October 15, 2023
Moving to Deeper Levels
Mark 10:6-9 NIV
"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."
Moving to deeper levels of intimacy in your marriage means that you move to greater levels of intentionality.
Song of Songs 6:13 NIV
Come back, come back, O Shulammite; come back, come back, that we may gaze on you! Why would you gaze on the Shulammite as on the dance of Mahanaim?
Moving to deeper levels of intimacy in your marriage means saying "no" to important things and important people.
Song of Songs 7:1-9 NIV
How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince's daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of an artist's hands. Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies. Your breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle. Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus. Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses. How beautiful you are and how pleasing, my love, with your delights! Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit. I said, "I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit." May your breasts be like clusters of grapes on the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, and your mouth like the best wine. May the wine go straight to my beloved, flowing gently over lips and teeth.
Proverbs 18:22a NLT
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure.
Song of Songs 7:10-13 NIV
I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me. Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom— there I will give you my love. The mandrakes send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my beloved.
Moving to deeper levels of intimacy in your marriage means that you get away for each other, not from each other.
Moving to deeper levels of intimacy in your marriage means praying together.
Song of Songs 7:13 NIV
…and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my beloved.
Ordinary becomes intimacy over time.
Romans 5:8 NIV
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.