Praise God! The more the attack, the more we cling to the strong tower. The current outpouring of emotional pain is part of the healing and restoration process. God is healing and restoring us to himself first (Lam 5:21). Yes, God understands the pain we feel. God is here ad he reads every post on this listserv.
Around August 2007, I found myself wallowing in despair. I was angry because I thought my prayers were falling on deaf ears, not realizing that God was planning the return of my wife and the restoration of my family 8 months later. During this period I muttered words of unbelief because my inner man was severely going through unbearable emotional turmoil. I wanted to give up many times but God refused. I knew God refused because he blocked any outlets that the enemy created to lessen my pain. Now, looking back, I realized that the pain was necessary for me to forgive my wife and people who contributed and advised her to file for divorce against the will of God. In my severe pain I found Christ and died with him. My emotional pain became worse as I watched the enemy batter my children but I was not going to give up and mess up. During this time, I also received demonic counsel from Christian and non Christian people who encouraged me to thrown in the towel. Its "over" they said, but God thundered back with Lamentations 3:37. I was advised to date other women as a means of escaping the pain. Satan threw beautiful women at me to cause me to commit fornication or adultery but the mighty hand of God was upon me and none of that happened as I buried myself in the church with constant prayer and fasting.
My "loneliness" became a battle ground for satan and his demons. You see, the devil will want to lessen this emotional pain by providing opportunities that will take your focus of the battle, and once you succumb, you become a casualty, But don't give up because in a real battle there will be wounds and the morale of soldiers do get low. As fellow soldiers in this battle we are here to lift you up for healing and rejuvenation. We are reinforcing you with Gods armor and bullets (word of God and prayer) to get your back to the warfront. Put on the armor and the breastplate and focus on the direction of the commander. Victory is near because no war has been fought forever, and God has NEVER lost any war
God is molding our prodigals, getting them ready for the triumphant return. It may not seem real because some of them are in disobedience. Don't let your natural eyes full you because many of these prodigals are not happy. Many of them are filled with fear and shame for having betrayed you and still see you standing and waiting for them to return. The scripture warns that we should not condemn our prodigals (Its not against flesh and blood but against Satan, his demons, principalities and powers and rulers of darkness) who are holding these ones captive
Pray that God will grant them inner strength to overcome the demon of shame and pride
Pray that their spiritual eyes of understanding be opened
Pray that all demonic assignment against them be terminated in Jesus name
Pray that God will send divine helpers to them.
Pray that all gadgets of marriage destruction including court proceedings be neutralized by the power that is in the blood of Jesus Christ
Bind the spirit of witchcraft arraigned against your spouse and your home.
Friends, it’s not easy to be a follower of Christ. Become a prisoner of hope. Be a fool for Christ sake. Immerse yourself in prayer. Post your feelings and vent on our shoulders. If praying is vain Jesus will not have taught us to pray. PRAYER works. God hears every prayer and responds in a timely fashion.
I read a book written by George Kenworthy (pastor, psychologist and marriage counselor) and 3 questions he asks Christians who come to him for marriage help are:
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A GOD?
ARE WILLING TO APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF GOD'S WORD TO YOUR LIFE?
WILL YOU PRAY FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO STRENGHTEN YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE?
Folks, these are deep questions. During my transitioning, I found out that my knowledge of God is superficial. I realized that I don't know God in the true sense of it. I was a Christian but lacked the true knowledge of Gods great presence and incredible might and power. The scripture states "That some hold the form of religion but deny the power of God". Let this waiting period be a period of asking God to reveal who he is to us
Also, speak life into your marriage. There is power in spoken words. Speak loud so that the enemy will hear you. The enemy trembles when you speak positive in the midst of his attacks. Begin to prepare for the return of your loved one. Do the following with faith:
Sleep on your own side of the bed regularly.
Park your vehicle and leave a space for your spouse to park
For women in this group, put on his boxer shorts and were his tee shirts
Do things you did together and believe God to return your spouse back to you to enjoy the same
1 Corinthians 2:9
DONT GIVE UP. IT’S TOO LATE TO GIVE UP. GOD IS REFUSING YOU TO GIVE UP. IF YOU WILL TARRY WITH HIM A LITTLE LONGER, YOU WILL BE FULFILLED. DON'T LET THE FLESH DICTATE YOUR NEXT ACTION. LET THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD GUIDE YOU. PRAY EVEN WHEN YOU CANNOT. JUST SAY SOMETHING GOOD TO GOD. SAY SOMETHING LIKE - "JESUS I STILL LOVE YOU".
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