What? What are you talking about Aldtric? When God causes division in your relationship?
Well check this out…
Matthew 10:34-36 (NKJV)
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[a]
Wow! Why would Jesus say this? I thought Jesus was all about peace…harmony…agreement. I have to admit that years ago I used to let this scripture trouble me.
Let’s read one more verse that brings it all home…
Matthew 10:37 (NKJV)
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy…
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Have you ever caught yourself complaining about something that you asked God for? You hoped for it. You prayed for it. You thanked God for it when you got it, but now, for whatever reason…you’re complaining about it.
Your __________. You fill in the blank.
It may well be a blessing from God that you didn’t ask for, but God gave it to you. One great example is peace. How many times has God-given you peace and you complained that you were bored?
As I already discussed in SEVEN (7) REASONS GOD HATES COMPLAINING…, complaining is the exact opposite of thanksgiving.
I want to also remind you how much God hates complaining.
1 Corinthians 10:10 (NKJV)
10nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Complaining usually has one or two of three…
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A few years ago my Senior Pastor, W. Michael Martin, did a series of lessons about faith. He shared a powerful revelation and revealed how many sincere Christians have erroneously taught that God is pleased with just ‘a little faith’. That is not true. They misquote and misapply Matthew 17:20…
Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith AS a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Many have taught if you have faith OF, but the bible says AS. It would take great faith for a seed as small as a mustard seed to grow into a great tree. So, Jesus is saying if you have GREAT faith you can move mountains…not little faith.
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God is a forgiving God and He is willing to forgive us of
all our sins as long as we truly repent and have a forgiving heart towards
But, sometimes we can wonder if we will ever recover from
the consequences of our bad decisions.
Let me give you a quick reminder that God loves us and He is
bigger than or bad decisions.
Any parent who has punished or disciplined their child will
look on them in pity and remove the punishment or give them relief from the
consequences if It’s in their power to do so.
God does the same thing…
Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)
5ForHis angeris but fora moment,
His favoris forlife;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But[a]joycomesin the morning.
Psalm 103:9-11 (NKJV)
9He will not always strivewith us,
Nor will He keep
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It’s no question that our society today values appearances. Many people today love to look good and they want to be seen with people who look good.
Some men and women even consider some people to be ‘beneath them’ or ‘not in their league’ because of their appearance.
Some people expect their friends, associates and even their pastor to have a certain appearance or status.
Be honest with yourself. How receptive are you to people who look less attractive or not groomed as well?
The bible let’s us know that Jesus wasn’t what was considered that times’ standard of ‘good looking’.
Isaiah 53:2 (NKJV)
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The other day as my wife and I were getting ready for work, she asked me to get her clothes out of the dryer for her. We were both getting ready, but I stopped what I was doing and did it. The simplest gestures can be the most powerful, especially when both husband and wife are working.
Do something simple every day to make life easier for one another. Bring him a cool beverage. Watch something that she wants to watch…with her. Iron his clothes for him. Go shopping with her.
These four gestures can make your marriage better. Nothing deep or romantic here, but doing it will make romance come easier.
Following these simple tips will make each day better, and difficult days more bearable.
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We have all done this. The one and only interaction that you had with someone was a bad one. You left a bad impression. Someone caught you on your worst behavior. Someone caught you on your worst day. Someone caught you in the heat of your anger and frustration. You were rude. You were mean. You were short. You were arrogant. You were proud. You were jealous. You were horny. You were apathetic. You were unholy. You were in your flesh.
It was the one and only time he, she or they interacted with you on a personal level, and you were at your worst behavior.
You were out of your character, but they didn’t know that. It was a lapse in your character, but they were left thinking…that’s just how you are.
Even though we are commanded to love one another, you gave them a good reason to not…
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How many times have you said this, “I’m bored!”? How many times have you heard your kids say, “There’s nothing to do!”?
We live in a society with so many opportunities for entertainment and engagement that we can find ourselves in ‘paralysis by analysis’.
We expect our jobs to be entertaining. Our education to be entertaining, and even our worship to be entertaining.
Now, don’t get me a wrong. I’m by no means condemning being entertained. But, we do need to manage our expectations.
People also love ‘being busy’. We value hard work to the point that some people consider you a slacker if you ONLY want to work ‘9 to 5’…no over time. Since when did doing a hard days work and going home at a decent time become lazy?
Well, I’m saying all that to say this…
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INFIDELITY…It’s the universal act of betrayal that many, if not most, find it difficult to come back from.
No matter what country, religion or culture, infidelity marks the end of many relationships. It’s viewed as the ultimate proof that love is lost.
How can I say that?
Because marriage is the analogy that God uses throughout the bible, not only to describe His relationship with Israel in Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Joel, Isaiah and Hosea, but also Christ’s (who represents the invisible God bodily) relationship with His church in Colossians, Ephesians and Revelations. All of the aforementioned, Old Testament books are stories of Israel continually betraying God, only to have Him continually forgive them and take them back.
Israel loved God… but they continued to choose other God’s over Him.
Israel loved God… but…
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