Nothing is Impossible

It’s a good thing that we Christians of today aren’t the Christians of the first century church– otherwise the whole Christian movement would never have lasted and spread throughout the world. People today don’t have what it takes to navigate the slightest of hardships or difficulties. Anything that isn’t easy or flat out gets “too hard” sends us packing. Persistent trials or even mild conflict in relationships—whether it be in marriage, family, on the job or in the church they attend—cause many people to just quit and give up. Never mind that we aren’t talking about getting thrown in prison, being beaten, having your children murdered or even giving up your very life.

We live in a day and age when everything is about easy. Our culture says if anything is difficult, you don’t have to do it– or even worse, that you can’t do it. Difficult has become synonymous with impossible. Husbands and wives can’t keep their marriage vows because it’s impossible to stay faithful. They divorce because their particular marital situation is impossible. They give up fighting for their marriage because they have issues and disagreements and it’s impossible to keep going.

Just because something is hard, doesn’t mean it is impossible—especially if you are a believer and have the power of the Holy Spirit living and working in you. While we have the most incredible help available to us through Christ, it doesn’t mean that everything about life or marriage is easy. The bible never promises easy. In fact, many times scripture tells us quite the opposite. Jesus himself said that we would have trouble in this life. Paul wrote that married people would experience trouble. And it doesn’t say we might have trouble or if we have trouble, rather when we have it. The Bible is very clear that we will not have a life of ease. One, because we live in a fallen world full of sin, and two, because life on easy street does nothing to create character or build faith.

Even the Lord Jesus himself underwent extreme trial, pain, harshness and adversity, yet somehow we modern believers think that we are immune from anything challenging or uncomfortable. As soon as it gets hard for us we say it’s too hard or impossible and play the “get-out of-difficulty-free” card. We act as if that exempts us from having to hang in, endure and do the right things. What we need today in the Church are more people who are willing to actually believe the Word of God when it says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

We need to stop saying, “I can’t do it” or “It’s impossible”, just because something is hard or difficult. That’s what enduring and persevering are all about. Those believers in the early church knew that nothing was impossible. They knew they could endure all things and they were even willing to lay down their very lives in the most supreme sacrifice of all. Because of their endurance and willingness to sacrifice comfort and ease, the Gospel which they lived for spread throughout the world and as the bible says, “turned the world upside down.”

I hear people say things like, “I want to forgive, I’m trying to forgive, but I just can’t” or “I am trying to control this or that bad habit or behavior, but it’s impossible.” What they really mean is they want it to be easy and pain free and it’s not. Sometimes it is very difficult to do the right things but it can be done, even if it costs you something. Generally that something is self. Letting the selfish part of you die is very painful, very uncomfortable, yet very necessary. It’s in dying to self that we are conformed to the very image of Christ. And that is why adversity is good for us… even if it doesn’t feel good.

Imagine what we could do in our own marriages, homes, families and churches if we were willing to stick it out, toughen up, and do the right things no matter how painful, hard, or difficult they were. What would happen if modern day believers were to learn, memorize, and truly believe what the scriptures tell us about nothing being impossible for God? What if we took hold of the truth of His Word and embraced our troubles, knowing that we can do all things through His power? Surely, it would be a radical departure from the cultural norm of ease and excuses that we have been following. Today’s Church could again, turn the world upside down—or at the very least, our own families.

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46 Responses to “Nothing is Impossible”

  1. Joe Chavez says:

    Mark, you must have had me in mind when you wrote this. Seriously, I know it was the Holy Spirit that needed to remind me of this.

    I’ve been out of work (my tent-making trade) since July and yes, it’s “hard.” At times I feel hopeless but then I remember that our God is a God that can do anything, and through Him, we can do all things.

    But it is, in fact, easier said than done. I want to give God glory by being true to His Word. Your post was a reminder of that. We must endure and we must persist. In all things, we must pray as well. Praise God that you wrote this post.

  2. Denise says:

    Ditto – I am in the trenches of saving my marriage. Actually, better stated, I am on the sidelines as I entrust the battle to Him. For 7 straight days since “I gave up” saving my marriage and actually turned it over to our GREAT ALMIGHTY – each and every day (sometimes multiples ways and multiple times) he has reminded or encouraged me that the battle is won and that I need to just “remain in Him”

    Here is a verse to postscript to this:

    Colossians 1:11
    “God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient.” NCV

    • Kristen says:

      I am also trying to save my marriage and I pray and pray and try so hard to trust God and turn it over to him. But I see and feel nothing. It seems like I am on my own in this. When you say that you just turn it over to God, what do you do then? Just wait and hope and pray? Or are you still taking some kind of action?
      Thanks.

      • JC says:

        I feel the same way you do. After 6 months, we are still separated. Lately things just keep getting worst. How do we stop the madness and defenses to just get along and enjoy one another?

        I don’t know what it means either to “hand it over to God”. I pray and request prayers for better things to come and for a saved marriage. Is there any hope?

      • John says:

        Kristen, I may be a man but I understand how you feel. About 10 months ago I thought my marriage was over. My wife moved into our spare bedroom and wouldn’t have anything to do with me unless it was absolutely necessary. I won’t lie to you and say things are good now but, I will tell you that they are better.

        What helped me was having a guy friend I could talk to, pray with and would speak truth into my life. He helped me to stop fault finding and trying to fix things myself. I had to do for my wife exactly what Christ did for me and you. I decided that no matter what she did I had to love her and forgive her unconditionally. Then I turned it all over to Jesus and within a week or so I began to feel his presence again. He has never left you or forsaken you.

        Remember the poem “Footprints” Relax you are right in the palm of his mighty hand.

        Find that friend and ask God to change you not your husband. When he finally notices the difference, you will know what God has done and want to shout it from the roof tops. Just remember that divorce is not an option. Study what Christ said in Mark 10:2-9. Only because of a hard heart did Moses write the law allowing divorce. Mal 2:16 “I hate divorce” says the Lord God of Israel.

        Jesus is waiting for your surrender right now. The battle is already won. Remember Jesus final words on the cross “IT IS FINISHED!” Pray right now and ask God to show you what seeds you have been planting because as I discovered myself I was reaping my harvest for the negative things I had done. Now it’s time to plant good seed while you harvest your weed patch. God will take care of you if you just let him.

      • Jodi Smith says:

        I understand your question, sometimes when you feel the sense of peace, stop and recognize that is God’s work. If you feel good about what you are doing without guilt, than you know you are letting God do his work. So hard to be patient, hang in there. My husband had an affair and I am looking for peace also. Keep praying.

  3. Garth says:

    Great truth Mark. For the first 20 years of our marriage, my wife and I took turns doing horrible things that would cause most other marriages to fall to pieces. Yet, divorce was simply never an option. We toughed it out and now, for the last 6 years, are working overtime to make up for the first 20. Moreover, with both our duaghters on the brink of marriage themselves, we have a valuable story to pass on of faith and marital success in the face of trouble that WILL come, (although certainly their troubles will look different than ours). I know so many couples…so, so many…who threw in the towel on their marriages at the first ripple in the water. They didn’t even wait for the storm, let alone try to ride it out.

  4. Joseph H Camerlengo says:

    I watched your show for the very first time, and enjoyed it very much. I am trying to do right for the very first time in my life. I am 52 yrs. of age and I have created alot of problems in my marriage. My wife is wonderful and I wish I was more like her, but although my past is very blemished, my future though is spotless. We will be married 3 yrs. oct. 07 2009. I just found out that my firstborn was also married the same day and year and we don’t even know each other ! I haven’t seen him in 30 yrs. Thanks, and keep up the good work. Give god the glory. Joseph-Numbers 6:24-26; Romans 1:9; Hebrews 13:20,21.

  5. Donna Boyle says:

    Mark, I found your website and it is TRULY AWESOME…Thank you, thank you for the wake up call…Please keep encouraging and motivating us ALL to seek and BELIEVE the Word of GOD for our marriages, families and lives..Thank you for the gift of laughter, too!!..Blessings to you and yours..

  6. Tami Tamayo says:

    Marriage is easy because you can quit or throw in the towel when things get hard, but a couple wedded and committed in the eyes of God face challenges with the knowledge that their union is eternal. Anything that’s eternal and living goes through a growing cycle, ups, downs, bountiful times and dry times.The problem with our culture today is that we want our marriage to be good all the time. But if never experienced hardships we could never deepen our love and experience a higher level of love, love that resembles God’s undying and unconditional love.

  7. DN says:

    I feel the same way you do. After 6 months, we are still separated. Lately things just keep getting worst. How do we stop the madness and defenses to just get along and enjoy one another?

    I don’t know what it means either to “hand it over to God”. I pray and request prayers for better things to come and for a saved marriage. Is there any hope?

  8. D. says:

    I just want to encourage you all…..God will see you through…ask the Lord to give you a particular promise to believe and receive from Him…i.e. He will restore the years the cankerworm/locusts have eaten in your marriage, children, finances, and whatever you need restoration. He is a God that believes and wants restorations in your marriage and family…Keep trusting and believing and even though it may look worst …remember what we see in the natural is temporary and what we don’t see is eternal…we walk by faith…and faith is the substance of things hope for and the evidence of things not seen. DON’T GIVE UP NO MATTER WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE….BELIEVE AND RECEIVE FROM THE LORD THAT ALL THINGS WILL WORK OUT FOR THE GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE…..I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO ALSO ASK THE LORD “HOW DO YOU TURN IT OVER TO HIM”…WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU ARE WAITING…..BUT DON’T GIVE UP NO MATTER WHAT…YOUR SEASON IS COMING FORTH…..AND REMEMBER…GOD CALLED THOSE THINGS THAT WERE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE…(I.E. CREATION/SHULAMITE WOMAN WITH HER SON)…..BE ENCOURAGED!!!! CALL FORTH LIFE INTO YOUR MARRIAGE/CHILDREN/FAMILY…BEGIN TO SPEAK AND SAY ONLY WHAT THE LORD SAYS ABOUT YOUR SITUATION….DECLARE LIFE IN YOUR MARRIAGE/HOME/EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE……HE WHO PROMISES IS FAITHFUL TO ESTABLISH YOUR MARRIAGE/FAMILY/HOME…..I REALLY BELIEVE GOD IS “WANTING” DOING A NEW THING IN GENERATIONS TO COME THROUGH US…MARRIAGE..CHILDREN…I BELIEVE WITH YOU ALL THE BEST IS YET TO COME…JUST LIKE JOB….HE GOT BACK DOUBLE FOR HIS TROUBLE……AND GOD IS NO RESPECTOR OF PERSON WHAT HE DOES FOR ONE HE WILL DO FOR US…HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER MORE.

  9. Kimberly Edwards says:

    This message reminded me that going through tough times does strengthen your faith. When my marriage was getting tough, I relied on the LORD and the strength of the HOLY SPIRIT to get me through. I kept at what I felt in my heart of what HE wanted me to do. When my marriage ended in divorce, I lost faith. I didn’t understand. I did everything that I felt the LORD wanted me to do. I was reminded that it takes two people. My ex-husband now realizes that he made a mistake and we are now friends. My faith is getting stronger. I thank you for your message and pray that many people will be blessed by it.

  10. Butch Davis says:

    Mark,thanks for being honest about the trails of our faith. I know for almost 3 years it seems I have to fight everyday for my faith. Three years ago on a mission trip to China I felt the desire to pray and ask God the following( Father I want to really know You, the power of the Resurrection and the fellowship of your suffering that I might be conformed to your death. A month later I was awakened at 4 am to thoughts, there is no God, the Bible isn’t true and everything else that satan could throw at me. It was horrible and it still comes at me for days on in causing me much doubt and making me have questions about God. I continually go back to the Lord Jesus and confess when I am in doubt as sin and ask for His strenght to believe and to move forward in faith. I have to believe that God will become real to me once again as He has been in the past and that He can use this test and trial as a way to strengthen me even though I feel so week. I have surrendered my life completely to Christ and He is my only hope even though the enemy puts those thoughts and doubts, somedays one after another in my mind that I want make it through this. By Gods grace I will come through this and bring Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. I must die so that He can live His life through me and that remains my prayer. Do you have any comments or God given words that will help me move forward in the battle?

  11. J says:

    Mark,
    I want to say that am truly blessed by you,The day my boyfrined engaged me we watched the Laugh your way into marriage and then he proposed to me.we had a very difficult friendship>relationship>courtship sadly within 3 months of the engagement he broke it becasue of something i said out of frustration and anger.Am a strong willed woman and i find it hard to find a man who sees me as a unique kind of woman, i have never seen the word submit to mean subjugate,and unfortunately most guys i met tend to be scared of me as they see me as controlling. So you can imagine my joy to have finally found a man who though found it challenging was willing to finsih the race but then he also quit saying he could not handle me.
    I embarked on prayer as i thought i must be a wicked wicked woman my esteem has gone down, i quit doing the things i loved doing…then one day God told me “nothing is impossible with me”. I have been praying for God to raise this dead lazarus and it been 7 months now and lazurus is dead dead dead and decomposing.I still love him but them i feel like am fighting using this nothing is immposible weapon but lazurus is still Dead.
    When i tried talking to him he used that thing of ooh i see you are still hurting just move on…which dare i say infuriated me..
    This article made me cry as God just took e back to that time he spoke and said those same word(Nothing is immpossible)

  12. B2R says:

    Thank you Mark for this blog and also the videos. As I read the Americans’ stories, I hear so many broken families. Here in Asia, it is less, although increasing as more couples have more choices and suffer the pressures of life and finances.

    When I was growing up, my (Chinese) parents’ idea of romance is when
    -husband and wife both stay up to care for a sick child
    -husband does the cooking as wife bathes the kids
    -going to the night market together
    -driving to a remote area for “best food in town”

    My father never gave flowers to my mom, nor have candle lit dinners and dance. My mother doesn’t have sexy lingerie to lure my father home. My father never gave my mother luxury cars. But till today each time we go home, mom and dad are in the kitchen cooking a nice meal for us. Their love language is providing, cooking, caring, cleaning, feeding, chiding, correcting and tolerance. Tolerating each other when we are behaving badly. I believe that’s how God loves us.

    My parents are not saved yet, but I believe many of the habits of being responsible married couples are Christian living. Their mind and ideas of romance are not tainted by the American and European ways of excesses and romancing. Let’s enjoy the flowers and the beautiful mountains, but those are not substitutes of love.

    Perhaps we should learn not to expect Hollywood’s or Bollywood’s versions of romance and love.

  13. sandi says:

    Thank you for creating a much needed candid ministry. It is a life line and has helped me to feel understood and supported for the first time.

  14. Lynette says:

    Thanks for sharing the meat of the word, as we cannot mature as the body of Christ taking milk perpetually. The word of the Lord is indeed a double edged sword that reveals the intentions of the heart. Knowing the truth will set us free!

  15. Lorraine says:

    Thanks for this article. I can truly testify to the “sticking it out” bit! We have been married for 31 years and can assure you that it has not been easy throughout the early years. Especially when I became a Christian after 8 years of marriage, things worsened. But strangely, divorce never entered my thoughts then! Today, so many years later my husband and I enjoy each other so much! We value and treasure every moment spent together and we often remind each other of the “bad” times and how good and gracious God has been to us through these times. So, hang in there. God is and remains faithful

  16. David says:

    My wife and I dated for 2 years but were sexually active before marriage. On our wedding night she decided she no longer wanted sex. 20 years later we are divorcing because she only wants to have sex about once every 3-5 months which is too difficult for me. We went to counseling and they agreed with me but she said the counselor’s were too male biased (she selected them). So I contacted you 2 years ago and you blasted women for ignoring their husbands. I played that audio for her and she said you are a male so your opinion is discounted (Chavez agreed with you too). There is no easy answer and I didn’t give up easily but forced abstinence is no way for a normal healthy man to live. I’ve attended the MMII event, enjoyed it!

  17. elizabeth ahrens says:

    Great word. It made me think that many people already think their lives and the world are upside down. My thought was maybe by believing and enduring we would turn our lives and the world we live in RIGHTSIDE UP. :)

  18. Kristi says:

    Yes and Amen. I have been in a difficult and challenging marriage for 20+ years and I still believe that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” I do not measure my life by how happy I am and how conflict-free and easy my life is, but I measure how my obedience to the Lord is according to the Sermon on the Mount, (and other scripture as well), knowing He is faithful and He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete in til the end! I measure it by how much of the Lord I can have and experience today. He loves me and is with me, there is nothing else that is for sure in this life but this one thing. And by His grace, I will endure to the end!

  19. Josh says:

    My wife and I separated a few months ago. It was the “I love you, but I’m not in love you,” or,”I love you like a friend or a brother, but not a husband.” I resisted for the first few weeks, then I accepted the fact that she wanted a divorce and would file for it when she decided to. But I never stopped praying. It tok me a while, but I finally got to a point where I stopped praying for her to come back and prayed that God shows me what I am supposed to learn from this, what changes need to happen in me, how I failed in the marriage.

    We kept in contact with each other because we have a daughter. She started going to church and praying about things, talked to friends, her family. She was still determined to get a divorce. God had my attention, finally, and He wasn’t going to let me take it from Him now. I hurt. Hurt bad. And madder than I can remember being at her, so much so that I began to question if I wanted her at all. One night while reading my Bible, it hit me. Christ loved the church, and that love took Him to His death. As husbands, we are to love our wives just as Christ loved the Church. As much as I was hurting, and as much as I wanted to initiate the proceedings and reach some sort of finality, I couldn’t. If she was to divorce me, there was nothing I could do, but since we were still married, it was my duty to continue to love her in a sacrificial way.

    Around Christmas, she decided she wanted to “try and see.” By New Year’s, she was convinced we could and would work it out, but she was hesitant to tell me because she was afraid I would stop trying for her. Also, rather than listing my faults (which I had endured for two months) and why we were destroying each other and why it couldn’t work, she started talking about how she failed in the marriage. With conviction. We’re still “separated,” but we have recently started staying overnight with each other a couple of times a week. Her counselor, who wants to see us both soon, says she doesn’t usually reccommend doing that, but if it’s working, it’s working. We’re going slow, one step at a time. But we’re going to make it. Because we didn’t give up, even when there seemed to be no hope. God is good, folks. We’ve run a spectrum of emotions over a relatively short period of time, so we don’t want to rush to full reconciliation. Give ourselves some time to establish new habits. But we’re going to make it, and to God all the glory.

  20. Mike says:

    One of my favorite pictures of Christ has this quote: “I never said it would be easy. I just said it would be worth it.”

  21. Trudie says:

    My Bible Study is in the book of Genesis. Today we studied Hagar and when she was told to return to Sarai and “submit” and how hard that was for all of us to submit one to another and to authority and wives to husbands. And then I read this and I know God is delivering a message to me for giving up control and not having to be right is my prayer right now. And it is a daily struggle for me to back off and shut my mouth and be submissive about other people. having good ideas and ways of living. I am so grateful God meets me where I am and does not wait for me to be where I should be!! He is good about telling me and teaching me in several different ways and from lots of directions the same lesson til I get it!

  22. Caroline says:

    What are your thoughts with regards to a chronically abusive spouse? What would you say to a husband who has repeatedly used power & control with his wife?

  23. Milly n says:

    Hi Mark,i have been so , encouraged to fight for my marriage which has beenat divorce stage.we had agreed that ma husband will provide for the children but forget me as his wife,,since had other women. I will not handle him over just like that but handle him over to God

  24. Eula McLeod says:

    Thank you for this timely encouragement. My husband and I loved your seminar. I hope we get another chance to hear you speak again in person. God bless you and your ministry.

  25. Judi says:

    I understand all things are possible through Jesus Christ. I also believe that a marriage requires a serious commitment and willingness to “work” on the relationship. This needs to include both parties. When one spouse is making a serious effort to meet the needs of the other spouse yet gets little or nothing back in return there’s a bigger problem. If one spouse is actually doing behaviors that are seriously hurtful to their spouse, or refuse to take responsibility for their behavior at some point if it gets bad enough I believe it is appropriate for the marriage to possibly be ended. I’m speaking of abusive spouses, spouses who have addictions and refuse to get them treated, or chronic infidelity as some examples. I also believe every effort needs to be put forth by the non-offending spouse to support and assist their spouse in addressing the harmful behavior. I just don’t believe after years of genuine effort, lots of prayer, involvement from other Christians and the person continues to do this seriously harmful behavior anyone should stay in such an unhealthy relationship or environment. I really don’t believe God intended marriage to be a form of torment but a partnership.

  26. Jodi Smith says:

    Thanks for this great peice. Three weeks ago I found out my husband had an affair. The only thing giving me strength to stay with him is my relationship with God. God has been preparing me for this and I didn’t even realize it. (obviously, i guess) But in my own strength I would not be able to handle this pain. Sometimes I wonder where God is, and he always shows up. I agree with the ease of our society. Not very many things come easy and when they do we usually don’t appreciate what we have. I am willing to do whatever it takes to get to the new marriage. I understand I was part of this problem and am willing to look at myself. I just hope I don’t get in God’s way with his work he wants to do in my husband!

  27. Malisa DeOchoa says:

    Could not agree with you more, Mark. As I see the Second Coming fast approaching, I can’t help but wonder how Christians will be able to face the tribulation when they can’t even stick out a marriage. Most people living in America today don’t know the meaning of the words “hardship” or “difficult.” It is truly sad. Thank you for your article. –Malisa

  28. Mari Uys says:

    I was married to a secret drug addict and an abuser and stuck it out for 10 years. I think that is long enough to keep hoping that nothing is impossible. Then the end of mercy came along. Unfortunately not all churches support their members the way they should. If your husband has abandoned his church membership midway through your marriage like mine did, the church can’t get involved and he is not held accountable. That is what happened to me. I ended up turning to the Law, and got divorced. If both partners work together, only then can it be said that “nothing is impossible”.

  29. Jill Davis says:

    People always want just to give up and say it is impossible. But You are correct in your thinking. My marriage was in trouble. we had separated and were heading for divorce he had an affair and was done with the marriage… Or so he thought. Our daughter was having a horrible time with the separation. We decided to try to repair our marriage not for us but for our daughter as well. It has taken a lot of prayer a lot of determination a lot of GOD and a lot of forgiveness on both of our parts. but three years later we are stronger than ever. I am not going to say that it was easy there were days I wanted to throw in towel. But I new what hardships were waiting for me if I did. We still have days that are difficult. But it is never impossible. I am very grateful we decided to take the hard road and work things out.

  30. barb says:

    I think in general you are spot on, but some of us are willing and doing and not whining. Sometimes you have to know when to cry foul and say enough is enough. About 4 and a half years ago I learned that my husband had a secret life… An addiction to porn, multiple adultrous relationships, spent money that I didn’t know about, all while barely working part time. He initially blamed God and free will for his choices. It turned my whole upside, but I took a deep breath and said years ago I was a different person, God grew me and God can get us through this… For four years of counseling and trying I prayed, hoped, and wished. What I had to learn is that you can’t choose for someone else. No matter how much I want to be a whole family, he doesn’t. We served at the same church together… And now we do again. Both members of a worship team. It is hard for me to get my head around. But here I am and God is with me. Sometimes we are willing, but someone else isn’t. We attended your conference twice.. It is wonderful. I wish he would attend the Manly Men ones… But it is time for me to focus on my son and leave my Ex to God.

  31. Patty Lohrey says:

    Thank you Mark, for this great insight on the condition of not only our world, but also the church and marriages!!! If only , we, Christians, WOULD stand up for the Truths of the Bible and live them out in our lives EVERYDAY, how different things would be. I very much enjoy your columns and wisdom shared from the Word. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you to touch many lives!! God Bless
    Patty Lohrey

  32. Steve M. says:

    Wow, I am going through hell on earth, because my wife left and many in her circle of friends say it OK to divorce and I do not agree. I am fighting in the Lord and believing God with cause all the voices to become silent, so she can hear God voice.

  33. Toni says:

    I have been to one of your video event’s for marriage with my husband and I read your emails about different topics. This one hit’s home. Our family is in turmoil over things we have no control over. We had a domestic dispute and called the police for assistance. The police and the “law” have made the plans and it does not involve the family getting together until November 20th at court. It involves our oldest son that believes my husband had a affair with his Girlfriend. For me it is very hard. I believe my husband and want to believe my Son would not put me through this unnecessarily. Since I cannot decide what to do and I cannot discuss it with either party I am leaving it in Gods hands to help us make amends and move on with our lives in a faithful positive manner. I love everyone in my family and I need them all. God gave them to me and they each serve a special purpose in my life. I made a agreement with God when I married my husband and even if the affair did occur I am willing to work with him to get us through this. I believe this is what God would want me to do. My vows mean so much to me. I keep saying to people I wish there was more I could do but I know I am doing everything in my power to help this situation by dedicating time to prayer and letting God have it. It is hard to do especially when I have people in my life that feel I am doing nothing and need to get a grip. So I pray for those people also to see my dedication to prayer and God works. I have claimed this and I know it’s all part of Gods plan. Thanks for the reminder to keep my eye and heart on him because he is the answer.

  34. Mmbodi says:

    Amen Mark. Someone very close to me lives a very defeated life. And the more I saw this and it irritated me. I saw my own speck in my eye. Since deciding to put mu running shoes away I have been through hell and back but the point is I am still standing on Gods word. I thank the Lord for using this persons experiances to convict me for looking for “easy street”.

  35. Sharon Gibb says:

    I have lived the “New Testament Church” experience. My Father was a missionary Evangelist and we spent 30 plus years, preaching the Gospel on four continents and many Islands. We experienced most of what Paul experienced (His lawful boastings in what he suffered) But I DON’T REGRET ONE MILE, ONE MINUTE, ONE SECOND. With the hardships? suffering? was the awesome presence and daily, hourly, and minute by minute intervention of the Holy Spirit (the comforter).There is no “Glory” in our present World that can compare to taking up your cross (position as a Child of God) and following the Lamb of God, it leads to such sweet fellowship and intimacy with the Father Heart of our God, Creator, Lord, Savior, Lover, Friend and our eternal Life Covenant Partner. I highly recommend dying to self and walking in HIs Steps.

  36. Gifted says:

    Thank I needed to hear that cause I was at point where i felt like i am so tired of fighting for everything that is ,mine i am tired of doing the right I am tired of advising my husband who things I think i know better that he does . Who thinks that i am always I treat him like my son when i tell him that he is doing something wrong . I will keep the good fight of faith my marriage will be in order. I can do all things trough Christ who strengthens me.

  37. Ellen says:

    Thanks and God bless you Judi, I share in your views. It could really be very frustrating and discouraging when the efforts and serious commitment to stay and work it out, is one sided. But, trusting and believing for God’s best no matter what, will go a long way in guaranting an “all things are possible” end / future (John 11:40, Psalm 18:30, )

  38. Kelly says:

    I love my husband with all my heart!! We’ve been together for a very long long time. He’s had a 4 month affair with a woman. He says he’s done and then I catch him again. He says he wants to work it out because, “it’s the right thing to do”, but she’s waiting on the sidelines to hear what his decision is. I am heartbroken, and tired. I don’t know what to do. It seems so hopeless. He will NOT give it to God. Help.

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