Bible Verses About Marriage

Five Minutes in the Bible for Men

The righteous will live by faith — Galations 3:11

When the first suspension bridge across the Niagara River was to be erected, the question was how to get the cable across the river. With the favoring wind, a kite was sent aloft, which soon landed on the other shore. To its thin string a larger cord was attached, which was drawn over the river —then a rope, then a larger rope, then a cable strong enough to support the iron cable, which in turn supported the bridge.

All of this could never have been done without the thin kite string. Even so, a weak faith reaches to Christ and heaven, and may enlarge to gigantic proportions, holding its possessor securely anchored in their belief system.

That’s the way we are in life. Our faith starts out as an insignificant string and then develops into a cord, then a rope, then a large rope, and finally a cable.

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations — Elton Trueblood

In our world of comparisons, we want to start out right away as a cable because that’s what we see around us. But always remember that those cables started out as insignificant kite strings and have developed and grown over the years into that cable you so greatly admire today.

Spiritual growth results from trusting in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In today’s key verse, we see that the righteous man lives by faith. That faith must have an object, and for the Christian, that object is Jesus Christ. He has given Himself to us as believers to atone for our sins; through Him we have forgiveness of those sins and a direct line to God the Father.

A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:

G — Go to God in daily prayer (John 15:7).

R — Read God’s Word daily (Acts 17:11).

O — Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21).

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W— Witness for Christ by your life and words (John 15:8).

T— Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7).

H— Holy Spirit: Allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness (Galatians 5:16-17; Acts 1:8).

Growth as a Christian is a matter of choice. Each day you must make the crucial decision again: Am I going to follow Jesus today? Each day you must gather from your soul, “Yes, I am going to follow Jesus today!” You might be thinking, “Do I have to make this same decision every day for the rest of my life?” My answer to you is, “Yes, you have to make this same fundamental decision each day. The fruits and blessings of today are based upon the decisions you made yesterday. Success generally doesn’t come by accident.”

Prayer: Father God, let me be willing to start out with a kite string before I become a cable. I must work through the process of growing in my faith. Amen.

Insights: Are you the spiritual leader in your marriage? When’s the last time you prayed with your wife?

Action: Develop a plan and let the plan work for you.

Copyright  © Bob Barnes, published by Harvest House Publishers. Used with Permission.

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