The anchoring text was Joshua 7 and the story of Achan, his secret sin of smuggling devoted items out of Jericho and hiding them in his tent by burying them in the ground. Ultimately, his sin was uncovered and his entire family payed a severe price for his hidden sin.
The point of the message yesterday, as the principal was applied to marriage, was simple. Don’t get married til you deal with your junk; your sin, your issues, your past, your regret, and your secrets. You are not damaged goods because you have baggage, you are simply a human, and no human effort can fix you. Only the grace of God in Jesus Christ can fix, save, heal, and redeem you.
There are four major areas that every dating couple needs to “spread out before the Lord.” If these areas are not disclosed, discussed, and dealt with, they will rise up later in marriage and cause tremendous difficulty, possibly leading to divorce.
1. Money and Debt
2. Family Issues
3. Bad Habits and Personal Maturity
4. Past Relationships and Sexual History
My wife and I live by a code in our marriage. NO SECRETS, NO SURPRISES. The only way to continue living that way is to be open, honest, and transparent about everything. It’s much healthier and Biblical to set that tone before you tie the knot.
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