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The Days of Darkness - J.L. Robb -
Darkness is profound, especially total darkness. I have seen satellite photos of the Korean Peninsula at night. South Korea is bright with light everywhere; North Korea is a world of darkness. I pray for the people there who live in darkness every night, because with darkness comes danger.
Just as cold is defined as the absence of heat, darkness is defined as the absence of light. When the sun has set 18-degrees below the horizon in the evening, it is considered total darkness. Of course, we hardly ever experience total darkness because of the moon, stars, billboards and parking lot lights.
In the world of plague, continuous darkness would be a bad one, especially if it remained dark for days.
When Moses proclaimed each of the ten plagues upon Egypt 3,600 years ago, each plague was a little worse than the previous and convincing Pharaoh to release the Hebrew people from bondage was a step-by-step process. Peace treaties do not come easily, as we watch the possible adaptation of North Korea to the real world.
The ninth plague of Moses was a plague of darkness:
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt-darkness that can be felt." So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, "Go, worship the Lord. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind."
But Moses said, "You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord our God. Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the Lord our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord."
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Pharaoh said to Moses, "Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die."
"Just as you say," Moses replied. "I will never appear before you again." Exodus 10:21-29 NIV
Darkness that can be felt, for three days. Can you imagine trying to exist in a world so absent from light that nothing was observable. Even in this day of night-vision goggles, they do not operate if there is absolutely no light to magnify.
There were signs specified in the Bible that would occur prior to the onset of a great war:
Biblically speaking, when the war at Armageddon finally takes place, the world will have been a dark place for years, like it was in the days of Noah.
Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth." Genesis 6:11-13 NIV
To believe that these signs are not being played out before our very eyes is to deny the obvious.
Can there be darkness on Earth, even when there is abundant, physical light?
Evil is the absence of God, and evil can happen in darkness or broad daylight. The absence of God is true darkness. True darkness is abundant today on Planet Earth.
Last week, Bill Maher of The Bill Maher Show fame, stated that he hoped that the U.S. economy would collapse so President Trump would fail. The economy has suddenly become so strong, how will the left possibly win the next election?
While President Trump was holding history's first meeting between a U.S. President and leader of North Korea, a possible peace treaty seems at hand. The meeting and the results were stunning, especially if it all plays out.
A quick tour of CNN, ABC and the other major news channels indicated the commentators were of the Bill Maher, super-atheist, mindset. A guest on CNN stated that any president could have done what Trump did, no big deal.
Politicians in the Washington, DC swamp and the mini-swamps in all the states are wringing their hands in despair, asking how Trump could play-nice with a murderous dictator like Kim Jung Un of North Korea. The same people asking this question are the same people who were condemning Trump six months ago for being so mean to "Little Rocket Man."
The world is rife with evil and darkness and has been for decades.
January 23, 1968, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo, a ship of the U.S. Navy. Three crewmen were shot, the Commander was forced to acknowledge fault and this past January, North Korea proudly displayed the ship, still held by the North Korean regime. Five months later, North Korea sat at a peace summit with the President who couldn't- only he did.
What kind of darkness has come over a world where good is bad and bad is good? What kind of darkness has formed over the United States when American False Idols stand at the Tony Awards and tell the President to have sex with himself on international television; and the audience gave Hollywood actor Robert De Niro a standing ovation. What kind of darkness prevails in a world where parents encourage their little boys to be little girls if they wish? What kind of darkness prevails in a world when a so-called comedienne can perform on national television and call the President's daughter a profane and repugnant name, a name most-certainly defaming to women, and the audience breaks out in raucous laughter?
I have prayed for years that God would turn the United States back to a shining lamp of morality like she once was; but the country continues toward a Sodom and Gomorrah ending, following in the footsteps of Europe.
There are numerous events that can cause darkness that one can feel: Dust storms and volcanic ash come to mind.
Be prepared. It's getting darker.
Why the Nations Hate Israel - By Robert Mandel -
A good wife is a wonderful helpmate to have! Yesterday, my own wife, Rebecca, showed me a verse she had just read in Jeremiah. I was as struck by it as she had been! We felt like we had found a lost key designed to unlock several different mysteries at the same time! We share it here with all "watchers on the wall":
"Say to them, This is what the Lord says: 'If you will not listen to me and obey my word I have given you, and if you will not listen to my servants, the prophets - for I sent them again and again to warn you, but you would not listen to them - then I will destroy this Temple as I destroyed Shiloh, the place where the Tabernacle was located. And I will make Jerusalem an object of cursing in every nation on earth'" (Jeremiah 26:4-6).
This passage contains two prophecies. The first - the destruction of the Temple - was fulfilled just a few short years after Jeremiah delivered this message, in about 600 B.C. This is a good example of what I call a "double-burst prophecy." It resembles the way that a sky-rocket will explode at 200 feet and then again, a second time, at 400 feet in an even larger display! Solomon's Temple was indeed destroyed in 586 B.C., as per Jeremiah's prophecy.
Yet a second fulfillment of this same prophecy came about in 70 A.D., when the Roman armies destroyed the Second Temple, just as Jesus also predicted they would. This was the "second burst" of prophetic fulfillment, and its effects were even greater than the first!
The second prophecy contained in the Jeremiah 26 passage was this: "And I will make Jerusalem an object of cursing in every nation on earth."
In 135 A.D., sixty-five years after Jeremiah's first prophecy came true, the Romans expelled the remaining Jewish population from Jerusalem and renamed the city in Latin. From that point on, Jerusalem has become a curse among the nations.
The diplomatic diatribes from every corner of the earth attest to the truth of God's Holy Word 2,600 years later! Interestingly, 300 years before Jeremiah's prophecy, the Lord spoke the very same warning to King Solomon just after he completed the building of the First Temple. Here is that passage in 1 Kings 9:6-9:
"But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.
"This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?' People will answer, 'Because they have forsaken the LORD their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them-that is why the LORD brought all this disaster on them.'"
So, the "key" we found in Jer. 26:4-6 helps us to unlock the 4 mysteries below:
1 - It tells the Jewish people why their two great temples were destroyed.
2 - Along with Deuteronomy 28, it supplies the Jewish people with the reason for their sufferings over the past 2,600 years!
3 - It helps us understand why, even today, most countries are still so blind to the truths of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
4 - This passage also lays the groundwork to explain why the nations of the world will one day descend on Jerusalem to fulfill their historical curses upon it as described in Revelation 16.
But something has been left out. It is the saddest part of all. What was the reaction of the Jewish leaders to the word of the Lord which Jeremiah spoke? Verses 7-8 are as follows:
"The priests, the prophets, and all the people listened to Jeremiah as he spoke in front of the Lord's Temple. But when Jeremiah had finished his message, saying everything the Lord had told him to say, the priests and prophets and all the people at the Temple mobbed him. 'Kill him!' they shouted'" (Jer. 26:7-8).
You can read the rest of the chapter for yourself and see that, after a brief trial, Jeremiah's life was spared; but tragically, the word he delivered was rejected!
What are the lessons which we as "watchers on the wall" can pass along to others in these last days? I would like to suggest three:
Firstly, that clerical robes do not guarantee those who wear them will also possess the mind of God.
Just as the religious leaders of Jeremiah's day rejected God's word through him, the religious leaders of our day reject God's word through Christ.
I discovered this to be true for myself when I disagreed with the teachings of my Jewish rabbis and decided to believe that Jesus was my own long-lost Jewish Messiah. I have many friends who have made similar spiritual decisions by refusing the teachings of their own priests, ministers and imams. We must encourage our tradition-bound friends and family that they must leave the culture of their religion in order to cleave to the culture of Christ.
Secondly, that the trustworthiness of our scriptures has always been verifiable in the fulfillment of its prophecies. No other "holy book" of any other religion can say this.
Thirdly, that God is still in control of the future of Jerusalem and of His people Israel. For just as He has pronounced curses which have plagued them for 2,600 years, He has also promised to them His ultimate deliverance and vindication in the eyes of all nations.
The Lord God Himself gives us this promise below in Jeremiah 32:37-42, the same prophet through whom He sent the previous word of judgment:
"I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them.
"I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.
"This is what the Lord says: 'As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them.'"
But how will the Lord bring such a wonderful transformation about? How will He change His own curse into a blessing for Jerusalem and for all Israel?
"Look, a righteous king is coming! And honest princes will rule under him. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land. Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth, and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it" (Isaiah 32:1-3).
Let every "watcher on the wall" pray that God will accomplish this speedily and in our day!
Asher Mandel, e: email@example.com
(I will be glad to respond to all emails after I take my precious helpmate to dinner!)
News from Hal Lindsey Media Ministries - Hal Lindsey -
President Donald Trump made history on June 12 when he met face to face with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator. They held their summit in Singapore.
The President has received both fawning praise and scathing criticism for sitting down with Kim. And, to some extent, both camps have valid points.
But I've been amused at how many commentators have criticized the President for getting no concessions from Kim and for giving up so much in return. I'm not sure if they are duplicitous or merely stupid.
At this point, no one has conceded anything and no one has received anything. All either man offered were intentions. And intentions can change overnight.
These weren't even real negotiations. All this summit did was produce a point from which to start.
The two leaders agreed on four goals they would like to achieve. NOW, the negotiations begin. And it's too early to pronounce victory or defeat for either side.
Of course, that doesn't matter to the mainstream media. They will pounce on any opportunity to deride the President and ignore any impetus to praise him.
But what's new?
However, one event the mainstream media chose to ignore -- and does so annually -- was the recent meeting of the Bilderberg Group in Turin, Italy.
In the past, the press tacitly agreed not to cover the secretive meetings so that the public would not become alarmed at what the world leaders in government and business were discussing. But even the founders and integral leaders have publicly admitted that what they're interested in is a one-world government. For our own good, of course. To save the planet and humanity.
This year, topics on the agenda included artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, and the inevitable merging of human bodies with machines. In other words, the 150 or so world leaders focused on technologies that will play a crucial role in the Antichrist's future world government.
One of Bilderberg's most prominent proponents, the late David Rockefeller, once noted: "The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."
"Autodetermination" means "self-determination." Fear of "self-determination", what we call democracy, is standard fare among global elites.
A "supernational sovereignty" is fascinating in the light of Bible prophecy. It doesn't mean eliminating the present nations. They would continue to exist. But there would be another governmental authority above those nations.
That's precisely what the Bible describes happening during the Tribulation period.
But during the last two years, new and extreme nationalist movements in many nations have threatened the globalists' plans. As I've noted before, both the "globalists" and the "nationalists" are sure signs of the end times.
According to the Bible, though, the globalists will eventually win. But only temporarily. Not long after Antichrist solidifies his position as the world's leader, the cracks will begin to emerge.
Global government will end with a world war of unprecedented horror. We usually refer to that war simply as Armageddon.
There's a war going on in the United Kingdom right now. In fact, it's a fight for survival. Britain's survival.
As the Muslim immigrant population of the UK has skyrocketed, so have certain unpleasant realities that invariably accompany the infiltration by Islam.
One of those alarming developments is the introduction and dramatic increase in "child grooming gangs." I've covered this Muslim phenomenon on the show before.
Several cities in Britain have uncovered and prosecuted gangs of Muslim men who cultivate relationships with young children and then later lure them into child and sex-trafficking. In one city alone, more than 1,400 young girls were lured away or outright kidnapped and held as slaves, then sold as sex objects to other men.
Thousands of British children have been abducted or lured into bondage. Worse, there has been a sinister cover-up by the British government for the sake of political correctness. The British newspaper, The Mirror, called it a "Conspiracy of Silence."
But one right-wing activist has not been silent. Because he is the subject of continual death threats and fatwas from the Muslim community, he goes by the pseudonym of Tommy Robinson.
Tommy has written books, made television appearances, organized rallies and marches, and produced news stories and documentaries for international organizations. His constant call is for Britain to wake up and realize that they are being conquered from within by the mushrooming Muslim immigrant population.
In his words, he is fighting the "Islamization" of Britain and Europe.
In late May, Tommy was arrested while standing on the public sidewalk outside the courthouse in Leeds. He was live-streaming on his cell phone the arrival of several defendants in the "child grooming gang" trial that was in progress.
He was not in the courtroom. He was not confronting the defendants. He was merely live-streaming their arrivals.
But the British authorities and their "conspiracy of silence" apparently felt that it could incite British citizens to take action.
So they arrested Tommy. But they did more. In a matter of six hours, Tommy was arrested, tried without sufficient due process or representation, and sentenced to 13 months in jail.
Further, the judge then issued a gag order prohibiting any news organization in Britain from reporting on the sentence.
Tommy was remanded to a minimum-security facility. Then a couple of days ago, he was moved to a much more hardcore facility where he is housed with the general population. The problem is that the population is predominately Muslim. Further, the reputation of the prison is that the Muslim inmates are so violent that they actually run the facility.
Reports are that Tommy is being harangued and threatened hourly by the Muslim inmates. A British imam has even issued a fatwa for Tommy's death.
In 2013, The New York Times reported, "Britain has a long tradition of a free, inquisitive press." Then it ominously added, "Unlike the United States, Britain has no constitutional guarantee of press freedom."
A "long tradition" can be easily erased by a short "judicial ruling." And it has.
Tommy Robinson has consistently warned Britain about "fake refugees who have no intention of integration and no intention of assimilation." In today's United Kingdom, that's more than controversial. It's blasphemy against the new god of political correctness.
Whether you approve of Tommy Robinson's methods or history, please pray for him that he will survive this malicious and targeted persecution. He is, unfortunately, a voice crying in the wilderness that all of Europe and even the United States needs to heed.
In the last few days, the world has been shocked by the suicides of the designer Kate Spade and the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
Sandwiched between the two tragic events, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released some startling new statistics: From 1999 to 2016, suicides in America rose almost 30%. It is now the 10th leading cause of death in the US. There is a suicide every 12 minutes in our nation. In 2016, more than 45,000 Americans took their own lives.
People are looking for escape -- in a bottle, in a syringe, or in death. But what are they trying to escape? Despair. Hopelessness. Meaninglessness.
Not only is there an epidemic of suicide, there is an epidemic of despair in America.
On this week's program, I will share with you some of my thoughts on why this is happening and the only hope that those in despair truly have.
Don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, CPM Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com . Check your local listings.
Doubt, Satan's Silver Bullet - By Grant Phillips -
One of Satan's greatest weapons against a child of God is to inflict them with doubt. Sometimes we are either ashamed or afraid to admit that we have doubts, but we all have them. (Some will say they never have any doubts, but I find that hard to believe. We are all human.)
In the old werewolf movies only, a silver bullet could kill the werewolf. Of course, we are not werewolves, so this is just a way of saying that Satan wants to harm us as lethally as possible. I suppose I could just have easily said, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" (1 Peter 5:8).
In my opinion the greatest doubt Satan inflicts upon a Christian is shown in that piercing question we ask our self, "Am I really going to Heaven when I die?" Of course today, we seem to be so close to the Rapture, the question may be, "Will I really go in the Rapture or be left behind?"
Satan loves causing us to doubt our salvation. He loves nothing more than to cast doubt upon those who are of God. He has done this from the very beginning. "Yea, hath God said?" is the very first question he asked Eve. The silver bullet of doubt left the chamber, raced down the barrel and found its target in Eve. He has been hitting bulls eyes with that silver bullet ever since. That's all it took in the Garden of Eden, that little bit of doubt and the whole world is in a tizzy.
Since he already has mankind in the death throes of sin, what is his point today? I personally think he likes to watch us squirm while he keeps us confused and unproductive. What about this thing called "death" though? Can a Christian have peace in this area without constantly being bombarded by Satan with doubts?
I have heard a few Christians say on occasion that they have never doubted their salvation since the day they were saved. If that is true, and I'm sure it is for some, then I'm happy for them. However, that isn't true of every Christian. Many have endured those doubts. You know how it goes in Christian growth ... one step forward and two steps back ... then two steps forward and one step back ... until finally the backward steps become fewer and fewer. Satan is always trying to hinder any growth in the Christian life.
In my experience of those I have known personally, many good Christians did not want to admit their doubts and shortcomings, but folks we are ALL saved by GRACE and not one of us is worthy of that salvation FREELY GIVEN to us that cost our Lord Jesus so much. We are going to fall at times, but Jesus will always be there to pick us up.
Often times (especially as a young Christian) when I would sin Satan would immediately attempt to cause me to doubt my salvation, and there I would be, back on that stomach churning roller coaster of doubt. Then one day I was reminded of two things, both with the same conclusion.
When I was in college a professor was questioning the authenticity of certain areas in the Bible. As an impressionable young man that hit me hard, especially knowing the professor was a pastor. Within a matter of days, I said to myself, "This is enough. Either the entire Bible is true, or none of it is true." After that, it didn't matter what man said, but it did matter what the Bible said.
Several years ago, I was reading Romans and came upon chapter 3, verse 4. One section in that verse reminded me where I needed to be spiritually, "... let God be true, but every man a liar..." It took me right back to my college class experience.
Now, the conclusion that was reinforced in me from these incidents is this: God cannot lie. He always tells the truth. I know what the Bible says about salvation and His keeping power. I know I am a sinner and will always be a sinner upon this earth. I know I was saved by His grace and not by my works. As His child I will try my best not to let Him down, but I know I will sin and He knows that, but when I do, I can ask His forgiveness and our fellowship will be restored (1 John 1:9).
The most important thought I can get across is our salvation and home in Heaven does not depend on us. It depends on whether or not God will keep His word, and we already know ... He said He would, and He does not lie.
Doubt weakens our faith. On the other hand, exercising the faith He gives us weakens any doubt.
Doubt steals the joy from our life, but faith increases joy.
Doubt will stunt our spiritual growth. Faith will enrich it.
Doubt will steal our assurance, but allowing our faith to blossom will make us spiritually strong.
Following are a few verses we can all find strength in. Let your faith grow in the Lord and experience the freedom of mind that God provides.
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
"And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed [discouraged]." (Deuteronomy 31:8, bracketed definition mine)
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." (Psalms 116:15)
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles [deceit, trickery] of the devil." (Ephesians 6:11, bracketed definition mine)
"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind." (James 1:6)
The account is given in Genesis 15:7-21 of a promise God made to Abraham (Abram at that time). Please read this account and then return to finish this article.
During that time the method God chose was practiced among men to solidify a vow (an oath, a promise). This oath was different though. The custom was that both parties would walk between the carcasses, but in this case God put Abram to sleep while He walked between the carcasses alone.
This is to show that the promise being kept did not depend upon the ability or failure of Abram. It depended solely upon God. God keeps His promises whether we keep ours or not. None of the promises God has given us depend upon our abilities. God's word of guarantee depends upon who and what He is, not who and what we are.
He promises salvation. He promises to save. He promises to keep.
If we are His child, He promises we will live with Him forever. He has given His word and His word is solid.
Satan desires more than anything to sprinkle doubt here and there in our lives. Don't give him the satisfaction. Allow the Lord to run him off with his tail between his legs (so to speak) by trusting God. God has given us promises. He guarantees the promises. They are always there for us to claim. We should let our faith develop muscle, and we do that by using the faith He has provided each of us. When we don't use it our faith gets flabby, just like a muscle when it is not being used, and along come those doubts.
What amount of certainty can a Christian have of Heaven after death? What if he/she is living when the Rapture occurs? What certainty does he/she have that they will meet Jesus in the air and go on to Heaven? Is 100% certainty enough? We can be just as certain of being in Heaven as if we are already there.
Pre-Rapture Commentary: http://grant-phillips.blogspot.com
Rapture Ready: http://www.raptureready.com/featured/phillips/phillips.html
Daily Jot: The spirit of propaganda - Bill Wilson -
Propaganda is defined as "chiefly derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view." In America, propaganda was always supposed be properly identified. For example, the First Amendment of the Constitution expressly guarantees the news media's freedom. This means that government cannot suppress free speech. This freedom is should be used to hold the government accountable. When the news media takes the position of a political party, it no longer is exercising its freedom, but is held captive to the spirit of propaganda, causing government and politicians to be far less accountable and far more powerful.
When I was in Journalism school, we did a lot of analyzing of news stories to be able to recognize bias. Back then, we used Pravda and Tass--the official "news" outlets of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. They were the most clever propagandists of the time. For example, one story was about an international race between a Russian and an American. The America won the race by quite a distance. The headline in the Communist papers went like this: "Russia second, American next to last in international race." You see how truth can be distorted by propaganda. The government has its own point of view and its own propaganda. Unlike the Soviet Union, America's media was and is free to report the truth.
When a society drifts away from God, it also has no bearing of truth. Some of the most godless people are in the highest places of both government and media. They believe truth is relative and that the ends justifies the means. Without God, there can be no truth. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me." Without Jesus it is extremely difficult to even discern truth because he is the truth. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:3,4, "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not..." Jesus also said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you."
Herein is a two-fold problem. Americans are being fed deception by the news media which by and large cannot know truth because it has no foundation in Christ. Therefore, good citizenship as Americans requires that we do not believe what we hear from the media and seek the truth on our own. Moreover, we are called by Christ to make disciples. Romans 10:13,14 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" We as Christians must do a better job in making disciples, otherwise the truth will never be known.
Daily Devotion: Happily Even After - By Greg Laurie -
Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. -Psalm 119:165
It's amazing to me how people will obsess about a wedding but forget about the marriage. The most important thing is not the wedding; it's the marriage.
If you see a strong and thriving marriage, it didn't happen by accident or by default. If a marriage is strong and thriving, it's because two people are doing their part. The man has his part, and the woman has her part.
Is it possible to have a marriage where we live happily ever after? I think we ought to lose the fairy tale and rephrase that. You can live happily even after . . . if you build your marriage on the right foundation.
God has a plan for marriage, and if we will do it His way, He can bless it. Ephesians 5:31-33 takes us back to the very beginning: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband" (NKJV).
God has given us an instruction manual for life, which includes His directions for marriage, family, and raising children-and also being single. That instruction manual is called the Bible, and we need to pay attention to what it says.
As we disregard God's rules, God's laws, we will pay a price for it. It has been said that a family can survive without a nation, but the nation cannot survive without the family. God has given us His template for marriage and the family, and the further we get away from it, the worse things become.
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