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Dec 14th

Godly Relationships

The Third Least Source of Our Problems

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      In review, we have seen in two previous articles (here and here) that God is the least source of our problems; Satan is the second least source.

      This flies in the face of those who ask, in the face of problems and difficulties, “Why did God let this happen to me?”

      The response to this accusation against God is that He is the solution:  Christ is the answer.

      Blaming Satan by saying, “The Devil made me do it,” is easily denied by James 4:7:  “Submit yourselves therefor to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from thee.”

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Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth

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      You may recognize this as the title of a book written by Hal Lindsay in 1977. It is. But the same arena is alive today as then – in fact ever since we were introduced to Satan in Genesis 3:1

      “Now the serpent was more subtle than   any beast of the field which the Lord     God had made. And he (the serpent) said      unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye      shall not eat of every tree of the      garden?”

      Since Satan cannot be overlook as a potential source of problems, let’s look at the impact of this brief introduction to the most devious force known to mankind.

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First Biblical Ground Rule for the Family

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      During the next six lessons we will look at the detail supporting these Biblical Ground Rules. We will begin with a brief review of the following:

If we cannot agree we will not be disagreeable.

      Granted, this is sometimes easier said than done. We should expect a man and a woman to bring different perspectives into a marriage relationship. To be different is not necessarily to be wrong. Different can mean to be better.

      A husband’s perspective combined with his wife’s perspective can ultimately become their perspective. Genesis 2:24 re-enforces this conclusion:  “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.” That is to imply to be of one perspective.

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Every Problem Has a Source and a Solution

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We will never be without problems yet we need never be without a solution.

      Shakespeare said it this way:  “Sorrows (problems) come not single spies, but in battalions.” Another truism attests:  The harder I try the behinder I get. And a still familiar lament from a past television series puts these words to verse:  “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”

      Needless to say, perhaps we have all been there at one time or another; but we need never be without a solution.

      All problems come from one of four sources. We will look at these over the next several sessions because knowing the source of the problem will point us to the solution.

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Six Biblical Ground Rules for the Family

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      The Number-one reason married couples come to New Hope Counseling Service simply stated is:  “We have a breakdown in communication.”

      Unless you are out of touch with the community around you, it is a known that the break down in the family structure has reached epidemic proportions.

      Although not playing the blame game through the following reminder, Scripture is clear that the husband/father is the Spiritual leader in the family structure. He, of course, is to be supported fully by his wife the mother of their children. Often times she is the primary parent exercising direct supervision over the children.   

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