A Familiar Road with New Turns

Walking through our daughter’s divorce has once again reminded us why God hates divorce. It has also made us wonder once again why anyone ever thinks that divorce is a viable solution to marital problems.

Seeing her pain, the pain and confusion in her children, and the overall effect of a home divided has brought to the surface so many emotions and memories from long ago. Walking through my own stand was painful, but watching this new attack of the enemy has proved much more so.

We’ve always said that God gives grace to each of us to walk through situations. It is a grace that those observing do not have. How real that fact has once again become in the past few months!

We have once again been reminded how quick observers are to state their opinions regarding the marriage, the breakup, and what the future holds. Once again we have been reminded how little faith there is for marriage healing in the Body of Christ, much less in the world.

And yet, once again, we have been encouraged by the Lord and His Word. Once again we have found peace standing on the Rock instead of the shifting sand. Once again we are watching Him perform miracles as only He can do.

The enemy has no new tactics. His schemes are as old as the Garden of Eden. So much of what he attacked our marriage with he is now using in our daughter’s life. They are the same tactics he has used against you and your marriage. Circumstances vary from person to person, but the enemy’s plans are always the same.

How blessed we are to have a Savior who paid the price for our redemption! He bore the shame, the rejection, and the pain so that each of us might walk in peace and victory. He and the devil are not equal enemies. No one is equal to our God!

Satan is a defeated foe. Period. The blood of Jesus has vanquished* him and freed us from his hold. There may be people in our lives that are allowing him free rein in their lives, but that does not give him any power in ours. No matter how dark the times may be, Jesus is still the Light.

Over the years we have encouraged many people whose marriages were under attack. Our hearts were firm in what we know God can do. Now, once again, the battle is fresh in my heart. We face each day, as do you, trusting God and standing on the power of His blood and His Word. It is now time for this generation to stand and see the hand of God move on behalf of marriage and family! Love, Marilyn

*beaten, bested, defeated, overpowered, overcome, overwhelmed, conquered, routed, trounced, subjugated, annihilated

“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,¬†and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Colossians 1:19-20

Author: Marilyn Phillipps

Married 49 years, we have three children and six grandchildren. My initial career of nursing prepared me to work with marriages that are wounded and in need of healing. For 35 my husband and I have led 2=1 International, a ministry to marriages and families around the world. We have seen miracle after miracle when many had given up hope.

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