Monday, February 20, 2012

Pillars Of Biblical Femininity
Sermon notes from our sweet Ella

In Hindu countries, women are images of liability, in Muslim culture women are used, in china women are viewed as less than men and are killed at birth. In Christianity, women are placed in position of high honor. They bore the one who crushed sin. You are made beautifully in God’s image.

You are a woman, not a man. There is a big difference between masculinity and femininity. We see more and more today of women stepping up and taking leadership in the family, in the churches, and in combat. All this leads to the making of weak men. How could a woman best help? By standing up and taking the man’s place, or by encouraging their husbands, building them up, and teaching their Children to follow after Christ?

Just as Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, so should we be continually learning from Jesus, studying his word, and growing into the beautiful young women God has intended us to be. We should have a hunger for Christ. The fruits of the spirit should be vivid in a biblical woman. There should be true evidence of a life changed by Christ. You should live as a disciple of the King.

True beauty starts on the inside and works its way out. If you will let Jesus shine though you, He will make you more beautiful than any earthly image. This does not mean that we should make ourselves frumpy or totally discard any every bit of care for outward appearances. However, we should spend most of our time with our hearts—leaning for follow Christ. Matthew 23:26b heeds us to “First clean the inside of the cup and the plate that the outside also may be clean.” (ESV) Your beauty should not come from your outward appearance instead, “let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” (1 peter 3:4 ESV) One day when you become old and your skin is wrinkled, and your hair turns a whispy gray the world will tell you that your youthful beauty has perished forever. God says that you are always beautiful in your heart if you follow Him.

God has made you as a helpmeet, a servant to others. Man was lonely—incomplete when God created him. They had God with them, but as far as other human beings they needed something that only a woman could provide. Young women in our day shouldn’t be taught that by submitting to their husband or father they are being used. Instead, they should be taught to see the beauty of two people working together for the glory of God.

A young lady should be a keeper at home. (Titus 2:5) The word of God above all things is not to be blasphemed. When people throw off God-given roles then God is blasphemed. Without women, the home is venerable. Do not think that women are not allowed to work outside the home, they can indeed take an outside job unless that outside job causes her attention to draw away from her responsibilities as a wife and mother. Don’t think that staying home is something less than your potential, Working at home is a full-time job.

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Deuteronomy 6:7 Impress them upon your children talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road when you lie down and when you wake up.

Isaiah 4:6 it will be a shelter and shade from the heat of day, and a refuge of hiding place form the storm and rain.
You are to raise your children to the glory of God. You have been honored and appointed to raise your children as sons and daughters of the King.

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