Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What is God's Plan For Me as a Wife? (Part 2)

So when the woman say that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Genesis 3:6

Is my life setting a godly example to my husband, children, and friends?

By my words or example, do I ever encourage others to act in a way that is contrary to the Word of God?

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Ephesians 5:24

Do I respond to my husband's leadership in the same way that the church is to respond to Christ as its head?

Am I submissive to my husband in my actions, as well as in my attitude?

Does my response to my husband demonstrate to the world the beauty and blessings of submissions to Christ?

Biblical Portrait of Womanhood
Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why Was I Created As A Woman, Part 3

For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.  I Corinthians 11:7

In the way I talk to and about men, do I show their God-created worth and value?

Am I a responder (rather than an initiator) in my relationship with men?

Do I make it easy for men to fulfill their God-given calling to lead in the home, the church, and society?

Do I respond to men in ways that communicate appropriate respect and affirmation of their manhood?

Do I seek to protect and preserve God-created distinctions between men and woman in the way I conduct myself, in my dress, and in my various roles as a woman?

Biblical Portrait of Womanhood,
Nancy Leigh DeMoss

What is God's Plan For Me as a Wife?

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
Pr. 31:11

Can my husband trust me to walk with God on a consistent basis and to respond to life's circumstances with praise, gratitude, and faith?

Can my husband trust me to be loyal and morally faithful to him?

Am I completely trustworthy in every area of my life--in my relationships with other men?  in my spending habits?  in the way I talk about my husband to others?

She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
Pr. 31:12

Am I committed to support my husband in every way possible and to always act in his best interests?

Does my husband know beyond the shadow of a doubt that I am committed to him for life, no matter what?

Am I committed unconditionally to bless and serve my husband?

Biblical Portrait of Womanhood
Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Monday, August 29, 2011

How Does a Woman of God Conduct Herself?

And now, may daughter, do not fear.  I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.
Ruth 3:11

Do I have a reputation for being a woman of moral virtue and godly character?

Do I keep myself pure from all influences that could defile my heart, thoughts, or actions?

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26

Do I bless my family, friends, and acquaintances by speaking words that are kind and wise?

Do I study and meditate on the Word of God so that I can know how to speak wise words?

Am I able to point people to specific Scriptures that apply to their lives and need?

With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Proverbs 25:15

Am I willing to wait quietly for God to change the heart of an authority that I feel is wrong, rather than pushing, manipulating, or nagging?

Do I seek to influence others by means of gentle words, rather that controlling or intimidating them with harsh words?

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.
1 Timothy 2:11

Do I have a teachable spirit?

Do I receive instruction with a meek, obedient spirit?

It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
Proverbs 21:19

Does my spirit make it easy for those I live or work with to be around me?

Do I frustrate others or make them want to stay away from me because of an argumentative or angry spirit?

Biblical Portrait of Womanhood,
Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Friday, August 26, 2011

How to Walk with God

To walk with God is to walk in the light of God’s countenance; to live as people who remember that all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we walk, that the darkness is no darkness with Him, and remembering this, to aim at never thinking or saying or doing anything we should be ashamed of in the presence of the great Searcher of hearts. To walk with God is to walk after the Spirit–to look to the Holy Spirit as our Teacher, to lean on Him for strength, to put no confidence in the flesh, to set our affections on things above, to wean them from things on earth, and to be spiritually-minded.
~ J.C. Ryle

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Can We Really Trust Our Feelings?

My feelings are not God.  God is God.  My feelings do not define truth.  God's word defines truth.  My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives.  And sometimes - many times - my feelings are out of sync with the truth.  When that happens - and it happens every day in some measure - I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God:  Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.

John Piper (Finally Alive)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Five Reasons to Memorize Scripture

Earlier this year at Passion in Fort Worth, TX, Pastor John spoke to a group of young leaders about the value of Scripture memorization. He gives five reasons why it matters:
  1. Conformity to Christ
  2. Comfort for yourself and others
  3. Conflict with sin
  4. Communicating the gospel
  5. Communion with God
Stream or download the message.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Godly Character

Godly character should always be the focus for every Christian and even more so for the Christian family.

Character is what a man is in the dark 
--D.L. Moody

A man should be like tea;
his real strength appearing when he gets in hot water.  

If I take care of my character,
my reputation will take care of me.  
--D.L. Moody

He is rich or poor according to what he is,
not according to what he has.  
--Henry Ward Beecher

We choose what attitudes we have right now.
And it's a continuing choice.
--John C. Maxwell

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother
in the molding of character in her children. 
--Billy Graham

Character is always lost when a high ideal
is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
--Charles Spurgeon

A good character is the best tombstone.
Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered.
Carve your name on hearts... not on marble 
--Charles Spurgeon

Here are some characteristics of a godly woman--check off the ones that describe you:

  • Gracious
  • Virtuous
  • Sober
  • Chaste
  • Prudent
  • Discreet
  • Peaceable
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Faithful
  • Joyful
  • Good
  • Merciful
  • Pleasant
  • Ready
  • Honorable
  • Benevolent
  • Keeper at Home
  • In Subjection
  • Quiet Spirit
  • Modest
  • Obedient
  • Loves husband and children
  • Teaching the younger women
Now before you get discouraged, understand this--

I know that we fail in different areas on this list from day to day (a very real reason for our need for Christ) but we should NOT look at this list as a reminder of our failures but instead with HOPE, OPTIMISM and ANTICIPATION of what we have to look forward to. He will help us to become these things. We cannot do all of this in our own strength. It is only because of Him that this can take place and we must remember that God has not finished his work in us yet!

Be encouraged ladies, as you look and pray over these characteristics.  Be sure to thank Him for the work He is about to do in your life as He helps you daily to become more like the godly woman described above.