Marriage Minute: Your Marriage Under Attack?
Your marriage is at ground zero of a very real spiritual battle. Satan attacked the first marriage (Gen 3:1-5), and he is still attacking marriages today. The Bible refers to him as “your adversary, the devil” (1 Peter 5:8). His scheme is the same now as it was then: “divide and conquer.”
He wants to divide you and isolate you from one another. He is a master of deceit who will make every attempt to deceive you in your thinking about your spouse and your marriage. He is an accuser who will try to get you locked into thinking how wrong and selfish your spouse is, and how pridefully right you are.
It is unwary husbands and wives who are most easily ensnared in the devil’s traps. Every opportunity where the enemy is not blocked, he will attempt to infiltrate your mind, and hence your marriage by trying to lure you down such paths as anger, criticism, unforgiveness, strife, defensiveness, lust, condemnation, fear, doubt, unbelief and discouragement. He will tempt you with thoughts, desires and urges to think, act or speak in ways that are divisive and hurtful to your mate and your marriage.
Fortunately, we possess potent weapons against Satan and his schemes. 2 Corinthians 10:4 informs us “We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy’s strong places.” One of the powerful spiritual weapons we possess is God’s truth. To protect our marriages we must arm ourselves for battle by diligently reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God, and applying it in our everyday lives.Are you spending time daily arming yourself with the the power and of God’s Word?
Action Point: Be proactive. Reinforce your your marriage by spending time with the Lord in His word, and you’ll be armed and prepared to protect your marriage and family from any assault of the enemy. “Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to withstand the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Click here to start reading the 100 most read Bible verses.
Do it today and as you do, you will withstand the schemes of the devil and win the battle for a lasting and fulfilling marriage.
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