Does Divorce and Remarriage End My Stand?

BY: Anonymous (a Stander and Group Leader)
My testimony of coming to saving faith began as a child when I became active in my church as an altar boy. However, I didn’t truly open my heart to Christ as my Savior until my adult life after my wife, and I had a family of 6 beautiful children. When our twin daughters were less than a year and a half old, my wife decided that she wanted to separate. It was this situation in my life that caused me to seek God’s promises in His Word. 
 
I began attending a men’s Bible study, and my appreciation for Christ as my Savior became real. I loved the exhortation in Psalm 127,” Unless the Lord build the House, we labor in vain to build it,” So my heart became open to the truth in the Bible. I began to want more of the promises, and I believed that Jesus became sin for me so that I may have His righteousness according to 2 Corinthian 5:21. By His wounds, I became healed as a promise of God in Isaiah 53:3-5.
 
My three baby girls were with me in church one Sunday, and they blessed me as I was beginning to cry about our family going through the harrowing trials of separation. They were so young, but out of the mouths of babes, they said to one another, “I think he is crying because he loves Jesus.” I later attended a retreat and acknowledged Christ as my Lord and Savior in a personal commitment to Him.
 
I loved to sing praise and worship songs and began to grow in the Holy Spirit. I could start to relate to Paul’s wisdom found in Romans 7:24, “O what a wretched man am I, who will save me from the sin that indwells me.” Furthermore, we find in Romans 8:1-2, “There is now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.” I came to understand that the covenants of the Old Testament point to the New Covenant in Christ Jesus.
 
I began to study in-depth the “Blood Covenant” and realized that we are children of the promises of God. God’s Word in Jeremiah 31:31-33 says, “But this is the covenant which I will make with the House of Israel says the Lord. I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jesus became our Passover Lamb and ransomed us from being slaves to sin and made us His friends in His New Covenant, in His Body and Blood (John 6, John 15:15). 
 
Paul confirms this in 1 Corinthians 15 as we hear the promises of Christ as the First Fruits of the Resurrection, who has destroyed the last enemy, which is death. Christ, the Son, who is subjected to the Father, has done so, so that God may be All in All. 
 
My wife’s and my separation and our subsequent divorce have allowed me to open the door to hope through prayerful choices and healing in my own life. I have learned to respond with reflective prayer instead of simply reacting to my wife and our children over a disagreement.
 
God has gifted me with a heart that desires to help people, care for them, and provide encouragement in their time of need. God, in His Mercy, poured into me an abundance of His grace to overcome my sinful temptations. The gifts that God has used through me include “His Word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, miracles, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues.” (1 Cor 12:7-11)
 
I have strived to set my heart on the greater gifts of the Spirit, specifically the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. However, I have experienced growth in wisdom and revelation, resulting in a fuller knowledge of Him. 
 
My heart became enlightened to know the hope of His calling to me to first stand for my Covenant relationship with Christ. These gifts of the Spirit to which Paul refers in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 have manifested in my own spiritual life as I apply God’s graces. Paul elaborates further on these gifts in Colossians 1:9-14. These words of wisdom led to the knowledge of His will through understanding. This knowledge of God and the Spirit grew in my inner self and allowed my spirit to know the love of Christ. It opened my heart to receive the gift of faith and the gift of healings, which led to miracles of healed marriages for others. The more I open up to the Holy Spirit, the more I can discern spirits and pray in my prayer language. Luke 12:11 promises us that we need not be anxious about speaking when we go before trials and tribulations. The Holy Spirit will give us what to say.
 
Divorce is not allowed in God’s Word, “I hate divorce says the Lord!” (Malachi 2:16) Remarriage is a sin of adultery against the sacred Covenant of Marriage! (Matthew 19:6,9) The first wife was made of Adam’s actual flesh and bone; they literally were One-Flesh!
 
Malachi 2:14-16 (Amplified Bible) “Yet you ask, Why does He reject it? Because the Lord was witness to the covenant made at your marriage between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you were faithless. Yet she is your companion and the wife of your covenant made by your marriage vows….”
 
Here it is plain that God HATES divorce. It is an abomination to Him. He is definitely on the side of any person wanting to save their marriage.
 
When you have God’s will on a matter and have prayed according to His will, the moment the prayer was out of your mouth, God started the wheels turning to bring your prayer into manifestation. You know God will do what He says He will do, and out of the abundance of the confidence in God that you have in your heart, you will tell anyone who asks, “I believe that God has healed my marriage.”
 
God’s unconditional agape love for us gives us confidence that God is a promise-keeping Father and that perfect love casts out all fear. Faith demands action! If you truly believe your prayer is being manifested, not only will you speak like it, you will ACT like it. God says that “Faith without works, which means actions, is dead.” (James 2:17) Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
 
My focus is not on my circumstances or even on a second or third remarriage for my covenant spouse. “Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy, I came to give you life and to give it abundantly” (John 10:10). I am the Head of my household (Al Ha Bayit, in Hebrew). Hence, I am firm in standing and am blessed to be praying for my wife and children to join me in our eternal salvation. AMEN!

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