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Keys to Bondage Breakthrough in Your Marriage- Part 2

     Last issue I shared a key component of breaking through the wedlock deadlock that can happen in a marriage relationship in Keys to Bondage Breakthrough in Your Marriage-Part 1.

     Another key to breakthrough is what I would call setting “Biblical Boundaries.” One day during my prayer time, the passage of scripture in 2 Kings 6 resonated in my spirit and I knew the words had significant meaning for me, “So the bands of Syrians stopped raiding Israel’s territory” 2 Kings 6 (NKJV).

     Israel was God’s people and the enemies of God’s people were raiding their territory!

     I knew the Lord wanted me to realize that it was time for the enemy to “stop raiding” my territory!

     There are times, even in close relationships where God will reveal what is “right” and what is “not right.” When things are “not right,” God can give supernatural strength to have it “stopped,” just like He did with the bands of Syrians who were raiding Israel’s territory.

     If someone is “raiding your territory,” God can give you strength to put it to a stop!

     With God’s help, you can set necessary boundaries around your territory and have your face be like flint (stone) as David says in the Old Testament, and be resolute so that the enemy will no longer have a field day.

     Here’s more of the account in 2 Kings 6 (NKJV). We see in verse 8 “Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel.” The enemy had made its advances. To Elisha’s servant it looked scary, and he asked Elisha, “Alas, my master, what shall we do?” So he [Elisha] answered ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’”

     As the story goes, Elisha prays that God would strike them with blindness and God did it.  Then Elisha leads them into the city in front of everyone and asked God that they be able to see again, and God did as Elisha had asked and made it so they could see. Then 2 Kings 6:21-23 tells us how that when the king of Israel saw them he asked Elisha “My father, Shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?” Elisha answered no, but told the king instead to make a meal for them, a feast in fact, and put it before them and then send them back to where they came from. And then it records what happened next, “So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel,” 2 Kings 6:23. Amazing!! They stopped raiding Israel’s territory!!

     We can learn a valuable lesson from this story about those who are “making war” against us. We can determine like Elisha not to do harm to them but to show them that God has power over them… we can make as our motto… “I will not harm you, but you will not harm me! You will stop raiding my territory! You will no longer raid the territory given to me by the Lord God of Israel, My God and My Lord!”

     I remember the January day when the Lord gave me this word, and it was powerful! I hope it will be a blessing to you as well.

     You may need to ask the Lord are you going to be passive or active in bringing about God’s will on earth. Are you going to be an adaptor or an innovator? He will guide you in what to do and He will make your heart strong and resolute to bring about a victory in your marriage relationship for His Kingdom purposes!

     Elisha did not take the passive position of helplessness—he took action—not vindictive revenge---but Godly action—and the results were phenomenal!! So can the results in your own life be phenomenal with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Biblical wisdom!!

     Ask others to stand with you and pray for the impossible—to see things turned around in your own life and relationships!! God can do the impossible!!

     A very helpful book on establishing healthy boundaries in all your relationships is entitled Boundaries and is written by Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend. You can find it at your local Christian bookstore or online at www.christianbook.com

     If you need prayer, or encouragement in this area, please contact us and we will be happy to pray with you.

Copyright © 2008-2015 Debbie Reynolds Harper

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