“‘Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into and you shall live.
So I prophesies as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.'”
-Ezekiel 37:4-5, 7
What God brings together, the devil works to divide. He knows that when we are divided, we’re conquered, because our unity is a force to be reckoned with.
In the union of relationships, we are called to be two wholes coming together as one. This union communes with God to create the perfect, completed relationship. Yet, the devil has assaulted this beautiful masterwork of souls. He’s slashed the tires of marriage, throwing us in an out-of-control spiral into divorce and dysfunction. If he can’t split you up, he’ll create chaos, inspiring stubborn and selfish behavior. He’ll plant seeds of bitterness and trick you into withdrawing from the relationship. He wants you to stay shut up and silenced in frustration and confusion.
Still, relationships prevail. Couples come together, centered on the word and presence of God. Isn’t it remarkable when you see a couple working together as one? Whether together for a year or for several decades, these couples stand out above the crowd. They’re a living testimony stronger than the statistics. They leave an inspirational impression on your heart. What is the secret? How do they make it work?
You’ll never find the key from reading books or watching the news. But the answer to the age-old question is right there in the word. The key is to: trust in the wisdom of God, listen to His commands, and speak life over your relationship.
As a women, we have to take a stance to be a fortress and withstand the weather. We can’t let ourselves be knocked down when things don’t go as planned. When the devil attacks our household, he’s waging war against the children of God. He’s going to target your husband or boyfriend with sin and confusion. He’s going to twist your heart and distract your emotions. He doesn’t want to see you stand tall. But you have to take the authority and declare life over your situations.
God gives what’s good. His goal is to bless you and benefit you for your growth and success. So why should you settle for less than God’s best in the name of humility? This is not submission, but deception. Call the devil out for what he’s doing. Trust in God’s plans, for they are good.
Then, you can take His words as good instruction. God will show you how to walk in the authority you’ve been given. He’s called you to be a spiritual beacon in your relationship. Don’t doubt His decision to anoint you with this gift. Use it. Seek His will when trouble strikes. Your finances might be broken, but your God is stronger. Your intimacy might be destroyed, but your God is Creator. Your peace might be stolen, but your God is your provider. Don’t underestimate what you can do when you have God on your side. Don’t underestimate who you are when you have the Lord in your camp.
Because your situation might look like ancient, withered dry bones, but God has bestowed on you the authority to bring them back to life.
Featured image by Shelby Hickenlooper