Summary: Giving practical building blocks for creating and maintaining a powerful marriage.
Power House Marriages
"5 building blocks"
In these end times, family values have come under great attack.
Marriages have become a disposable item.
The commitment is gone.
God’s word has not changed.
We can have great marriages
We can have Power-House Marriages.
We need only believe and act on in faith, what God’s word says about our marriages.
5 vital "building blocks" to a power-house marriage
This is the foundation
Today it is difficult to understand the true weight of covenant agreement.
Contract - limited liability, limited commitment
Covenant - unlimited liability, unlimited commitment
The strongest commitment.
Loyalty unto death.
The end of independent living.
Individual desires are no longer the priority.
Marriage is a covenant
Mal 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
The Lord calls marriage a covenant.
He also says that He is a witness to our keeping of the covenant.
He is also a witness to any violation of that covenant.
First- "She is thy wife"
Bone of thy bone and flesh of thy flesh
She is the nearest to you of all the relations
The one you cleave to and leave everyone else.
Secondly - "She is the wife of thy youth"
The person who made your heart pitter-patter
She was the first choice.
The one you have lived this long life with.
The freshness of that relationship should not turn to bittnerness.
Thirdly, "She is thy companion"
She has long been an equal sharer with you
in your cares, griefs, and joys.
A spouse is not to be looked upon as a servant, but as a companion.
One with whom we should freely converse and take sweet counsel, as with a friend
One whose company we should take delight in more than in any other’s
Fourthly, "She is the wife of thy covenant"
to whom you are firmly bound
That, while she continues faithful, you cannot be loosed from her
A covenant is for life.
There is an oath of God between you.
This is not a trifle thing, this is the most serious commitment.
Married people should often call to mind their marriage-vows, and review them with all seriousness
We must bear in mind the promises made on that day.
In Covenant relationship, all goods are held in common.
God expects us to honor covenants even if they were not of His choosing (Israel and the Gibeonites)
Of all people to edify, your spouse should be first.
Even joking around is harmful.
We must continually build up on another.
This passage is speaking of our interaction with all people.
How much more should this apply to the one you are in covenant with.
Words can be corrupt, the can breakdown, dissolve, kill.
(Prov 18:21) Power of life and death.
When we talk bad to each other, it grieves the Holy Spirit.
Vs 31, put all evil speaking away.
The principle of sowing and reaping is hard at work in a marriage.
Be kind and tenderhearted to one another.
The way to power in a marriage (is humility and selflessness)
If you can’t speak a kind, edifying word - that keep you mouth closed.
"Forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you."
Forgiveness must be at the heart of every Christian marriage.
Forgiveness is a command of God.
It is oil in the engine of a marriage.
God sets the standard of forgiveness.
Unforgiveness hold you in bondage.
Unforgiveness blocks the promises of God.
True, sincere forgiveness will turn around failing marriages and make them strong.
There is great power in agreement.
God intends our marriages to walk in agreement
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
There are carnal ways to walk in agreement.
Refusing to argue, compromise, manipulation, default, logical
Agreement in the Spirit.
Matt 18:19 "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
Agree: (harmonize together, together make a symphony)
God will cause us to harmonize together.
To play our part that has been written by Him.
Faith Agreement comes from knowing the will of God for your lives.