Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wife you are not a dog at your husbands feet!



 
Society has had many changes since the time of Christ, knowledge has increased, technology has taken the place of human labor, the common labors of women have been cut short, but somehow we still find ourselves too busy!?
  

 Some things haven't changed; although people have tried to change them, & have brought much confusion into our modern world. God created man in His own image & gave him dominion over all the creatures of the earth (Genesis 1:26) When Adam & Eve sinned in the Garden there was a consequence, "Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." (Genesis 3:16) These days women can simply receive a shot when giving birth to numb the pain God intended them to feel. Many things in this modern society are designed to numb pain. But it seems to me like an abnormal amount of people are suffering regardless of all the inventions to eliminate suffering. In my life I have found much grace through the things I have suffered ( Grace defined as = "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;" Titus 2:11-12) Pain has helped me to reverence/fear God & forsake the things in my life that grieve Him. Many people try so hard to escape pain, not realizing that they may also be hindering the Amazing Grace God would have given them through that pain. As a woman when she brings forth a child; when the woman chooses to endure the pain, the greater the love/bond it can bring between her & her child.
  Not only did God appoint women to bring forth a child in sorrow... "A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world." (Jn.16:21) At the end of that pain Joy awaits. God is a God of mercy, but He does not promise a life on earth without pain & sorrow. Yet, through our submission & surrender to Him & His plan for our lives at the end of this earthly life we have the hope of Joy eternal ("Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy." Jn.16:20) So, the second thing God ordained for women = "thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." This is another establishment of God our modern society has rebelled against to their own hurt.
  If you study the history of modern society in America I believe you will see that society as a whole began taking a gradual fall as women pressed their will to be liberated from the rule of man. Here's some examples:
“In 1975, 47% of mothers with children under 18 participated in the U.S. labor force.
 By 2007, 32years later, that proportion had risen to 71%” (Galinsky, Aumann, & Bond, 2008, p. 4).
And as I'm sure you have heard by 1980 1 out of every 2 marriages ended in divorce. Women left their place as a keeper of the home... ("That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:4-5)  
They left the place God ordained for them which has resulted in a society full of a domino effect of problems: Divorce...depression in children & adults...children being labeled with new psychological/behavioral problems...increase in violent behaviors among children...etc.
Many young women of today lack the example of a wife who stays in the place God ordained for her. They are being taught to "Seek their own" & to be "self-empowered". These teachings are anti-Christ. The very definition of love in 1Cor.13 clearly states,
 "Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;"
There is little to no reality that God ordained the man to rule over the woman. Those who lack the understanding of God's goodness have seen this ordination of God as an evil thing; calling His good evil. When in reality it is evil, & results in terrible consequences when people rebel against God & refuse to submit to this order. God did not ordain man to rule over women in an ungodly & abusive way. He wants them to rule their house well. He wants men to teach his family His commandments. God wants..."the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband." (1Cor.7:3)
 "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,"
Eph. 5:23-26
The husband should have this power over his wife that he may wash her with the Word of God & present her blameless to God. Man is going to be held responsible for his wife. This is a burden that man must bear. The woman ordained to be the helpmeet of man must then subject herself to her husband in all things that he can have Joy over a wife that trusts her life into the hands of God by submitting to her husband. This is where faith comes in. I believe this is where peace/ prosperity comes into the home. A woman that trusts God enough to believe that if she submits to her husband (even in things she doesn't have confidence in or understand) God will bless her latter end. It is the same concept of enduring pain & suffering; (for the Love of God) He will reward those who through obedience to Him endure.
 

These days the hearts of women are defiled with a concept that their opinions & desires should have power over a man’s. That is not to say that women are without good desires or opinions; or that a man should care-less to hear them. It rather means that a woman should not demand or expect of her husband his preference for her will or opinion over his. He will be the one held responsible for their lives; He will have to answer to God for the choices made in their lives ( that is not to say she will not have her own judgment to bear). We need women to bring back the example of Sarah, "Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised." Heb.11:11 She trusted in God & subjected herself to the pain of travail & that in her old age! Not only was she subject to the 1 st ordination of God upon women but also to the second, "Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement." 1Pt.3:6 She called her husband lord! Was it only because he was a good husband? Was it only because he treated her like a queen, submitted to her opinions? Or was it simply because "For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord:" I "Googled" a definition for lord & it said, "someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler."

Definition of lord from The Merriam-Webster : 

  one having power and authority over others:

a :  a ruler by hereditary right or preeminence to whom service and obedience are due b :  one of whom a fee or estate is held in feudal tenure c :  an owner of land or other real property d obsolete :  the male head of a household e :  husband f :  one that has achieved mastery or that exercises leadership or great power in some area 
  Satan would have women entertaining modern ideas that to fulfill the Biblical role of a wife is nothing more than being as a dog at your husband's feet. But a meek & honest heart will discern from the Scriptures that God is not requiring woman to do anything different than He is requiring man to do for Him. Man & woman must submit to Christ. A man in submission to his LORD does not make him a dog nor does a woman submitting to her LORD & her lord. We are all taught to be as Christ "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.   Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:"
Php 2:3-5 This is not the mind of a dog. The mind of Christ is servitude, & self-denial. The mind of a dog is eat, sleep, & mate. A dogs character is closer to that of the modern woman rather than the Holy Women Of Old, who in meekness & humility submitted themselves to their husband as lord.
 

When women marry the lordship of their father's then becomes their husband's. We become their helpmeet. The commandments of God are not grievous. I believe that there is much power & grace in a woman who fears the LORD & let's her husband be her lord. I believe that a woman who is obedient & meekly obeys her husband, will bring about a godly change in her husband, (if there needs to be one) & be the example of strength & power her children need more than any "super-woman/man" action figure!
 O that women would rise up to redeem the daughters of Sara rather than "seek their own". O, that we could renew the hearts & minds of daughters to labor in love for God & their husbands & fear not to submit to them in all things! What peace would come into the homes & then generate into society!



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Need for Discretion



Dear sisters,
An orangutan seeking coverage under a pink veil. He was not interested in having an audience.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Please take seriously the need for discretion it is LACKING among women professing Christ. Women that follow Christ are taught by the Apostle to be discreet (Tit 2:5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.)
Facebook is an obvious snare to many women professing godliness. Somehow it becomes an outlet for them to display themselves freely & forsake discretion.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THROUGH the many quotes I have put together in this article; I think some of you may be helped by them:
(From the late 1600/early 1700's) Here is a man's comments on Proverb 11:22 "As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion."
"It is lamented that beauty should be so abused as it is by those that have not modesty with it. It seems ill-bestowed upon them; it is quite misplaced, as a jewel in a swine's snout, with which he roots in the dunghill. If beauty be not guarded by virtue, the (lack of) virtue is exposed by the beauty. It may be applied to all other bodily endowments and accomplishments; it is a pity that those should have them who have not discretion to use them well."
Here is a man's commentary on Titus 2:
 "Keepers at home - Οικουρους. A woman who spends much time in visiting[on facebook,etc], must neglect her family [and if she is a single woman she may be neglecting her Christian duties to serve others]. The idleness, dirtiness, impudence, and profligacy of the children, will soon show how deeply criminal the mother was in rejecting the apostle’s advice. Instead of οικουρους, keepers of the house, or keepers at home,  ..., workers at home; not only staying in the house and keeping the house, but working in the house. A woman may keep the house very closely, and yet do little in it for the support or comfort of the family.
That the word of God be not blasphemed -
The enemies of the Gospel are quick-eyed to spy out imperfections in its professors; and, if they find women professing Christianity living an irregular life, they will not fail to decry the Christian doctrine on this account: “Behold you boasted religion! it professes to reform all things, and its very professors are no better than others! Our heathenism is as good as your Christianity.” These are cutting reproaches; and much they will have to answer for who give cause for these blasphemies."

(18th century)Yet another man:
"Of beauty vain, of virtue void, What art thou in the sight of God? A slave to every base desire, A creature wallowing in the mire. Go, gaudy pageant of a day, Thy folly, with thy face display: Set all thy charms and graces out, And shew - the Jewel in thy snout!"

(From the late 1600/ 1700's) And another man:
"so is a fair woman which is without discretion; or, "has departed from taste"; from a taste of virtue and honour; lost all sense of modesty and chastity; forsaken her husband, and given up herself to the embraces of others. As her beauty is fitly expressed by a "jewel of gold", which is valuable and desirable, and, rightly placed and used, is ornamental; so she is properly represented by a swine, wallowing in the impurities of lust; to which her beauty was the snare, and whereby it is quickly sullied and lost."
 From a man of the late 1600-early 1700's:
" That the aged women likewise (as well as the men) be in behaviour as becometh holiness; or as beseems and is proper for holy persons, such as they profess to be and should be, keeping a pious decency and decorum in clothing and gesture, in looks and speech, and all their deportment, and this from an inward principle and habit of holiness, influencing and ordering the outward conduct at all times. Observe, Though express scripture do not occur, or be not brought, for every word, or look, or fashion in particular, yet general rules there are according to which all must be ordered; as 1Co_10:31, Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. And Phi_4:8, Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. And here, whatsoever things are beseeming or unbeseeming holiness form a measure and rule of conduct to be looked to.
 There are lessons for young women also, whom the aged women must teach, instructing and advising them in the duties of religion according to their years. For teaching such things aged women have often better access than the men, even than ministers have, which therefore they must improve in instructing the young women, especially the young wives; for he speaks of their duty to their husbands and children. These young women the more aged must teach, (1.) To bear a good personal character: To be sober and discreet, contrary to the vanity and rashness which younger years are subject to: discreet in their judgments and sober in their affections and behaviour. Discreet and chaste stand well together; many expose themselves to fatal temptations by that which at first might be but indiscretion. Pro_2:11, Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee from the evil way. Chaste, and keepers at home, are well joined too. Dinah, when she went to see the daughters of the land, lost her chastity. Those whose home is their prison, it is to be feared, feel that their chastity is their fetters. Not but there are occasions, and will be, of going abroad; but a gadding temper for merriment and company sake, to the neglect of domestic affairs, or from uneasiness at being in her place, is the opposite evil intended, which is commonly accompanied with, or draws after it, other evils. 1Ti_5:13, 1Ti_5:14, They learn to be idle, wandering from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. Their business is to guide the house, and they should give no occasion to the enemy to speak reproachfully. Good, generally, in opposition to all vice; and specially, in her place, kind, helpful, and charitable; as Dorcas, full of good works and almsdeeds. It may also have, as some think, a more particular sense; one of a meek and yet cheerful spirit and temper, not sullen nor bitter; not taunting not fretting and galling any; not of a troublesome or jarring disposition, uneasy in herself and to those about her; but of a good nature and pleasing conversation, and likewise helpful by her advice and pains: thus building her house, and doing her husband good, and not evil, all her days. Thus in their personal character sober, discreet, chaste, keepers at home, and good:"

This lack of discretion pertains to all females young, old, married, single. Even those who do not consider themselves beautiful (one of the common excuses I hear from women who seek to be excused from discretion). Discretion is not an issue of modesty only, but of the whole character/words & actions.

My heart has been so shocked & grieved to see women on Facebook professing Christ while glorying in their outward appearance. The shame it brings as the man above described, the reproach. It shouldn’t be so difficult to discern a “Christian” woman from the women of the world. The inward reality reflects outwardly. If a woman fears the righteous judgment of God, then she will know she will stand in shame before Him if she fails to outwardly reflect  His virtue & holiness. This outward reflection bears witness to her inner respect & reverence for her God. Receive it or not, our choice of clothing & actions are a reflection of our heart.
I was raised to be a professing Christian. I professed it, but I didn't reflect it.
I didn't reflect it because I was still in darkness. I had very little knowledge of who Christ was & what He requires of those who are called by His name. If you were raised to profess Christ & you are drawn towards dressing & behaving with a lack of discretion please ask God to search your heart, & while He is searching yours, search His---read the Bible concerning virtue & godliness, holiness, discretion; search out testimonies of the Holy Women of Old.  We are so blessed to have all this knowledge available at our finger tips. We are without excuse when we shame the name of the Lord as if we did not know better on how to behave ourselves as women professing Christ. Get the victory over the spirit of the world that continually tries to seduce you to look & act more like it! You know it's whispers in your ears:
"You look frumpy in that! wear something a little less baggy"
"Emily's a "Christian" and she wears jeans; they are "women's jeans", what's the big deal?!"
" My dad never says anything about this tight shirt, it must not be a big deal."
"It's dangerous to do things in long skirts, maybe these baggy shorts would be safer."
"People give me such dirty looks when I dress so plain & cover my head, there must be a way I can look more acceptable to them?"
"My Aunt Marie would love to see how long my hair is, she hasn't seen me in years, surely it'll be ok if I post a picture of myself uncovered on Facebook for her?."
"Well, people have already seen me without my covering, so what's a few more pictures gonna hurt?"
"And everyone always says how pretty I am when I post these pictures on Facebook, no one says anything about the fact that I'm not covered, or that I have jeans on; I was just around my family in that picture."
"They all know my heart & how I 'love Jesus', it's so exciting to be able to share pictures of myself on Facebook!"

 I came across the following quotes after I wrote the above. I found it interesting to see the similarities of speech this man used over 1,000 years ago to shine the light of God's Truth in this area: (please read this slowly & understand what he says:)
"The covering [clothing] ought, in my judgment, to show that which is covered to be better than itself, as the image is superior to the temple, the soul to the body, and the body to the clothes. But now, quite the contrary, the body of these ladies, if sold, would never fetch a thousand Attic drachms [this is a type of $]. Buying, as they do, a single dress at the price of ten thousand talents, they prove themselves to be of less use and less value than cloth. Why in the world do you seek after what is rare and costly, in preference to what is at hand and cheap? It is because you know not what is really beautiful, what is really good, and seek with eagerness shows instead of realities from fools who, like people out of their wits, imagine black to be white.  

As, then, in the fashioning of our clothes, we must keep clear of all strangeness, so in the use of them we must beware of extravagance. For neither is it seemly for the clothes to be above the knee, as they say was the case with the Lacedæmonian virgins; nor is it becoming for any part of a woman to be exposed. Though you may with great propriety use the language addressed to him who said,
'Your arm is beautiful;' 'yes, but it is not for the public gaze.'
'Your thighs are beautiful;' but, was the reply, 'for my husband alone.'
'And your face is comely.' 'Yes; but only for him who has married me.'
But I do not wish chaste women to afford cause for such praises to those who, by praises, hunt after grounds of censure; and not only because it is prohibited to expose the ankle, but because it has also been enjoined that the head should be veiled and the face covered; for it is a wicked thing for beauty to be a snare to men. Nor is it seemly for a woman to wish to make herself conspicuous, by using a purple veil. Would it were possible to abolish purple in dress, so as not to turn the eyes of spectators on the face of those that wear it! But the women, in the manufacture of all the rest of their dress, have made everything of purple, thus inflaming the lusts. And, in truth,those women who are crazy about these stupid and luxurious purples, “purple (dark) death has seized,” according to the poetic saying. On account of this purple, then, Tyre and Sidon, and the vicinity of the Lacedæmonian Sea, are very much desired; and their dyers and purple-fishers, and the purple fishes themselves, because their blood produces purple, are held in high esteem. But crafty women and effeminate men, who blend these deceptive dyes with dainty fabrics, carry their insane desires beyond all bounds, and export their fine linens no longer from Egypt, but some other kinds from the land of the Hebrews and the Cilicians. I say nothing of the linens made of Amorgos and Byssus. Luxury has outstripped nomenclature.
[Clement of Alexandria, 180 A.D., The Instructor, Book 2, Chapter 11, PDF Format]
  
The following was written in 250 A.D.
You call yourself wealthy and rich; but Paul meets your riches, and with his own voice prescribes for the moderating of your dress and ornament within a just limit. “Let women,” said he, “adorn themselves with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broidered hair, nor gold, nor pearls, nor costly array, but as becomes women professing chastity, with a good conversation.” Also Peter consents to these same precepts, and says, “Let there be in the woman not the outward adorning of array, or gold, or apparel, but the adorning of the heart.” …and draw the sighs of young men after you, nourish the lust of concupiscence, and inflame the fuel of sighs, so that, although you yourself perish not, yet you cause others to perish, and offer yourself, as it were, a sword or poison to the spectators; you cannot be excused on the pretense that you are chaste and modest in mind. Your shameful dress and immodest ornament accuse you; nor can you be counted now among Christ’s maidens and virgins, since you live in such a manner as to make yourselves objects of desire. Cyprian (A.D. 250) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.5 pg.432

I praise God for the preservation of these quotes! The quotes I have posted are not all from men of the same time period. This sin of shameless women lacking discretion & making a path for future generations to boldly follow after has been around too long. Many men have tried to teach, exhort, & warn women; but as you can see women have not taken heed. If you desire to be a woman of Christ please help put a stop to this cancer. We can start as individuals. You see women all over wearing pink bows to help stop breast cancer; what about the cancer that forms through a lack of discretion? Are any of you bold enough to cry out against it, to face the world by wearing symbols of discretion? Well, what is a symbol of discretion? I believe after reading this article & laying it to heart you will have a good idea of how to display discretion. Certainly not by posting more pictures of yourself on Facebook for God & all His angels to behold your shame. What do I mean by pictures? Is it wrong to have pictures of ourselves; well, do the pictures reflect your discreet heart, or do they promote your God given physical beauty, the details of your lovely face? Pictures of ourselves make a way for people to look long upon something they would not naturally feel comfortable staring at. Take time to really think these things out rather than just simply wanting to go on your way doing what the ungodly around you do, lacking the reality of God's judgment.
 Does anyone want to help stop the spread of this disease to future generations? 
I know I do. 
I also know, that although I am conscience of covering myself, after reading through these quotes I am yet the more convicted to make more changes in my clothes, etc. Studying this topic strengthened & renewed convictions I have had that the deceitfulness of my own heart, the influence of other women professing Christ (who lack discretion)& this wicked world have labored to weaken in me. A woman that fears not to go UN-noticed, that is not moved by the disapproving glances of worldly people & lukewarm Christians, that does not need praise for her appearance, that is content serving God in virtue & purity of heart, with lowliness of mind, is a woman possessing discretion & the fear of the Lord, a woman of true strength.
 Proverbs 31:30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.   
- - -Stand for a just cause: be discreet.- - -