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7 Ways to Combat Entitlement
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As Christians, we must continually grow a biblical understanding of God (Joshua 6:1-2) and never give in to a sense of entitlement. We deserve nothing more than death, hell, and condemnation by God. He has given us MORE than we deserve! Receive gifts from God with thanksgiving! Enjoy what He has provided—every good and perfect gift comes from God.

How do we combat entitlement?

  1. Work harder than anyone else. (1 Thessalonians 4, 2 Thessalonians 3:6)
  2. Give, give, give. (Malachi 3:6-10)
  3. Take care of what you have.
  4. Be hospitable, invite people into your lives.
  5. Give to the poor.
  6. Give your time to others. Give of yourselves to The Lord.
  7. Understand who you belong to.

*The excerpt above is from a sermon Brody Holloway taught on Exodus 20:15 at Red Oak Church, June 2014. 

Personal Sanctification and Biblical Marriage
  • Genesis 2:15-22Ephesians 5:22-33

  • In each of these things that we will look at, the connecting thought will come from Ephesians 5:22-26 where both the man and the woman are working to help the spouse become more like Jesus.  In other words, the common goal in each of these characteristics is SANCTIFICATION.  

  • Jesus is the one, in Ephesians 5:25-26, who does the sanctifying.  Look how he describes this; “having cleansed her by the washing with the Word.” It can be compared to washing a wound with water and nothing else.  If you were to do this, it takes a high volume of water. Christ is the only one who has the power to sanctify. 

These are a couple of things to understand concerning what you CANNOT do for, to, or IN your spouse:

  1. You cannot force yourself into their conscience.  In other words, you cannot convict him or her of sin.  But Jesus can.
  2. You cannot, personally, change them.  But Jesus can.
  3. You cannot make him or her understand you perfectly, and you cannot understand him or her perfectly.  But Jesus can.  
  4. You cannot change or enhance his or her desires.  But Jesus can.  
  5. You cannot fill whatever void exists in his or her life.  In other words, you are not a functional savior for that person.  Jesus is.  

It is Christ alone who can save us, make us righteous in the sight of God, and give us the strength to pursue holiness in our daily lives. 

Marriage for The Glory of God

Your marriage was instituted for the Glory of God ALONE.

What is the Glory of God?
The Glory of God is the holiness of God put on display.

What is the Holiness of God?
The holiness of God is the purity of his character and the life-giving nature of him. It can be described as the sun which brings warmth and life to the earth.

WE MUST ASK THIS QUESTION: Does my marriage exist for the Glory of God?

  • When we sin against each other in marriage, we sin against a holy God and we need to be reconciled with him first and foremost before our spouse.

“Strive to have the kind of love that Christ has for us for your spouse.”
“Gospel-driven love is selfless and sacrificial and loves that person for the Glory of God.”
  • The greatest hope we have is in the reality that, as a believer, we will one day be made perfect like Christ.
  • This is what we love our spouse for. We love them for something of more eternal significance than life.

It is never too late to glorify God more with our marriages.

  • Ephesians 5

  • We need to focus on GOD more and not our MARRIAGE.
  • He loved and saved us sacrificially, and that is how we should love our spouse.
“Creation declares the Glory of God and the one thing that will glorify him more is two selfish individuals glorifying him in the way they love and serve each other.”

 

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