Have you ever looked at that old couple who celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary and you marvel at their commitment, or you say, that's what I want to be some day! And yet, they had 80 years of being together. And for all the sweet smiles, there were stormy days and sunny days, losses and gains, multiple deaths to their self will, deaths and sicknesses and financial collapses and children and all that comes with it! Let's see, that's 80 years, and 52 weeks a year is 4,160 weeks together. That's 29,200 days of commitment to one another. We don't know the ins and outs of it but they stayed together, right?
Now most people see an old married couple and say ooh, aah, but go back to the way they are doing things right now in their own relationships and don't change anything they do daily to produce the long term outcome they want. That's the little foxes that spoil the vine, as the Bible says. Though this isn't a podcast on marriage counseling, this is a podcast on marriage counseling as we ARE married to the Lord Jesus when we ask Him to come into our hearts. If we expect to experience a long relationship with Him, a healthy and happy marriage full of the intimacy of knowing Him deeper as the years go by, we have to be willing to let Him have His Way in us--aka, we lose OUR life to gain HIS life in us. That requires our submission to the Holy Spirit and His directives which initiate from our Father in Heaven. The Holy Spirit, our Guide into all Truth, can't guide us if we don't value His guidance to begin with; if we don't value the Word of God or submit ourselves to its direction and correction through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, then we come under fire from the world's system. John 15 details this with the directive from Jesus Christ, when He commanded us to "Abide" in Him, the "vine". Those who didn't abide in Him dried up, and were plucked off the vine to be burned--yes burned. We cannot be transformed by the Lord, which means by definition: "given a completely different form or appearance" if we do not first abide in Jesus = The Word, and let the power of the Word Renew us or give us His NEW Life!