Saturday, May 03, 2014
"Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?” Proverbs 31:10(NLT)
“God looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.
3 But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt.
No one does good,
not a single one!” Psalms 53:2, 3
God says we have all turned away and no one does good. Jesus tells us that we cannot do any good apart from Him (see John 15:5). It is important to remember this. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. He is the creator. Our job is to submit and allow God to make us into the one that He desires. Jesus is the one who makes us. Our part in this process is to believe in Jesus and obey.
Dear Jesus, I want to be like you. I love you but long to love you more. I want to be as close to you as you will allow me to be. I want to make you smile. I can’t do this on my own. Please help me, teach me how to be like you.
Virtuous is defined as having or showing high moral standards. Here are some questions to consider.
Do you want to be a virtuous person? If so, why?
What authority in your life dictates what is moral? Do you decide for yourself? Does society decide?
Have you chosen to make God and His word your highest authority?
Some Bible versions have a virtuous wife crossed referenced to a wife of valor, in the sense of all forms of excellence. Valor is defined as great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle. Proverbs 31 is not about an ordinary woman. No, on the contrary this is about a supernatural, extraordinary woman!
God is calling His people to live by His standards. God’s standards are set high. He also expects us to be brave (see Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:9, 1 Samuel 4:9,
1 Chronicles 28:20) There are many other verses that instruct us to be brave.
“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” 2 Chronicles 15:7 NKJV
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10 NKJV
What does being brave look like for you?
What things has God asked you to do that takes courage?
I know for me it takes courage to speak up for Jesus. Sometimes it takes courage to just get out of bed and face the day. Sometimes it takes courage for me to admit that I am wrong and have sinned. Sometimes it takes courage to do the right thing when I know that others will ridicule me for doing it.
What takes courage for me may be easy for you and vice versa. It may also be easy to do something one day, but find that we need to be brave to do it another. Whatever our fears, we can face them because Jesus lives inside of us. No one, in all of history has been more courageous than our Lord Jesus Christ. He knows what is like to face opposition, rejection, false accusations, humiliation and even death. Jesus volunteered to face those things for us. His sacrifice is what saves us. Jesus was and is brave for us. With His help, we can be brave for Him. We owe Him that and so much more.
The NLT says who can find a virtuous and capable wife? Only Jesus can make us both. The Church of Jesus Christ is made capable by Christ Himself. God has not asked us to do anything that He has not or will not give us the ability to do. (See Matthew 19:26, Philippians 4:13)We can be assured that whatever God asks of us; we are capable of doing.
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJ)
Dear Jesus, Thank you for being my God and for being with me. It brings me such great comfort to know that you are with me. I am happy that you are my God and that you want to be my God. I want you to be my God. I will trust you to uphold me and to help me to be brave and obey you. Please strengthen me and provide me with everything that I need to serve you for the rest of my days.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Jesus deserves to find His church passionately in love with Him, serving Him with all of their hearts and souls. He deserves a bride who has a pure heart. A bride clothed in His Righteousness. I challenge myself and all of God’s living Church to aspire to be such a bride.
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”. (Isaiah 61:10, 11 NIV)
What awesome news is that? The Sovereign Lord, the Lord Himself will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. What a beautiful God we have.
Please take a moment to speak to God. Ask Him to speak to your heart and teach you. Ask Him to have His way with you. While you read, think about the Bride of Christ, the Church of Jesus Christ.
Please read Proverbs 31:10-31. Are there any similarities between this wife and the Church?
Do you see any verses that remind you of God’s character?
Dear Jesus, Thank you for loving me enough to teach me the truth. Thank you for showing me how to live. Please help me so submit to you and allow you to have your way with me. As I work through this study show me what it means to be your forever wife. I want to be ready when you come for me, so I give you permission to start remaking me now. In Jesus name, Amen.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
(1John 5:14,15 NIV)
Thursday, May 01, 2014
2Peter 3:10-13 “10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”
Ok, what does this have to do with Proverbs 31 or God’s perfect wife? I believe Proverbs 31 describes the kind of person we ought to be. Understanding that this earth and everything in it will be destroyed or laid bare, open for all to see, motivates me to live for what will last or what really matters. These verses cause me to do some soul searching and ask some very important questions.
Do you really believe what the Bible says?
Does knowing that Jesus could come again at any time help you or encourage you to live for God? If so, how does it encourage you? If not, how do you feel about this?
What are the temporary things in this life? What does the Bible say will happen to these things?
In light of what the Bible says, what kind of person do you want to be?
What does it mean to live a holy and godly life?
Is the Bible suggesting that we can cause the 2nd coming of Christ to come sooner, rather than latter?
Only God knows when Jesus will come again. I do know that when He comes I want to be found faithfully serving Him. I want to be passionately in love with my Savior and Lord. I suspect that if you have read this far that this is your desire as well.
Dear Lord, it is our desire to be the people you have called us to be. We want to bring you glory. Please continue to work in our hearts and our minds and transform us into the Church, the body, the bride, you have called us to be. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I hope this study into Proverbs will be different than any other study you have done. This study is the results of my prayers for God to teach me and show me what kind of person He created me to be. I believe that I am fulfilled and happiest when I am who my creator made me to be. I trust God; He knows me better than I know myself. This trust came slow to me and it came because of the great love, forgiveness, patience and faithfulness of Jesus Christ. When I first met Jesus I was afraid to really look at who I was. You see I believed the lies and I was afraid that if I looked at who I really was, it would be horrible. That is not the truth for me or for you. It is true that we have sinned and that we do things that hurt God, but we are not sin. We are God’s. So when God had loved me enough to help me be brave I asked Him to show me who He created me to be and this is part of His answer to me.
I wasn’t exactly pleased when God asked me to write a study on Proverbs 31. Really God? I mean, really? I hate that woman in Proverbs 31. I could never be that woman, she’s perfect. To be honest I had resented God for setting such a high standard for a wife. When I confessed this to God I heard Him quietly respond, “This is the woman I want to make you. I want you to be this kind of wife for your forever husband, Jesus. Yes, you are the bride of Christ. This is a perfect wife and she has a perfect husband. I am God and I can transform you into this woman. This is who I created you to be.” Boy, does God know how to melt my heart. He is offering to help me to become who I long to be. You see I desire to be with Jesus. My desire is to please Him and live for Him. I would be a fool to turn down God’s offer. I felt convicted and knew I must do what God had set before me. If you are like me there is a longing deep in your heart to be who God created you to be. I invite you to come along with me. I believe you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was at all the wonderful things God showed me.
“I will make you my wife forever,
Showing you righteousness and justice,
Unfailing love and compassion.
I will be faithful to you and make you mine,
And you will finally know me as the LORD.” Hosea 2:19, 20 (TLT)
Prayer, Oh God, thank you for your unfailing love and compassion. Thank you for being faithful to us, even when we turn our backs to you. It is my desire to be the woman (man) that you have created me to be. Please teach me who she (he) is and help me to trust you enough to mold me into her (him). In Jesus name I pray, Amen
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I lack motivation or something. I do really good starting and my will power and drive only lasted 2 weeks and I'm already losing ground. In this case, should I say gaining weight. I had a really busy week last week. Gave into temptation a few days. Did not feel well. Did not exercise for 2 days because I was sick. The results? weight gain......I gained 1 1/2 pounds.
So I am disgusted and left wondering what is wrong with me? How do I stay on track? I'm sorry. I guess I'm just whining and I know that does not do anyone any good, including myself. I can not be the only with this problem though. Sometimes it just helps to know that others have struggled with the same thing. I hate the struggle. I wish it was easy, but it's not, so I have to keep pushing forward from where I am at now.
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