It shows how Christ loved the church and laid down His life for her. No one besides the Lord will come before the person you are going to marry. You have to say no to everyone else when it comes to your spouse. Do you listen to His conviction or do you do what you want to do? Run to Christ and whoever is keeping up with you introduce yourself. God will replace the person He has taken away with someone better. You must keep your eyes on Christ and pray for His peace and comfort when you are single because you will kill yourself if you are constantly thinking about it. Sometimes God uses singleness to drive you in prayer.
The world teaches that you are supposed to put your kids and your parents before your spouse. We are so quick to say I believe the Lord has given me this person. If the person is not Christian, then the Lord didn’t give you that person. Many people get into relationships and when they break up they find out that they were not really in love. Not only are you to lead each other by the way you live your life, but you have to worship together. You will start saying, “maybe I’m too this, maybe I’m too that, maybe I need to start looking like this, maybe I need to buy that.” That is idolatry and of the devil. He wants you to keep on knocking and one day He is going to say, “enough, you want it?
Christian dating does not consist of casual dating, which is unbiblical. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. To marry and be a representation of Christ and the church. “Oh Lord I want to love and lay down my life for someone just like you loved and laid down your life for me.”Are you able to leave your mother and father? The love between a father and his daughter is so great. Imagine His seriousness if you lead His daughter down the wrong path. Honor them as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing may interfere with your prayers. If you feel the temptation just stop don’t lie to yourself. Kissing for a long period of time with someone who you are not married to is wrong, it is a form of foreplay, and it will cause you to fall. Waiting and disciplining yourself in many areas will make your sexual relationship in marriage more unique, special, godly, and intimate. This is something that you should really pray about and listen to the Lord. I’ve heard some guys say, “I can handle it I’m strong enough.” No you’re not! If God blesses you with a very beautiful godly woman or handsome man that is OK, but looks are not everything. Look for godliness because a husband is to one day be your spiritual leader.
Foreclosures, unemployment, and stock market drops were once topics for news headlines.
In my husband's first years as a pastor, our house payment gobbled half his income.
During those ground beef and tuna years, I learned that lean financial times call for more than strict budgets and financial discipline.
Tough times call for tough prayers—prayers that move us past frustration and helplessness to seeing God's power and glory in our daily lives.