字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Here's the deal, I promise you; some of you, you're married, but you've given up on it. If you will continue to pursue God, especially if the two of you will; if the two of you, both of you will pursue God, I promise you, you will always walk through the Valley of Achor to the door of hope. The challenge is that sometimes you are someone that is not going to walk with you. So, what you do is you just decide that you are going to walk alone, with your hand out, ready to accept your spouse, whenever your spouse is ready to join you. But, you are not letting go of God. You are not letting go of God. Some of you right now, you are in the Valley of Achor, and you just can't have any hope. I am telling you, there is always hope with God. There's always hope with Him. I told you this was going to be tough, and it doesn't get any easier from here. This is a tough message. God's going to say the most amazing thing to this man who has been nothing but faithful, and been nothing but betrayed by this woman. If you fast forward in the story, what she's done is she is now left him, and he's shown his love to her again and again and again, and she is out prostituting herself again, which you can only imagine how horrible that would be. And the text even implies that she's got a pimp, or a manager basically; because as you read into it, she's full on into this business of prostituting herself. God gives a very clear, very challenging, and very profound message to the betrayed spouse, and here's what God says; summarized, here is what I want you to do. I want you to forgive and love as you've been forgiven and loved. In my mind, I'd say you know what? Blow that girl off! Seriously, she's done that, you know what? She had her chance, you tried, blow her off, let her go. God is going to say something and it was God speaking and He told Hosea this, Hosea 3:1: The Lord said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress...." Can we pause for a moment and just ask the question, how in the world, how? I'm in his shoes, how is that possible? How? I can't find that in my emotions. This is how, God says here's how: "....Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods...." Love her, love her as God is loving us right now, as we do not deserve it. Love her as God is loving us, as we continue to worship the idols of this world. Love her as God continues to freely love us as we openly and consistently reject His goodness. How do you love and forgive? The same way that He has loved and forgiven us. Now, this is getting to where we all live. There's no guarantees what she's gonna do. And there's no guarantees this marriage isn't going to end up in divorce. There are no guarantees that your marriage isn't going to end up in divorce. If you do everything right, there's no guarantees. But, even though we can't control the outcome, God is very, very clear on what we should do. That is, we should love and forgive as we've been loved and forgiven. Now, what this also doesn't mean, it doesn't mean if you've forgiven, you don't become this big honkin' door mat! It doesn't mean that if you're trying to reconcile, you don't bring some new rules to the game. It doesn't mean that you don't, you know, if he's always out looking at porn that his computer doesn't go away. You might move to a new town, it doesn't mean you don't make some changes. It doesn't mean that you just let someone walk all over you, but what it does mean is that no matter what your spouse does, you are going to choose to do what's right, even though there's no guarantees. That's a hard part of this story. There's nothing easy about that, because I can promise you, when it gets tough, every friend around you, most friends around you are going to say, "Dump him, break it off, get divorced." That's what you've been trained to do anyway. It may be, that God would say, "It's not time to give up yet!" Marriage is really, really important. My goal is not to bring condemnation on those who have been divorced, and there are times when you are going to do everything right, and you are going to end up divorced, because someone else won't. But, it doesn't mean you don't go down without trying to do the right thing to honor God. These topics bring up a lot of emotion. I had some people come up to me saying, "Thanks for the series, but you just don't understand Craig, you're married to Amy, and you know, you guys don't have problems!" I just want to say, whoa dog, back up that train! Okay, I'm serious, I want you to think about this. Do you really think that we've had six children together without challenges that go with that? You really are going to insult me in such a big way. Come over to my house for dinner for one hour for one night! Okay, and just see the dynamics. The strain that puts on our marriage, the stresses of their schedules, do you really think that we started this ministry in a two car garage with nothing and have led through all the changes and all the innovations, and all the controversy, and all the criticism, and all of the spiritual pressure, and all the hurt relationships, and all of the public attention both good and bad, and all of the weight of that, and the grueling schedule; do you really think that we've been through that all of these years, and it wasn't really hard on our marriage? My wife's health problems for years, and burying her brother at the age of 34, please don't insult us and pretend like we don't go through things. Here's what we've done; we've walked over and over and over again, through the Valley of Achor, over and over and over again, through the Valley of Achor; and there has always been a door of hope. I was talking to a couple this week, that the husband betrayed the wife. They have this phenomenal marriage. I said, "Would you undo the adultery?" And she said, "I would never want anyone to endure what I endured, but I wouldn't change what I walked through, for what I have now. That's what God can do through the door of hope, if you walk through it, if you walk through it. Let me tell you the end of the story. God tells this prophet to go and pursue his very immoral wife and here's what he does, to go show his love again, this is what he does; he goes and takes his own money, and he purchases out of prostitution. He pays for his wife, which is precisely what God did for us. That while we were prostituting ourselves against God, while we were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly. He shed His blood to purchase us back, so we could truly know His love. We don't know how the marriage ended. There is no record of what she did. My thought is, once he did that, how in the world could she ever walk away from him again? Because he loved her enough to purchase her out of her sin. The reason I feel that way, is because when I look at what God did for us through Christ, I just ask the same question; how could we not offer Him our whole lives back? When you see what He did for us, then you can see why He wants all of our hearts, and you can see why His heart breaks when we continue to commit spiritual adultery against Him; because He said, "I gave it all for you, and I want all of you. I want your heart, I want your worship, all of your faithfulness, I want you to lay down your life and know me and serve me forever. When you see what He did, what other kind of response could we have? Tough sermon? You asked for it! Hey thanks for viewing part of this message. 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