Clarence L. Haynes Jr. is a speaker, teacher, author, and co-founder of The Bible Study Club. He has spent more than 30 years serving the body of Christ in various capacities and is the author of The Pursuit of Purpose. If you have ever struggled to try to find God’s will, this book will help you discover the different ways God leads you into his perfect will. To learn more about his ministry please visit clarencehaynes.com.
Everybody loves a good wedding story, and there is nothing better than two people falling in love and deciding to bind their love in marriage. Oh, the romance of it all.
Unfortunately, as we know, all marriages don’t last. Some end because death does them part, and for many others they end through divorce. Regardless of how you got there, whether through death or divorce, you may find yourself in a situation where you have gone from being married to being unmarried. For many people in this position, they may desire to get remarried, but what does the Bible say about remarriage and how can you apply this to your life if you are in this situation?
Before I go further, I want to be clear of what marriage is. The Biblical definition of marriage is a legally and spiritually binding contract between one man and one woman. When it comes to marriage, I know we like to focus on the love part, but the truth is when you get married, you are taking a binding oath – before God, before the law, and before men. This oath is your agreement to be committed to one person for as long as you both shall live.
Now that we have defined that let’s consider the question of getting remarried. What the Bible says about remarriage is that yes, it is possible. A person can get remarried, however there are conditions where this is allowable and clear, and there are some instances where the answer may be a little more challenging. Let’s start with the easier one.
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The first thing you have to come to grips with is that your desire to date or even remarry is perfectly fine, healthy, and normal. If you decide to date again, don’t feel guilty because there is nothing wrong with you. Most importantly, don’t feel like you are cheating on or betraying your spouse because you are not.
What we miss sometimes is that grace goes beyond our salvation. Everything we do after we are saved is because of God’s grace. Grace does not just represent God’s unmerited favor for salvation, it also represents God’s unmerited power to help us do the things he has called us to do.
It is possible you have heard people offering up prayers, and within the prayer they would begin to decree and declare. Often the prayer may go something like this,
“I decree in the name of Jesus that healing is coming to my body.
I declare that my finances will be multiplied tenfold in the next year.”
Whether you have heard this type of praying before, the question that remains is what does it mean to decree and declare, and is it Biblical? Are the people who decree and declare when they pray, praying in line with what God has established in his word? Or are they praying amiss? With something as important as prayer this is something that you simply cannot afford to get wrong. Let’s see if we can set the record straight.
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On Sundays (and some Saturday nights) in churches across the country, people are gathering again. If your church is a more contemporary church, there may be flashing lights and smoke – almost as if a concert experience is about to begin. Usually, the high energy of the opening leads to a fast-paced song that gets people up, involved and excited about the service. After the praise and worship set there may be some announcements and then we hear a word from the pastor, there is a prayer and afterward people leave and go home to face their week.
All of this happens in about ninety minutes. Now this may not be your church experience and I am not saying every church operates in this fashion. However, when I think about the goal of church and compare that to what we are doing today, I wonder if we are “doing church” the right way.
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Whenever you talk about prophecy, many people’s ears perk up because it’s a topic which captures their attention. However as high as the interest is in prophecy, I would argue that many people don’t understand prophecy and miss altogether what makes something a prophecy.
While prophecy has its place, if you don’t understand it then it can actually be destructive to you. The core of prophecy is about God speaking, and that alone can be an encouragement. But if misused, it can also shipwreck your faith.
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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
For as long as I can remember, I have either heard this verse quoted or have even quoted it myself. When faced with any type of situation that may feel overwhelming to me, I would be reminded of this verse and tell myself I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
There is no doubt that the truth of this verse is evident, and Jesus himself said apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5), which means the inverse of this is true – that with Jesus you can do everything. This is the main truth of this verse in Philippians. However, I would like to highlight another truth from this verse that we can easily miss. To help make the point, let’s look at the verses before we get to verse 13. For these passages I am going to turn to the NIV.
“I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:10-13).
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Animals were formed by the word of God, and when he spoke they were able to exist and operate in their full capacity. Man was formed by the hand of God, but it wasn’t until God breathed life or a spirit into man that he became a living being. This is the identifying marker between animals and humans.
If we are going to be honest and understand this proverb, then we must acknowledge that God’s love for us is proven by his discipline just as your love for your child is proven in the same way. This is the truth behind spare the rod hate your child in Proverbs 13:24.
Miriam was Moses’ older sister and though she is not talked about a lot in Scripture, she played an important part in the life of Moses and the nation of Israel. There are four key places where Miriam is mentioned in the Bible during her lifetime.