During our recent trip to Peru Marsha and I had many opportunities to share from our book, “God’s Blueprint for Marriage”. Knowing that the trip was the launch of a new direction of ministry for us, we reviewed each of the seven times we spoke of how God divinely restored our marriage, and what we learned about a godly marriage during the years that followed. We found better ways to verbally express the principles God revealed to us in the restoration process. Our biggest challenge is helping people see that it’s not how bad we were, but how good God is. We’re still seeking God’s direction on how to present the message in such a way that people–especially couples–can learn from us.
This morning in my devotional time I sensed the Lord showing me that an important part of our testimony is that SOMETHING HAD TO DIE in order for me to live for Jesus. I share in our testimony that my career was my god, even telling Marsha,at one point, that if she made me choose between her and my career she would lose. But, on July 16, 1979, my god died, and some of me died with that. It was through that death that I searched for the true and living God, and just over a year later, on August 28, I gave my life to Jesus Christ. It was death to self and new life in Jesus that set the stage for Him to work in my life, preparing me for what was to come later when, through repentance and reconciliation, we both found new life in our marriage as well as in our lives individually.
Day to day something still has to die. I have to die daily to myself to live for the Savior and remember that I’m not in the marriage relationship to be served by Marsha, but to serve her. My god dying in 1979 so the God who died and rose from the dead to rule and reign forever could be my God was painful at the time, but worth every heartache and tear, and today I’m dead to self and alive to Jesus. And when we tell our story in the future I’ll be sharing that something had to die in order for me to truly live.
Perhaps your church would like to host a marriage workshop. While the workshop, if presented in its entirety, is five sessions, we can share a single session in a church service or couples meeting, or anywhere between the one and five sessions as your need permits. Message me if you’re interested in having Marsha and me come. Or go to http://www.godsblueprint.info and follow the link to contact us. (The web site is undergoing reconstruction and some links aren’t working while others don’t look quite right. We’re working on it.)