There’s a war waging over your marriage … and a lot of days you probably don’t even recognize it.
The epic war movie “Saving Private Ryan” opens with one of the most riveting battle scenes in film history. It depicts in graphic detail the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. It’s a vivid reminder of the tremendous sacrifice asked of our soldiers and their heroic bravery.
But I think it also illustrates the intensity of the spiritual battle that’s waging for your marriage and mine.
Trace our history back to the Garden, and you’ll see that Satan didn’t make a move against Adam until after Adam and Eve were together. Satan despises marriage. Make no mistake – he hopes to destroy every one he can because each is a holy union between a man and a woman, both created by God in His image.
How often do you think about your marriage like that?
I wonder if we don’t feel like we’re in a battle because we so rarely think of our marriages in the sort of sacred biblical terms that would warrant it being fought over in the first place.
Daily life has a way of blinding us to the enemy forces gathering against us. Most of the time, we don’t see ourselves as trudging our way up the beach and dodging enemy fire, nor do we view the fight for our marriages as a holy cause.
We too easily forget the value God ascribes to our marital relationships. And if the divorce rate is any indication, we need to get back to it.
The story of a nation is the story of its families. And the story of a family is typically found in the stability or instability of marriage. If we salvage our marriages, we potentially salvage our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren.
So how do we get back to a Kingdom perspective on marriage? We “return to our first love” (Revelation 2:4) and see our relationship with our spouse the way God does.
To help lead us back, Dr. Tony Evans will be with us on today’s and tomorrow’s radio programs. He’ll guide us to a greater vision for marriage, and give us practical biblical tips to get there.
Dr. Evans will help us understand how to withstand the enemy’s attacks as well as take action to restore our relationships through humility and a willingness to serve one another. He’ll also remind us that Satan’s war against us pales in comparison to the victory Jesus offers us.
This was a great conversation, as our talks with Dr. Evans always are. If you’re not familiar with him, Dr. Evans is the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. His books have reached millions, including his newest book we’ll be discussing today, “Kingdom Marriage.”