THE ENEMY FIGHTS DIRTY IN MARRIAGES
Marriages are always under attack because it is a “Holy Institution” according to Malachi.
That is why statistics show that over 50% of marriages end up in divorce court.
For a second marriage statistics show about 74% of marriages do not make it.
John 10:10 “The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy.” (your marriage)
This is exactly what the devil wants to do to your marriage.
The enemy “fights dirty” against the survival of your marriage.
CASE AND POINT: In 1983 there was a tragic and fatal boxing story. It was a Jr. Middleweight bout between Collins versus Resto. Billy Collins Jr. was from Tennessee and Luis Resto was from Puerto Rico. Collins had never lost a match and was the favorite to win. He was to be a contender for the championship. Collins face was beat so bad that after a few rounds, he was unrecognizable. He lost the fight to Resto. When they went to shake hands, it was noticed that Restos glove had a slit in it. The padding had been removed by someone and that left Collins face to be hit by direct knuckles in every punch. Collins was left with permanent eye damage in his left iris, which was teared. Permanently blurred vision. This rising stars boxing career was finished. Less than a year later he was DUI and his car crashed and landed in a river, killing him. Whether it was a suicide or a DUI, he was dead at age 22.
Twenty five years later a documentary was made because the producer wanted to clear Resto’s name and shame for being responsible for the ripped glove. After days and hours of interviews, Resto could not live with the guilt any longer. He confessed that there was $23,000 involved in a fixed fight by his trainer. His padding had been removed from his glove before the fight and cement was placed around the outside gauze of his knuckles. Plus he was given an enhancer in his water. Between him and his trainer, it cost the life of an upcoming star.
The devil plays dirty!!!
The devil is :
- A liar
- A murderer
- A sower of discord
- An adversary
- Malignant – Totally Evil
- A tempter
- A thief
- Without principles
- Fierce and cruel
- A destroyer
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Your marriage has victory over the devil in Jesus name!
God never uses the devils work to deal with us.
God deals with us on a higher level.
“…neither give place to the devil…”
Paul is saying, “Keep the doors closed!!”
Gen.4:7 “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”
God was warning Cain that satan was crouched at his door just waiting to control his life. Cain chose to let jealousy in and ended up murdering his brother.
Eccles.10:8 “…and whose breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.”
Hedges were planted around houses to keep out dangerous snakes.
Don’t leave spiritual hedges open or you will be bitten!!
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