Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, August 25, 2019
“Living in an Upside-Down World”
Relationships, part 2
- Two overarching Realities… God of Eternity and mankind on earth.
- Truth never changes, even though it can be ignored, scorned or denied.
- God is Truth, Truth challenges us to submit to its demands.
Relational issues are seen in every aspect of society.
Friendships, marriages, families, co-workers, neighbors, churches, countries…
- You will have conflict.
James 4:1-6 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
- God designed us for beautiful relationships.
Genesis 2:18, 24-25 18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”… 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. 25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
- Man’s perfect relationship with God in the garden.
- God institutes marriage covenant with Adam & Eve.
- Man sinned… Relationships severed… Hence an upside-down world.
- God loves us and sent His Son to redeem us from sin: Faith, Jn 3:16
III. Beautiful relationships are built God’s way.
Colossians 3:12-14 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
- Refresh my marriage…
- Make a commitment to God’s standards!
Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word… Ephesians 5:3 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
- Maintain intimacy! (Intellectual, Emotional, Social, Sexual, Spiritual)
1 Corinthians 7:3 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband… 1 Corinthians 7:5 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control… Heb 13:4, etc.
- Manage my thoughts, words and actions, Jam 1:13-14, 1Co 10:13
Temptations: David’s fantasy led to adultery… 2 Samuel 11:2,4 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.
Temptations: Joseph’s fear led to victory… Genesis 39:9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
- Magnify LOVE!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails…