For the past couple of weeks I have been talking and writing about marriage. Around the same time my hubby and I started arguing until we worked out that we'd been under spiritual attack. Why? When you or I aim to help others or make a difference, the enemy of our soul hates it and steps up the opposition to get us off track.
In the heat of the battle, we need to be aware. Let me challenge you with some coaching-type questions to help you if you are stuck in the middle of a battle.
1. Who are you listening to?
The Father of grace tells us to love God and others (Mark 12:30–31), to bless instead of repaying evil with insult (1 Peter 3:9) and to forgive others as God has and continues to forgive us (Colossians 3:13).
The father of lies (John 8:44), will tell you in your mind that your spouse, kid, parent is lousy and the situation is hopeless and you are going to tell them a thing or two or three or ten! Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we’re not fighting people but that we are in a spiritual battle against evil rulers, powers of darkness and unclean spirits.
2. What are you saying?
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the power of life or death is in our tongue and we shall reap what we speak! Ouch! If we point the finger at others, be aware there are four fingers pointing back at us. Words can come back to bite us, so be careful. My policy, wherever possible, is to shut up in the heat of the moment.
3. How are you praying? This is the biggest battle right here. I’ve heard it said that 'couples who pray together stay together'. Easier said than done right? And if your man isn’t taking the lead, help him. Scary? Yes! Necessary? Absolutely! It will make a big difference.
4. What are you seeing? If you are seeing a losing battle, that’s what you might receive (Galatians 6:7). Seeing with eyes of faith brings miracles, sees mountains move, sees a road through the waters and a way through the wilderness (Isaiah 43:19; Matthew 17:20; Hebrews 11:1).
5. What is one small thing you can do differently today?
The big picture may look overwhelming and insurmountable, so start with one thing that is comfortable and God will meet you in your baby steps (Proverbs 16:9).
Hubby and I got back on track. What about you? You can do it! I’m praying for you!
Love Peta XO
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