I messed up on the numbering a few posts back, but we are straight now. This is the next to last post on 31 Ways To Mess Up Your Marriage, and we are talking this week about the main weapon of our warfare in the fight against the real enemy of our marriages. That weapon is the Word of God.
We must get to the place in our marriages, our lives, where we make our decisions based on the Word of God. In a recent Barna study the vast majority of people said they make decisions based on what they feel will bring the greatest results. That spells disaster! When we make decisions based on our feelings, we have put ourselves in a precarious position.
Feelings fluctuate based on all sorts of conditions - our physical condition, the weather, limited information available, miscommunication. Only the standard of the Word of God is a true, pure, straight plumb line by which we can measure our decisions.
Sometimes there are decisions we have to make for which we have no clear-cut guidelines - such as which job to accept or which house to buy. We submit those decisions to the Lord and when we've prayed and receive direction and His peace, we move ahead. But there are other decisions for which there are clear standards, such as no pre-marital sex, no appearance of evil, no adultery, no unjust gain, tithing, meeting together with other believers, training up our children in the Lord, no divorce.
The enemy runs in the face of a godly marriage that holds up the standard of God's Word as their banner. The Bible says that the Word is sharper than any two-edged sword - use your sharp sword to fight the enemy and watch him flee.