by Kerry Shook

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Blazing Fire (2 of 2)
Series: Sizzle -God's Counsel on Dating, Love and Keeping a Marriage Hot!
Pastor Kerry Shook

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Blazing Fire (2 of 2)
Series: Sizzle -God's Counsel on Dating, Love and Keeping a Marriage Hot!
Pastor Kerry Shook

• Delight

• Song of Solomon 2:5,8 (LB)

• Disillusionment

• Proverbs 27:15,16 (NIV)

• Destiny

• Song of Solomon 8:6,7 (NIV)

1. Protect the Fire of Love

• Song of Solomon 2:15 (NLT)

• Complacency


Well today we conclude the mini-series that I'm calling "Sizzle" as we are looking at a book in the Bible that sizzles on every page, The Song of Solomon. It was written by King Solomon and his wife, who were passionately and madly in love with each other, and they compare their love to a fire. The flames of passion are burning brightly in their marriage. They are really firing on all cylinders when it comes to the physical passion on their physical relationship, and this couple talks honestly and openly about their physical passion. God is not ashamed of this subject. God created sex. God invented it. It's a good and beautiful, wonderful and sacred gift of God for our enjoyment in the marriage relationship, but this couple also talks real honestly about their struggles and conflicts and the problems that come into their marriage, and then they talk honestly about the fuel that it takes to keep the marriage burning hot over the long haul.

Remember in the first two chapters we see how they met, how they started dating and how they fell in love. I call this the delight phase, and he's crazy about her. Remember, he said you are like a lily among thorns. He's saying you're the most beautiful woman in the world. Everyone else is a thorn compared to your beauty, and then look what she says about him as they are dating and falling in love in Song of Solomon, chapter 2, verse 5. She says, "Oh feed me with your love … for I am utterly lovesick. Ah, I hear my beloved. Here he comes leaping over the mountains and bounding over the hills." Now wives, can you just see your husbands leaving over the mountains and bounding over the hills? I mean this couple has it bad. They are in the delight phase, and this is in the dating, and it goes into the honeymoon, but it doesn't last much longer than that, because in the delight phase you put your mate on a pedestal and think they are perfect. You disregard your differences. There's a lot of giving up and giving in in the delight phase. I remember when Chris and I first started dating. I was watching a ballgame that I had been looking forward to a long time of one of my favorite teams, and Chris called and she said, Kerry, what are you doing? And I said, well I'm watching a ballgames, and she said, oh good. Since you're not busy would you like to go have a picnic?
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