Affair-proofing Your Marriage by Miles Seaborn

AFFAIR-PROOFING YOUR MARRIAGE
Miles Seaborn
Exodus 20:14
04/09/2000

"YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY"

INTRO. Hebrews 13:4 "Husbands and wives must be
faithful to one another. God will judge who are
immoral and commit adultery."

If you saw an "Off Ramp" sign on the freeway that
said, "One way, do not enter," Would you resent it or
appreciate it? This ain't it! You would appreciate it.
God gave us His Ten Commandments for good when He
presents a negative; He has a positive behind it! Not
to cause pain. It is for your protection!

God says when you play by the rules you will be
blessed. Nothing destroys a family faster than
adultery. God says, "I don't want you committing
adultery!"

ILL. I understand that the mere mention of this word
causes you pain and memories and shame. Remember the
purpose of this message is not to resurrect your past.
If you have confessed and forsaken a sin, God has
forgiven and blotted it out - and you should too.
(Guilt after confessed sin is not from God, it is from
Satan.)

This is to focus on the future.

Now God created sex. Like everything He created, it
must be controlled and not abused. All of God's gifts
have limitations.

ILL. Water - too much you will drown
Fire - too much you will burn up - warm or
burn
Sex -

Sex - God has given this tremendous drive. Within
marriage it is beautiful and fulfilling. Outside of
marriage it is sin, harmful and destructive to your
total being.

God wants us to use sex as a tool to build our
marriage not destroy.

Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage should be honored by all, and
the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the
adulterer and all the sexually immoral."

It is a whole lot easier to get married than to stay
married. Sex bombards us. More than women outside the
home. Birth Control is readily available. We don't
stand much of a chance until we have a plan and work
it.

50% of husbands, 35% of wives commit adultery.

I. THE PROBLEM: WHAT CAUSES AFFAIRS?

Proverbs 22:14 "Adultery is a trap..."

WHY?

1. UNMET NEEDS
2. UNRESOLVED CONFLICT
3. UNFULFILLED EXPECTATIONS
4. UNDEVELOPED SELF-WORTH

II. THE PREVENTION: SIX STEPS

1. MAKE A COMMITMENT TO "GOD'S STANDARD"

Regardless of past failures, as of today, March 27, I
agree and will follow God's standards.

ILL. Bible clearly says sex is for marriage only NOT
before or outside of marriage

Psalm 119:9 "How can a (person) keep his way pure? By
living according to your Word."

By living by culture? No - God's Word No
justification in any culture.

ILL. Joseph - Bad family life - Brother hated him

My mate is not meeting my needs. Illness no excuse.

Proverbs 5:1 "Be faithful to your own wife and give
your love to her alone."

Not a suggestion. Make a public commitment to mate. "I
will never be unfaithful to you." Affirm that in some
way to friends, co-workers. No doubt where you stand!
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