One thing is clear in our culture today – families and marriages are under attack.
Our enemy is using every means available to erode and destroy our relationships.
We are facing unprecedented challenges.
It's a big problem…and it's getting bigger everyday.
How can Christians flourish under these intense pressures?
How can Christian marriages and families not only survive, but also live out God's design?
The Gospel marks the way forward. And thank you for the part you are playing to help strengthen marriages and families through your support of Basic Gospel – real people like Brad.
Thanks so much again for your ministry. Having the guys answer me on their program really changed the outlook of my whole wedding day.
Specifically, you are helping people understand and apply the key to successful relationships. Paul spelled it out in Ephesians 5:18.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit…
What does avoiding drunkenness have to do with your relationships? The key is in the second sentence – Be filled with the Spirit.
The Spirit indwells every believer. As a matter of fact, you can't be a Christian without the Spirit of God living in you. You are in Christ, and Christ is in you.
"Being filled" is something different. It means to be controlled by the height, depth, length and breadth of the love of God. It means knowing, experiencing and sharing this love from the heart.
It is the inside-out work of the Spirit that brings about real change, real love and strong, healthy marriages and families.
This was the key that helped Anthony learn to prevent little conflicts in marriage from becoming huge problems.
You gave me a vector shift of mind to say, "This is the real issue. My focus needs to be on the spiritual reality of God's love giving my wife security and me respect. The tangible, external issues are not the problem.
You see, it is the Spirit's job to conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29), to complete the work he started in us (Philippians 1:6) and to pour the love of Christ into our hearts (Romans 5:5).
Trusting his work in your life – being filled with the Spirit – will make a powerful impact in all of your relationships.
As I have said, it is the key to living out God's design for your marriage, for your family, and for every relationship you have.
And God's design is grand. Concerning marriage, Paul put it on this scale in his letter to the Ephesians: "This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church" (Ephesians 5:32).
Husbands and wives who are filled with the Spirit and are eagerly submitting "one to another" reflect the very love of Christ for his church.
I want you to know and experience this key. We have put together a wonderful resource to help you enjoy strong and thriving relationships that will help you withstand the strong pressures of our culture. It is called Inside-Out: Marriage and Family, and it is my gift to you to say thank you for your generous gift to Basic Gospel this month.
Thank-you for helping marriages and families find the help they need. Your generosity is helping others learn the key – "Be filled with the Spirit."
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thankful for you, Bob
Alive in Him,
PS: As thanks for your gift this month, I want to send you a copy of Inside-Out: Marriage and Family. This 2-CD resource will reinforce the foundation of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27) and help you work out in your family what Jesus has worked into you.