Today’s guest post is written by Jennifer O. White, author of Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God’s Armor After the Wedding Dress. Jennifer is veteran of one failed marriage and one rescued by the marriage Savior. Praying God’s Word played a critical role in her transformation into a God and husband-honoring wife.
Today’s post is an excerpt of her book. She is also offering us a free download of another very important chapter: Seeing Your Spouse through God’s Eyes.
Your Wow Inheritance
What if you inherited $68 million but you couldn’t take possession of it until you turned 75 years old? You’d be rich, right? But you would have to wait a long time to live rich.
You struggled all of those years but you knew there was hope. And finally the day you had dreamed of arrives. You show up at the attorney’s office to collect your grand inheritance on your 75th birthday.
The new secretary would greet you with a big smile because she knew this was the BIG day. But she has just one question. Why hadn’t you been living on the interest all of these years?
Interest? What? Your mind races through the scrapbook of your last few decades imagining what that interest could have changed for you and your whole family. You sigh, thinking, “How could I have not known?”
When I said yes to Jesus, I knew that heaven with Jesus was in my future. I knew that heaven was going to be a sweeter life than this one. But I did realize He could make everyday living radically better.
Fast-forward to the counseling session where I was introduced to the list entitled “Who I am in Christ.” That list is the interest on my inheritance. And it is yours too.
Live on the Interest
Saying yes to Jesus changed my spiritual identity. I gained all the privileges of being in God’s family. God adopted me. Jesus bought that privilege for me with His life. But I spent years living as if I were an orphan with a promise of a good life one day.
The truth was in the Bible and I had been reading it. I grew up in church, taught Sunday school, attended a Baptist college and even married a preacher. I thought I knew God.
I left my first marriage in fear that things would never get better. Five years into my second marriage, desperation finally exceeded my fears. God responded to my 911 pleas for His help. As I simply turned to Him, He ran to me. Just as the father welcomed His prodigal son home, God lavished his unlimited spiritual riches on me.
I am much more to God than I ever dreamed possible. I have a spiritual reality that changes my earthly life and lifestyle. You do too. We have an enemy who does not want us to know God’s role in our lives. But he loses! The interest on the inheritance is yours and mine!
Invest Your Inheritance in Your Marriage
Embracing my place in God’s kingdom has been a journey. Each time I’ve asked for help, God has moved mountains on my behalf. Praying to know God and to know who I am to Him led to a revelation of God as my Mighty Warrior, my Wonderful Counselor, my Redeemer, and my Defender. I am securely held in a relationship with this unstoppable force of love.
The spiritual battle happens in my thoughts, my words, my choices – everything that will affect my faithfulness to love and honor David. Ten years of feasting on God’s Word has trained me to lift up my shield of faith that God is who he says He is and can do what He says He can do. I know that doing what God says leads to peace in my heart and my marriage (Isaiah 32:17).
The shield of faith is part of your marriage armor. When the fiery darts fly in the battlefield of your mind, you must be ready to fend it off with a strong assurance of God’s delight in you. You lift up your shield of faith with declarations of the truth. Here are just a few you can put in your arsenal.
- God is delighted that I belong to Him. He sings over me and settles my soul with His love. (Zephaniah 3:17)
- God makes me strong. He lovingly and faithfully guards me from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
- God is patient with me. His loving kindness prevails no matter what I’ve done. (1 Corinthians 13:4,7)
- I confidently ask God for what I need. He is my generous provider. (Matthew 7:7, Hebrews 4:16, Philippians 4:19)
The blessings are yours. Don’t stop leaning into God until you are enjoying all of them.
Don’t forget to stop by Jennifer’s website – jenniferowhite.com – for your free chapter: Seeing Your Spouse through God’s Eyes.
And if you haven’t yet picked up your copy of Pray Truth: Praying God’s Word for My Husband’s Heart, grab it now while it’s on sale!!