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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert M., Bob, Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff
Sunday January 23rd, 2005 How do I/we know I/we are in love?
Many a teen is faced with that question. In today's promiscuous, easy going, everything goes society teens are not taught to wait for marriage, they are told, "it is ok, if you love someone". It isn't, pre-marital sex is wrong, it is just as wrong as adultery is. While neither are wrong in the eyes of the secular world, both are absolutely wrong in the eyes of God. Making love should be reserved for those who are married and then only with each other, one man and one woman, a husband and a wife, a dad and a mom.
So girls, how do you know you are in love? How do you know the guy loves you? How do you know you want to spend the rest of your life married to this man?
For girls, the answer is simple, just as it is for boys. All we need do is go to the word of God. Girls, you are in love, really in love, when you are willing to do for that young man all that Sarai did for Abram. For before she was Sara and he was Abraham, they were Abram and Sarai. And how did Sarai treat Abram? Let's look:
Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord:... (1Peter 3:6) so, first, are you willing to call this guy 'lord'? Are you willing to; Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. (Colossians 3:18) Do you love him enough to call him lord and submit to his every command? Think so? There are no loopholes, the Bible teaches you that you are to submit yourself to him in everything he says and tells you to do.
Many a liberal preacher will find things you do not have to do, but, there are no ifs, ands, or buts in the word of God concerning His order for you to submit to your husband. Look here at what Abram ordered Sarai to do: And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, "Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, 'This is his wife': and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee."
And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. And he entreated Abram well for her sake:... (Genesis 12:10-16) Abram told Sarai to lie, but not only to lie, but to be willing to go to bed with Pharaoh so that he, Abram, might not be harmed. Do you love him enough to obey his every command? Do you trust him enough to obey his every command?
And as for young men, do you really love her? Are you willing to do for her what God tells you that you must be willing to do for her? Think so? Do you know what it is that the Lord God Creator of all things expects from you regarding your wife? Do you know how much He demands you love her?
Can you make her very bit as important to you as your eyes? So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. ... (Ephesians 5:28) For God commands that you do just that, that you love her every bit as much as you love your eyes, your hands, your testicles and your heart. For if you ignore God's word, concerning how you are to treat and love your wife, read here what He may do: Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of Life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)
Have you answered yes so far? Sounds like you may just really love her, but there is more: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; (Ephesians 5:25) Are you willing to do for her just what Jesus did for us? Are you willing to suffer torture and even death for her Just as the Lord did for us? And are you willing to do it without crying out or begging for mercy?
So, have you both said yes to every question so far?
Young lady, have you looked into his eyes and into your heart and said: "I can be his Sarah and I believe he will do for me as the Lord did for us." And you young man, can you look her in the eye and say, "I love you so much, I can and will, if called upon, to put your life ahead of mine, you are every bit as important to me as any part of my own body, and I will love, cherish and care for you as well as and even better than any part of my body." And can you look within yourself and tell yourself that you are convinced that she will obey you as Sara obeyed Abraham? If so, then you are more than likely truly in love, but let's see if you are really and truly in love, there is a way for each of you to prove your love one for another.
How, you ask? Now, that is rather simple as well. If you really love him, you will prove it by being chaste on your wedding night and if he really loves you, he will help you remain a chaste in all aspects till your wedding night. You likewise will help him to remain a chaste as well. For girls, if he will not help you remain chaste till your wedding night, how can you trust him with the power to order you to do all things? The test of love over lust is chaste behavior. If you can not put your lust aside for your love, than you are not in love, you are in lust. No loop holes, none of this technical virgin stuff, none of this "it all depends on what the meaning of is, is".
If you love one another, instead of being sexually active before marriage, you will demonstrate your love for one and other, by praying together and working together to save any and all love making for the night of your wedding. . The Lord God, Christ Jesus, be with you all.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is Saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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