FIRE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  6. EVERY POWER THAT IS WORKING AGAINST MY MARRIAGE, FALL DOWN AND DIE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  7. I DIVORCE AND TOTALLY RENOUNCE MY MARRIAGE WITH THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  8. I BREAK ALL COVENANTS ENTERED INTO WITH THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  9. I COMMAND THE THUNDER FIRE OF GOD TO BURN TO ASHES THE WEDDING GOWN, RING, PHOTOGRAPHS AND ALL OTHER MATERIALS USED FOR THE MARRIAGE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  10. I SEND THE FIRE OF GOD TO BURN TO ASHES THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  11. I BREAK EVERY BLOOD AND SOUL-TIE COVENANTS WITH THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  12. I SEND THUNDER FIRE OF GOD TO BURN TO ASHES THE CHILDREN BORN TO THE MARRIAGE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  13. I WITHDRAW MY BLOOD, SPERM OR ANY OTHER PART OF MY BODY DEPOSITED ON THE ALTAR OF THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME  JESUS CHRIST
  14. YOU SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE TORMENTING MY LIFE AND EARTHLY MARRIAGE I BIND YOU WITH HOT CHAINS AND FETTERS OF GOD IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  15. I CAST YOU OUT OF MY LIFE INTO THE DEEP PIT, AND I COMMAND YOU NOT TO EVER COME INTO MY LIFE AGAIN, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  16. I RETURN TO YOU, EVERY PROPERTY OF YOURS IN MY POSSESSION IN THE SPIRIT WORLD, INCLUDING THE DOWRY AND WHATSOEVER WAS USED FOR THE MARRIAGE AND COVENANTS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  17. I DRAIN MYSELF OF ALL EVIL MATERIALS DEPOSITED IN MY BODY AS A RESULT OF OUR SEXUAL RELATION, IN THE NAME OF  JESUS CHRIST.
  18. LORD, SEND HOLY GHOST FIRE INTO MY ROOT AND BURN OUT ALL UNCLEAN THINGS DEPOSITED IN IT BY THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  19. I BREAK THE HEAD OF THE SNAKE, DEPOSITED INTO MY BODY BY THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE TO DO ME HARM, AND COMMAND IT TO COME OUT, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  20. I PURGE OUT, WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, EVERY EVIL MATERIAL DEPOSITED IN MY WOMB TO PREVENT ME FROM HAVING CHILDREN ON EARTH.
  21. LORD, REPAIR AND RESTORE EVERY DAMAGE DONE TO ANY PART OF MY BODY AND MY EARTHLY MARRIAGE BY THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  22. I REJECT AND CANCEL EVERY CURSE, EVIL PRONOUNCEMENT, SPELL, JINX, ENCHANTMENT AND INCANTATION PLACE UPON ME BY THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  23. I TAKE BACK AND POSSESS ALL MY EARTHLY BELONGING IN THE CUSTODY OF THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF  JESUS CHRIST
  24. I COMMAND THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE TO TURN HIS OR HER BACK ON ME FOREVER, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  25. I RENOUNCE AND REJECT THE NAME GIVEN TO ME BY THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  26. I HEREBY DECLARE AND CONFESS THAT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS MY HUSBAND FOR ETERNITY, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  27. I SOAK MYSELF IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS  CHRIST AND CANCEL THE EVIL MARK OR WRITINGS PLACED ON ME, IN THE NAME OF  JESUS CHRIST
  28. I SET MYSELF FREE FROM THE STRONGHOLD, DOMINEERING POWER AND BONDAGE OF THE SPIRIT HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  29. I PARALYZE THE REMOTE CONTROL POWER AND WORK USED TO DESTABILIZE MY EARTHLY MARRIAGE AND TO KEEP ME FROM BEARING CHILDREN FOR MY EARTHLY HUSBAND OR WIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  30. I ANNOUNCE TO THE HEAVENS THAT I AM FOREVER MARRIED TO JESUS CHRIST.
  31. EVERY TRADEMARK OF EVIL MARRIAGE, BE SHAKEN OUT OF MY LIFE,IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  32. EVERY EVIL WRITING, ENGRAVED BY IRON PEN, BE WIPED OFF BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.
  33. I BRING THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST UPON THE SPIRIT THAT DOES NOT WANT TO GO, IN THE NAME OF JESUS. CHRIST
  34. I BRING THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST ON EVERY EVIDENCE THAT CAN BE TENDERED BY WICKED SPIRITS AGAINST ME.
  35. I FILE A COUNTER-REPORT IN THE HEAVENS AGAINST EVERY EVIL MARRIAGE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  36. I REFUSE TO SUPPLY ANY EVIDENCE THAT THE ENEMY MAY USE AGAINST ME, IN THE NAME OF JESUS. CHRIST
  37. LET SATANIC EXHIBITIONS BE DESTROYED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.
  38. I DECLARE TO YOU SPIRIT WIFE/ HUSBAND THAT THERE IS NO VACANCY FOR YOU IN MY LIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  39. O LORD, MAKE ME A VEHICLE OF DELIVERANCEIN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  40. I COME BY FAITH TO MOUNT ZION LORD, COMMAND DELIVERANCE UPON MY LIFE NOWIN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  41. LORD, WATER ME FROM THE WATERS OF GODIN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  42. LET THE CAREFUL SIEGE OF THE ENEMY BE DISMANTLED, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
  43. O LORD JESUS, DEFEND YOUR INTEREST IN MY LIFE AGAINST ALL SPIRIT SPOUSES, RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND CHILDRENIN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

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