Daily Devotionals

  • By Every Man Ministries

Remember that your marriage is her call too.  She simply has a differing role.  Your leadership means allowing her to play her role freely.  It doesn't mean you have to be out in front all the time, making all the decisions.  It means allowing the right gifts to surface at the right time in your marriage.  It may mean allowing your wife's gifts to predominate from time to time, especially if you're married to a go-getter like the "Proverbs 31 woman."

A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her

and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

(PROVERBS 31:1-12)

  • By Every Man Ministries

Jesus knows very well the struggle you're in.  The Bible says He was tempted in all points as we are.  The Holy Spirit knows you through and through.  He lives in you, and He was sent to guide you and comfort you.

God is with you, and He knows the struggle is great.  He fights with you, side by side.  This view of God keeps shame away, but it leaves us room to keep a proper caution toward masturbation.

Think hard about this.  Obviously, rejecting pornography and fantasy is a baseline requirement.  That must be done, because it's sin.  Any sinful form of masturbation must stop as well.  While there may be some corners of masturbation that aren't sin, most of what surrounds masturbation is sin and binds us to the point of strangling us spiritually and emotionally.  We must face that truth like men, rejecting shame and choosing manhood.

  • By Every Man Ministries

Father, I'm so sorry I haven't known the 

truth of Your Word well enough to recognize

the lies Satan has thrown at me.  When he 

said, "Your wife's body belongs to you - 

whenever, wherever, and however you

want," I totally agreed.  I believed him

when he said, "Masturbation doesn't hurt

anyone." When he said, "Don't get carried

away with this purity thing," that sounded

like wisdom to me.

Lord, if I had known Your Word better,

I would have recognized those lies for what

they were.  I wouldn't be battling my way

out of sexual bondage today and back to

a right relationship with You.  But this is 

where I am, Lord, and I want my eyes

and my heart and my mind to be pure

before You. Help me, Lord, to hate Satan's

lies and to love Your Word.  Let Your truth

set me free. In Jesus's name. Amen. 

  • By Every Man Ministries

Perseverance under pressure pleases God.  This may mean:

  • Calling a male friend to help fight the temptation to indulge.
  • Seeing a marriage counselor with our wives for the second visit, even after a bad initial meeting.
  • Not giving up our connection to other Christian men.
  • Accepting help from others to do the right thing before God.
  • Saying "no" to more work so that we can say "yes" to God and family
  • Serving our wives without resentment, because it pleases God.

 

Today, as the moments of testing come, I

will remember that God is always with me

and is pleased when I seek and obey His

guidance when facing stress and pressure.

  • By Every Man Ministries

Inside of every God's man there is a living, breathing vortex of supernatural power.  Through prayer, our faith is placed in a powerful person and in His promises.  Consider these promises:

 

Come to me, all you who are weary and

burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my

yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am

gentle and humble in heart, and you will find

rest for your souls.  For my yolk is easy and

my burden is light.

(MATTHEW 11:28-30)

God's promise:  I will relieve the pressure and replace it with rest.

 

All things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

(MATTHEW 21:22, NASB)

God's promise: You will receive when you request.

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