Ministry Campaign

​I’m Cassandra, ministry owner of Cassandra’s Marriage Mints, and I’m creating this campaign to ask for donations to help make my online ministry a ministry that brings me and wives face-to-face from city to city! I’ve prayed about it, thought about it, and the leading from the Holy Spirit I’ve gotten is that I cannot be too proud to ask for help. Those who ask not, receive nothing!  This campaign is the platform that allows me to put my desire out here and knock for help. 

I want to really go all out for God in my marriage ministry, so I ask only that you give as you are led to donate. If you are encouraged by my ministry and would like to see it grow, consider making a donation.

I’ve been on Facebook ministering and encouraging wives since 2012 via Cassandra’s Marriage and this blog! So many wonderful ministry experiences that have helped me in my marriage as I have encouraged others!

Throughout these years, I’ve used my own resources to provide free resources. The new thing I want to do is to actually be able to plan a ministry tour called “Wives on the WarPath™ “. Funds will contribute towards my travel costs, catering for the event attendees, and ministry printed materials for wives who attend the tour events. Additionally, funds will enable me to enhance general ministry as I relaunch Cassandra’s Marriage Mints BlogTalk Radio station, Warrior Wives App, Professional Online Simulcast Conferences/Workshops, and establish printing for newsletters and booklets for mailing to ministry members.  

Every wife experiences spiritual warfare in her marriage, and it can be quite a lonely, isolating experience. Every woman of God is in the same tribe within God’s kingdom. In my “Wives on the WarPath™” tour, I would like to meet with wives to hold prayer, offer strategies to improve how they fight against the real enemy of our marriages–the devil; and, of course, I want us to have fun and fellowship with each other! 

We will learn together with Bible study, share testimonies, eat, mingle with each other, and most importantly pray together as a tribe of wives on the warpath! I will use the Wives on the WarPath™ tour to personally teach wives how to take authority and demonstrate how we can boldly walk in our warpaths with the knowledge that God can take our trials and tribulations and translate them into purpose for our journeys (Romans 8:28).

I’m believing for a move of God that will make my “Wives on the WarPath™ ” tour a huge success!!!

Thank you and may God bless you!!!! CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO DONATE:

http://www.gofundme.com/2fp55g4

 

Sometimes God Saves the Best for Last

I’m going to use this photo to encourage not the singles but those of you who are married using my testimony along with it. Your spouse may not have loved you as you have hoped for or deserved. Be patient, endure because sometimes the best comes last, not first. Remember when Jesus attended the wedding. I’m sure when they served their wine they thought they had the best wine flowing out to their guests. But they ran out! They got the BEST WINE when JESUS performed a miracle and made more wine!!! Then, they had the BEST WINE Last!!!! Go ahead and let that old love that old stuff you and your spouse have been serving each other run out. Let it run dry and ask JESUS to come in and supply some REAL LOVE. THE BEST LOVE! He can perform miracles in the hearts of you and your spouse!
Yesterday, my husband suggested during a drive with our children that we take turns telling each other what we love most about each other. When my husband got to me, he told me some wonderful things that he loves about me and has loved all the years we have been together (11 altogether; married 6 years). I was feeling adored and then he surprised me by saying “That’s why, if God makes things work out for me the way we need them to, I’m giving your mom the wedding she deserves so we can have all our friends and relatives attend.” 

I was in shock at the unexpected blessing because in the past I would mention renewing our vows and my husband didn’t know if he really wanted to. Yesterday he told our sons that there is no better wife for him and no woman would ever stand by him loving him in spite of his mistakes and bad decisions as I have. I said “You really want to renew your vows with me?” And he told me he does. After all of the turmoil, doubt, indifference, and trials, GOD CAN RESTORE. HALLELUJAH! I hope I encouraged some of you.  

Allow me to share with you a prayer I enjoyed writing some time ago and felt the love of Jesus as I wrote it. It’s called “From Water to Wine”:

Dear Lord,

I’m standing in the gap with the wives and husbands who are in need of Your miraculous touch and instructions in their marriages. Just as the guests ran out of wine at the wedding celebration, there are so many marriages in which the wives and husbands have run out of what is needed to bring You glory.

Lord, I’m coming to You as Mary did to intercede for those who are standing for their marriages–standing “on the brink of embarrassment”.

Lord, let them not be ashamed! Thank You Lord for touching my marriage and giving my husband and I Your transforming Holy Spirit and the instructions in Your Holy Word. You changed our marriage from water to the best wine! Lord, we thought we had the good wine, the right stuff until we ran out!!! Then, You showed us we would never have enough love, grace, forgiveness, passion, patience, compassion, commitment, long-suffering, peace, self-control. We would never have enough and never have the best without You Jesus!!!! 

Just as Mary invited Jesus and He was a guest at the.wedding, YOU ARE WITH US and a welcome guest IN OUR MARRIAGES! YOU ARE WITH US IN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. 

Thank You Lord that we have to carry out Your instructions before we can experience certain miracles. I ask that You will make it clear to wives and husbands what they already have at their disposal that can be used to bring them from a place where the love is depleted,  exhausted, bankrupt, drained to a place where their love overflows and is even more “exquisite” because of its source –because it comes from You!!!! 

Lord, Thank You for Your miraculous touch in our heart our marriages that will override our miscalculations so we can be blessed with Your best all to Your glory!!!! 

IN JESUS’ NAME, I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING MY MARRIAGE AND OTHERS’ COVENANT MARRIAGES FROM WATER TO WINE!!!! Thank You Lord that only the servants had witnessed the transformation of the water into the best, most exquisite wine that’s ever been tasted! 

Help us to have servant hearts and be willing to be obedient to follow Your perfect instructions. It may look like we are carrying out work that looks silly or fruitless, but let those who are watching our marriages–the celebrators as well as the naysayers–be amazed and confounded all to YOUR GLORY when the latter is greater than the former  (Haggai 2:9) and the MANIFEST MIRACLE PROVES THAT STANDING ON YOUR WORD IS NOT FRUITLESS but yields THE BEST FRUIT THE BEST WINE BECAUSE YOU LORD JESUS ARE THE TRUE VINE from whence it flows!!!! (John 15:1)!  

WE THANK YOU AND INVITE YOU TO BE MORE THAN A GUEST BUT THE CENTER OF OUR MARRIAGES. IN YESHUA’S HOLY NAME.

AMEN!

Copyrighted 2016. CASSANDRA SALAMONE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CASSANDRA’S MARRIAGE MINTS.

John 2:1-11, Voice:

Three days later, they all went to celebrate a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was invited 2 together with Him and His disciples. 3 While they were celebrating, the wine ran out; and Jesus’ mother hurried over to her son.

Mary: The host stands on the brink of embarrassment; there are many guests, and there is no more wine.

Jesus: 4 Dear woman, is it our problem they miscalculated when buying wine and inviting guests? My time has not arrived.

5 But she turned to the servants.

Mary: Do whatever my son tells you.

6 In that area were six massive stone water pots that could each hold 20 to 30 gallons.They were typically used for Jewish purification rites. 7 Jesus’ instructions were clear:

Jesus: Fill each water pot with water until it’s ready to spill over the top; 8 then fill a cup, and deliver it to the headwaiter.

They did exactly as they were instructed. 9 After tasting the water that had become wine, the headwaiter couldn’t figure out where such wine came from (even though the servants knew), and he called over the bridegroom in amazement.

Headwaiter: 10 This wine is delectable. Why would you save the most exquisite fruit of the vine? A host would generally serve the good wine first and, when his inebriated guests don’t notice or care, he would serve the inferior wine. You have held back the best for last.

11 Jesus performed this miracle, the first of His signs, in Cana of Galilee. They did not know how this happened; but when the disciples and the servants witnessed this miracle, their faith blossomed.

The Enemy king Against Your Marriage

Dear Husband/Wife,

Every day my blog article “Prayer For the Other Woman” is read. It truly reveals to me how pervasive and widespread the enemy’s campaign for adultery has infiltrated marriages. I want to remind you that “We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places.” –Ephesians 6:12, Voice. 

I know it may appear that you are contending against the other woman or other man in your stand for your marriage; but that simply is not the case! That person who has stepped between you and your spouse to divide you and conquer your marriage–there is an enemy king or principality that is behind the attack. That person is merely a puppet being used, so you must armor up in the full armor of God and wage war by fighting in the Spirit!!! 

And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground.” — Ephesians 6:13.

See Ephesians 6 about the whole armor of God! The enemy is no competition against God! 

In the Bible book of Joshua, I have been reinforced in the battles I am facing in my life! God reveals that His promises are ours for the taking and that we have the victory as long as we walk with Him in obedience. Keep walking with Him in your stand for your marriage. You are in a war, but you can declare to the enemy king you face because we do not war alone, for “The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you (the enemy) to us on a platter!” –1 Samuel 17:47, Message, parentheses mine.

Now it happened after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that theLord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant (attendant), saying,“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise [to take his place], cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. I have given you every place on which the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised to Moses.From the wilderness [of Arabia in the south] and this Lebanon [in the north], even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates [in the east], all the land of the Hittites (Canaan), and as far as the Great [Mediterranean] Sea toward the west shall be your territory. No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you. Be strong andconfident and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers (ancestors) to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go. ” –Joshua 1:1-7, Amplified.

Claim God’s promises and victory for your marriage!!! No enemy can stand against your stand for your marriage because you are victorious in Christ Jesus! God is with you and He fights for you! 

Pray for that “other woman/man” who is contending against your marriage–NOT TO BE “MR./MRS. NICE GUY/GIRL” OR A PUSHOVER. PRAY for that puppet of an enemy king because sometimes people don’t even know they are in the path of destruction and an enemy of GOD !!!  That person needs to get the fear of God so that they can be delivered from the enemy camp that’s using them and GOD can turn it around in your favor that what the enemy used to deceive will SERVE YOUR MARRIAGE FOR ITS GOOD!!!

SEE how Joshua was fooled by the Gibeonites! When they had heard of how God was with Joshua and Israel and how they defeated everyone who went against them, they pretended they were not inhabitants of Canaan and sought a covenant of peace with Israel so that they would be spared destruction! The “Prayer for the Other Woman” is in line with God’s mercy. The Gibeonites deception to Joshua was discovered but not until after Joshua made the covenant of peace with them. Joshua cursed them to love a life of servitude to the people of Israel for all time! (See Joshua chapter 9).  

By making peace in praying for the other woman or man, you will make headlines in the spiritual realm and the enemy will rally more enemy camps to come against your marriage. You may see an increase in marriage strife and confusion, but that is because your prayer for the other woman/man caused damage in that enemy camp! 

Come up to me and help me, that we may attack Gibeon, for it has made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.” Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered together and went up, they and all their armies, and camped before Gibeon and made war against it.” –Joshua 10:4-5, NKJV.

Gideon was delivered and covered under God’s protection as a result of their seeking the covenant of peace with Israel. As a result of your prayer for the other woman/man, God may bring them out of the path of destruction and into His covering under the Blood of Christ! They may seek Jesus the Prince of Peace who is King of kings!!! Hallelujah!!!!! According to God’s promise in Romans 8:28: 

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

AMEN!!!! God is more than ABLE to use the adultery that is warring against your marriage to bring you and your spouse to a victorious, righteous end!!!!

Just as Joshua brought out the 5 Amorite kings from the cave they hid in, killed the kings, hung them back, and put them back into the cave they were hiding in and sealed it as their tomb, GOD is vanquishing the enemy from your life!!!! 

Then Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring out to me those five [Amorite] kings from the cave.” 23 They did so, and brought these five [Amorite] kings out of the cave to him—the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. 24 When they brought these kings out to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and told the commanders of the men of war who had gone with him, “Come up close, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and put their feet on the necks [of the five kings]. 25 Joshua said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed (intimidated)! Be strong and courageous, for this is what the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you [are about to] fight.” 26 Then afterward Joshua struck them [with his sword] and put them to death, and he hung them on five trees; and they <span data-fn=”#fen-AMP-6091f” class=”footnote” data-link=”[f]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;”>[f]hung on the trees until evening.27 At sunset Joshua gave a command, and they took the bodies down from the trees and threw them into the cave where the kings had hidden themselves, and placed large stones over the mouth of the cave, [where they remain] to this very day.” –Joshua 10:22-27.

The enemy of your marriage, your family, your health, your finances– GOD IS destroying your enemies so that they will be no more!!!!! 

The 5 Amorite kings fighting against you, contending from the enemy camps in the North, South, East, West, and the one that stands before you in your marriage ARE DEFEATED by the Blood of JESUS who was killed and sealed in a tomb BUT ARISEN AND NOW AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD!!!!!!! Declare and Receive the victory now IN JESUS‘ NAME! 

When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” –Colossians 2:15, Amplified.

HALLELUJAH!!!!! Know that GOD IS WITH YOU! IN CHRIST JESUS, THE VICTORY AND PROMISES OF GOD ARE YOURS!!! 

Copyrighted. 2016. Cassandra’s Marriage Mints. Cassandra Salamone. 



Growing Weary 

 Hi everyone! I have been extremely busy with life. I know there are only four seasons, but I think in the spiritual realm, there is a fifth–the season of Wait! I’m in a waiting season–waiting on God to release me and my family from a stronghold called “Not Enough”. Not Enough hours, Not Enough pay, Not Enough time to prepare for what my family may be facing if my husband’s legal issues go downhill. I have faith that God has the perfect answer to all of the complexities we face. The mountain that I face is only a molehill–not even a mote of dust compared to how big God is and what He is capable of doing!

Whatever the mountain is that you’re facing, if you can relate to the season of Wait, you know that it is difficult!

Everyone experiences a waiting season differently.

When we’re in a waiting season, a person may feel as if they’re hidden in the shadow of God’s wings. They may be in need but quite sheltered in a relatively calm set of circumstances. On the contrary, another person in their waiting season may feel as if they are smack dab in the furnace–in the middle of the heat blast of adversity. It may be mentally unbearable and incredibly stressful.

The important things to remember is that our waiting on God is not God’s plan to cause torment. 

Why the Wait?

It could possibly be to PROTECT you from unforeseen danger or destruction.

It is always to glorify God and sometimes He is gracious to reveal His plan, provision, and protection in the process.

Sometimes the answer and solution JUST ARRIVES SUDDENLY and we lack the understanding. However, we are just so grateful we don’t mind if God doesn’t reveal the details. 

Whatever you’re waiting on God for in your season–a job, restoration of yoir marriage, healing and deliverance from lack or infirmity–don’t give up! Keep hoping that God will come through for you with exactly what you need in perfect timing. Keep praying.

And it’s hard to pray while you are waiting because your mind races to discover solutions. Think of your waiting season as a training season. Use that time to focus on prayer and pray specific prayers about your concerns. Pray more than you worry. Leave it up to God to make the impossible POSSIBLE!

Have faith. Believe that the answer you can’t see is in the hands of God who we also cannot see! The answer is supernatural, so thank God while you’re waiting and listen for the Holy Spirit to guide you in your season. I am uncomfortable waiting, but I have decided it is best to wait for what God has for me than to strike out and make an even larger mess of things. I pray you will also wait on Him! Speak to that situation about how it had better get ready to bow down before your Almighty God Jehovah!!! He hears you and His answer is COMING!

But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”~ Micah 7:7

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”~Psalm 27:13-14

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”~Hebrews 11:1

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”~Habakkuk 2:3

In His strength,

Cassandra Salamone 

Cassandra’s Marriage Mints 

Are You an “Esther”?

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Esther did not demand that her husband receive her into his presence. She did not stir up a dramatic scene. She sought God’s presence first with her fast before she sought her husband’s.

Do you seek God before you go to your husband concerning issues in your marriage?

Esther put on her royal robes to manifest in the natural what she was attaching her hope to in the spiritual realm. She was the embodiment of 1 Peter 3:1-2 in that she hoped to remind her husband of his royal duty and responsibility to her as her husband without her having to say a word. Without a word, with her chaste conduct, she wanted to remind her king that she was his queen and worthy of being called. Esther did not attempt to barge her way into King Ahasuerus’ presence by entering his house. She simply positioned herself where she was in his sight, and once he laid eyes on his gracious, beautiful wife, he did not hesitate to hold out his golden sceptor to her. When she touched the top of the sceptor, she was affirming her husband’s authority and demonstrating reverence for him.
For more on this, visit http://coursecraft.net/courses/z9QsC
©2016. The Esther Study ~ BecomingQueens of Godly Purpose.
Cassandra Salamone. Cassandra’s Marriage Mints.

Forgiven

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JESUS puts everything into perspective. The Cross puts us into perspective. You may not be a thief, but you are a sinner. Let’s consider that the spouse who is standing for their marriage is Thief 1. Thief 1 died to sin with unforgiveness in his heart. Jesus was RIGHT THERE IN HIS MIDST. Jesus is in your midst. He just refused to repent of his sins. Let’s imagine Thief 2 is the prodigal spouse who realizes the truth of who Jesus is and he lines up his identity in Christ with repentance. Now do you still refuse to hold on to resentment and unforgiveness for your spouse? You have to forgive to be forgiven. Let Jesus be at the center of your marriage. Let forgiveness flow and reconciliation come to pass. After Jesus promised Thief 2 he’d be with Him in paradise, he was still hanging on the cross. You have a promise on your marriage because it is a covenant with God, so don’t be discouraged if you’re still hanging from trials as if you’re on a cross. Don’t let your words, heart, and actions line up with the scoffers and unbelievers who question the power of Jesus to save your marriage! Forgive and ask forgiveness of your sins. Truly, we want to see our spouses in paradise with Jesus! ❤
Luke 23:37-43, VOICE ~
“Soldiers: 37 Hey, if You’re the King of the Jews, why don’t You free Yourself!

38 Even the inscription they placed over Him was intended to mock Him—“This is the King of the Jews!” [This was written in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.][c]

39 One of the criminals joined in the cruel talk.

Cynical Criminal: You’re supposed to be the Anointed One, right? Well—do it! Rescue Yourself and us!

40 But the other criminal told him to be quiet.

Believing Criminal: Don’t you have any fear of God at all? You’re getting the same death sentence He is! 41 We’re getting what we deserve since we’ve committed crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong at all! 42 (turning to Jesus) Jesus, when You come into Your kingdom, please remember me.

Jesus: 43 I promise you that this very day you will be with Me in paradise.”
Copyrighted. 2016. Cassandra Salamone. All rights reserved.

Desert Season

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All this time, I’ve felt like the backbone– the one who reminded about prayer, reading the Word, and walking by faith. I’ve been walking through a desert season for a long time. Not because of adultery. No. God said Not again. This desert season has been because of complicated circumstances affecting my husband, whose reach extended to me naturally. I have been quite isolated in this season and it has taught me to rely on God rather than people. There are a few sisters in Christ God blessed me to meet on Facebook who have reached out to me and lifted me in prayer. They were like ravens sent to feed me when I trusted no one in my actual day-to-day life. I do my best to be as transparent as I can without using my ministry as a platform to vent or air out dirty laundry. I felt led tonight to share because God still performs miracles and it blesses others when we can share our testimonies of how God is working in our marriages. He shows up when our faith turns to sands we can’t seem to grasp. The whirlwinds of circumstances blow the grains and we gather them back up only to question whether we had ever truly grasped them or was it all a mirage. Faith slipping through my fingers. Just as I became unhinged…. “Father, help my unbelief…”,
My husband stopped trying to get through to me and said it’s time for us to pray right now. God showed up to help me with my unbelief using the exact person I expressed my unbelief toward  by how I had been pulling away from him. The area of unbelief was my husband. I had pulled back and disconnected from him. The absence or withholding of love is the foothold of the enemy. It is the soil of unbelief when we cannot love or identify love that is clearly pouring forth. Like dying of thirst in a desert that really isn’t a desert because the water is being held out in the hands of my husband. Unbelief will kill your faith. God heard my cry my prayer to not allow me to be crazed by unbelief because the Holy Spirit will let you see the truth outside of what you can see and feel in the natural. I could see the grandiose, ugly error of how the enemy has been toying with me through my unbelief. But God! He heard my prayer that was unspoken but my soul’s cry. My husband’s prayer confirmed what the Holy Spirit had shown me. He said “Help me help my wife because somehow she has come undone unplugged. Help me fix my wife from everything I have done to cause her pain and what is trying to confuse her now….” God answered my prayer. No way my husband knew I was literally falling apart inside. I had no words to explain to him. But I thank God for performing a miracle and helping my unbelief so I can see and drink in the love my husband has for me. I may be in the desert, but I realize how important it is to surrender any unbelief to the Lord and speak God’s Word over that area continually. I encourage you to trust God in whatever season you are in to be your Provider. He has been the Sustainer of my faith when I was certain it was depleted. May God bless you.
Copyrighted. No reproduction. 2016. Cassandra Salamone.

Job 31 Men of God

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It is widely believed that women of God should exemplify the characteristics demonstrated by the Proverbs 31 wife. I believe that Job 31 is a wonderful example for men of God as Job was a man of integrity who was faithful to God even during times of testing and suffering. Please enjoy this blog post for more on Job 31.
“Job 31 Men of God”
Many look to Proverbs 31 as the go-to Scriptural example of the character and lifestyle of a godly wife. There is also a Scriptural reference of righteous living that husbands can utilize as a reference or example for righteous living in the Bible book of Job 31:1-34. These verses touch on many if the aspects a husband might deal with or be responsible for as head of his wife and children and in making a living for himself.
In verses 1-12, Job declares the vow that he’s made to never look at a woman with lustful intentions. These verses remind a husband that living a life of integrity is important and to stray into an adulterous relationship means that by his adulterous and deceitful actions, he burns down–destroys–his own household!
The man who commits adultery can expect that all that all that he once held/holds dear to himself may not survive his decision to step off the “straight and narrow” righteous path. He might lose his wife’s precious trust and badly maim their love. In these verses, Job also admits that only disastrous consequences would result from such wickedness! Job professes that if he were to be so stupid and allow a woman to seduce him:
that he would deserve the worst of that calamity and out of self-loathing would declare that his wife should in turn, go and cheat on him.
Of course, we never want to take an eye for an eye or commit adultery in retaliation of a spouse’s adultery in this case!
“1-4 “I made a solemn pact with myself
    never to undress a girl with my eyes.
So what can I expect from God?
    What do I deserve from God Almighty above?
Isn’t calamity reserved for the wicked?
    Isn’t disaster supposed to strike those who do wrong?
Isn’t God looking, observing how I live?
    Doesn’t he mark every step I take?
5-8 “Have I walked hand in hand with falsehood,
    or hung out in the company of deceit?
Weigh me on a set of honest scales
    so God has proof of my integrity.
If I’ve strayed off the straight and narrow,
    wanted things I had no right to,
    messed around with sin,
Go ahead, then—
    give my portion to someone who deserves it.
9-12 “If I’ve let myself be seduced by a woman
    and conspired to go to bed with her,
Fine, my wife has every right to go ahead
    and sleep with anyone she wants to.
For disgusting behavior like that,
    I’d deserve the worst punishment you could hand out.
Adultery is a fire that burns the house down;
    I wouldn’t expect anything I count dear to survive it.”

In verses 13-34, a man can be reminded to make good use of his power of wealth and influence. This is a godly reference for a man because he needs to honor God in his dealings with other people and be a man of integrity. If he has employees he manages or supervises, he should use his authority fairly and not abuse it. In accounting for his books– his income and taxes–a man must remember that even if the government and authorities don’t monitor his business dealings, God sees everything!
Here, in the following verses is a warning to be generous to the poor and to bless those families who are destitute and in need of provisions such as food, shelter, and warm clothes. Wisdom is in these verses that reveals the man who is money-hungry, who showboats or flaunts his wealth to others, who worships money and a lavish lifestyle, and who uses his power and influence to gain an unfair advantage is not a God-fearing man. A righteous man will not rejoice even over his competitors’ and enemies’ misfortune.

13-15 “Have I ever been unfair to my employees
    when they brought a complaint to me?
What, then, will I do when God confronts me?
    When God examines my books, what can I say?
Didn’t the same God who made me, make them?
    Aren’t we all made of the same stuff, equals before God?
16-18 “Have I ignored the needs of the poor,
    turned my back on the indigent,
Taken care of my own needs and fed my own face
    while they languished?
Wasn’t my home always open to them?
    Weren’t they always welcome at my table?
19-20 “Have I ever left a poor family shivering in the cold
    when they had no warm clothes?
Didn’t the poor bless me when they saw me coming,
    knowing I’d brought coats from my closet?
21-23 “If I’ve ever used my strength and influence
    to take advantage of the unfortunate,
Go ahead, break both my arms,
    cut off all my fingers!
The fear of God has kept me from these things—
    how else could I ever face him?
24-28 “Did I set my heart on making big money
    or worship at the bank?
Did I boast about my wealth,
    show off because I was well-off?
Was I ever so awed by the sun’s brilliance
    and moved by the moon’s beauty
That I let myself become seduced by them
    and worshiped them on the sly?
If so, I would deserve the worst of punishments,
    for I would be betraying God himself.
29-30 “Did I ever crow over my enemy’s ruin?
    Or gloat over my rival’s bad luck?
No, I never said a word of detraction,
    never cursed them, even under my breath.”

Verses 31-34 is a reminder of how important it is for a godly husband to have godly friends and mentors in his life who hold him accountable for his walk with the Lord. It’s a big deal because if he falls into sin, he needs other godly men to whom he can confess and disclose his sins to and have their prayers and support to help him restore his righteous walk.
A man who keeps himself as an island without that fellowship with the body of Christ may be tempted to hide his sins and continue in them. There is no condemnation in Christ.
A godly man is not afraid of being accountable for his life because he understands that it is because of Jesus that he never has to hide the way Adam did.
Because of Jesus, every husband is empowered to live a righteous life! Praise God for Job’s example and for the best example of all in His Son Jesus!!! ♡

Job 31:31-34~
“Didn’t those who worked for me say,
    ‘He fed us well. There were always second helpings’?
And no stranger ever had to spend a night in the street;
    my doors were always open to travelers.
Did I hide my sin the way Adam did,
    or conceal my guilt behind closed doors
Because I was afraid what people would say,
    fearing the gossip of the neighbors so much
That I turned myself into a recluse?”
Jesus is our perfect example; we should all aspire to be like Him. Amen and God bless!
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Recognize the Serpent’s Voice

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“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” Although the context of 2 Corinthians 11:3 was concerning deception by false apostles, JUST LIKE EVE, we wives can be led astray from our sincere and pure devotion to standing for our marriages when we are deceived by the devil’s cunning whispers!!!! Don’t trade God’s eternal plan for your marriage by seeking relief from momentary afflictions.
If we are to avoid being fooled like Eve, we must learn to recognize his voice. The same strategy used on Eve has been inflicted down the generations.
RECOGNIZING THE SERPENT’S VOICE:
● First, he will pretend to be your friend and act as if he has your best interests at heart. He will show you all of the options available to you and you will see paths that exist to you other than the one God has shown you. That friend voice is just a friendly tip, suggestion, or advice. Just a filthy seed planted in the soil of your heart waiting to take root when you’re hopeless and looking for something other than what God offers you when your hopes are not set on Him! The innocent suggestion will cause you to consider innocent options “What will you do if {Insert your worst fear or the worst outcome}? This is to get your eyes off God and on planning for the worst.
● He will question God’s Word so your recollection of what God said–His Word –becomes misconstrued and twisted. In light of his question, you will be confused. For example, someone will say or maybe the questions just “arise into your mind from nowhere”: “Is God really with you? Didn’t God promise the heritage of the righteous will be shielded from attacks in their marriage? Or haven’t you done enough praying and fasting to be righteous?”  A wife who has lost her hope may fall for that twisted lie. That question combines some truth with a lie. God’s Word says in Isaiah 54:17 ”
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.”
SEE, the attacks WILL COME. BE READY FOR THE WEAPONS FORM. But they will NOT PROSPER in their intent. AND our righteousness does not come from ourselves or anything we do in our stand but from JESUS!!! KNOW GOD’S WORD.
● If he gets you to believe the twisted lie about what God has said in His Word, he can cause you to not know who God is. That is his plan to create seeds of doubt, distrust and bitterness towards God.
● If he can get you to turn away from God, he can get you focused on what you can do in your own power. HE WILL APPEAL TO YOUR FLESH so that you do what God has NOT TOLD YOU TO DO. That disobedience will result in death. For example, a wife decides that God is not with her and does not care about her marriage. So she goes out and begins having an affair. When God brings her husband back, she is twisted and warped on her heart and the marriage fails because she was caught in adultery. She didn’t wait on God. She didn’t know His Word so she could withstand the enemy’s schemes. Her obedience helped to bring about death to her marriage.
It’s absolutely necessary for a wife to study and know God’s Word. It’s the only way to decapitate the serpent’s head when he comes whispering lies. He will come but you don’t have to listen!  Amen. Have a blessed day everyone!!!
Be strong in the Lord ❤
Copyrighted. 2016. Cassandra’s Marriage Mints.