Monday, April 23, 2012
Recognizing The Lies and Saving Your Relationships
Last week I talked about Spiritual Warfare. Our family has been in the midst of warfare for 2 weeks now. I so appreciate God allowing us to experience this with our eyes wide open.
I am going to share something with you that has happened a thousand times in 20 years of marriage and so I know that it will speak to some of you. Mike and I were blessed with a date night, thanks to our oldest Allie. She offered and we jumped at it. All that day we had been fine, work went as usual for Mike and my day was busy but good. He asked me where I wanted to go for dinner, I said that I didn’t care. He said he didn’t either. Seeing that one of us had to make some suggestion, I said that I would like to go to the little Mexican place in town. Mike did everything he could to talk me out of that place so I said that again, I didn’t care where we went. (I know you have been here, why does this happen?)
Anyway, he wouldn’t make up his mind but wanted me to and yet talked me out of the one place I did suggest. So, up till here is just normal stuff, I suppose. All of a sudden in my mind, I was this beat down wife who was never able to speak my own mind, who sacrificed everything for everyone with nothing in return. O.K. well that is all a big fat lie! Where was all of that coming from. I even had vindictive thoughts toward the love of my life.
Thankfully, the Lord opened my eyes and instead of becoming the victim of whatever was going on here. I simply talked to Mike about what I thought was going on. I said “I think that Satan in lying to me”. I explained all that has gone through my mind. He agreed that I must be under attack but also admitted to being partly at fault.
In the past I would have given in to the lies and pouted and ruined our night. I am so glad that God helps us to grow and get stronger in our faith. So, next time you feel beat down by someone or circumstances, reach out to the Lord and ask him to lead you through so that you can conquer those lies. It seems like a daily occurrence for us, that we are seeking God to help us to be more than conquerors.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.