God’s Answer to Marriages Under Attack
All I want to thank everyone from attending last night. Something happened at the end of the call that was amazing. As I was praying the Lord showed me everyone’s heart. He saw everyone’s hurts, pains, and uncertainty. So he answered everyone in Isaiah 43. As the Lord was showing me the answer to your situations, I was amazed. Therefore I want to show everyone what the Lord was showing me through Isaiah 43.
Before I explain the answer for your dilemma in Isaiah 43 I want to point out something. For everyone who is trying to ask why things have happened. It is ok. You are grieving. Remember there is a season for everything, a time to love and a time to grieve. You just had a traumatic event in your life. Your soul has just been ripped by your partner. Just like when your skin gets ripped and it hurts, so does your soul. But just as your skin goes through the healing process your soul will too. It will take time but you will get through it. Do not be ashamed, allow yourself to go through the process.
Remember, God gave all of us free will and we do stupid things many times without understanding why. So if our partners do something we don’t understand, remember we did not create them and we cannot control them. All we can do is go to the One who created them and pray for them. The only power we have is with our own journey. That is why we do not put our trust in any man but in the only One who will not let us down, our Lord. Remember many times we even let ourselves down, so why do we thing others are different.
Now back to Isaiah 43, let me show you what the Lord was pointing out.
First, the Lord was saying He is our protector in every situation. He won’t let anything destroy you. So don’t worry we are protected by a loving father.
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,Cush and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. (Isaiah 43:1-4)
Second, the Lord was saying He has our families and He will restore our relationships
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Third, the Lord was saying we have to forget the way it used to be. We need to move on and trust in the Lord. The Lord was saying He is building new relationships, ones that will last. The Lord was saying that even the old relationships are becoming new. That even when people become hard to get along with the Lord is still in control and the Spirit of the Lord will provide all we need in hard times, so that when our circumstances change for the best we will stand and proclaim the Lord is our strength and the deliver out of all our circumstances.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
Forth, the Lord was reminding us, we need focus on praising and loving Him as our only one, and stop worrying the Lord with our offensives, and yes we are offended. When we are in a lot of pain we focus on the offense and forget to truly minister to the one who Love us the most. Our praise needs to become the most important part of our lives during the most difficult times.
“Yet you have not called on me, Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for[c] me, Israel.
23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands for incense.
24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses.
Finally, the Lord was letting us know that no matter what we do, He still has us because He loves us unconditionally. He is forgiving us for His sake and all He wants to do is walk with us. He wants to know us.
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.
26 Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
27 Your first father sinned; those I sent to teach you rebelled against me.
28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple; I consigned Jacob to destruction[d]
and Israel to scorn.
As you can see from Isaiah 43, the Lord gave us precious promises and clear instructions on how to overcome the disappointments and difficulties we face in our relationships.
Again I just wanted to share what I saw when I was praying for everyone last night.