Spiritual warfare in marriage

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    • #651
      Rita Stanislawski
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      Good morning! Thanks for the video this week. We got a chuckle out of your comment about the conflict that came from beginning your ministry together, but it also made me think more seriously about how the exact same thing happens to us. It seems that before every chance we get to strengthen our marriage (a date night, spiritual consecration, anniversary, etc) there is some conflict that taints it. Sometimes it can be overcome with a prayer and determination not to let it get the best of us, but sometimes it really interferes. A friend of mine noticed the same thing as she and her husband were making schooling decisions for their family and called it spiritual warfare. Anyone else go through this? If so, what tools do you use to beat the devil, who seems so intent on destroying marriage and the family?

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      Julia Wright
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      Wow! I think this is a really great topic and I 100% believe in spiritual warfare.  We experienced it as we were going through Marian Consecration.  I was astounded at all the obstacles and challenges our health, family, and relationship faced during that time. I wish I had great tools to share.  In reality, we just put our heads down and plowed through. I think recognizing it, giving it a name, and rejecting it can be powerful. In a sense, it gives us a common enemy rather than each other.  I don’t know, though. I’d love to hear other thoughts…

    • #659
      Alicia Hernon
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      Julia, I totally agree with you.  Sometimes just recognizing attacks of the Evil one for what they are is half the battle.  Evil has a hard time working in the light.  When we expose his works and empty promises then we can walk forward with confidence.  Remember, Satan only has the power that we give him in our lives.  If we sin, he can gain a foothold.  When we repent, and do good, he has no place in our hearts and has to leave.  I also found it interesting to learn that demons cannot know our thoughts.  They only read our faces, hear our words, and see our actions.  So when we are scared or upset, but keep a smile on our face and praise God with our words, he is given even less knowledge about our struggles and difficulties.  Demons can see the dominoes fall and can make predictions about our actions because of their superior intelligence, but they cannot predict thinks like generosity, self-sacrifice, and love.  Its easy to defeat their works when we are humble, do good, and stay close to Our Lord.

      If others have questions or would like to share their experiences, please feel free!  Great topic.

       

    • #711
      Marisa Caramat
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      I’m looking for the love and like buttons!! Agree and appreciate the questions Rita. Like Julia said recognizing, giving it a name, and rejecting it’s power. Showing love and compassion together. I love the insight of how the devil works-I never knew he cannot know my thoughts. That being said I am going to look to pray aloud more often. Toning down the struggle and arguments to a level of love which can conquer all.

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