1. The Strength Of My Marriage Is Dependent On The Health Of My Heart!
He answered, “Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? And because of this, a man leaves father and mother and is firmly bonded to his wife, becoming one flesh — no longer two bodies but one.”…They shot back in rebuttal, “If that’s so, why did Moses give instructions for divorce papers and divorce procedures?” Jesus said, “Moses provided for divorce as a concession to your hardheartedness, but it is not part of God’s original plan. I’m holding you to the original plan.”…Jesus’ disciples objected, “If those are the terms of marriage, we’re stuck. Why get married?” But Jesus said, “Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn’t for everyone…But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.” -Matthew 19:4-12(MSG)
2. God Desires For Me To Stay Sexually Pure And Maintain A Heart For Holiness!
God wants you to be holy and to stay away from sexual sins. He wants each of you to learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable. Don’t use your body for sexual sin like the people who do not know God. -1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (NCV)
Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever — the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? -1 Corinthians 6:17-20 (MSG)
3. The Favor Of God Is Restricted By The Unforgiveness In My Heart!
“Listen to Me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” -Mark 11:24-25 (NLT)
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” -Matthew 6:14-15 (MSG)
4. My Heart Cannot Deny What It Treasures!
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money.” -Matthew 6:20-21, 24
Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. -2 Corinthians 8:11-13
5. My Evangelistic Impact Is Determined By The Purity Of My Heart!
“He will even deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.” -Job 22:30
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. -Matthew 5:8
“The Size Of My Heart Determines The Size Of My Harvest!”