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4 Temptations Single People Deal With

3.  Going Too Fast. 

“When you know, you just know,” said a celebrity who was en route to their fourth marriage. She looked so sincere and believable when she said this. It’s what we all want to believe. But obviously her track record raises some questions about what she “knows and doesn’t know.”

Anyone can fool anyone for a short period of time! You need to date someone “until the new wears off”! If two people are in a hurry to get married, then it often involves trying to hide something from the other person…or maybe just because they want to have “God-endorsed sex”!

The best decision you can make is to date for at least one year before deciding to get married and probably two years total before the wedding.

“Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with a slow Internet so you can see who they really are.” Will Ferrell

4.  Asking for Advice From the Wrong People!

Why in the world would you ask a single person for marriage advice? Why would you ask someone who has been through relationship disaster after disaster how to have a relationship?

When you want marriage or dating advice, go to people who are actually married, happy, and have been for 10 years or more! Don’t rely on the advice from people because they read a book or because they know some Bible verses. If you want to know how to have a successful relationship, ask people who have one. Books are still good though, if you’re the one reading them. My friends Dr. Jim Burns and Doug Fields have written a great book, Getting Ready for Marriage, that is one of the best books to read in preparation for marriage.

What other temptations for single Christians are there? What have you personally gone through that has felt like a distraction? How can I be praying for you?

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Philip Wagner is Lead Pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles and founder of Generositywater.org. Oasis is an innovative and racially diverse church, largely comprised of people in their 20’s & 30’s. Oasis is known for its local and global outreach to the impoverished; especially orphans and widows, and funding clean water projects. Philip and his wife, Holly, started Oasis in 1984, in Beverly Hills with10 people. Today they’ve grown to 3000+ members.