I’d like you to welcome blogger, Leslie Newman, who is my guest today while I’m away, and is sharing her wise perspective on how to fight for our marriages when we come under a spiritual attack by Satan. I hope you’ll make her feel right at home by commenting, as well as sharing her guest post around the web.
Marriage is under attack today in so many ways. One avenue of attack that is easy to overlook happens within the spiritual realm. Without a doubt, Satan wants to weaken and destroy marriage, and this means we will face spiritual attacks in our marriages at one point or another.
Fortunately, we have a God who is infinitely more powerful than the enemy who fights against us. We have a God who protects us (Proverbs 18:10), and gives wisdom (Proverbs 2:6-7), strength (Psalm 73:26), and guidance (Psalm 32:8).
The three areas below may be places to go for insight and discernment to help you fight spiritual battles within marriage.
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In each area below, there is a verse from the Bible that you pray or repeat out loud to help bring the truth and power of God’s Word into your life and marriage.
1. Prayer is your most powerful weapon.
Prayer is powerful for tearing down strongholds and for defeating the enemy. When you are facing spiritual battles in marriage, you must pray diligently.
One of the most effective and impacting ways to empower your prayer life is to pray Scriptures. When you do this, you pray God’s words and promises right back to Him. It also implants truth in your mind—truths about Him, truths about how you should be acting, and truths about what He can do.
Always remember that your own prayers and the powerful words of Scripture are effective and transforming in ways that are beyond what you can see in your present situation.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16, NASB)
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2. You need to be discerning about your perspectives.
One of the most important concepts I’ve ever come to understand about marriage is that often the battle occurs in the mind. It is easy to listen to the lies of the enemy, who twists and distorts the truth. This creates perspectives that can cause us to be self-focused.
Try to take a step back and stand outside your situation. Ask the Lord to reveal to you any areas where you may have the wrong focus. You cannot change another person, but you can look inward and allow God to help you see where you need to make changes in yourself. Claiming the verse below will help you stay strong and move forward in obedience to Christ. God always blesses the man or woman willing to humbly seek Him.
“We are destroying speculations, and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NASB)
3. You need to understand your true identity.
One of the most important things that needs to happen when you are facing spiritual attack inside your marriage is this:
You need to know Whose you are.
You belong to God. Your worth and value come from Him alone. Understanding His love in the right way has the power to change everything about how you view your situations in life and especially within the marriage relationship.
Knowing your true identity brings confidence and sets you up on a firm foundation that will sustain you when disagreements and misunderstandings abound. Remember how deeply God loves you and extend that thought to your spouse as well because the fact is that God loves him or her just as deeply.
God will set you high on the solid rock of His love and He help you will discover ways to make it through difficult times inside your marriage. His love is a fountain that never stops flowing, and it’s deeper than any rift you may feel in your marriage relationship. You can depend on that love for hope and healing no matter the circumstances you face. That’s a peace that passes understanding, sisters and brothers. Let’s reach out and grab hold of it!
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” (Isaiah 43:1, NASB)
Do you have verses that have helped you through difficult times in your marriage? I invite you to write them in the comments section below. Your thoughts and verses will encourage others and give us more ideas for powerful prayers!
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I want to offer a big thank you to Leslie Newman for filling in for me today! I hope you’ll check out her blog at Journey to Imperfect, where she writes on her struggle to overcome perfectionism by anchoring her trust in the perfect Savior, Jesus. She also offers free tools and resources for encouragement in your prayer life. And who doesn’t need that? I hope you’ll visit her space today!
Click on the link, if you’d like to read the other posts in this Spiritual Warfare Series.
What has helped you through difficult times in life and marriage?
Which of the “three ways” Leslie shared today do you need to improve on the most and why?
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Two important announcements from Beth:
- I will be back next week with a new series “Love Strong Through Holiday Stress,” where I will be addressing the relational challenges that we often encounter with our spouses, children, in-laws and/or anyone who might get on our nerves at this stressful and busy time of year.
- One of the ways you can benefit from this new series is by participating in my private Facebook Bible study—6 Shades of Love—where we will be studying one or two Bible verses five-days-a-week for six weeks on the topic of love. This study will officially begin on Monday, Oct. 30th, but it’s best to be in the group by the 29th. I’m sure that looking intently at what God’s word says about how to love will really help to strengthen our love muscles—giving us the ability to Love Strong! Simply Friend me at Beth Oster Steffaniak and request that I add you, and I’ll do it ASAP! To find out more details on the study, click here.
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