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JOY OF THE LORD - Cherie Zack | Fighting For Your Marriage

9-30-2014 7-06-01 AMOur faith will always be challenged, but it will never be defeated. 

So, how does that statement fit into your life?  Or your marriage?  Marriage is a covenant we make to work as God’s planned; together.   Yet, we don’t know what the journey of life will reveal.  Is it always pleasant or joyful?  No, but it’s an opportunity to show the glory of God.  When we look at our circumstances through the eyes of God, our view is different.  With our natural eyes we see the facts; it’s an impossible situation.

Faith holds unto the promise even if our knees are knocking.  Do you ever wonder how God sees your situation?  He sees it as an opportunity to reveal His glory to you, your spouse, and your children.  Abraham didn’t just receive the promise personally for his life; it was also for his family.

Although circumstances or difficulties will come in our lives, we shouldn’t be alarmed.  Jesus said, “You will have tribulation, BUT TAKE HEART, I have overcome the world.”  Our faith will never be defeated, so the answer to your situation is truly found in Christ.  The cross destroyed the power of sin, destroyed the power of Hell, and destroyed any weapon the enemy attacks with.

Do you know where the text, “the joy of the Lord is my strength” is found in Scripture?  It’s found in the precious book of Nehemiah.  Nehemiah was a cup-bearer for a King, a high place during the Babylonian captivity.  When Nehemiah heard of the trouble of his people, it took the wind out of his sail.

Nehemiah 1:4 “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.  For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of Heaven.”

Nehemiah was a native born Jew who was touched by the calamity of his people.  He didn’t have any training to rebuild a city, it was in rubble.  Also, the people who were left were only a remnant BUT God had a plan.  When things look the bleakest that’s when faith shines the brightest.  Your marriage isn’t defeated but there is a battle.  Don’t just look at the rubble, or the lack of materials, but enter your chambers and fight!  Nehemiah was broken over the situation, fasted and prayed for three months but the KING did answer!  God’s promise is on the way, so rest in knowing the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Building strong marriages together,

Tina Wetor