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May 27, 2018 | Jake VandeBrake

The Power for Marriage | St. George

Key Truth: A great marriage is not built on great and perfect PEOPLE; it is built on a relationship with a great and perfect GOD.

Key Truth: A great marriage is not built on great and perfect PEOPLE; it is built on a relationship with a great and perfect GOD.

The “Gospel” in a Nutshell

• We are far more FLAWED than we ever thought possible.       

• We are far more LOVED and ACCEPTED than we ever dreamed of being.

The Power We Need For a Great Marriage

The Source of This Power: The SPIRIT of God

Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 


Question: What can I do to be continuously filled with the Spirit of God?

Answer #1: You can READ and CONTEMPLATE and APPLY God’s Word. 

John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.    

 
John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 

John 16:13-14 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.  
Ephesians 5:21-26 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy… 

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

Question: Why don’t we do this very well?

Answer #2: Because we are naturally SELF-CENTERED.    
Key Point: Unless we are CONTINUOUSLY filled with the Spirit of God we will become frustrated and RESENTFUL in our attempts at loving and serving our spouse.

Matthew 16:24-25 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 

Question: Why is this so hard?

Answer #3:  Because of the WOUNDS inflicted on us by others - our WOUNDS cause us to be self-absorbed.  

Final Thoughts - Confronting Our Own Self-Centeredness

Note: The essence of sin is living for OURSELVES rather than for God and others. 

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." 

Bottom Line: You should you be the FIRST to tackle your self-centeredness?

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