Recently, it was made aware that someone whom my husband and I look up to had fallen into infidelity and adultery.
It was a jaw dropping, heartbreaking discovery.
I hurt for this man.
I especially hurt for this man's wife and children.
More than ever--and maybe it's just because I'm older, married and more aware--marriages are being destroyed left and right.
How does that happen, especially to a Christian couple? That's what I always wonder. There's a little fear to that thought. If it could happen to them....
Which is why we MUST. WE MUST be on guard. Our enemy, who is very, very real, wants nothing more than to steal from us. Our joy. Our marriage. Our children. All that we hold dear. And he will kill and destroy if he has to. (John 10:10)
He has no sympathy.
There is no kindness in him.
Age isn't a factor. He targets young and old.
At first, this can all be a scary realization.
But goodness. If God be for us, who can be against us?? (Romans 8:31)
We have the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord! (1 Cor. 15:57)
We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us!! (Romans 8:37)
While we should realize the power of our enemy, we should not cower down. We have no need to lack faith or lose courage.
Let's fight the good fight!
Let's fight for our marriages.
Let's be the woman of God, the wife and the mother the Lord has enabled us to be. Has called us to be.
Women, I know when there are little ones in the house, time alone with God seems impossible.
But it can't be. It just can't.
We must be in the Word and on our knees in prayer.
We must meditate on, and commune daily with our Lord.
We may not be able to sit down in the afternoon with our Bible and some uninterrupted time. But either in the morning before the kids arise, or in the evening after they've gone to bed, we should spend some time with the Lord. We should work to hide His Word in our heart. That way, we can recall those precious and powerful words to our minds during the day. We can be encouraged during days of frustration. We can find a soft answer when we want to speak harshly. We can respect our husbands when we'd rather fight back. We can choose to walk in love and humility when pride says we deserve better.
We can fight the enemy with the power of the Living Word.
We must. We must.
Don't ever let the enemy have a foothoold in our lives. In our marriages.
Because that's just what he's looking for.
And that's what he found in our friend I mentioned earlier.
To end, and to hopefully sum up what I feel are scattered thoughts, I'll share a video that has been floating around Facebook lately. It's short, but quite powerful.