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September 19, 2018, 4:47 PM

Why can't I manage to be a proverbs 31 Woman



After reading and re-reading Proverbs chapter 31 and having it drilled into us from puberty that this is how we, as ideal women, should conduct ourselves and anything less would instantly disqualify us a Godly woman. So, why can’t I manage to be a Proverbs 31 Woman?

Even in this day and time with the many advances in Biblical Studies and the updated tools available to research and interpret the scriptures, one can still find the phrase being thrown around on the internet, in sermons, Christian conference lectures and social media by those who for some reason, be it self-gratification or mis-information or otherwise unlearned individuals mainly focused toward young mostly single Christian ladies instructing them on how to be virtuous.

It is not hard to find the phrase “I am striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman.” Or looking for a “Proverbs 31 woman,” posted on many different websites and social sites. These statements would be great if it were possible to find such a creature.

Due to my love for and study of God’s Word, as well as being a teacher of the Bible, I intensely study and actively try to do what it says. But in order to effectively teach the Bible, I must first KNOW what the Bible says, and I must be able to correctly interpret the word of God. (2 Timothy 2:15),

Now for those who may not be familiar with this scripture the hypothetical woman portrayed in Proverbs 31 is a Super Woman she is skilled in a large gamut of areas, no in actuality, she is skilled in everything. To summarize; she raises early, she possesses great strength, she goes out and purchases property and plants fields, wears eloquent clothing, takes care of her children, tends to the needs of the poor, maintains the perfect household making sure it is well lighted, heated and cooled, plus takes care of all her husband’s needs and desires. In other words, she is an example of womanhood described in the old Song "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan… cause I’m a woman.”

It sounds like this woman really has everything all together.

So, is every woman supposed to try and adhere to this mold or model of womanhood? But how could that be possible considering every woman is different? What if she doesn’t know or even have a desire to learn how to sew, cook, plant gardens and can or preserve her own produce? What if she must work and leave her children at daycare? What if she gets home from work after her husband and doesn’t have dinner on the table by six in the evening? What if she never even gets married? Does that mean she’s living below her God-given potential as a female? Does that mean she’s not virtuous?

If reading that Chapter and listening to others tell you how you should be, has you confused and maybe even a little discouraged because you cannot seem to live up to the standard, here are some things that may help you out:

Guess What? The Proverbs 31 woman is "NOT a REAL WOMAN"

Biblical scholars have surmised that the Proverbs 31 woman is not one woman, but rather a conglomeration of admirable attributes of several different women. Or, that in actuality she’s not a woman at all, but rather the epitome of wisdom. Throughout the book of Proverbs, wisdom is the focal point and is consistently referred to as “she.” So, it is only reasonable that in the final chapter, the parallel of a woman is used to depict a perceptible example of wisdom in action.

This Chapter of Proverbs is “TARGETING MEN”, not women.

Now let’s notice, there is only one instruction in the chapter and that instruction is given to men in the last verse, “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” In Jewish culture, men memorize this chapter as a song of praise to the women in their lives. But in Western culture, it is instead often prescribed to women as a task list to fulfill. A list for women to follow in order to better serve a man.

"JESUS" is the ONLY one we should be patterning our lives after”.

Before we get too caught up in the idea of how a woman should act let’s think about Ruth remember her she was a pagan worshipper or Rahab who was a prostitute (and a grandmother of the author of Proverbs). Then there also was Deborah the judge over the nation of Israel and Esther the queen who saved the nation of Israel. In Scripture we find all different kinds of women being portrayed, women in which all of us in some areas can identify with. But regardless how different they may have been they do have several things in common first, they all operated in wisdom, and second, they did as God instructed them to do, all without changing their statuses or who they were. Whether you’re male or female, you can use Proverbs 31 as a plum line to not be the exact person, but the type of person you should strive to be—someone who takes wisdom and uses it. Both men as well as women can learn from this chapter., After all Proverbs 31 is directed towards Solomon’s son. So, if in the past Proverbs 31 has been held up to you a standard of womanhood and you felt it was no way you would ever be able to live up to such a standard, you can now relax. And instead of trying to be a perfect woman you can now embrace and pray for wisdom to live the life God has given you. Remember, Jesus loves you. God made you just the way you are—and no matter what that looks like, it’s enough. And the good news of all of this is that, wisdom works for everyone.

 




September 18, 2018, 6:09 PM

Women God’s Weapons It’s time to “Re-Knew” your Identity



It has been pretty much believed throughout the ancient world into the first centuries of the present time, that women were just an afterthought of God. The believe also was that woman were only created to answer to the man’s bidding to take care of his home bare his children and take care of his needs.

For many years the consensus was that women were the inferior species of creation, that they had little or no importance in the major scheme of things.

When the fall of mankind occurred, it was just common knowledge that it was all the woman’s fault! This resulted in women being placed in a lower class, a subservient role or better yet, “into their proper place” of inferiority.

Let’s take a quick panoramic view back to ancient Israel to see how women were viewed during the time before Christ. The Jews had a very dim view of women. Jewish women were denied the very necessities of life, the things that we today take for granted. They were not allowed to receive an education. Their only training was in how to raise children keep house and serve their husbands.

Women were for the most part excluded from worshiping God. In the temple of Herod, there were special courts or divisions. On the very outside was what was called the court of the Gentiles. The Gentiles could go into the outer court, but they were limited to that area alone.

Five steps above the Gentiles court was the court of women. The women were limited to this area only. Now notice that women were only a few steps above the Gentiles, those whom the Jews held in contempt. But, fifteen steps above the women was the Jewish men’s court. Men were elevated three times higher than women and four times higher than Gentiles. Jewish men were the only ones who could be in the actual synagogue. Thus, men were given far more privileges to worship God than were women. As a matter of fact, the prospect of a woman asking serious Torah questions, was so heinous that Rabbi Eliezer (one of the most prominent Sages of the 1st and 2nd centuries in Judea), declared that he’d rather see the Torah burned than taught to women.

  1. those days, a woman didn’t even have a voice in her own marriage. Her father decided whom she would marry, he decided when she would marry, and why she would marry. It didn’t matter if the woman liked, loved or despised the man if her father arranged the marriage there was nothing she could do about it. It didn’t matter if the intended bride groom was as old as the woman’s father she was obligated to marry him anyway. The marriage itself was usually an agreement that would benefit the two families involved. A woman couldn’t divorce her husband under any circumstance. If the husband was abusive or cruel it was nothing she could do about it, that was considered his right. She had no recourse to take except stay there and take it. Now the man on the other hand, could divorce his wife for something as minor as burning the bread. No matter how small the offense, if the husband put away the wife in divorce she then became a scorned woman.

It was the custom of the ancient Jews that Jewish women were not to be seen in public very often. Consequently, most women stayed out of the streets except to get needed supplies and staples for their home. There were even set times of day that women were allowed to do their shopping and get water for their household. Young men were instructed not to talk to women in public. This was such a strict rule that it became a shame for a man to talk to a woman in public.

Women were viewed as inferior to men. They were looked upon as property not unlike cattle, servants or other possessions. Jewish males prayed a daily prayer of thanksgiving. This prayer shows how poorly the Jews looked upon women. It goes like this:

Praise be to God. He has not created me a Gentile.

Praise be to God. He has not created me a woman.

Praise be to God. He has not created me an ignorant man.

This for all accounts were men’s view of women in first-century Israel. It was not much better in other cultures. In fact, since the Fall of mankind, women have been regarded as second-class citizens—inferior to men.

But is this truly how God intended for women to be treated? Were Women just an afterthought in God’s mind? Did God create women to be servants to or slaves for men?

Or are “WOMEN GOD’S WEAPONS!”

After God created the Heavens and the Earth, it was imperative that he set his own image upon the earth. To accomplish this, it was necessary that He created a being like himself a being in His image and likeness. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Gen. 2:7 KJV)

It is nearing the end of the sixth day, coming to the close of the Creator's great labor, when the image of God, Adam, the master’s triumphant work steps forth, the one who alone at this point is pronounced the son of God.

The Almighty’s masterpiece seems complete. And everything The Creator made he stated it was good. There was only one thing about His creation that he deemed not good…

After creating the heavens and the earth and all that there was in it, there seems that something is missing something is not quite right. Something is lacking there was a missing element, so all wasn’t good.

 

And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (emphasis added)

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18-20)

You notice that after the Lord made the statement that is not good that man be alone he did not instantly make women instead he first formed all the animals and brought them to Adam.

Even with all the animals and the beautiful Garden the picture wasn’t complete. All the animals had mates something to which they were equal. God had created everything in the first 5 days of creation. Then on the sixth day He made man from the dust of the ground, but God knew that it was not good that man should be alone we then see that God made the birds and cattle upon the earth and Adam was to have dominion over all these creatures who like Adam, had been formed from the ground. God took each one to Adam to be named. But there was none found that could be a help mate to him.

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Gen. 2:21-22 KJV)

This final act then becomes the crescendo, the final astonishing work of God. She is the cherry on the Sundae the icing on the cake, Woman. In one last flourish, then creation comes to a finish not with Adam, but with Eve. She is the Master’s finishing touch. Eve is ... breathtaking.

Given the way creation unfolds, how it builds to ever higher and higher works of art, can there be any doubt that Eve is the crown of creation? Not an afterthought. Not a nice addition like an ornament on a tree. She is God's final touch, his pièce de résistance (the most important part). She fills a place in the world nothing and no one else can fill.

Adam had to have someone that was equal to him someone to stand by him to communicate with him and to understand him. The animals couldn’t do that plus he had dominion over the animals and you cannot be equal to that which you dominate and control.

Eve is the glory God gave to Adam as a gift. She became the Glory of Man (1 Corinthians 11:7) God gave his Crowning work to be the glory of man. Woman is the Favor That God gives to man. (proverbs 18:22) Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Keeping in mind that Woman was the crowning glory, the crescendo of God’s creation then one can see now why Satan came along and tempted and deceived the woman. It is Satan’s goal to discredit man and dishonor God and what better way than to cause the last, ultimate masterpiece of God to fall?

So, he comes to the woman with a question “Did God Truly Say...?” Satan understanding that God had told Adam and not Eve about the tree he was pretty sure she would give him an opening to deceive and tempt her.

But God in his infinite wisdom already knew this was going to happen and he had already prepared for this very incident.

This is the point where war was waged against Satan and the weapon God was going to use was WOMAN! The very thing that Satan had tried to make fall and thus destroy is the very thing God uses to destroy him.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15).

What this says is that Satan and the woman will hate each other; His descendants and hers will always be enemies. Could this be the reason that Satan tries so hard to defeat women, tries to make women feel inferior and worthless? The reason he wants to keep women subservient and dejected? Because he understands that “Women are God’s Weapon!” That in actuality Woman is God’s true crowning glory?

 

We could go on and on but hopefully we have a better understanding that Women are God’s Weapons.

Women are not an afterthought of God or just objects to be used to satisfy a man. Nor are they just objects of lust and sexual fantasies for society to exploit. No, women are the end time weapon that will be used to defeat the enemy. Throughout scripture we have learned that it was through women that God worked to bring about some of His greatest accomplishments so what makes us believe that He has changed his mind about women now?

But, when we see faithful, devoted and dedicated women of God arising, get ready for the battle to take place.

 




September 18, 2018, 6:04 PM

What is spiritual warfare



For those of you who are old enough to remember, in the 1970 the comedian Flip Wilson had a TV comedy show and one of his favorite skits involved his alter ego Geraldine Jones who often declared that "the devil made her do it." This became a very popular saying during the '70's and 80's. Whenever someone did or said something that was not acceptable they would explain the action with "The devil made me do it."

So is it possible for the devil to make things happen in our lives? Or is this just a nice little saying or thought to stop one from feeling guilty about something they have said? Or is it a way of passing the blame to someone or something else when they have acted inappropriate?

There has long been an interest in the things of the spiritual. Many ancient civilizations went to great lengths to protect them selves from the influence of evil spirits. Many traditional observances have been borne out of these rituals and acts. But does these evil being truly exist as so many people believe? And are these beings capable of influencing our lives? Ancient Indian tribes had many different evil spirits that they believed could hinder an influence people places and things.

In order for one to believe that there are evil spirits they must first believe that there are demons. Many references are made into day’s society about people dealing with their personal demons. Can a person have a Personal Demon?

Before we draw a conclusion to that question let’s first find out what is a Demon?

Demons are evil spirits that belong to a satanic kingdom ruled by Satan and operating on earth and in heavenly places. The Greek word for Demon is “Diamonion” as is defined (Strong’s Concordance #1140) as:

the divine power, deity, divinity a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men evil spirits are the messengers and ministers of the devil.
There are many places in the Bible that gives us a look into the world of the Demonic and their activities. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that ‘we wrestle not against flesh and blood (humans) but rather against rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.’

From the reference above we see that there is a battle being raged and it is not with humans. In yet another Bible reference, Luke Chapter 17:15-18. We read a storywere a man came to Jesus because his son whom he called a lunatic needed healing. Jesus rebuked the devil and he departed and the child was healed from that moment. In the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel chapter 16 we read were an evil spirit troubled the king of Israel Saul.

Consider the above references and then decide is there a spiritual warfare? Can evil spirits influence the lives and actions of people? If so what do we need to do to make sure we are victorious in this battle.

 




July 23, 2018, 5:46 PM

And there will be signs


With all that is happening in this world, with the creation groaning (Romans 8:22) and the signs being shown in the sun the moon and the stars, with the seas and the waves roaring, fires burning out of control and people dying, you would think that people would be getting over their own little idiosyncrasies and look to the hills from which cometh their strength.
In the book of Luke, a message that was sent to the people over 1,957 years ago which emphasized these very issues. Luke 21:25-28.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
It is time to stop worrying about all the un-necessary evils sent by the enemy for it is time to look up. People are being used by the enemy and have no idea they are being used to divide and conquer. They are falling right into the trap he has set. Some of them are being used as bait where others are going after that bait but at the end of the day the enemy has succeeded in dividing a portion of God’s kingdom and conquering the frail nature of man’s flesh.

 

Now, I normally do not respond to various discussions but I felt lead to say a few words here. Because of the controversy about the NFL. Although I do not watch Football nor do I know who the major teams, players, owners and coaches are I would like to say this. At one point in my life I smoked cigarettes so I was not in a position to tell my child or others for that matter that they better not smoke when I myself had a cigarette in my mouth!! But now we have a president who is condemning people who are exercising an American right, a right that was given by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and that is the right to peaceful protest. A president who is relating those who are protesting as having a lack of patriotism when he himself is a draft dodger. He avoided the draft five times (one time for having bad feet). Plus while being interviewed on a popular talk show, laughingly compared the Vietnam War to a STD, something to avoid. Not only did he dodge the draft he has openly disrespected those who actually served some who are in their own right heroes . This my friend shows a true hypocritical personality. Sadly, this is the behavior that a large number of the Conservative Religious community defends. This is the very thing that Jesus himself condemned. As you read the scriptures one will learn that Christ did not come condemning the sinner John 3:17, John 12:47 but rather those who professed to be the religious leaders of the day. It might be worth considering the words of Jesus in Matthew 23: 27-28, and Matthew 7: 21-23.

This is something that all the religious zealots out there should already know, but just to refresh you memories kneeling, or bowing, is associated with reverence, and respect, the kneeling position renders a person defenseless and unable to flee. kneeling is used as a position for prayer, as a position of submission to God. So, is it alright to stand and give reference to the flag and not appropriate to kneel and give submission unto God?

So now about the NFL kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem, NFL players only began coming to the field for the National Anthem in 2009 after the Government paid them to stage patriotic displays to boost military recruitment. Between 2011 and 2015 the Department of Defense and the National Guard paid a combined 12.3 million to stage this display. Now the question is raised is it patriotism or business that is being disrespected???




October 26, 2017, 5:21 PM

What is spiritual warfare


For those of you who are old enough to remember, in the 1970 the comedian Flip Wilson had a TV comedy show and one of his favorite skits involved his alter ego Geraldine Jones who often declared that "the devil made her do it." This became a very popular saying during the '70's and 80's. Whenever someone did or said something that was not acceptable they would explain the action with "The devil made me do it."

So is it possible for the devil to make things happen in our lives? Or is this just a nice little saying or thought to stop one from feeling guilty about something they have said? Or is it a way of passing the blame to someone or something else when they have acted inappropriate?

There has long been an interest in the things of the spiritual. Many ancient civilizations went to great lengths to protect them selves from the influence of evil spirits. Many traditional observances have been borne out of these rituals and acts. But does these evil being truly exist as so many people believe? And are these beings capable of influencing our lives? Ancient Indian tribes had many different evil spirits that they believed could hinder an influence people places and things.

In order for one to believe that there are evil spirits they must first believe that there are demons. Many references are made into day’s society about people dealing with their personal demons. Can a person have a Personal Demon?

Before we draw a conclusion to that question let’s first find out what is a Demon?

Demons are evil spirits that belong to a satanic kingdom ruled by Satan and operating on earth and in heavenly places. The Greek word for Demon is Diamonion as is defined (Strong’s Concordance #1140) as:

  • the divine power, deity, divinity
  • a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men
  • evil spirits are the messengers and ministers of the devil

There are many places in the Bible that gives us a look into the world of the Demonic and their activities. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that ‘we wrestle not against flesh and blood (humans) but rather against rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.’

From the reference above we see that there is a battle being raged and it is not with humans. In yet another Bible reference, Luke Chapter 17:15-18. We read a storywere a man came to Jesus because his son whom he called a lunatic needed healing. Jesus rebuked the devil and he departed and the child was healed from that moment. In the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel chapter 16 we read were an evil spirit troubled the king of Israel Saul.

Consider the above references and then decide is there a spiritual warfare? Can evil spirits influence the lives and actions of people? If so what do we need to do to make sure we are victorious in this battle.


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