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#3029106 - 11/12/12 09:14 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: ]
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Marriage #4 Reason to divorce?


For our next look at marriage I want us to see two things. The only reason given by Christ for a divorce and that marriage is to be taken very seriously. Be sure to read all of this devotion before jumping to any conclusions!



Matthew 5:27-32



Adultery in the Heart

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Marriage Is Sacred and Binding

31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.



Ok what do we see in these verses? First God's Word says we are not to commit adultery. That is easy to understand. Don't cheat on your spouse. But these verses take it even further. If you look at someone with the thoughts in your heart that you would like to see her/him naked or have sex with her/him is wrong. This is called lust. The Word says this is committing adultery also! Wow! This is a battle my friends. We must be on guard at all times. It is so tough today as the sexual agenda is pushed to the limit in all areas of life. Even at church! I am shocked at how some dress to come and worship! The Word tells us to take this very seriously and do what even it takes to keep from sinning! Evaluate your life right now...what do you need to do to honor God, your spouse, and your self from committing adultery.



Next we see the only reason given by Christ for divorce. Sexual immorality! That is it. Even with sexual immorality, we must be very careful to try and work things out and forgive. Christ has forgiven our sin and expects us to forgive others. Don't forget that point! God's Word says what God has brought together man should not separate referring to marriage. Let me also say God has given us a brain for a reason. If someone is being abused physically, emotionally, or verbally and the offender will not get help then one can not stay in that situation. Also if children are being abused, we must get them to safety!



Lastly, if we divorce for any other reason than sexual immorality, then remarry we commit adultery and cause our original spouse to do the same. Think about that for a moment and how many have committed adultery according to the Word of God! God is very clear in His Word about this, let us not take it lightly!



Tom
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#3030899 - 11/13/12 08:36 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I wanted to share this video this morning for the devotion. Many of us are Duck Dynasty fans, this video shows you where Phil's heart is at! Nothing but truth!

http://youtu.be/DApqTMJYGMU

Tom
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#3032606 - 11/14/12 08:44 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Marriage #5 You don't have authority over your own body!


This is a very important teaching from God's Word that is over looked very often by both in a marriage. Please read these verses:



1 Corinthians 7:1-7



Principles of Marriage

7 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:

It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. 7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.



Paul was a man of self-control who chose to stay unmarried and devote his life to God, which if we all could do would be best because that distraction called marriage would not be there. However, Paul knew how weak we are! So lets look at a couple of important things here:



1. v.2 tells us we are to have our own wife or husband. Notice it is singular. One! Let us be faithful to that one!



2. v.3 tells us to give the affection due to our spouses. This is very important to catch because if we love and show the attention due to our spouses everything else will tend to fall into place. Do not skip this part and expect the next verse to happen!!!!



3. v.4 tells us the husband and the wife do not have authority over their own body. Wow! have you ever heard that before. Your spouse has authority over your body. Remember we said when we are married we become "one flesh" so in reality this makes sense. Treat your spouses body like you would treat your own...with respect and much care,



4. v.5 tells us that sexually we are not to deprive one another, except for times of fasting and prayer which would be total devotion to God. Even in this Paul knows how weak we are and warns us to not do this for too long for we will fall into temptation from the devil! Now let me say a word here to the ladies, I believe this is very important for you in relation to your husband. Men are wired as visual, sexual beings. They need your love making in more ways than you can imagine. This is a major reason why divorces happen is neglect in this area. You would be surprised at what your husband will do and how he will behave if this area of your life is being taken care of properly! Now to the men, our wives need attention! They want more than just a quicky in bed. They need conversation, touch, romance, and time! If you are taking care of these areas the love making will come much easier for her. This is a major reason wives leave their husbands, someone else is showing them the things they need! Do not neglect these areas!



The rest of these verses tell us again that Paul wishes we were more like him but he realizes God makes folks different. These verses on marriage are very important from the Word of God....sit down with your spouse and discuss them and see where you need to do more work! It will pay off in the long run!



Tom
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#3034207 - 11/15/12 09:15 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Marriage #6 Keep Your Marriage Vows


This simple and to the point this morning.



1 Corinthians 7:10-11



Keep Your Marriage Vows

10 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. 11 But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.



We are not to depart from or wives or husbands case closed. We have earlier talked about reasons why it would be acceptable but the main point is God does not want us to divorce. Go into marriage with this thinking! Fight for your marriage, treat your spouse right, and honor God!



Tom
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#3034220 - 11/15/12 09:22 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks PMT!
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#3035997 - 11/16/12 08:29 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Kimber45]
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Marriage #7 Submit to one another.


Some more simple and straight forward verse from God about marriage this morning:



Ephesians 5:21-23



21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.



First, we are to submit to one another both in our marriages and as servants of the Lord to others. Submit is a word we don't like to hear in our day and time, but if we take Jesus for our example that is exactly what He did. The key here is thought that we do not submit to those who change the Word to their own fancy...stand strong on God's Word!



Second, wives are to submit to the spiritual leadership of their husbands. The problem here is many times men are not being the Spiritual leaders of their house thus leadership becomes a problem. God has made man to be the spiritual leader of the house, most women who see this in their husbands have no problem following in this manner. So men do what God has designed you for and lead your families closer to God by bible study, prayer, faithful church attendance, and serving the Lord with your life.



Third, remember as the spiritual leader men you are to be like Christ. Humble, loving, respectful, and serving. Like I said before, if we have our lives in line with what Christ expects from us, our wives will have no problems following that leadership!



Tom



Edited by preachermantom (11/16/12 08:30 AM)
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#3036106 - 11/16/12 09:15 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks for the daily verses. I noticed you are from Waverly.. So am I originally..
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#3036262 - 11/16/12 10:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Cooter]
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Yes sir Cooter...lived here 9 years now. Thx for reading.
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#3040132 - 11/19/12 10:05 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Marriage #8 Love your wife as Christ loved the church.


Men, this is so simple to understand.



Ephesians 5:25-29

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.



This tells us first of all to love our wives. Love is more than a feeling. It is respect, honor, caring, seeing past mistakes, forgiving, and taking care of them. Feelings come and go but love should not. Don't base your marriage on feelings alone. It is much, much more than feelings.



Second, Christ is our example. As he loves the church, we are to love our wives. Stop and think about that for a moment. Christ died for the church, are you willing to die for your wife. Christ gave himself in total devotion to the church, can you say the same for your wife? Christ did so much for the church as you look at verses 26-27. Sanctify, cleanse, washed, took away spots, wrinkles, so the church could be Holy and without blemish. To sum all that up is to say He forgave her through HIS BLOOD of all her imperfections and sins! Wow! Are you forgiving of your wife? No matter what? Think about this...can you wife wrong you in any area that would be worse than the sin you have committed against Christ? I think not! Christ has forgiven us so must be willing to forgive our wives.



Third, The Word says men ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. Hopefully we all are taking good care of our bodies. We are to take care of our wives as we take care of our bodies. We should nourish and cherish the bodies God has give us, just like Christ nourishes and cherishes the church!



Oh How Jesus loves us! I hope your wife can say without hesitation how much you love her!



Tom
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#3041710 - 11/20/12 08:52 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Marriage #9 Love, Respect, and SACRIFICE.


This is my final devotion on marriage. Marriages can be very difficult and they can be very easy. One thing I have noticed about great marriages...they have three things in common: Love, Respect, and sacrifice.



Ephesians 5:33



33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.



In our marriages, the key is this sacrifice! If we put our other half first, before ourselves, love and respect are obvious. The great marriages have these three essentials. The bad marriages are the where selfishness has set in. Not much respect, not much love, and no sacrifice. Christ set the example for us with His Bride the church. He showed all three of these essentials and expects us to do the same for our other half!



So are these essentials a part of your marriage? If they are great! If they are not you better make some changes! We are one flesh with our spouse, let us do as Christ commands and thus our marriages will be blessed!



Tom
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