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Monday, November 5, 2018, 02:23 PM

Battle Tactic #2: Close the door to the enemy – don’t partner with negative thoughts, words, or actions

The enemy’s goal is to cause division in marriage. He often does that by influencing our thoughts, words, or actions, so we need to guard against giving the enemy a foothold. (Click the title to read the full post.)

Battle Tactic #2: Close the door to the enemy – don’t partner with negative thoughts, words, or actions

The enemy’s goal is to cause division in marriage. He often does that by influencing our thoughts, words, or actions, so we need to guard against giving the enemy a foothold.

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

We call it closing the door to the enemy. If we let negative thoughts about our spouse take hold, it will interfere with our relationship. At one time when we were experiencing significant tension in our marriage, I (Doug) didn’t know where it was coming from and couldn’t figure out the underlying source.

Later, I found out that Julaine had been thinking about divorce, even though we agreed not to speak it. Because she let that thought take hold, it was causing division between us. However, once she recognized what was going on after the Holy Spirit revealed it to her, she closed the door. In her mind, she said ‘no’ as she visualized closing the door on Satan, and she committed to work things out.

Taking this simple action shifted the atmosphere, allowing us to talk and work though our differences. So, whenever negative thoughts about your spouse creep into your mind, reject them, and close the door! It is another key to fighting for your marriage.

 

Note: Scripture verses are from the New International Version, unless otherwise indicated.

 


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