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Don't Get Tied Up
by Jenny on July 7th, 2015

"Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house." Mark 3:27

My husband and I get little rest these days with a two-month old baby in the house. We're short on sleep, short on patience and sometimes short with each other (I'll admit it's me more often than the hubs).

Just the other night my husband returned home from an out-of-town work trip. As he entered the door, he heard the baby fussing and quickly made his way into our room to help. However, due to the screaming I had not heard my husband come home. I couldn't hear myself think, muchless could I hear the front door open and close. I couldn't hear my hubby's footsteps on our tile floor. So when I turned around to see a man standing in my darkened bedroom, I too began to scream.

I knew my husband was due to arrive home. I'm not sure why he caught me so off-guard. However, rather than welcoming my husband home and thanking him for rushing to my aid, I fussed at him because he had failed to "announce" himself as he walked into our room.  (There. I bet he thinks twice before helping me again. I think they call that shooting yourself in the foot.) Yes, I'm understandably tired. But it's things like this, seasons like this that, if we're not watchful, can leave us bound in ropes of bitterness and resentment.

In Mark 3, the religious leader outrageously claim that Jesus gets His power from Satan. Jesus explains that His power could not possibly come from Satan because no one can fight against himself and win. If Jesus' power came from Satan, and Jesus was casting out (removing power from) Satan's demons (workers), then Satan would fall. Jesus reasons, "How can Satan cast out Satan?"  Jesus concludes that the only one who can cast out a strong man is someone even stronger who could first tie-up the strong man.

Genesis 2:24 explains that "a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one." My husband and I are one flesh. The moment I begin to resent and fight against my husband, I essentially begin to resent and fight against myself too. That's why Jesus warns in Mark 3:25 that "a family splintered by feuding will fall apart."

You've likely heard the phrase, "Don't go to bed angry." Did you know that is some-what biblical?

Ephesians 4:26-27 instructs, "Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil."

Anger, bitterness and resentment can become cords that Satan uses to tie-up a husband and a wife. With the husband and wife bound, Satan can reek havoc in even the strongest of marriages.

I am a visual person. Ever since the night of the screaming I envision before bedtime if my hands (or my heart) feel bound from my family or my husband in any way. If something reveals it's ugly head, I recognize those feelings as nothing more than a weak scheme of the enemy. I ask God to use His power to help me loosen the threads of anger and resentment. I reflect on the reasons why I first fell in love with my husband.

Rather than allowing the enemy to tie us up, let us allow God to tie our hearts to that of our husbands in cords of love, forgiveness and peace. Then our homes and our families can stand strong against the enemy.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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