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Charlyne Cares Daily Devotional - Helping Stop Divorce God's Way

Charlyne Cares Daily Devotional - Helping Stop Divorce God's Way

The Joy of the Lord is my strength! Charlyne Cares is a daily reminder that God cares and that we care about your marriage. Each morning Charlyne sends a devotional and Bob does a Prodigal Perspective on Tuesdays. These come from someone who has experienced the tragedy of divorce and the triumph of a family restored by God speaking to Charlyne's heart not to give up on their marriage after she divorced Bob.

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Today's Charlyne Cares Devotional:

In this teaching, Charlyne is asking the stander if they are really ready for their prodigal to come home. She also answers the question, "Why do prodigals come and go from their families?" You will be especially helped by this teaching!

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By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  1 Corinthians 15:2-9

Imagine Jesus appearing to so many people in the next forty days before he ascended into Heaven. Do you remember the accounts of what happened to your Lord after Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene at His tomb?

Are you a man or woman of God who is standing firm, knowing that our Lord God is going to heal your marriage? I pray that you will remove every doubt that your Lord can set your spouse free from any addictions of adultery, alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography. Mary Magdalene had been set free from seven demons and then became a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. She was then chosen by God to be the first witness to the Resurrection of her Lord. What an honor!

Then Jesus began appearing to over 500 people in the next forty days before His ascension to Heaven. Let me be a newspaper reporter for you today and share the answers to the famous five questions."What happened?" Who was there? Why did it happen? When did it happen? Lastly, "Where did it happen?"

The disciples on that Friday, thought their relationship with Jesus Christ was over when, in fact, it was just about to begin in an even more powerful way. God was going to show His power over death and then reveal that Jesus Christ was alive! How? Jesus revealed himself to his friends and many people throughout the next forty days after His resurrection showing that He had defeated death and Satan. First He appeared to Mary Magdalene, the other women, Cleopas, and his companion on the road to Emmaus, Peter, and to ten of His disciples, all on Resurrection Day.

Jesus appeared to the other Mary besides Mary Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb… But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay”…. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me."  Matthew 28:2, 5-6, 9-10  (NKJV)

Jesus appeared to Cleopas, possibly his wife, Mary, and Peter. (verse 34)

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him...But they urged him strongly,"Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon." Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.  Luke 24:13-16, 29-35

Jesus then appeared to His eleven disciples in the Upper Room:

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, "Have you any food here?" So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence. Luke 24:36-43  (NKJV)

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."  John 20:24-25

The following Sunday, one week later, Jesus appeared to eleven of His disciples, including Thomas, in the Upper Room:

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.  John 20:26-31

Are you amazed how the Lord loved His disciples and friends so much that He kept appearing at different times and places, speaking to them very powerful messages of "Peace, do not be afraid. I am alive. Stop doubting and believe." Jesus was grieved that despite the many scriptures, from Genesis to Malachi, telling that the Messiah would have to suffer prior to Him becoming a King, the disciples did not understand or believe that Jesus had arose after He was crucified.

Where are you today? It is three days after Resurrection Sunday. Are you walking and speaking faith, believing that your marriage will be restored, or are you in doubt and unbelief? Imagine you having a personal visit by your Lord Jesus Christ and He is holding out His hands showing you that He defeated death and Satan. Will you believe in His mighty power? Can you believe that Jesus Christ has died for all sinners? Can you believe that your Lord loves you and wants to resurrect your dead marriage? Today, what does your Lord have to do to convince you that He will resurrect your dead marriage? What has He already spoken or revealed to you in different ways?

God does speak to His children. May you humble yourself, seek His face, repent of your sins, and ask Him to speak to your heart for confirmation of His will for your marriage. Then when your Lord speaks to your heart, or by a "rhema word" from the Bible, or by signs that He orchestrates, will you believe and wait for your promises to be manifested in a restored marriage? Never forget what Thomas and Jesus said:

Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."  John 20:28-29

Could your personal unbelief, doubt and lack of faith be blocking your marriage restoration? Ask the Lord to show you His will and way for your marriage. God does speak to His children!

Have a blessed day,
Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
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"You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee.’”
Mark 16:6b-7a

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