“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
“And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
Malachi 2:14, “Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’
“Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant.”
“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:9 (NIV)
Who else is SICK of families unraveling? In Jesus’ name, we declare the enemy of darkness “hands off of the families and marriages”. Hedge about the families, protect them and keep out busy buddies.
2 Chronicles 30:18-20 (NASB), “For a multitude of the people, even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than prescribed.
“For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, ‘May the good Lord pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.’
“So the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.”
Psalm 86:5, 15, “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.”
“But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.”
I wouldn’t put it past You, God, to heal that heart, lame leg, family turmoil, sickness, for You are willing and able.
“And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him.” Luke 5:13.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Jesus in Mark 12:30-31 (NIV).
Ephesians 5:33, “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
“To thine own self be true” said William Shakespeare. Do people know how to nurture themselves? Henry Cloud wrote a number of Godly Boundary books. You’ll have more to give.
Some ways I’ve learned:
Have a plan for the day, but be flexible. Jesus was always getting interrupted and went with the flow.
Get a good night’s sleep
Be pleasant with repeat offenders, but curtail their visits or phonecalls.
Eat right, listen to your body; cravings for yogurt, olive oil, salad, meat, sweets (honey, maple syrup), etc.
Get your happy time; prayer corner, walk in the park, gym, time with friends and family, cooking, gardening, singing, Paint a picture
Respect others’ bounderies
“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.” Jesus in Luke 11:8. This is a picture of God.
“She said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” Martha to Jesus in John 11:27 (NKJV).
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:12.
“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me… When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.'” King David to Father God in Psalm 27:5,8
Our Sunday sermon touched on Jesus meeting with Martha and Mary and raising Lazarus from the grave. What moments of interaction with the Lord Jesus Christ! Many of us wonder would we know Jesus as Lord and Master if we were alive back then? But the whole thing now is to believe in our hearts totally without having seen Him.
“His soul shall dwell at ease.” Psalm 25:13 (NKJV).
“You give shameful counsel to your house, cutting off many peoples, and sin against your soul.” Habakkuk 2:10.
“For the Lord will plead their cause, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them.” Proverbs 22:23.
“He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:3
“He satisfies the hungry soul.” Psalm 107:9
“If you say, ‘surely we did not know this,’ does not He Who weighs the hearts consider it? He Who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” Proverbs 24:12.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
Father God, I pray for all who have a troubled soul, to look to You for peace, wholeness, and restoration in Jesus’s mighty name, Amen!
The Lord spoke this to me while waiting for prayer at a service. It hadn’t occurred to me yet, because I was focusing on forgiving the other person.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:29-32 (NKJV)
“Love your neighbor as yourself,” says Jesus, Mark 12:31
“Submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:21
We had this discussion that when God blesses us, we’re humbled because it’s something we couldn’t achieve on our own. Also, when we humble ourselves before God; repentant, asking for mercy and forgiveness, we’re totally humbled knowing only He could make us renewed. Praise God!
“But seek first, the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” says Jesus in Matthew 6:33.
“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.” Psalm 51:12, David cries.
the Lord impressed this on me when I was going through a tough time. When all else fails; “I’ve got you. Just sit a while with Me and listen and be refreshed and I’ll heal you. It’s all okay, you don’t have to be ashamed to cry or of any weakness. I’ve got a plan for your life and this isn’t the end.” Jesus seemed to say.
“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For You are my praise” Jeremiah 17:14 (NKJV).
“Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there.
“Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.” Matthew 15:29-30.
“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.” Matt 8:16.