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Daniel 4

After Nebuchadnezzar's sanity had been restored he wrote the letter we have in Daniel 4. He may not have known about us when he wrote it, but it was addressed to us all the same: "King Nebuchadnezzar, To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly." (Daniel 4 v 1) Because this was written to us, it is important that we take note of what we are told in the rest of his letter.
The point I would like to note is what Nebuchadnezzar says in the next verse: "It is my pleasure to tell you about the marvellous signs and wonders that the Most High has performed for me." (v 2) God was certainly active right through the life of Nebuchadnezzar Throughout his life he learnt many lessons through God'' involvement in his life, and the lesson he records here was a particularly painful one. But once Nebuchadnezzar understood and had learnt the lesson, he went about telling everyone about the miraculous ways God had worked in his life
Nebuchadnezzar wasn't alone in the fact that God had a hand in the way his life worked out. Everyone recorded in the bible had their lives affected by him in some way, and if we look closely at our own lives we will find he is just as involved with us. If that is the case then shouldn't it also be our pleasure to tell others about the miraculous way God has worked in our lives? If it is our pleasure then let's go and do it.

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Help! I Married A Sinner!

Haven't you read ... that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Matthew 19 v 4 - 6

Oh no! I married a sinner! And Sharon has done even worse because she married a worse sinner! How are two imperfect, selfish people, who both lack in love and self control supposed to keep their marriage together?

A few weeks ago we asked the question, What is one significant factor that has had the most positive impact on your marriage? Of the answers we got, the one that cropped up most regularly in various different ways was having God in the marriage. We would agree. No one but God can take two unlovely, selfish sinners and create a beautiful and lasting union with them.

And what's more, there is no greater anchor for commitment to marriage than that of two people who pledge themselves to living by God's superior principles for life and for marriage.

So what are some ways we can bring God and his blessing into our marriages? Here are some suggestions:

We have all married sinners, but when one as powerful, loving and perfect as God binds us together, we can become much more, much better than the sum of our two imperfect parts.

Action Points

  1. Be the one to initiate a Bible reading, prayer or spiritual discussion with your spouse this week.
  2. Pray for your spouse every day.