A passionate pursuit

Today readers I would like to Share with you some amazing help and encouragment on the topic of marriage…

First and formost I would like to thank Jimmy Evans for providing this marriage plan on the life.church bible app known as the youversion bible…

A Passionate Pursuit 

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. (Genesis 2:24) 

This week we are going to talk about the second law of marriage—the Law of Pursuit. I underlined the words be joined in the Scripture above because these words are very important in understanding marriage. Even though the words look mundane on the outside—they are dynamic. They literally mean that a man is to “cling” to his wife for a lifetime. It also includes women in their relationships with their husbands. 

The Hebrew word for “joined” or “cling” is the word dabaq. It is a very energetic word that means “to pursue with great zeal.” In the very beginning God told us the truth about marriage—it is work! That’s right! Marriage is work, and it only works when you work at it. 

Couples fall in love because they work at the relationship. They try hard to impress each other, are careful to be sensitive to each other, and try to please one another. But then, once they are comfortable in the relationship, they start taking each other for granted and change the energetic behaviors that caused them to fall in love in the first place. The result is lost passion, boredom, and tension. 

This is exactly what Karen and I did when we first got married. Our relationship began with an enormous amount of passion and goodwill that lasted for years. However, the more comfortable I became with the fact that Karen was going to stay with me, the more I took her for granted and the more I turned my attention to work, friends, and the pursuit of money. 

The result was constant fighting that left us passionless and on the brink of divorce. The resurrection of our marriage didn’t come through any emotional breakthrough. It came as we realized what caused the breakdown—laziness, apathy, and taking each other for granted. When we realized this, we changed and started working at the relationship. As we did, the feelings slowly returned. Over time, they grew deeper and deeper and they have never stopped. 

That was over thirty years ago, and today we have a very passionate marriage—because we work at it. Even after all of these years we know that if we don’t keep exerting effort toward each other and keep our marriage first—we will start experiencing problems. 

Talk It Out | Do you feel that you sometimes take each other for granted? In what ways? Talk about some practical steps you can take to begin pursuing each other the way you did when you were dating. 

Walk It Out | Next time you’re in the car together, reach for your spouse’s hand. The simple act of holding hands communicates an active interest in pleasing your spouse.

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The Great Battle

Beginning in the book of (Zechariah 14) and so on. As we look into the events of terrorism in Jerusalem today. we understand the scripture as the Lord has promised that all people whom has risen up against the people of Jerusalem will be struck by God. (Zechariah 14:12). In the city Jerusalem the holy city chosen land of God, there is a great battle against Christians. The false religions are rising up to deceive and destroy as many Christian believers as possible. In order to win more souls to hell. But scripture tells us that there will be plagues and wrath’s of God in the last days on earth. (Revelation 15:1). And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. But the scripture tells us that after the wrath of God on earth, the people will go up on the holy hill of Jerusalem to worship the Lord and any whom will not worship him will experience no rain and plague.(Zechariah 14:17-18). And the Lord shall be the holiness of all and everyone whom has endured and believed will eat of the holiness of the Lord. (Zechariah 14:21). So why the battle? we read in Proverbs that the wicked will be overthrown it’s that simple. (Proverbs 21:12) The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. So as we see anyone whom refuses God’s way will continue to be spiritually dead and will not live but dwell in the house of the dead. (Proverbs 21:16) The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. So God further promises us that the wicked shall be ransomed for the righteous. so know that no matter how many people you encounter that mock the kingdom of God,rest assured that the day of destruction for their sins is to come. because their is no wisdom or counsel, or understanding against God. (Proverbs 21:30).

Today’s great read

Yesterday we read from the book “you’ll get through this” (hope and help in your turbulent times) by Max Lucado. and I am more than excited to dive back in to this book with my readers today. chapter 1 goes on as such, Two days later a friend called. he’d just been fired. The dismissal was his fault. He’d made stupid, inappropriate remarks at work. Crude, offensive statements. His boss kicked him out. Now he’s a fifty-seven-year-old unemployed manager in a rotten economy. He feels terrible and sounds worse. Wife angry. Kids confused. He needed assurance, so I gave it: “You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naive. but don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.” Wow! Think about it a moment. The guy lost his job simply because he had a slip of the tongue. Maybe you can relate to this situation or maybe not. but I’m sure you’ve done or said something you wish you hadn’t. No way to take it back, And only to watch the consequences roll in. But just as the author in this book said. you will get through this, God knew exactly what you were going to do before you did it. He knew the very reasons you did what you did. And had a plan in place before hand to help you clean up the mess after the big spill. God is not looking to punish us for our mistakes. He wants to help us learn from them that we don’t make the same ones again. Whatever your going through, it gets better with time. surrender your understanding to God. Because our ways are not his ways, Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the lord. So rest assured that God’s mercy and grace will abound in your situation. No matter what has happened brighter days are always ahead when you cast your cares on God. be encouraged it gets better in time.