Sermon Notes

June 3, 2016

Fizzle to Sizzle I

Nothing seems to be on TV so you settle on an animal documentary.

A lion prowls silently amidst the tall Serengeti grass. Were it not for the dramatic music and baritone voiceover, you wouldn’t know he was there. Neither do the unsuspecting antelope.

Grazing off in the distance, one of the young wanders from the herd. Its vulnerability makes it an easy kill. The Lion fixes his eyes, his muscles contract, and before you know it, he attacks. No amount of screaming at your television can change it now… lunch is served.

Divide, then conquer. Our enemy works the same way, and he has his eyes locked on our marriages, waiting for a drift to occur. He is smart and very patient, waiting for the moment we are vulnerable to attack. 1 Peter 5:8 says, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

It is distance that destroys us. According to 2015 statistics, over 50% of all marriages ended in divorce.

The lion is getting fat, folks. Our togetherness makes us vigilant.

When is the last time you went out of your way to sweep your wife off her feet? Here’s a thought, schedule a babysitter. Take her out on the town! Wives, when your husband gets home from work, smack a big old kiss on him for no reason! Be spontaneous! It may take a little more effort these days, but isn’t it worth it? Isn’t your family worth it?

Create within your home a safe zone. It’s critical. We all have insecurities, But what a beautiful treasure it is to be trusted with those of your mate. We need to do everything in our power to not push each other away with critical remarks. They leave you vulnerable for attack. Love the insecurities away in your spouse by speaking life into those areas.

Compliment, and be specific. You know, anyone can throw out the words “I love you.” Take a moment and really think about why you love them. Share it! (If you need some assistance in finding things to compliment, read through the book of Song of Solomon, it may give you a few creative ideas.)

We have established the lion is there, but he is rendered powerless when we make the choice to stand together. Fizzle happens. Life gets busy. But we have a say in what happens within our marriage. Choose this day, to fight for that which has been trusted to you! You will never regret investing into your marriage.

The lion could stand to loose a few pounds.