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Relationship Goals: Part Three - Stay Committed

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Relationship Goals: Part Three - Stay Committed

Mike Popenhagen

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What causes breakdown in our marriages?

1. Selfish desires. 

James 4:1-2
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 

2. Unhealthy influences. 

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God

3. Our enemy the devil.

Ephesians 6:11-12  
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 


How to avoid spiritual attacks on our marriage:

1. Eliminate all know temptations.   

Ephesians 5:3
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.

2. When you are tempted visualize the potential destruction. 

Proverbs 4:26
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.


3. When at odds with your spouse keep an attitude of love. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-5
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.


4. Remove all exit strategies.

1 Corinthians 13:7-8  
Love… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.