Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Wednesday, September 2
1Pe 3:7 NIV
“Wives…be…worthy of respect.”
1Ti 3:11 NIV
STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE
A couple celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary was asked the secret to their success. The husband replied, “The day we got married we agreed that if an argument arose I’d go out and stand on the porch until I cooled off. And it worked like a charm; fifty years of being outdoors in all that fresh air was exactly what this relationship needed!” If you’ve been spending too much time out on the porch, here are three ways to strengthen your marriage: (1) Commitment—“You’re first.” Speaking those words on special occasions is easy, but you need to speak them seven days a week. A movie star who’d been through several failed marriages told an interviewer, “I’ve given up trying to find the right person. Now I’m working at becoming the right person.” That formula always works! (2) Concern—“What do you need?” Husbands and wives are as different as chalk and cheese. And to complicate things further, their needs change according to the season of life they’re in. So when you ask, “How are you today?” slow down and listen. Your wife may not want you to solve the problem, but to share it. Closeness in marriage isn’t an accident. It’s a decision you make, and keep making every day. (3) Coping—“We can work it out.” Marriage may alleviate the problem of loneliness, but it presents the challenge of getting along with another person. It teaches you that you can’t always avoid conflict, but you can make it work for you. The truth is, unless there are two winners in a marriage, there are none at all.
Thursday, September 3
“I will…remember their sins no more.”
Heb 8:12 NIV
YOU’VE BEEN FORGIVEN, SO LIVE LIKE IT!
When Satan brings up your past, remind him of what God has said: “I will…remember their sins no more.” It’s not that God’s forgetful; it’s that He chooses not to remember your sins. And when you choose otherwise, you question His forgiveness, allow the Enemy to guilt-trip you, and forfeit the confidence you need to receive what God has promised you (1Jn 3:21, 22). When you keep rehearsing your past you not only keep it alive, you empower it. What you keep on deposit, you’re more likely to withdraw and act on in a moment of weakness. Just as nobody knows when a dormant volcano may erupt, you can’t predict when an unresolved issue will resurface, turning your words into hot coals and your behavior into a blaze of destruction. Only by accepting God’s forgiveness, and forgiving yourself and others, can you break the hold your past has over you. Shame isn’t a blessing; it’s a weight Jesus bore for you on the cross. So set it down and walk away! God’s Word says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps 103:12). Notice, there’s a North Pole and a South Pole, but no east or west pole. Why? Because that distance is infinite and beyond measure. Are you getting the idea? Any time Satan brings up your past it’s because he hopes you’re ignorant of the truth, or he fears your future and wants to rob you of it. Don’t take the bait! Point him to the cross of Christ, refuse to discuss it further, and keep moving forward.