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Thought I would share

I just shared the below post on this thread, What do you guys, gals, think of GOD? I recall Smudge Pot mentioning his wife in an earlier post on this thread so I hope this is an encouragement to him and others.Please know I'm not implying you have divorce in mind Smudge Pot. Marriage, relationships and the most important relationship, with Jesus Christ.

To be more personal about the question, this is what I know about God. My testimony about what He has done in my life and my husbands.
The following is our testimonies. I almost wrote a book below, but hope you will take a few minutes to read on :)

For awhile now I have been asking myself this question regarding others I see who proclaim to be Christians. I would have told you that I was one prior to 1995 but my life did not reflect it. Is eternal life with God as simple as "believing" in the death,resurrection and rising from the dead of Jesus Christ for our sins? I have never forgotten what someone I worked with in the past shared with me when I was not on the Lord's path. I don't remember the whole conversation but I'm assuming I shared that I believed in Jesus and she shared that the devil believes also. I'm pretty sure that statement along with another encounter had me thinking. I was scared at one point about my salvation and in 1995 the Lord opened my eyes (testimony below).

I read the following article not long ago titled "Don't Believe Like the Demons Believe!"

If a person is truly born again why would they live like the world? This REALLY does not make sense to me. Shouldn't our lives be a total opposite of what they were prior to being born again?

My Husband's Testimony

In 1991 Tricia and I married. It was beautiful, but since we were not living to glorify Jesus our marriage crumbled and we divorced in 1993. In 1994 I moved to where she had moved to with the idea that we would get along and not have any problems, but that was not the case. By July of that year I was living by myself and working two jobs. I moved back to where I was born and raised in November of 1994 and soon went back to just a lot of drinking and some womanizing. I was repeating my dad’s history but Jesus had a plan. He got Tricia’s attention in 1995 who in turn started to share with me in 1996 about her new life in Christ Jesus. She also wanted me to realize how much I needed Him in my life.
She continued to share and I continued to lie to her. For I kept living life in a sinful way. But I did not have peace, joy or freedom. I was always anxious, biting the insides of my mouth, until July of 1997 when I gave up trying to do it on my own. I repented of my sins, I believed and confessed JESUS to be the Son of God who died on a cross and who resurrected from the dead on the third day and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father.

Tricia and I remarried in 1998.

My Testimony

Carlos and I were married the first time in 1991 and divorced (sad to say) in 1993.After the divorce we tried to work things out but since we were not looking to the Lord it went no where. We divorced because I was a pain and he was a pain and thought that this was the easy thing to do. It wasn't, it was very painful.

In 1995 I wanted to start going back to church. I thought we were saved when we were married the first time. We both had gone to Christian schools when we were in 1st -6th grade. I know this fact doesn't save a person though. My uncle married us the first time and we wanted him to share the gospel at our wedding and he did. I share all this because for sure in 1995 the Lord opened my eyes and I saw how I was not living for Him. I'm not sure how long after surrendering to the Lord I read a verse that said I would be an adulteress if I married again. I'm not sure if it was the following verses in Romans 7:2-3 that state:

2) For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3) So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.

There are other verses that also address the above. Matthew 19:9 and Matthew 5:32 and maybe others so I may have read one of those instead.

The Lord spoke to me in these verses and by reading them I know He told me that I should never marry again and if I do it should be back to Carlos. He had moved back to where he was born and raised so I wrote a letter to him thinking he was probably still living at his mom's house. I shared what the Lord was doing in my life and at some point told Carlos what I felt the Lord had said to me about remarrying him. Carlos was down a different path then I was. I continued to communicate with him by writing at first and eventually by telephone. In the summer of 1997 I went to visit him. In July of 1997 Carlos surrendered his life to the Lord. About 1 month later he moved back to where I was living and we had some counseling, but the associate pastor wanted us to go to the end of the session before he would marry us and we didn't want to do that. We knew this time it would be till death do us part. We understood now that the vow we made the first time was a covenant between us and God and that covenants are not meant to be broken.

This is an important part of my testimony that I left out of the above but I know that it needs to be shared. Here it is.
One evening when I was talking to Carlos over the phone I was reading something to him. I was hoping that it would convict him to turn his life over to the Lord. Instead he confessed to me that
he had had sexual relations with others during the time we were not married to each other. It was devastating to be told this but I was also not naive to think it hadn't happened. I ended the conversation and soon after called my associate pastor and discussed this with him and he told me because of that I did not have to remarry him which I think was not encouraging council. I chose to forgive Carlos because we have no right to not forgive because Christ has forgiven us. I also knew that the Lord had told me in His Word that I should never marry again and if I do it should be back to Carlos and I truly believed that we would remarry. During a counseling session mentioned above with the associate pastor the sexual relations Carlos had had were brought up and I clearly heard the Lord tell me "My grace is sufficient" and had the Lords peace that passes understanding.

In January 1998 we were married again by my uncle since the associate pastor would not marry us because we didn't continue counseling. We had no problem with this because it was his conviction. I also see that if this had not happened my uncle would not have been the one to remarry us and I'm very glad he did.

I'm thankful to be married again to my beloved and you know what?
I'm still a pain and he...well, you know :)

Don't focus on Religion. Focus on the person of Jesus Christ. He changes lives. All glory goes to HIM!

To hear other people's personal testimonies go here:

"And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." Matthew 12:25