Friday, May 26, 2017

a little glance away

"So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, 
and he slept; 
then He took one of his ribs, and closed the flesh at that place.
And the Lord God fashioned into a woman
 the rib which He had taken from the man,
and brought her to the man.
And the man said,
'This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; 
she shall be called Woman 
because she was taken out of Man.' "

"For this cause 
a man shall leave his father and his mother, 
and shall cleave to his wife: 
and they shall become one flesh."
Genesis 2: 21-24

God ordained.
A covenant between a man, a woman, and God Himself.
A promise to remain true...
to let nothing or no one intrude into this mysterious union.
A vow taken before God and witnesses.
A trust not to be broken.
Note the unbroken circle of the symbols ~ the rings. 
a beautiful union that brings forth life.
Two like-minded souls brought together until death does them part.
A life filled with blessings and sorrows,
sustained by the power of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

God's word tells us from beginning to end that believers have an adversary.
His name is satan.
He is evil,
he is a destroyer,
he is opposed to God.
He lies to us and tries to convince us that God's way is burdensome.
Sometimes he approaches us as an angel of light.

A little glance away.
How many Christian marriages have been destroyed by satan's whisper...
"Looking with longing at this person who is not your spouse is okay...
you need a little change up, 
more fun in your life,
something different and exciting."

You start out by saying to yourself,
"I still love my husband/wife, but this other person
looks so good,
makes me feel so good....
what harm can possibly come from a little glance away?
Before you know what hit you,
you can think of nothing else.
You become discontent,
consumed with lust,
wanting more and more of this thing that only brings despair.
You think if you are not with this person in a physical sense that you are okay.
That is a lie!
If you are thinking lustful thoughts of anyone besides your spouse
you are committing adultery.

Oh Christian brother or sister....
Maybe this has happened to you.
Maybe you are filled with despair, depression, hopelessness.
Maybe you think you are unfit, unsaved, tarnished beyond repair.

Good news!
We have a Savior....
 Jesus Christ who deals in grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
He died so that we could be brought back into a right relationship with God the Father.
He died so that we could be forgiven and made holy and fit for His Kingdom.
He died so that when we make mistakes there is....

The Bible give us hope.
If you are a Christian the Holy Spirit WILL convict your heart.
You will recognize your sin.
You will desire to repent, to turn from.
God will help you.
You will suffer,
It will be for righteousness sake.
 It will be worth all of the pain you will endure.
God's forgiveness covers all sin.

To Christian men and women young or old who are married...
No one is immune.
This can happen to anyone,
innocently maybe (the angel of light thing),
but then you are hooked.
God knows what's best!
Leave and cleave!
Keep your marriage as God intended.
Do not glance away not even for a moment!

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