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The Key To A Magnificent Marriage

Exodus 20:14
(RA-1860, Program: 4617, Air date: 11.12.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Generations come and go, but the Ten Commandments stand.
    2. The Ten Commandments are God’s laws for liberty.
    3. 1 John 5:3
    4. The seventh commandment states that all sexual involvement outside of marriage (before, after or during) is a grievous sin against Almighty God.
      1. Exodus 20:14
    5. We need to live according to God’s Word in order to protect our homes.
      1. Acts 15:29
      2. 1 Corinthians 10:8
      3. Colossians 3:5
      4. 1 Thessalonians 4:3
    6. A marriage is a union not just between two people, but between a man, a woman and God.
    7. It is up to parents to show their children how to have a godly marriage.
  2. WE MUST TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE  (Genesis 2:21-24)
    1. We must teach our young people God’s plan for marriage.
      1. Genesis 2:21-24
    2. We must teach young people the priority of marriage.
      1. Genesis 2:24
      2. The highest priority of human relationships is not parent to child or child to parent, but mate to mate.
        1. Therefore, we as parents must be preparing our children to leave us.
    3. We must teach young people the permanence of marriage.
      1. The Hebrew terminology in this passage has the idea of welding or gluing together.
      2. Mark 10:9
    4. We must teach young people the purpose of marriage.
      1. Genesis 2:24
        1. This deals with more than simply a sexual union, but also includes an emotional and spiritual union.
      2. Marriage is a romance where both the hero and the heroine die, and they become one new person.
      3. God intended for marriage to provide mutual love, comfort, satisfaction, fulfillment and joy.
    5. With this seventh commandment, God is not trying to keep you from intimacy, but trying to keep intimacy for you.
      1. Hebrews 13:4
  3. WE NEED TO WARN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE (Exodus 20:14)
    1. To adulterate means to make impure.
      1. When one adulterates marriage, then he or she has made impure something that God values very highly and wonderfully.
    2. Adultery is a sin against one’s own self.
      1. 1 Corinthians 6:18
        1. There’s no sin that will do more personal damage spiritually, mentally and physically than immorality.
    3. Adultery is a sin against the home and against the children in that home.
      1. The lives of innocent children are impacted through immorality.
    4. Adultery is a sin against the church.
      1. 1 Corinthians 3:17
      2. None of us live unto ourselves or die unto ourselves.
        1. As believers, we are part of one family - the family of God.
      3. When a church member is sexually immoral, he or she sins against the holy body of Christ.
    5. Adultery is a sin against one’s nation.
      1. Historians tell us that the sin of immorality caused the downfall of once dominant nations.
        1. The Roman Empire
        2. Greece
        3. Egypt
        4. Ancient Babylon
      2. Proverbs 14:34
      3. Deuteronomy 22:22
      4. The enemy of the home is the enemy of society.
        1. People who treat sex lightly will treat other people lightly, and the society falls.
    6. Adultery is a sin against Almighty God.
      1. Exodus 20:14
      2. Psalm 51:4
      3. Proverbs 6:32
      4. The Ten Commandments are not advice, but they are laws.
        1. Law without penalty is only advice.
      5. A pure life is not simply an option one might choose as a Christian.
        1. 1 Corinthians 6:9
        2. Ephesians 5:5
        3. Revelation 21:8
        4. If we are followers of Jesus Christ and disobey His commandments, then there will be chastisement.
          1. Hebrews 12:8
        5. Romans 2:5
    7. We need to warn our children, for their welfare, about the dangers of sexual immorality.
  4. WE NEED TO SHOW OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
    1. We need to model before our children obedience to and love for God and His commandments.
    2. We need to model a healthy marriage before our children.
    3. Keys to strengthening your marriage:
      1. Decision - decide for Christ.
        1. Isaiah 1:18
        2. Give your heart to the Lord Jesus today.
        3. If you have failed and sinned, bring it to Jesus.
        4. Jesus Christ does not hold grudges; He forgives.
      2. Dependence - depend upon Jesus Christ.
        1. Let His life in you energize you.
        2. Jesus Christ doesn’t merely forgive and then say, “Now do better.”
          1. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to live inside of us, to energize us and give us daily the ability to live for Him.
      3. Devotion - devoted to Christ and to your family.
        1. Ephesians 5:25
        2. Pour out your love to Christ and to your family.
        3. God commanded us to love; this is not a suggestion.
      4. Development - let your love continue to grow.
        1. Love is not like a diamond: a static thing we stumble upon or acquire and keep to treasure forever. It is more like a flower that needs to be cultivated, nurtured and cared for so that it can grow.
        2. Continue to feed your love from day to day, from week to week, from year to year, with the very best resources of your living.
        3. Never flirt with anyone else other than your spouse.
      5. Discipline - guard your company.
        1. Proverbs 13:20
        2. Friends that urge you to sin are not friends.
        3. Be careful what you set before your eyes.
          1. Watch what you watch.
        4. Be mindful of the old adage: garbage in, garbage out.
        5. Proverbs 6:27
        6. 1 Corinthians 6:18
      6. Determination - make up your mind.
        1. Joshua 24:15
        2. When you make one big decision, it will help you with many other smaller decisions.
  5. CONCLUSION
    1. God’s plan is purity for marriage.
    2. If you have failed, God is the God of second chances.
      1. John 8:10-11
    3. If you have a broken heart or a broken home, bring it to Jesus.
    4. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    5. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    6. Romans 10:9-10
    7. Romans 10:13

 

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