Today’s Devotional – May 18th (Dealing With An Unbelieving Spouse)

By admin On May 18th, 2014

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – May 18th

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Dealing With An Unbelieving Spouse

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One of the greatest problems that a Believer must face, is that of trying to maintain peace and harmony in the home.

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And for those who live with an unbelieving spouse, this can be quite an ordeal at times!

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Nevertheless, this little devotional cannot tackle all the various problems.

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But there are just several general principles, which must be discussed.

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THE ROARING LION

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First, if the Christian is a, “True Worshipper” of God, then he or she must be aware that Satan is our adversary and will try his best to make life as discouraging as he can for that household.

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Listen…“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1st Peter 5:8

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And of course, this concept is pretty much accepted by the Christian community.

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Most Christians understand this truth that Satan is a vigilant foe.

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“LEAN NOT UPON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING”

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“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint…Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” 1st Peter 5:2-4

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This above verse by Peter lays down a principle, which the Christian should always keep in mind: to lead gently in the home, not trying to force others into submission!

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But probably where most of us have gone wrong, is when we try to make things happen.

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This can be the source of many, or perhaps most of our troubles in the divided home.

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FORCING OTHERS

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For instance, many newer converts will often try to compel the entire household to go to church, or have daily worships together.

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Or maybe the Believer will try to get rid of the TV, or secular radio, etc..

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Or maybe the Believer will try too hard to convince the family of the veracity of the Bible.

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Or maybe the Believer will try to convince the family that, for instance, going to the circus is evil, or any number of other questionable amusements.

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“BE GENTLE…PATIENT”

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“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Braet_von_%C3%9Cberfeldt_woman_with_bible_1866.jpgthe devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2nd Timothy 2:24-26

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One big mistake that sincere Christians make, is to think that our family must also live our self-denying lifestyle.

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But if they are still unsaved, the Christian simply must try to make their lives as enjoyable as possible in this world, though it breaks our heart to see them seeking after the things of the world!

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And so, we may even allow them to watch secular shows, or take them to the circus, or allow other secular pursuits.

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We may even have to work longer hours, so that they can enjoy their earthly lives more fully.

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“YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!”

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Oh yes, as we watch them, we will be crying silently for God’s mercy and blessings for them!

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And we will be clinging to God’s precious promises, as we allow them such worldly freedoms. In a very real sense, we will be like the father of the Prodigal son, as we long for their return to the Lord. (see Luke 15:11-24)

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The problem is, we can’t force others into Heaven! A person must be “born again”, in order to understand and appreciate true Salvation.

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And without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Believer just cannot expect his or her family to enjoy making spiritual sacrifices.

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So what should the Believer do, to bring along the rest of the family?

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Well this brings us to the second principle.

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“WALK, EVEN AS HE WALKED!”

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The Believer must try to treat his or her spouse as Christ-like as possible. And this takes much prayer, and a constant growth in the wisdom and knowledge of God’s Word.

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The Believer needs to spend much time contemplating what Jesus would do, in the everyday situations of life.

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Listen to the Word of Christ… “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6.

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God’s Spirit of Holiness can do “exceeding abundantly more than we ask or think”, to fashion us after the image of Christ!

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THE GENTLE SHEPHERD

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Yes, to live with an unsaved spouse and even with unsaved children requires much prayer for Bible wisdom, to know how to handle everyday problems and situations in the home.

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But one thing is for sure! Jesus was gentle, even as a gentle shepherd with His sheep.

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Jesus did not force others to do His every bidding.

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Jesus was like a gentle breeze, not a gale-force wind!

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Jesus did not engage in shouting matches. Even with the Pharisees, Jesus did not need to raise His voice. Jesus lived by faith, knowing that God was in full control.

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He was not a manipulator in the least bit!

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He was a servant of servants.

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He exercised great patience and forbearance. He held his peace and His words were few.

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He didn’t demand fair and equal treatment. Rather He patiently endured all unfair treatment.

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He looked at all such trials as opportunities to witness for Heaven!

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PRECIOUS PROMISES!

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Now if a Believer can grow more and more like Jesus, these same wonderful attributes will begin to be witnessed by the various members of the household.

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And with such a blessed environment, the Lord can begin to move ever-so-gently in the hearts and lives of the unbelieving members of the household.

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And even though the Believer may have to wait long and patiently for his or her family to finally follow Jesus, we have many promises in the Bible such as this to cling to…

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“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.” Psalm 128:1-3

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me wisdom to know how to lead my family like a gentle shepherd. Give me great knowledge of Thy Word. Give me great patience. Give me great faith. Mold me and make me into Thy likeness…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “May 16th (Lead On Softly!)” or you can also read… “May 14th (The Greatest Mission-Field: My Soul!)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS

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5 CONSTELLATIONS PLUS THE STAR, ARCTURUS…

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The Summer Constellations tell the story of Jesus as He calls His Disciples to “Come and follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” These heavenly symbols also present the principles of God’s Salvation plan. The Summer Constellations are made of five different constellations plus the star known as Arcturus . This big, bright, and beautiful star, Arcturus (representing Jesus) goes in front of these five constellations, as though He is leading His Disciples, just as He did back in Israel, 2,000 years ago.

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From left to right…

1. the first constellation is the Ark of the Covenant Constellation (AKA Sagittarius).

2. The second is the Cross/Scepter Constellation (not previously recognized)

3. Under the Cross/Scepter is the Flower of the Field Constellation (AKA Scorpio).

4. The fourth is the Glorious Crown Constellation (AKA Corona Borealis).

5. The fifth is the 7 Stars Constellation (AKA the Big Dipper).

These are the basic five constellations that make this Summer Constellation phenomenon.

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DOUBLE-ENTENDRES

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But if this is not already complicated enough, there are even more complicated aspects to this. In this sketch, if you look on the far left, you will notice that the Ark of the Covenant Constellation now appears as Two Turtle-doves. And at the top right, you will notice that the 7 Stars Constellation now appears as the Revelation 12 Woman With Child (Actually, this Woman is made of the Big Dipper, plus the addition of more fainter stars, which together comprise what is commonly known as Ursa Major). So these two constellations are each double-entendres.

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So with the addition of these two extra constellations (the Turtle-doves, and the Woman), we now have 7 Summer Constellations, plus the star, Arcturus guiding them.

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So maybe the best way to tell this story is to take each constellation individually…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Site Overview” or you can also read… “Arcturus (the star that wise-men follow!)”

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TOMORROW:

“May 19th (Pilgrim’s Allegories)”

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