Sunday, August 30, 2009

Notes from today’s sermon 08.30.09 Steven Hedgecoth

The Knots of Relationships

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV)

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35 KJV)

Connecting the dots of relationships.

Relationships are everything.

The way you love one another shows Christ to the world.

Love is not a feeling it is an action.

Tie the knot – Make sure it is:

1. Tight

2. Right

You need a vision for your family so you can climb the mountain together.

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 KJV)

There are some places that I am not going to walk with others that are not tied to me.

3 Three Knots That You Need To Tie

1. Knot Of Effort – v.9 keyword work/labor

Love goes the extra mile.

Some of us are satisfied with lasting relationships instead of growing relationships

Ways To Show Effort

a. Become a student of that relationship/person

Know the strengths and weaknesses

“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;”

(1 Thessalonians 5:12 KJV)

b. Praying together and not just over a meal

What would it be like if you grabbed your spouse and said I want to pray with you, right now, out loud, together? We don’t mind being physically intimate, but what about spiritually?

2. Search Me Knot –

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

(Psalm 139:23-24 KJV)

What would happen if we had the courage to ask God to search me (not our spouse)?

Examine my thought process

Search my heart – secret places

Sin will untie knots

Am I doing anything hurtful?

Am I saying anything hurtful?

If your relationship draws you away from God, then there is a problem.

When your spouse looks at you do they see Jesus in all that you do and say?

Ask not what your family can do for you, ask what you can do for your family.

3. Divine Knot –

“A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”

(Psalms 127:1-2 KJV)

At the core of all your relationships should be Jesus.

Benefits of the Divine Knot:

a. Provision of God v.2b

b. Protection of God v.1b

c. Blessings of God v.2b

The divine knot helps you know who to turn to when it gets rough.

The enemy is after our families.

Lies of the enemy:

a. It is OK to tie the knot a different way, like co-habitation

b. Same sex is not marriage, knot must be right and tight God’s way

c. Divorce is ok – divorce is the disease of families

God can heal relationships.

If God puts something inside you and you do nothing with it then that is sin.

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