Covenant Marriage | 02


02. the buy-in

Yesterday we begin our study by laying a foundation on biblical love. I hope as you read through scriptures you began to see a true definition of divine love.  Divine love has to be foundational in a covenant marriage.

Before we fire off with day two, I need to tell you something about today’s topic.  There’s a catch.  What?  Yep.  You know, a buy-in… something that someone agrees to or accepts.  This whole covenant marriage thing sounds aight, but do you really believe it for yourself?  Is it even something you desire for your own marriage? Well, I think no matter where you are at in your relationship, you should!

Whether your marriage is thriving or feels like it is dying, you need to be excited and trust that God wants to do something NEW!  God has something more for your marriage!  Isn’t that awesome?

You gotta believe that God’s Word is true and transforming!

A renewal of the mind is something you often hear throughout the faith community.  We understand the importance of renewing our mind and the effect it has on our Christian walk.  Having a biblical mindset is crucial, especially in our marriage.

In order for there to be real change and growth in your marriage, you are going to have to believe in God.  That’s the “buy-in” my friend.  Your belief in God directly impacts the outcome of your marriage.

Will you allow God to do something new?

READ IT…

  • Romans 12:2… be transformed

Additional scripture to read…

  • Isaiah 43:18-19… a new thing
  • Galatians 5:6… faith through love
  • Lamentations 3:22-24… new each morning
  • Ephesians 4:22-24… mind made new
  • Ezekiel 36:26… new heart, new spirit

Reading through these scriptures I hope you see God is faithful to begin something new within our heart if we wash our mind with His truths.

Consider it…

  • Are you willing to allow your perception of your spouse to be changed?
  • Do you believe God is capable of creating something new in your marriage?
  • Can you think back on a time in your life where God was faithful?  Share this with someone! Seriously.
  • Go back and read from the beginning of chapter 3 in Lamentations and notice the struggles and afflictions. Often times we have to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness and mercies for each day.
  • Are you willing to lay down your old ways?
  • God wants to take your heart, clean it up and give it back new. He wants to help you keep it clean by filling you with His Spirit and helping you day to day, moment to moment.  Will you let Him?

WRITE IT…

  • Ephesians 6:10-20

AHHHH! These verses. So powerful!  God is equipping us through His word to be strong and armed for the battle.  As you write down this portion of scripture each day I encourage you to read aloud!

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11

BE SURE TO… SHARE IT!

I believe spiritual disciplines facilitate a deeper walk with Christ! Read scripture, write it down and share with others what you are learning!  Powerful daily habits to keep us focused on God!

Dear heavenly Father, fill us with your Word and renew our mind.  Align our heart with Yours.  As we seek to know You more through these scriptures I ask that you transform our marriages…  bring healing, forgiveness, love, and grace.  Do something new.  We ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

(First published November 2, 2017, updated August 2, 2018)

Author: Natalie

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