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Spiritual Intimacy in Marriage

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Spiritual Intimacy in Marriage

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  1. Spiritual Intimacy in Marriage - Psalm 27:1-6 -

  2. The # 1 Intimacy in Marriage isSpiritual Intimacy

  3. Why Is Spiritual Intimacy Important? • EX: Hosea and Gomer (Hosea 1,4) • Ephesians 5:22-33 • Marriage first and foremost is a spiritual relationship (Amos 3:3)

  4. Why Is Spiritual Intimacy Important? • How close are you spiritually as a couple? • Consider the foundation of your marriage (Matt 7:24-27) • “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1)

  5. Why Spiritual IntimacyDoes Not Exist? • Self-gratification • Spouse centered vs. God centered spouse • A servant to others, not our marriage

  6. Why Spiritual IntimacyDoes Not Exist? • Fear of Honesty and Openness • The need for prayer - Jas 5:16 • Why couples fear openness: • Shame • Sin • EX: Adam/Eve, Abraham/Sarah, Ananias/Sapphira

  7. Why Spiritual IntimacyDoes Not Exist? • Fear of Honesty and Openness • What do you believe would happen to your marriage, if you prayed together with your spouse?

  8. Why Spiritual IntimacyDoes Not Exist? • Fear of Honesty and Openness • Prayer provides a richness, depth, and intimacy not achieved by anything else

  9. Why Spiritual IntimacyDoes Not Exist? • Fear of Honesty and Openness • Openness removes pride, ego, isolation, deception • Openness creates attachment, intimacy, ONENESS, emotional & physical connection

  10. Wife Husband

  11. Building a strong marriage by working to be closer to God and your mate! God God Wife Husband

  12. Building a strong marriage by working to be closer to God and your mate! God God Wife Husband

  13. Building a strong marriage by working to be closer to God and your mate! “with purpose of heart, they would cleave unto the Lord (Acts 11:23) God God Wife Husband

  14. ONENESS in marriage is…Aquila and Priscilla(Acts 18:1-3; 18,26;Romans 16:3,4)

  15. Spiritual intimacy is a heart’s desire to be close to God • Fall in love with God so you can fall in love with your spouse

  16. How to be Spiritually Intimate?? Find the Time – determine it Find the Place Find the Subject – what to read, study – devotional Once you begin, do not stop.......

  17. How to be Spiritually Intimate?? Devotional time of the week Greatest joy of the week Greatest struggle of the week Affirmation to your mate A wish or hope A Bible verse posted Prayer Demonstrate a “fruit of the Spirit”

  18. Building a strong marriage by working to be closer to God and your mate! God God Wife Husband