God’s Word is oxygen for your soul and brings life to areas that are seemingly dead in your marriage.
God’s Word: What it means to me and Ryan
Like the air we breathe, God’s Word has become something Ryan and I CANNOT live without.
Yes, we are human and miss a few days of bible reading…AND WE NOTICE IT! The crankiness sets in, the tones and frustrated attitudes or the Hulk (who apparently only lives in me) comes out on a path of destruction more often.
It’s during these tough moments that some of the first words out of our mouths to each other are: “When was the last time you spent time with God?” (can you feel the pride welling up?)
But speaking the truth in love is what it’s all about. (Eph. 4:15)
Facing these moments of weakness, covering each other in grace and diving into God’s Word is the solution. There is nothing like God’s Word to remind you of how loved and cherished you are – no matter your shortcomings.
One of the beautiful features about the bible is that it never gets old! People are the same as they were 2,000 years ago, we deal with the same struggles of idolatry, selfishness, hurt, etc. it simply looks different.
The golden calfs (idols) that our marriages face today are often money/greed, pornography, infidelity, fear and selfish ambition.
There is no life in these things, only heaviness that leads to death.
God’s Word is alive (Hebrews 4:12-13) and provides us with instructions on how to combat and overcome the battles we face in our marriage with/through Christ. He’s the authentic and everlasting solution.
Life pours out of God’s Word and if you’re feeling like your marriage is stagnant and dying – JUMP into God’s WORD!
It’s as relevant today as it was when it was being written.
God’s Word First
When it comes to big decisions in our marriage, Ryan and I often spend time in prayer and in the Word BEFORE we seek the council of trusted Godly mentors in our life.
See, Christ died so that we might approach the throne and go to God (Hebrews 4:16) individually – not through a priest or pastor, but on our own.
One of the reasons I wanted to highlight this is because we’ve received many inquiries from our FM family about how pastors and other spiritual leaders have told them things like pornography is ok in a marriage – that submission means not questioning your husband…All of which are false by the way.
One thing we have learned is to dive into God’s Word FIRST. Spend time in prayer; journaling in the Word and asking God for wisdom and understanding.
Jesus made the way for us to God. He IS the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) which allows us direct access to God; to His Word, to understanding it for ourselves – with the help of the Holy Spirit.
After that, going to trusted leaders in Christ if we have questions, concerns and are maybe confused about things.
God Loves You
Remember how much God loves you; He sent His (one and only) Son to die for you; He wrote this book (2 Tim. 3:16-17). An entire love story about the reconciliation of an undeserving people to a holy, perfect over-flowing-with-grace God.
If there is something you’re praying and believing for in your marriage, dig into God’s Word – discover His promises for you and hold tight to them.
Understand that the answer may be simple, but challenging to workout as our flesh will battle us. You’re not alone. There are people praying for you and believing for true healing, authentic restoration and unwavering hope in Christ.
God, thank you for your Word. Thank you that it is as alive today as it was 2,000 years ago. That it’s stood the test of time and humanity and is still bringing people to the life you envisioned. I pray that you will continue to give us a hunger and thirst for righteousness. God that your Word will come alive in our marriages and that your power will not go unnoticed. Guide us daily. Jesus, thank you for dying for us and allowing us to approach you in grace. Thank you for your life example, may we seek to be more like you daily through reading the Word and making it a priority in our marriage. Amen.
Have you heard of the The 31-Day Pursuit Challenge?
Every marriage begins with passion, purpose, and pursuit, but few stay that way. That’s why we wrote Husband in Pursuit and Wife in Pursuit Together, they make what we’re calling the 31-Day Pursuit Challenge. Couples are encouraged take the challenge together. We’re already starting to hear stories of transformed marriages! Are you up for the challenge?