By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
A WOMAN WHO HONORS GOD
This day is set aside to honor the mothers of the world.
The greatest honor that any woman could have is knowing that she honors her God.
The Christian woman should have "Honoring God" as her life goal.
This morning, let's notice some ways that the Bible tells us how a woman can honor God.
SHE MUST BE A WOMAN OF GREAT FAITH.
What is faith?
James 2:14-18, 26.
Faith allows us to live in another dimension while here on earth.
Colossians 3:1-4 - puts us in another world.
Women sometimes require a greater faith than men. (Why?)
Because of the time she spends in the home.
Most men spend:
60 hours away from home (work).
56 hours sleeping.
52 hours for family and home chores.
56 hours sleeping (interrupted often).
112 hours for family and home chores.
She has the greater burden - needs more faith to keep going.
Her home pressures are doubled.
Most of the time we look at MEN of Great Faith in the Bible.
Noah - built a boat, never had seen rain.
Job - persevered while his body rotted.
Abraham - left home and country.
Apostles - proclaimed Jesus in face of death.
Let's notice some women of equal faith and of equal importance.
Noah's wife - (not mentioned by name).
Faith to endure ridicule for self and husband.
Faith to believe in God and her husband for a 120 year construction project.
Sarah - Abraham's wife.
Left home, country, some family ties - no dispute - (Genesis 12:1-5).
This took faith -- lots of it.
Faith to have a child.
Hebrews 11:8-13 (12).
Genesis 18:11 - had gone through change of life.
Sarah's faith was every bit as important as Abraham's.
Rahab the Harlot.
Much could be said about others:
Mary, mother of Jesus
Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist
Honor your God by increasing your faith.
SHE MUST BE A WOMAN OF MODESTY.
God taught modesty from the beginning.
Genesis 3:1-6 - Adam and Even sin.
Genesis 3:7 -
Aprons - (Heb. - KHIGORAH) - a girdle or loin cloth.
Very skimpy attire.
God was not satisfied with their clothing.
Coats - (Heb. KUTTONETH) - "A skirt-like coat which had long sleeves and extended down to the ankles."
God does not want His people to wear clothing that displays the body parts which cause sexual stimulation, whether women or men.
She is to attract with her personality.
I Peter 3:2-6.
SHE MUST BE A WOMAN IN SUBJECTION TO HER HUSBAND.
Man is the leader in the home.
God's sphere of authority:
God, Christ, Man, Woman
I Corinthians 11:3
This authority cannot be broken.
Woman is to be the man's helper, not ruler.
I Peter 3:1, 5-6.
SHE IS TO BE THE INSTRUCTOR OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE HOME.
This in no way relieves the man of his responsibility.
Teach reverence in demeanor - (way of life).
No hostile traits.
Train young women to be:
Love their husbands
Love their children
Sober-minded - (think straight)
Chaste - (pure)
Workers at home
In subjection to their own husbands
With womanhood you receive a great responsibility.
Have you been bringing honor or dishonor to God?
You can honor God today as we honor you.
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