life || divorce, temptation, God

during my devotions i found beautiful verses that i felt were very straight forward. now i realize that some of these verses (especially on divorce), dont necessarily answer the “what-ifs” that people may have. BUT i wanted to share them because i thought it was nice to see how God views these topics and what the Bible has to say about them. [my Bible version is NKJV]

[just scroll down to the topic you so desire to read on, or just read them all!]

divorce

Malachi 2:16 “For the Lord God of Isreal says That He hates divorce, For it covers one’s garment with violence.” I found this so powerful. since divorce is such a sensitive topic, i decided to look into it. i found some reference verses and one brought me to Proverbs 2:17. “Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God.” and i thought, ‘hmm…covenant. ah! the altar! wedding! vows!’ so i concluded that companion of her youth would have to mean her first husband which she made that wonderful covenant to God with.
now back to Malachi. further up in verses 14-15, it says that God made “them” one. and that God has been a witness between the man and his wife since they made their covenant. at the end of verse 15 it says, “and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.” by that i connected it with divorce and how often times, spouses end up being treated “treacherously” through the sad process of splitting up. 
another one of the references took me to Matthew 19:4-6. it spoke of how God made man and woman. how a man will leave his family to join his wife and be one with her. then the Lord says, “so then, they are no longer two but one flesh. therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” God wishes for spouses to stay together. such a special covenant has been made with Him and that promise should not be broken. (nor should any promise be broken for any matter) 
the moment two metals have been melted together, there’s no breaking them apart. they may endure hardships, and have marks from difficulties that have been overcome through time, but there’s no way that they will split apart. i think marriage should be the same way.

temptation

what human HASN’T had a struggle with temptation? i mean really? James 1:14 states, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”
i found a verse that caught my eye. it’s in 1 Corinthians 7:5. now if you’re looking at these verses with me in the Bible, you might have noticed with me that its’ chapter is entitled, ‘Principles of Marriage’. interesting.

it says, “Do not deprive one another except with consent of a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
what a powerful verse! when i read this, i felt that it can definitely apply to other relationships aside from marriage!
now just recently, i’ve entered a new relationship of dating. in it, i’ve discovered that temptation is everywhere! my boyfriend and i have prayed and prayed time and time again for the Lord to remain in the center of our relationship, and for us to stay strong through the temptations in each other. it’s working, but it’s not easy. 
to me, this verse really speaks the truth. when there is no special time put aside to really pray and “come together” or focus, on what is right, we allow a gap that Satan can get in and tempt us. i have found this to be true and have experienced the struggle of fighting temptation after a time of forgetting to pray about it. 
when my man and i forget to pray about this, temptation becomes real and it is a difficult fight. but we’ve learned that it doesn’t have to be a fight. when we pray about it continuously, temptation is not a mountain, but a little bump we KNOW we can walk over TOGETHER. see, when we focus and pray on our goals of keeping our self-control, both my boyfriend and i can accomplish our one goal. it feels great to know that we are able to keep a righteous relationship, by staying connected with Christ. God is so great!
the verse is so right. as humans we truly have a “lack of self-control”. it comes in everything! food, abuse, splurging, tv, gaming, even blogging! but when we really pray about it and ask for God’s guidance on our evil human nature, He WILL help us through.
be encouraged and know that, “no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  

God

i realize “God” could mean many things. but one specific topic i wanted to share was of “fearing God”. i heard one of my favorite youtubers, SpinkleofGlitter, state her confusion on it once. i found an amazing verse that helped ME understand it better. 
Malachi 2:5-7, gave me a good example of what fearing the Lord means. it speaks of Levi and how HE feared the Lord. by doing so, he was respectful of God’s name, spoke the truth, said no unrighteous things, was in harmony with God and therefore walked “in peace and equity”, and helped turn many away from “iniquity” or immoral behavior. 
to me, it made things very clear. fearing the Lord doesn’t mean for us to be scared of Him. But simply to honor and respect Him. not just once, but as a lifestyle. yes, my God is powerful and He CAN “move mountains”, but moreover, He is loving to each and every one of us sinful humans. fear Him in love, in respect, and in knowing that He is our God. 

[God bless&keep smiling…they’re contagious]

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