Why is marriage on the top of his hit list?
Why does the world so greatly disrespect marriage? Why is the world trying to "redefine" marriage?
One reason is power! The power that comes when a man and a woman marry and make a covenant with God. Satan understands the power that is in that God-designed relationship much better than we do!
Let's look in Genesis 1:26-27--Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness". . .So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Genesis 2:18,21-24--And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Another reason: God made Adam in His image--male and female. When Satan saw Adam, he saw God reflected in him. God took a rib from Adam and created Eve. From Adam's side, he "pulled out" the female traits, and created Adam's "wife". Together, they reflected the complete image of God.
When a man and a woman marry and commit that marriage, in covenant to God, they begin the process of becoming "one" and as such they reflect the image of God. Don't you think seeing that image angers Satan? He wants to tarnish and destroy that image. He wants to shatter the mirror that is reflecting God! He doesn't want to see God reflected in humans over and over! Yes, Satan is at war with marriage.
So what does Satan do to shatter that image? He sends out his very best weapons--the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life! For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:16 NKJV Sadly, he is too often successful in shattering God's image in our marriages. He attacks the one who will most easily succumb to his attacks.
His attack has expanded into our culture. The image of marriage in our culture has been attacked. The campaign to legalize same-sex marriage will further tarnish the sanctity of Godly marriage. The attitude toward adultery in our culture is another way of tarnishing marriage. There was a time when people treated a wedding band as a sign that "this person is taken and off limits" when they were looking for a "mate". Now all too often, it is looked at as "we can have some fun together, without any commitment". I am surprised how many people see that ring as a challenge to take their attention & affection away from their spouse!
Husbands and wives, get the revelation that you are ONE and in that oneness, you reflect the very image--the very essence--of God. Anything you see in your marriage that doesn't reflect that image does not come from God. I guess we can figure out where it comes from then, right?! Every thought, every temptation, flattering lips, arguments, family and friends that bring division in your marriage, financial problems, lies, and I'm sure you could add more items to this list! The list is as varied as the people dealing with it. I have heard "Christian" couples say they watch pornography to "spice up their marriage". That is a lie from Satan.
You do not invite ANYTHING into your marriage that is demonic and expect something good to come out of it.
Remember, all Satan wants to do is to get us to believe a lie! We can self-destruct on that lie.
A word about becoming one: You do not become one when you say "I do"...you start the process. You do not become one when you have sex...it is part of the process. It is also about spending time together, talking, touching, protecting, feeling protected. Everything you do together, fuses you into one. That is when you can finish each other's sentences, when you know what the other is thinking, when you both pick up the phone and text each other at the same moment because you are thinking about the other. Then, NO ONE can wedge themselves between you both because there is no cracks. If you give the enemy an inch, they WILL take a mile.
In the spirit realm, there is an all-out attack on the covenant of marriage. The world may do as it wills to do. But in the Kingdom, marriage is a covenant with God and is lived according to His Word. We, as citizens of God's Kingdom, need to be aware and vigilant. Watch, guard your marriages, and be watching for the enemy's tricks. Keep in mind also, that there is a great difference between a "civil union" and a covenant marriage. A covenant marriage is between a man, a woman and God. A civil union is in the world and tries to 'mimic' a Biblical marriage.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 Recognize his weapons, even when they come in pretty, enticing packages.
I will end with these scriptures and the reminder that your spouse is not your problem, your problems are the lies of Satan and what your mind does with those lies.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Satan can only destroy your marriage if you or your spouse embrace what he is sending your way.
Husbands and wives, STAND and do not be moved.
Be Blessed, Arlene