The world has a lot of ideas about marriage; what it's for, how to conduct yourself in it, even questions about it's actual worth. However God's Word outlines very different ideas about marriage. In this message Pastor Doug explains what the Word says about marriage's purpose, how we should behave within our marriages, and the true value of marriage in God's eyes.
A few weeks ago during our study of, "The Sermon on the Mount", we saw that many people miss the Narrow Way to God in His Plan of Salvation because they are led astray by so many false teachings in these last days. And how our self-focused world is so good at teaching these false doctrines which are quickly swallowed down by many who do not want to hear the Truth. But also by many that are sadly victims through ignorance, not knowing enough to discern what they are hearing.
How many times have you heard the term used by a TV evangelist or pastor, "Highly Favored?!" Unfortunately, it is often followed by a plea for us to pledge great sums of money so that we may, in return, have God's favor! Or it is used by a smug Christian to show how they have such grand standings before our God...That He will grant special status for them to have a happy, healthy and materially blessed life! Rarely have I personally seen this title before God, and all that it entails...BIBLICALLY INVESTIGATED AND EXPANDED UPON!
D.O.R. is a term used by the Navy Seals, the Navy Flight School, and the Officer Candidate School...It means Drop On Request! When a candidate has reached their limit and cannot handle the training anymore...
And they are ready to resign their position...To admit they can't handle the load! They ring a designated bell three times to signify their decision!
Today we are going to cover an area of our lives which Satan uses to stop our walk with Jesus—dead in it's tracks and often keep our entire daily lives in defeat and misery—while we live our lives in unsuspecting ignorance that it’s him all along. Satan and his entire hoard work skillfully and passionately to trip us up, steal or joy, and make us completely useless to God. One of the biggest and most successful battlefields which Satan is absolutely destroying us on today is in our marriages and intimate relationships.
In the final part of the series on the Sermon on the Mount Pastor Doug goes over the grave warnings Jesus gave to those who would knowing mislead his sheep; those who would be wolves in sheep's clothing.
We are nearing the end of our journey through Jesus' Sermon on the Mount! For those just joining, please understand that this entire Sermon given by Jesus Christ Himself...Was to bring His people back to the original intent and focus of all of the Laws and Principles that have ever been given in Scriptures!! To let us know that we have become lost in the legalism and religion of His teachings...
And have missed the single most important thing... The ONLY thing in which all of His Commands have ever been about in the first place...The condition of the heart behind them! Have WE truly been motivated by nothing but love for Him and others? If not, we have missed it all!
“Stay Gold!" Some of you recognize this line from, "The Outsiders". As Johnny Cade lays dying in the hospital, he says this to Ponyboy, referring to a Robert Frost poem. He meant, "Stay innocent, stay good. Don't lose the golden moment of beauty and purity like the sunrise that soon fades into day." As we walk through some of the last Words Jesus spoke in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus starts by telling us to "Stay Gold" in His eyes as well. Matthew 7:12: What is this statement? The Golden Rule. It sounds so simple and short, but it must be massive, because He says all the Law and Prophets hang on it. Remember the context in which these words are spoken by Jesus. These words follow a series of commands and parables which tell us to stop being legalistic and focus on our hearts, or we've missed it. Specifically, after saying how God the Father does good things for those who ask – because He loves so much. Why would this command seem to be a summary of those words?
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