Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
When we fight in the spirit and put on our armor, we will become more in tune of what our purpose is. As we push back the enemy, God will reveal strategy and give us understanding.
Ephesians 6:10-11 (NKJV)
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The only way to stand against attacks against our marriages is to be strong in the Lord. We can’t do it by our own understanding or power.
Ephesians 6:14-18 (NKJV)
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints--
We must stand in truth, righteousness, peace from knowing/believing the gospel, faith, salvation, the word of God, prayer, and watchful perseverance. If we build our marriage wearing this uniform, then our team will always win. That is our purpose, to always win! When we submit our marriage the Lord He will direct us and work everything out for our good.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
God has called each of our marriages for a purpose, so when we love God, He will work everything out for our good. We can’t lean on our own understanding or that from man’s opinions. We have to trust God, acknowledge Him in everything, and He will show us which way to go. We will learn along the way and grow into our purpose. My life is way different than I have ever expected it turn out. When I was a child I never imagined that I would be a stay at home Mom of 5 children. Honestly, on paper, it doesn’t make sense. Our decisions as a family often seem foolish to others, but because we have been led by God and trust in His promises, He has always provided. We are richly, deeply, blessed beyond anything that I could have imagined. I love my life and am so grateful to be playing on the winning team!
Father, we thank You for being the best coach ever! Forgive us for not wearing the armor that You have provided. Forgive us for leaning on our own understanding and doing things based on what seems right to the world. We submit ourselves and our marriages to You. Teach us how to wear our armor. We love You and seek You to reveal what path that we should take next. We want to build a winning team that will help advance Your kingdom and bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!