Hot on your Heels

precWltWhat’s coming up fast chasing you? Monsters? Your past failures? Bill collectors? Family members?

Well, if you’re in Christ, the Word of God makes it clear something very Good is coming up fast behind you.

Isaiah 51:11 Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (NIV)

Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)

Our role in the salvation of our loved ones

I’m sure you have loved ones, perhaps a family member, who you want to come to the Lord.  Here’s a quick two minute audio message on some importent things to remember about God’s mercy, his salvation and our role in prayer and forgiveness.

 

Our Important Role as Intercessor in Salvation (mp3)

Is Your God Big Enough? Stand Firm by Charlyne Steinkamp

If you have accepted Christ as your salvation, you are trusting Him to save you from death. But are you trusting Him with your life?  You may say “There is no hope for my marriage – my spouse just keeps on rejecting. It is impossible. If you could only see how messed up things are” This is a lie.  The word of God clearly teaches that God loves marriage, hates divorce, and can do the impossible, but we need to stand in faith.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mar 10:27

Please listen to the Charlyne Steinkamp’s message “Stand Firm.”  Charlyne and her husband lived through separation, divorce, and so many marriage problems even the pastors in their church gave up!  But God brought Charlyne back from hopelessness and she stood for her marriage and believed in the word the Lord gave her.  God restored their marriage beautifully.  God can heal broken marriages – just believe in what the word says and have faith:

Listen- Stand Firm – Charlyne Steinkamp

Please visit the Steinkamps ministry site Rejoice Marriage Ministries for so much more . . .

God Must Change You First!

It is easy to point the finger at another person in a marriage crises or divorce, but God wants to change you.

It is not our own effort that will change us. We may have no more human love to give, being too hurt for too long.  However, if you have Christ you have all His Love that can flow through you.  This Love is not like the old human love, but is the pure sweet Love of God himself that will heal your hurts and work in you prodigal spouse:

1Cr 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Here’s a good resource –

http://www.marriagemissions.com/winning-without-words/

If they don’t believe the word, try winning without words. Let your life do the talking. If your life doesn’t shine with the reality of God working in you, then nothing you say will have any effect. But if your life does exhibit God’s transforming power, your spouse is sure to notice the difference.

Does this mean your husband or wife will be happy about the new you? Not necessarily. Even if you’re more loving, kind, and considerate than you ever were before, your spouse may become more troubled and angry than ever. But that’s not all bad. Lee Strobel explains from his own experience:

If you had asked me back then why I was so mad, I probably couldn’t have told you. Now, as I look back, I can pinpoint the root of my rage. Basically, as Leslie pursued a godly lifestyle more and more, her behavior increasingly accentuated the difference between that lifestyle and my own.

In other words, the more she sought after purity, integrity, honesty, tolerance, and forgiveness, the more obvious it became that my own life and relationships were corroded with cynicism, bitterness, superficiality, and self-centeredness. It was as if Leslie were unwittingly holding up a mirror and I was seeing myself for how I really was, and I didn’t like the picture. The Bible calls it being convicted of sin, and it made me angry because I didn’t want to face it.

The Strobels’ experience shows that loving, godly behavior by a Christian spouse doesn’t always produce a pleasant reaction. Their experience also shows that there’s no need for a Christian to criticize an unbelieving spouse. Why should you harp on things your spouse is doing wrong? Just depend on God to make you more and more like Jesus, and the contrast between your life and your spouse’s will do more to show him his sin than any words you could say. This may stir up negative emotions that are no fun for either of you, but such turbulence may be a step in a journey that leads to Christ.

Seven Words to Change Your Family – James MacDonald

Seven Words to Change Your Family…While There’s Still Time
James MacDonald details the healing path for broken relationships that the Word of God outlines.  Below is from the Walk in the Word website.

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What we really want for our families is change and to have more of God’s agenda and less of ours. Real love and peace and health in our families, the question is how? In this series we roll up our sleeves and get to work examining seven biblical words that, when understood and applied, will transform your family.

Messages in this series:

Hope for the Family Various Sample
Word #1: Forgiveness Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:31-32 Sample
Word #2: Blessing Various Sample
Word #3: Honor Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2-3 Sample
Word #4: Truth Matthew 7:24-27; II Timothy 2:14 – 3:16 Sample
Word #5: Church Hebrews 10:19-25 Sample
Word #6: Commitment Luke 14:25 – 15:22 Sample
Word #7: Love 1 John 3:11-23 Sample

http://store.walkintheword.com/p-1094-seven-words-to-change-your-familywhile-theres-still-time.aspx