Marriage is God’s Training Ground

Train even your weaklings to be warriors. -Joel 3:10 NLT

Marriage is hard work; it’s a training ground for two to work together to become one. You and your spouse are on the same team. You are at war “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

The enemy knows you and your spouse are stronger together, which is why he battles against your marriage. “Two are better than one…Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12 NIV). The enemy knows if he can get you to take your eyes off Jesus, you’ll begin to look at your spouse as your enemy and shift your focus on your spouse as the problem instead of working together to find the solution.

When things in your marriage get tough, you and your spouse will either dissolve, quitting right before break-through or you’ll resolve, determining to hang on, no matter what. Be determined to resolve and hang on, pressing on toward the goal, remembering that God is for you, (Romans 8:31). God is looking for warriors who won’t quit and cry out to Him, “And now, O Lord, call out your warriors,” (Joel 3:11 NLT).


Heather Potts

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  • Pray that marriages would be strengthened.
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