Friday, April 22, 2005

3rd Devotion on Marriage - Deuteronomy

Welcome to Our Devotionall Series! The book of Deuteronomy is a retelling of the law. Address that Moses delivered to the people before they entered the promised land to remind them of the covenant they had with God. It had been established 40 years earlier after the exodus from Egypt. This is the book our Savior quoted from most often!

Deut. 7:3&4, "Do not intermarry with them, nor let your sons and daughters marry their sons and daughters. That would surely result in your young people's beginning to worship their Gods." TLB

Moses was referring to the people who inhabited the promised land. They did not know, acknowledge or worship Jehovah God. They worshiped pagan, false Gods. Often included in their worship were idols, temple prostitutes and sacrifice of children. These things were all abhorent to God and expressly forbidden for the Isrealites. God had called them out to be a seperate Holy people unto Him.

God knew then and now that if we mix in with other people of different beliefs their ideas and practices will begin to rub off on us. Love for a mate of opposing belief could lead us astray from our first love, Jesus.
Therefore, then and now it is His ultimate will for us to marry within our faith. If marriage is in Gods plan for your life then He has a Godly mate out there somewhere that he wil lead you to.

Now, that said, we should not dump or leave a mate that we married when we were seperate from God. It is within His permissive will that we should remain with them for as long as they will have us. (More on this when we get to the writtings of Paul) We should lead Godly lives before them and pray for their salvation. If you are single, you should be praying now for the mate you may one day have. If we are Christian, we should always seek God's will before we inter into marriage. Unfortunately even among Christians it is more often a matter of lust and desire, will they give me what I want ie. social standing, economic security,etc.

Myself, I was a Christian when I met my spouse. But I had not yet learned to let Jesus be Lord of my life or how to seek His will. I was not living the lifestyle, walking the walk. My dear husband is unsaved. It has brought issues and struggles into our lives that Christian couples can often though not entirelly avoid. Please join me in praying for his salvation that this home and marriage may be united fully in Christ.

One more thing. This verse has been used, missused to promote bigotry and hate. To claim that God sees color when he looks at His children. This is not true. . It is false doctrine. God's only concern was for spiritual harmony and purity in our relationships.

Have a great day in the Lord!biggrin And please add your reply. Insights, testimonies, prayer requests. I need a blessing too! I hope this has been a blessing unto you.

Love in Christ,



  1. I will pray for your husband and you.. you are being a Godly wife and YOU will be blessed for that.. I can't remember the exact scripture.. it is in the NT saying that if the wife is saved it sanctities the household and the whole family will come to Christ.  I know many women who hold to that promise when praying for loved ones.  I'll have to look it up.

    My husband and I were not saved when we got married and when I gave my life over to Christ and started walking the walk he thought I was just going threw a phase, ouch that hurt a lot.  I remember after having a conversation with him about how he is supposed to be the Spiritual Leader of our home and him agreeing that it was good for the kids to be in church but he himself was just not ready.. I went and cried to one of my sisters In Christ about what to do.. she smiled with a knowing smile and told me to just focus on my own walk and God will do the work on him.  So I did and never preached or pushed my faith on him... with in MONTHS he came to a relationship with Christ and we were able to be baptized together.  

    I have learned God will do what ever it takes to bring those who he has called into a relationship with him.. this time my husband only had to get an appendix taken out for him to realize he has a mortality and to see how our church poured out love on him and see how indeed Christ was the center of MY life and how all the better I was for it.. but for others sometimes he does things more harsh to get their attention.

    Much Love,

  2. Hey, i read your comment on my journal .. thanks for reading it and commenting! It was very nice of you !! Ricky is doing a lot better now.. he still is on crutches but he's healing fast! Have a good day!

  3. To Thumper:  I am so glad your friend is doing well!  Praise God!  Take care & don't be a stranger.       -    Barbara

    To Mary,

    Thank you for coming back!  And thank you for being an encourager!  I've been living for Christ for 12 years now, and sometimes I get so wiery in waiting for salvation to come to my Petie-Pete.  I know the verses you refer to - practically worn them out in my oldest Bible!  It's comments of the apostle Paul in the 7th chapter of the book I Corinthians, specifically vs.12-17.  We'll get to them in the devotional series!   I rejoice with you in the work God has done in your marriage and home!  -   In  Him,   Barbara

  4. Dearest Barbara~

    just came across your Devotions for Marriage today
    ~love LOVE the WORD of GOD...

    it's Love, Power, Health, Peace...everything thing we need to change our lives
    for the better

    it's alive and makes things happen (GOD's Word never returns to HIM without accomplishing the thing HE sent it forth to do)...

    LOVE LOVE LOVE how you are sharing this Vitally Needed WORD

    ....and as I was enjoying GOD's gift of HIS WORD through your efforts...

    I just KNEW something

    all this wonderful sewing you are doing is not going unnoticed by FATHER GOD
    nor can it in anyway be unfruitful!!!




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