August 20, 2014

Devotional

TORN APART

There is very real anguish in feeling torn between an unsaved or backslidden loved one and God. The battles are relentless as divided loyalties tear at your heart. Painful choices must be made night and day between obeying your spouse and pleasing God.

Paul said he was all things to all people so that some might be saved (1 Corinthians 9:22), but what does that mean? What does submission mean? What is servanthood and what is compromise? Some of you may be facing these kinds of conflicts tonight: "I want to read the Word, but my husband insists I watch violent TV shows with him. What should I do?" "My spouse is jealous when I go to church. Should I be submissive and stay home for awhile?" "There is heavy friction in my marriage over tithing. Should I drop it so there will be peace?"

As difficult as these questions are, there is hope. In the early morning hours, before anyone is awake, God wants to give you the wisdom and the words which will equip you for whatever is ahead. As the Prophet Isaiah testified:

"The Lord God has given me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary: He wakens me morning by morning, He wakens my ear to hear as a disciple...The Lord God has opened my ear; and I have not been rebellious or turned backward" (Isaiah 50:4-5, AMP).

The decisions you face are not easy, but believe that, in the early morning hours, he will prepare you to overcome and give you a godly wisdom which will lead to peace.

Our Evening Prayer - Let's Pray Together...

God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, I praise You that in every trial You have provided a way of escape. Awaken me "morning by morning" to give me the tongue of the learned. Allow Your wisdom and peace to triumph in every decision I make. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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