Monday, October 10, 2011

God's Given You The Best

God’s Given You the Best


“The man said, ‘This is not bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.’ for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they became one flesh.” Genesis 2:23-24

After Jesus quoted this is Matthew 19:5 He went on to say in verse 6, “so they are not longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.” I don’t know how we can take that any other way. God places a high value on marriage and so should we.

Trust that no matter how bad your marriage is, God can and will change you and your spouse if you will trust and allow Him to. Change your thoughts to what God can do. When our thoughts and actions are in agreement with God, nothing is impossible.

Malachi reveals God’s ultimate plan for our marriages. “Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.” Malachi 2:15

Satan works hard to try to destroy our marriages because he knows God’s plan for us is to raise up godly children. He knows the power in two hearts, surrendered to God’s will, and the positive impact their generations will have. God’s plan is to take us from where we are in our marriages and bring us together as one. Satan’s plan is to convince us we need to find someone better.

Some spouses think they need to find someone better because they married someone they were not warned not to. God warns us not to be unequally yoked before we get married, and He warns us in many other ways for our own good. He gives us these warnings because He knows ahead of time the heartache and problems we will face.

However, it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that we should get a divorce when we realize we made a mistake and married someone who wasn’t God’s first choice for us.

David in the Bible is a perfect example. He married Bathsheba after he committed adultery with her and had her husband killed. Do you think it was God’s will for David to have another man’s wife? Second Samuel 11:27 says, ‘David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”

David acknowledged he did wrong and repented. God used their second son, Solomon, to be the direct line to Jesus. I believe God purposely did that to sow us that He sees light in every darkness.

God can bring light out of every wrong thing we have done. He can take any wrong and turn it around for our good if we turn to Him. ‘If I say, Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become dark around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Psalm 139:11-12

God works with us in whatever situation we are in. He calls us right where we are. His commands are always His first choice for us. He gives us these commands because He sees what we can’t see, and He knows what’s best for us.”

From You Can Have a Happy Family (pp.58-62), by Amanda Beth. Used by Permission.

Note: Amanda’s book is an excellent treatise on marriage and family. It deals with practical issues in a biblical and common sense manner. You will enjoy it. Amanda has given me an extra copy to share with readers. Anyone who comments here will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of You Can Have a Happy Family. Amanda maintains a couple of blogs, Sharing the Truths Behind the Truth and Enjoying Your Family.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

jcporter5@lrmutual.com ..... not anonymous lol

mamadoveonabox said...

Sometimes that simple phrase, you can have a happy family can elude you. I would be very interested to the thoughts and references that i can use in my life from this book. Please consider me for this giveaway!

jdovefamily (at) Gmail (dot) Com

Sara G said...

"God works with us in whatever situation we are in." Amen!
When the light shows, God's light on our mistakes, failures, we learn and I'm so thankful for Jesus coming to be our savior and God's forgiveness. God uses whatever happens, allows for situations, to bring us to Him. Each person has, will have, a turning point. May we rejoice!

Author Amanda Beth said...

I would love a copy, sign me up! LOL!

Thank you for posting this and doing a giveaway. I wanted to mention it is now available on kindle at Amazon for those who don't win (http://tinyurl.com/44f5psm).

It is also on sale at Barnes & Noble (http://tinyurl.com/3kzz7ab)

jdovefamily: I thought the same thing when I was writing the book. I thought that some would be turned away from the title. So I defined happiness right at the beginning of the book. Happiness isn't always smiles, which is why I didn't want smiling faces on the cover. True happiness is contentment. I share all the things that steal our contentment in our lives, our marriages, and our families.

Here's a link to what the book is about and the table of contents: http://www.sharingtruths.com/?page_id=45


Thank you to everyone who entered/enters. I pray your family will be blessed by it.

God bless,
Amanda Beth

Anonymous said...

"God works with us in whatever situation we are in. He calls us right where we are." In my past I used to think...hmm, if only I could be this or that or be here or there then I could answer God's calling. I have learned that as long as I have my eyes on Him...I am called right where I am & whatever the situation is.

I would love to win the FREE book giveaway! And, will probably download or buy even if I don't win it.
Thanks, Brian
magoo1012@hotmail.com

Warren Baldwin said...

Anonymous 1 - It is a good book!

mamadoveonabox - You are right about happiness, and I like Amanda's answer. The book doesn't make happiness in marriage and family look easy, it makes it look possible. With families focused on God's Word and will, and on obeying God, we move happiness into the realm of possibility. And even having a happy family doesn't mean there will never be disappointmet or pain. But it does mean we have other options in how to respond. You raise a good issue here, thanks. And I like how Amanda deals with this question in her book.

Sara G - thanks for the input, and yes, we can rejoice in God's forgiveness!

Anonymous 2 (Brian) - Good insight into God's call for us. Yes, where ever we are, whoever we are, and at all times. Thanks for the comment.

Amanda - Good responses. And, good luck winning this one :) Thanks for making your book available.

WB

Mel said...

This sounds like a great book and one I'd love to read and possibly pass onto my readers!

melindatoad@gmail.com

Blessings,
Mel
Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

Jenn said...

Wonderful post!

Angie said...

This is great. I would love to read more.

Author Amanda Beth said...

Thanks everyone for entering! If you don't win, feel free to stop by my blog next week at www.sharingtruths.com. I will be doing a giveaway for my one year anniversary of blogging!
May God bless your families:)
Amanda Beth

Warren Baldwin said...

Jenn & Mel - Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm about to pick the winner.

Thank you for your support of Titus 2 In Action.

wb