Marriage and Family: 7 Secrets to a thriving marriage (Part 2)March 16, 2011
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19)
7 Secrets to a thriving marriage (Part 2)
As we continue to share some highlights from our DVD Bible study "Let's Get Real" The second secret is from our chapter "EMPTY HEARTS, EMPTY HOMES" We know first-hand the challenges facing married couples today. Many couples find themselves more like room-mates than soul-mates; a co-existing couple playing their roles well but never connecting at a deeper level. The truth is if our individual hearts are empty, our home will be too. This is why the 2nd secret to a thriving marriage (and all relationships for that matter) is only found when we find our needs met is Christ. If you've ever heard us speak or attended one of our conferences, you know that one of the great awakenings that happened in our lives and marriage is that we went from RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY TO SPIRITUAL INTIMACY. We also had a moment where we moved from GREAT THEOLOGY TO PERSONAL REALITY. In other words, what we said we believed became our truth as we started living and acting upon our faith with incredible resolve. This is why we used Philippians 4:19 as our verse for this blog. We know for us that we had great theology with this verse, standing on the promises that Christ would meet all of our needs. But it wasn't until we went through our divorce and remarriage that this verse moved from great theology to personal reality. And here's the really cool thing that we now know and live by, Christ wants our theology to be our reality. It was here that Philippians 4:19 became real for us. Where God really did supply every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Now, before you just roll over the words in this verse, really grasp what the scripture is saying. In fact open your Bibles and read Phil. 4:10-20 to get the context from Paul. Paul is talking about the sufficiency of Christ no matter what he faces. Paul had great theology combined with personal reality because he knew that the creator of the universe knew exactly what he needed in every situation and every circumstance. And he knew that God had chosen his only son, Jesus Christ, to supply his every need. But get this, this is not some base line, barely meeting your needs just so you can get by, NO, this is the supply of heaven, wrapped in flesh, living, dying, rising from the grave and now making intercession in order to unleash the riches of heaven upon you. That's why we wrote in our Bible study:
"Broken, shattered, our divorce taught us that all we had was Jesus and that HE was all we needed. His love, goodness, and presence are the only things that can fill the deep needs of our lives" As we allowed Him to fill our empty hearts, we were able to minister to one another. No more empty hearts, no more empty homes."
So, what about you? What need or needs are you facing today? Instead of trying to handle these on your own, why not turn to heaven's supply and take them to Christ? Why not walk in such intimacy with Christ that no matter what you are facing, Christ is right there with you! Let Phil 4:19 become more than just theology to you, let it become your reality as Christ wraps his amazing grace filled arms around you! Here are some additional scriptures to help you understand what Christ offers you. Take a moment and let the Word of God become your reality.
Colossians 1:3-27 (especially VS 17)
2 Peter 1:3-11 (especially VS 10)
Ephesians 1:3-23 (especially VS 11-14)
And if you want to know more about how you can keep from having an Empty Heart and an Empty Home, then check out our new DVD Bible Study....we believe it will help you in your walk with Christ and your relationships. For more information, click here
Dale and Jena
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Billa On Sunday, March 03 at 11:03 AM
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