How to Fireproof Your Marriage by Fred Lowery

How to Fireproof Your Marriage
Dr. Fred Lowery
Genesis 2:24; Malachi 2:14; Ephesians 4:31-32; Ephesians 4:25
September 28, 2008

Woman said she took her husband for better or worse but he was a lot worse than she took him for. Any of you women feel that way? Yep. Don't answer out like that, that's not good. Try to keep that to yourself there for a moment. One new husband said to his wife, Why did God make you so beautiful and yet so dumb? She said He made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me. He made me dumb so I would be attracted to you. A man was walking by a cemetery and there was a man hanging on a tombstone and he was just crying. And he was saying over and over why did you have to die? Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die? And so this guy was walking by and he saw him and felt for him and he just touched his shoulder and he said a close relative? The guy turned around and said no my wife's first husband. One guy said he took his wife to Australia for their 20th wedding anniversary. He said man that is something what are you going to do for the 25th. He said I'm going to go back and get her. Elizabeth Taylor said to her seventh husband this is not going to take long. So this message isn't going to take long but I want to give you four things to fireproof your marriage. Because that is so important for us to understand that we can make marriage what God intended it to be. We all know in today's world marriages are falling apart. Divorce is sky high the rate, Southern Baptists are getting divorced at the same rate as the world out there. Divorce is as common as blue jeans. In fact these couples getting married now according to recent statistics they should probably register for paper plates because it's probably not going to last long. So we need to do something about marriage in this country and find a way to turn it around. Listen to me, the worst thing you can do regarding your marriage is to assume that it's going to go the distance. Because there are too many problems coming against marriage. This culture has too many problems within it. There is too much pressure on all of us. We are too selfish as a culture. So if we do not intentionally do something to strengthen our marriage then the odds are against those marriages making it to the end. You think about it. Charles Stanley if his marriage can crash and burn so can yours. Doesn't matter how often you come to church, how close to God you think you are. If you do not work with your marriage and try to make it good it can certainly deteriorate on you quickly. So that's why I want to talk about how to fireproof your marriage because I believe fireproofing your marriage is absolutely essential. Number one, listen quickly. Close the exits. Marriage is a journey not a jump. Genesis 2:24 says for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and they will become one flesh. There is that covenant. ...

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