Let the Word of God Shield Your Marriage
    By Michael Roy

    The covenant of marriage between a man and a woman establishes these two into one
    flesh.   There is not a more serious contract that a man can enter into like the bond of
    marriage.  God is so serious about this issue that He said, “Therefore shall a man leave his
    father and his mother, and shall cling to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Gen 2:24)  
    Today, the society we live in is making a bold attempt to eliminate the sacredness of
    marriage.   Liberal minded politicians, homosexuals and lesbians all want to minimize the
    institution of marriage so that they will be comfortable in their sins.  If it were only these
    people it would not be a problem, but it’s more than a handful of liberals, its radio, TV,
    internet and any medium Satan can use to discredit the institution of marriage.  Why would
    Satan want to discredit marriage you might ask?  Well, its simple marriage between men
    and women create families which are used by God to establish His covenant through out all
    nations.  Our society is structured around the organization of the family, but where there is
    lack of family balance with a mom and a dad confusion and disorder usually exist.

    Marriages Are Attacked through the Head

    In the sport of boxing there is a tactic used against an opposing fighter, which calls for
    pounding the head of the competition.  The theory behind this is that if you knock off the
    head the body will follow.  Now, observe what 1 Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I would have
    you know, that the head of every man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man: and
    the head of Christ is God.”  Why is this important?  It’s important because most of the forces
    opposing marriage are focused on weakening, demeaning and destroying men that would
    be used by God.  If you have attempted to watch any television in the last few months you
    should have noticed half naked women on almost every commercial that was aired during
    televised sporting events.   The half time show featuring Janet Jackson during the Super
    Bowl stands out especially. Its purpose and intent is to lure otherwise faithful men into
    deviant behavior.  That is why as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, husbands and wives
    must commit all they have to the Lord and to their marriage.  It’s sad to say but there are
    Christian men that don’t understand how important it is to guard their hearts from the
    temptations of this evil society.   I talk to men almost every day that have less control over
    their sexual lusts than newborn babies that wet themselves.  The worst part about it is that
    most of these men are married.   Pardon my expression, but its like all these guys are
    saying, “a little dip with a stranger won’t hurt my family”. Well, they’re right that little dip won’t
    hurt the family it will destroy it, because Satan will never let anyone see his ultimate goal in
    tempting one to sin, which is total destruction.  Ephesians 4:27, says, “Give no place to the
    devil.”   You know, one of the things about some believers that disturbs me is that when
    there is sin in their lives that’s being addressed they will immediately use Romans 3:23,
    saying, “All have sinned.”  This is merely an attempt to excuse their sin in the face of a holy
    God.  We as believers need to stand for righteousness as the scripture tells us in
    Ephesians.  The book of James has this to say, “Blessed is the man that endures
    temptation:  For when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has
    promised to them that love Him.  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  
    for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man:  But every man is tempted,
    when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it
    brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.  Do not err, my beloved
    brethren”. (Jam 1:12-16)

    Marriages shielded and protected by the Word

    Without a doubt the pressures being exerted upon marriages are tremendous, but not in
    relation to the couple that puts their faith and trust in the Word of God.  Every born again
    believer has been empowered through the Holy Spirit to resist sins temptations.  1
    Corinthians 10:13, says, “ There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to
    man:  but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but
    will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  In the
    book of Genesis chapter 39 there is a story about Joseph and Potiphar’s wife.  Potiphar
    trusted Joseph and put him in charge of his entire house. During one period of time
    Potiphar was away on business and his wife began to lust after Joseph.  Beginning in
    Genesis 39:7 it says, “And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her
    eyes upon Joseph; and she said, lie with me.  But he refused and said unto his master’s
    wife, Behold, my master has left nothing in the house which is not subject to me, but you his
    wife:  how can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”  The story goes on to say
    that one day Potiphar’s wife caught Joseph’s clothes and begged him to lay with her, but
    Joseph snatched away from her and ran.  Men and women of God when we face this type of
    temptation we need to do just as Joseph did, get yourselves away and stay away.  Amen.  

    Saints, God has secured our weaknesses by giving us His Word to trust in which releases
    the faith and power needed to ensure our success.   There is no way a marriage based on
    the word of God can fail. The marriage should not be based on the couple’s ability, but on
    Gods ability through His Spirit.  Ecclesiastes 4:12, says, “A threefold cord is not easily
    broken”.  I believe this verse is telling us that if a husband and wife are connected with the
    Lord Jesus, then there is no attack the enemy can launch that will damage this union.  As
    believers we need to remember there are no little issues with God. If there is something
    causing you to stumble then that issue needs to be brought to the Lord.  Through prayer
    and faith God will maintain our marriage vows, but we must also commit to doing the natural
    things that nurture loving relationships.  Lots of couples do the exact opposite of Ephesians
    4:27, which again says, “Give no place to the devil”.  How so, you say?  Well, when couples
    have disagreements the first thing turned off is physical intimacy.   Guess what? If there is
    too much anger, hostility and no intimacy somebody is vulnerable.  Observe what 1
    Corinthians 7:3-5, says, “Let the husband render unto the wife due affection: and likewise
    also the wife unto the husband.  The wife hath not power of her own body, but the
    husband:  and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.  
    Deprive ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give
    yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for
    your lack of self-control.”  If Christian couples would accept the truth of God’s word,
    marriages would not be put in the hands of the tempter.  It is so clear how Satan uses
    couple’s hurts and offenses against them to either weaken or destroy marriages.  Couples
    need to stay submitted to God so that they may be able to discern what the enemy is trying
    to do and then commit the matter to God. The Holy Spirit is so in tune with what’s going on
    that he tells the husband in Colossians 3:19 not to be bitter against his wife and in the same
    chapter advises the wife to submit to the husband.  God is so awesome, He gave us
    instructions for solid marriages and all we have to do is read His Word and believe what He
    says.  I know without a doubt if couples will first submit totally to the Lord and then to their
    spouse God will bless that marriage in every conceivable way.  So, it is my prayer that as
    husbands and wives read this article together they will begin to kindle a new fire that will
    never go out.  Amen!

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