I got married this past September, and to be honest, the entire year that we were engaged was overwhelmingly exhausting. Though the man I married is exactly who God wants me to be with, Satan still attacked me DAILY with doubt that I was making a mistake. He will attack us from every direction. Because he knows what our marriage represents and he knows our faith in God is strong.
(This next paragraph has sentences taken from the book, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer.)
-Do you know what the number one purpose of marriage is? It’s not the partnership it creates between a man and woman, or the conceiving of children, or the fairy tale ending… It’s to represent the mystery of the Gospel in an active, living form. Marriage was created by God to be an object lesson to the world of the relationship of a believer to God Himself. Each of you will play a significant role in living out this lesson. Just like how God chooses us; a man chooses a bride, loves her, makes a covenant with her, and gives himself completely to her. The woman responds by receiving his love, surrendering to him, entering into this covenant bond with him, and becoming one flesh with him. It’s not a perfect representation but this primary human relationship between husband and wife is meant to be a living witness to others of the love Christ has for His church (Ephesians 5:22-33). Marriage stands for the creation of unity among two people who were once separated in every way before love reached out and found the other- the same way God reached out and found us, and covenanted with us, and loved us, and despite what we’re like, still loves us. This image is exactly what the enemy (Satan) wants to tear apart so we have to be fervent in our prayer for our marriage.
This covenant that she is speaking about is what marriage is suppose to represent, but this world we live in today has twisted that. To be more specific, Satan has twisted it. At one point, I thought to myself, “This sinful world has ruined the definition of marriage to the point where I don’t even know why I would want to get married!” But you know what, that is exactly what Satan wants us to think. He wants us to live in sin and throw God out of the picture. He wants to take control of our lives and the ones we love, but guess what, we can stand up to him! We know how the ending goes, God’s children win and get to spend an eternity with him and Satan gets defeated! So the time to start standing up to him is NOW! Let him know that he doesn’t win and he NEVER will.
- If you are already married and your marriage is failing or you think your marriage isn’t glorifying God, you can change that. There are so many verses in the Bible that you can use to live by and use to pray over your marriage. Pray daily for the Lord’s guidance. He will bless you & the Bible even says that your husband could be saved because of you, 1 Corinthians 7:16. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Titus 2:4-5, 1 Peter 3:1-2, Proverbs 31:11)
- If you’re not married yet, I pray that you would use your relationships to glorify God. Obey his commands and he WILL bless you. Don’t listen to the enemy’s lies. Satan doesn’t like to see couples putting God first and he definitely couldn’t stand seeing my husband & I remaining pure until marriage and would try to tempt us every chance he got, but with help from the Lord, we waited. My husband and I never even slept in the same bed together until we were married. Even though it seems like an unrealistic thing to do these days, you can do it, too. Relationships before marriage obviously should not have the same benefits as they do after marriage. The peace that comes from God for obeying Him is unexplainable and the excitement you get to experience with your spouse on your honeymoon and for years to come is inexpressible. If your significant other doesn’t care about bringing glory to God or living according to His Word, then news flash: You’re not suppose to be with them! “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14
- If you don’t know God: I pray, fervently, that you will reach out to Him. He loves you more than you can imagine. He is waiting for you right now to call on Him. He can save you from a life of misery. He sent His perfect Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Jesus rose from the grave and defeated death just for us so that we could live with Him forever! Recognize that you have disobeyed Him, repent/ask for forgiveness, turn away from your sins, and trust in Jesus for salvation and He will save you! Romans 10:13-“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 1 John 1:9-“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” John 3:16- “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”