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  • 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!

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  • or any of our messages. You can goto www.lifechurch.tv and I'll see you there.

Here's the deal, I promise you; some of you, you're married, but you've given up on it.

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ワンス・アポン・ア・マリッジゆるぎない愛 (Once Upon A Marriage: Unfailing Love)

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