Category: Principals of Living

Fatal Danger in Not Teaching History

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The American and British peoples are afflicted by a crisis: They no longer care about history!

 

Many of the leaders in America and Britain today not only don’t learn history but have contempt for it. Melanie Phillips wrote for the London Times on Feb. 6, 2000, that then British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government was “obsessed with modernity and contemptuous of history and tradition.”

 

How could that be the case in a society that exalts higher education? Because higher education is not true education. Academics say that history is of very little value. Hating one’s own history is a dangerous disease!

 

In an article for the Washington Post on Dec. 23, 2001, George Will wrote: [Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney] recalled a 1999 survey of college seniors at 55 elite colleges, from Princeton to Stanford, which revealed that only 22 percent knew that the words “government of the people, by the people, for the people” are from the Gettysburg Address. Forty percent could not place the Civil War in the second half of the 19th century. Only 44 percent could place Lincoln’s presidency in the period 1860–1880.

 

Such questions should not be difficult for high school seniors. But at the time of the survey, none of the 55 colleges and universities required a course in American history. And students could graduate from 78 percent of them without taking any history course.

 

History is being erased from our educational system! This is a deadly crisis.

 

Savior of the West

 

Winston Churchill deeply valued history. “Churchill’s reading of history reinforced his early education to exalt heroic virtues,” Henry Steele Commager wrote in the introduction to Marlborough, Churchill’s biography of his ancestor.

 

Churchill saved Western Civilization during World War ii. He learned how to be a hero from his history books. Don’t we need to understand more about this man and how Britain was almost destroyed because the people wouldn’t listen to his warning?

 

“He cherished, as a law of history, the principle of a people who flout those virtues are doomed to decay and disillusion, and that a people who respect them, will prosper and survive,” Commager continued. Churchill was an expert in secular history, much of which prophesies about the future!

 

Churchill believed that history is a way of teaching by example. In the Marlborough introduction, Commager gave seven lessons that history teaches (emphasis mine throughout):

 

First, history was not just the pursuit of idle hours but was, itself, philosophy and, rightly read, furnished lessons which statesmen could ponder and apply.

 

Second, history was both memory and prophecy. It provided the counsel and the solace of the long view both to the past and to the future. …

 

Third, history followed great cycles: The same themes recurred, again and again, the same drama was played out, from age to age; and as men had somehow survived the vicissitudes of the past there was ground to hope that they might survive those of the present and the future. Thus four times Britain had fought to rescue Europe from the grip of a tyrant—Louis xiv, Napoleon, Kaiser William and Hitler; – and four times Britain had succeeded in saving Europe and, with it, the cause of liberty and justice. …

 

Fourth, history bore witness to the vital importance of national character, for character was as important to a people as to an individual, and every nation must be alert to defend and preserve it. That each nation had a special character Churchill did not doubt, and as he contemplated the long arch of centuries he was led to a fifth conclusion, that it was, above all, the English character which had lighted up the corridors of time, flickering now and then but mostly pure and clear and even luminous, the English character and that of England’s daughter nations around the globe.

 

From all this flowed a sixth lesson, that the test of greatness was politics and war.

 

History—not least the history of war—taught a seventh lesson, and taught it not only to Churchill but through him: the vital importance of leadership.

 

Churchill had vision like no one else because of his love for history.

 

America’s Greatest President

 

In a statement on March 30, 1863, declaring a national day of fasting, Abraham Lincoln said: It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

 

Lincoln believed the Civil War was punishment for excluding God from American society. Hatred for history today is a dual problem. We have already examined the importance of secular history. Even more important is Biblical history. Both kinds are under attack in America and Britain.

 

Just before the Civil War, Lincoln said, “Unless the great God who assisted [President George Washington], shall be with and aid me, I must fail. But if the same omniscient mind, and the same Almighty arm that directed and protected him, shall guide and support me, I shall not fail; I shall succeed. Let us all pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake us now.”

 

Through Lincoln’s strong leadership, America remained united. Imagine a world in which America to this day were split into two smaller, weaker nations!

 

Lincoln involved God in the preservation of the nation. He learned from Biblical history, which was recorded specifically so we will do just that! “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

 

The Biblical Archaeologist

 

Essential to the success of Churchill and Lincoln was their understanding of history. The same is true for archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who excavates according to the history of the Bible.

 

In an article for the Philadelphia Trumpet on March 14, 2008, titled “Defending Eilat Mazar and the Biblical Record,” Stephen, wrote:

 

Answering scholars who criticize Eilat Mazar’s discoveries of King David’s palace in 2005, and Nehemiah’s Wall in 2007, Herschel Shanks recently wrote in Biblical Archaeology Review, “No one would question her professional competence as an archaeologist. Her chief sin, however, is that she is interested in what archaeology can tell us about the Bible.”

 

To academics, using the Bible as a reputable historical document is a shameful embarrassment!

 

The fruits show that Dr. Mazar’s unique method works. She discovered King David’s palace by studying 2 Samuel 5:17: “But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.”

 

Stephen continues:

 

Near the end of David’s palace construction, the Philistines attacked. And since the new palace may not have been reinforced strongly enough to withstand the Philistine assault, verse 17 says David went down to the citadel to barricade himself within the city walls until the conflict ended. This, Eilat Mazar theorized more than 10 years ago, indicates that David’s new palace stood on higher ground than the Jebusite fortress. She published her theory in Biblical Archaeology Review in January 1997. Under the title “Excavate King David’s Palace,” on a two-page spread picturing an artist’s rendering of the ancient City of David, Mazar drew an arrow pointing at the north end of the city, underneath the caption “it’s there.” She wrote, “Careful examination of the biblical text combined with sometimes unnoticed results of modern archaeological excavations in Jerusalem enable us, I believe, to locate the site of King David’s palace. Even more exciting, it is in an area that is now available for excavation. If some regard as too speculative the hypothesis I shall put forth in this article, my reply is simply this: Let us put it to the test in the way archaeologists always try to test their theories; by excavation.”

 

Scholars find it fashionable to reject God’s Word. Where has this gotten them? Have they uncovered David’s palace, Nehemiah’s wall, Solomon’s wall, or clay seals from the time of Jeremiah? Dr. Mazar has!

 

Rejecting secular history leads to rejecting Biblical history. That’s why the downward trend in America, Britain, and even the Jewish state is so alarming! Satan has deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9). That includes educators and religious leaders. Only a tiny remnant of God’s loyal people heeds the lessons from history, which is so important to our Eternal Future.

The Purpose of Gratitude

We all know we should give thanks. But how many understand why?

Many people think they know what gratitude is and why it is important.
To many, gratitude is simply the display of thanks. Giving thanks is important because it’s an act of service, a way of making others feel special, needed, and loved. As children, we’re taught that showing gratitude is part of being polite, well-mannered, and vital if we are to be well-liked and have strong friendships. This is all true.
But there is another deeper, more vital dimension to giving thanks.
The Bible overflows with instruction to bestow gratitude especially on God. In Psalms 100, we’re instructed to “Enter into [God’s] gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (verse 4). To the congregation in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul wrote, “In EVERY THING give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Have you ever thought about why God commands Christians to show Him praise and gratitude?
Does God need our thanks and praise to feel important, or powerful, or to give His existence purpose or meaning? Of course not. God doesn’t command gratitude for self-affirmation or self-aggrandizement. He doesn’t need thanks from you or me to experience happiness or contentment, or to be impelled to give more. Does God love it when we give Him thanks and praise; does it bring Him terrific joy? Absolutely! But He doesn’t need gratitude from us to function.
So why does He fill Scripture with instruction to display praise and thankfulness?
It’s simple: The command to show gratitude is a gift, an opportunity, a blessing, from God to us.
That may sound bizarre. We think that when we express thanks or give praise, be it to another person or to God, we are the ones committing an act of service. We think this way because we are vain and selfish (Jeremiah 17:9). Truth is, when gratitude is displayed the way God intended thoughtfully and sincerely; it serves the person displaying it more than the person receiving it.
Being grateful requires humility. It requires seeing our own frailties and shortcomings, and realizing that we need help. Being grateful requires that we be selfless, and, even if only for a moment, that we hop off the pedestal and set someone else on it. Godly gratitude and vanity cannot coexist at the same moment.
This is why God’s instruction to always give thanks is such an enormous gift: It provides us the opportunity to develop humility and contrition, to learn to be selfless! 
There is a reason God loves humility and contrition, and commands that we display gratitude so that we might develop these qualities. Notice Isaiah 66:2.
“TO THIS MAN WILL I LOOK, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”
God wants a relationship with every human (John 3:16). The Bible teaches that God has a time order by which He plans to introduce Himself to every human who has ever lived. But no matter when that moment comes, each human will have to fulfill certain conditions before he or she can have a relationship with God. One condition is that a person be humble, contrite and repentant (Acts 3:19).
God commands gratitude because displaying Godly gratitude develops humility and contrition, two qualities of character we must possess if God is to fulfill His will and come work in our lives!
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln saw that many citizens had become so wrapped up in partaking of America’s unprecedented “bounties,” that they had begun to “forget the source” from which these bounties had sprung. The president was so concerned by this spirit of vanity and selfishness, he issued his now-famous Thanksgiving proclamation.
After recounting some of the tremendous blessings that had been bestowed upon America, President Lincoln told his people: “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. THEY ARE THE GRACIOUS GIFTS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
Lincoln’s abiding spirit of gratitude equipped him with the humility, the moral, and spiritual clarity to see the source of America’s manifold blessings!
Lincoln continued: “It has seemed to me fit and proper that [these blessings] should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE TO OUR BENEFICENT FATHER WHO DWELLETH IN THE HEAVENS.”
It is one of the most moving and important statements Abraham Lincoln ever wrote. Implicit within the document that established Thanksgiving as a national holiday is the recognition by Lincoln that America’s wealth and prosperity derived from a “BENEFICENT FATHER WHO DWELLETH IN THE HEAVENS.”
But remember what it was that enabled President Lincoln to see God’s presence in America’s success. It was his spirit of gratitude—which he sought to institutionalize and immortalize in the American people by declaring this a national day of Thanksgiving.
The world might not ever be thankful during this current age of man and our country might only observe thanksgiving one day a year to be reminded of giving gratitude or perhaps allow it to slowly become a license to be un thankful the remaining days of the year. But you have the opportunity to be thankful and give gratitude all the days of your life with Spiritual Wisdom that provides a sound mind.  
In case you’ve read it all and made it this far I just wanted to say I’m thankful and grateful for your Blessed Friendship (: 💜❤️

A Healthy Approach to Stress

TheRockYou can turn a harmful burden into a beneficial asset.

You have a big project overdue at work, the water damage under the bathroom sink is getting worse, then your child gets sick. Problems and worries are part of life. Only the dead have no stress!

The question is, how well do you handle your stress?

“There is a lot of stress in war” People have broken down from that stress. But did you know that real fighters almost never get stressed out?”

Proverbs 24:10 says, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Are you a real fighter? Or is your strength small?

If you are watching, you know that times are getting more stressful and more dangerous.

We must learn to handle stress skillfully.

Realize: Stress is not bad, of itself. We need it in order to perform our best. Stress is just your body responding to a challenge or threat by increasing your capacity for strength, stamina, and alertness. Your heart rate increases, as adrenalin and other hormones are released into your bloodstream to enable you to meet the challenge with enhanced performance.

To do this, though, your body must move resources from elsewhere. It represses your immune system, your digestion, and other functions. Thus, if you are exposed to ongoing high and frequent stress, these functions eventually weaken, and you become vulnerable to viruses, bacteria, and other environmental toxins. This causes you to break down and age prematurely.

How can you survive and even thrive under stress? One important way is to build good health.

Start managing stress by improving your physical health. A healthy body promotes a healthy mind. A clean diet prepares your immune system for stressful times.

Regular exercise is a constructive way to release tension, and it boosts your body’s resilience. Enough sleep is also crucial for handling stress well. Sleep deprivation can quickly destroy your toughness.

Next, consider your mental and emotional health. Stress is not just what happens to you; it’s how you react to it. And how you react is controlled by your mind and emotions. So handling stress requires mastering your emotions.

Don’t take yourself or situations too seriously. See the humor in life. Don’t imagine things to be worse than they are, blowing them out of proportion. Realize that bad things happen: This will help you handle disappointments gracefully. When a stressful situation arises, see it as an opportunity to learn and to test your strength. Also, know your limits: Don’t try to control what you have no control over.

You can also improve your mental health by reducing stressful stimulation. Avoid hopeless music, high-intensity movies, and derogatory humor. Replace those with peaceful, soothing music, or silence; read a thought-provoking book; meditate.

Finally, examine your Spiritual Health.

Realize that sin causes stress and righteousness eliminates it. A lot of the wrong kinds of stress come from preoccupation with self. Much stress springs from vanity—self-love, self-concern. Self-pity is sin! When you are stressed, you need to put that out and get your mind on Christ and on other people. Take care of your relationships with family.

Maintain a right Spiritual Perspective. Know God is in charge. Remember His miracles, and how He delivers the righteous from trial. In Matthew 11, Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. … My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Soldiers say that you don’t rise to the occasion in combat, you sink to the level of your training. Stay in constant Spiritual Training! Always keep God first, especially in tough times.

The Apostle Paul set a great example here. At the end of his life, he was confined to prison; a very stressful circumstance. But in those bleak conditions, he wrote 2 Timothy, probably his most inspiring epistle!

He wrote that all the people in the Church had left him but, he said, “the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me.”

In the same letter, Paul told Timothy, “You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Paul was a mighty Spiritual Warrior.

“Winston Churchill told his troops to learn to have smiles on their faces as bullets flew over their heads. … Churchill knew you need calming leadership, or you will make a lot of mistakes in warfare.”

Then he said, “Paul’s actions here demonstrate what you can do if you stay with God. There isn’t any reason for us to be overly stressed.”

Remember, in good times, build your health physical, mental, emotional, and Spiritual. Then, when you are plunged into times of high stress, don’t neglect these things! Take care of your body. That problem you are facing won’t get easier if you lose your health! Keep your thoughts and emotions healthy by overcoming the pulls of the flesh. Don’t turn a challenge into a calamity. And keep your Spiritual Life strong! The crisis won’t go away if you withdraw from God!

With strong physical, mental, emotional, and Spiritual Health, in times of stress, you’ll be better able to thrive.

Take Charge and let God lead the way.

Recapturing The Value in Womanhood

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Feminists claim that women, in the last several decades, have made great advances in personal freedoms, jobs, and politics. Women no longer need to feel shackled by the “traditional” roles of wife, homemaker, and mother. But with all of this success, why aren’t more women happy? How can a woman become truly fulfilled?

As one writer states it, the feminist movement is suffering an identity crisis.

Feminists claim that women, in the last several decades, have made great advances in personal freedoms, jobs, and politics. Feminist writers maintain that advances in birth control have given women the same sexual freedom as men. In other words, women can now have multiple partners and not fear pregnancy!

Feminist leaders proudly proclaim women are as good as men in the job market. Women are landing traditionally “male” jobs. For example, women are working construction, serving in the military, and leading many corporations. Feminists declare that they have finally achieved some long-standing goals. Women no longer need to feel shackled by the “traditional” roles of wife, homemaker, and mother.

But with all of this success, why aren’t more women happy? After decades of marches, placard waving and angry speeches, there is a growing undercurrent of dissatisfaction within the women’s movement. Wendy Kaminer wrote in The Atlantic Monthly, “Thirty-nine percent of women, recently surveyed by Redbook, said that feminism had made it ‘harder’ for women to balance work and family life … wage-earning mothers still tend to feel guilty about not being with their children and … worry that ‘the more women get ahead professionally, the more children will fall back …’”

Minority women feel that the feminist movement has failed to solve their problems with inner city life: no jobs and poverty. There is even a growing number of very well-educated, young white females who refuse to be known as feminists. In fact, some very talented, capable women are turning back to the more traditional roles of wife, homemaker and mother. Why? Personal freedoms, great careers and achieving “male” status have not provided the fulfillment they desired. All human beings want fulfillment and happiness. The problem is, mankind has cut itself off from the way to find true happiness.

Our Time = Anti-marriage

Living happily in a marriage seems like an unreal dream for most people today. Many couples are attempting to find happiness outside of marriage. Why are so many people anti-marriage today? The Apostle Paul prophesied that our times would be very perilous (2 Timothy 3:1). The word “perilous” can also be translated dangerous. Paul shows that one reason for the danger today is human beings no longer have a “natural affection” for each other (2 Timothy 3:3). Our newspapers are full of headlines proving this verse true.

Children are killing parents; husbands killing wives; and wives killing husbands. People have become more concerned with their own selfish desires (2 Timothy 3:2). Although there are many people claiming to be religious, our time is one that has drifted far from the true knowledge of God (2 Timothy 3:5). God and His Bible no longer bear any direct authority in many people’s lives. And society is suffering the results.

In the last several decades, homes that should have been a bastion of peace and tranquility have become vicious battlegrounds. Failed marriages have led to great sadness, and even tragedy. Many children have watched their mothers being abused mentally, emotionally, and physically. Because of this fact, many people, especially women, have become anti-men and anti-marriage. The feminist movement has gained notoriety because of these many problems in society. Leading women want solutions to marriage, family and society’s problems; but the women’s movement is walking down the wrong path for a solution. All women will have to come to the realization that they can never discover solutions to human problems or find happiness through feminist values. How can you, as a woman, become truly fulfilled?

God’s Revealed Purpose

The plain truth is, God created women for a physical and Spiritual purpose. Women will only find true happiness by living according to these purposes. This Blog has been written to inspire you to recapture the value in true womanhood.

What is true womanhood? We must look to the Bible = to God’s revealed purpose for women for the answer. Why did God create women? “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18). Well-educated people scoff at the revelation concerning Adam and Eve. Yet, these few verses in Genesis reveal God’s awesome purpose for women (and men). If only believed, these verses can give solutions to the unhappy state of many women.

This historical account in Genesis is probably one of the most romantic in all of the Bible. Adam was brought to life suddenly. He was given an incredibly beautiful, semi-tropical garden, teeming with wildlife, as his home. He was in perfect health. He was incredibly good looking and had sharp intelligence. Genesis 1:26-28 show that God gave Adam authority over an entire planet. What a fantastic challenge! Genesis 2:19 shows that Adam went right to work. God brought the animals to him and he gave each animal species its name.

But Adam soon discovered that he was alone. He was given an awesome job. He had a great home and plenty of wealth but no one to share his life. There was no one of his same kind to experience the beauty of creation. There was no one to share his plans, hopes and dreams. There was no other human whom he could love.

God knew that it was not good for Adam to be alone. So God put Adam under a deep sleep. He took one of his ribs and fashioned Eve from that rib. Being molded from Adam’s rib, the laws of biology tell us Eve shared the same body cell structure and blood type as Adam. Adam understood this fact (DNA) when he first saw Eve. “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:23). In a wedding procession fashion, God brought Eve to give to Adam. Eve was also in perfect health and stunningly beautiful. Like Adam, she had sharp intelligence. God created Eve to be the perfect match for Adam. After presenting Eve to Adam, God then bound them as husband and wife. In this first marriage ceremony, God said, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

The women’s movement has taught millions of women to scorn this knowledge concerning Eve’s creation. However, Eve was created to assist Adam. That is the revealed purpose for women. A woman’s purpose is tied intimately to that of a man. God did not create Eve to be in competition with Adam. Adam and Eve were created to work in harmony together.

A Wife is a Man’s Inspiration

Feminists nearly choke when God’s revealed purpose for women is discussed. Somehow they believe that these scriptures show that women are inferior. The truth is that the scriptures say just the opposite. Remember God said that it was not good for Adam to be “alone.” Adam may have been in perfect health, incredibly handsome and of high intelligence, but he was not “good” alone. If Adam was not good alone, then why would God create an “inferior” woman to help him? The truth is, Adam needed Eve. Adam was not complete in himself. He needed Eve’s special talents and abilities in order to become the success God wanted him to be.

Remember, Adam could find no animal creature to help him with his special needs. An animal could not share Adam’s thoughts, hopes, and dreams. Only the woman, Eve, could help him achieve his full potential. Without this help, which only the woman could give, Adam would not have a full, abundant, peaceful, and balanced life.

This is God’s physical purpose for creating woman. Woman was designed to be the inspiration and encouragement for her own husband. A husband’s success in life is also the wife’s success. Without giving this kind of help, a woman—if married—becomes frustrated, depressed, resentful, and unfulfilled. Why? She is failing to fulfill the very purpose for which she was created!

Some may ask, must all women be married to find fulfillment? The answer is no. In Matthew 19:11-12, Jesus taught that some people choose to be single for the Kingdom or work’s sake. The Apostle Paul lived as a single because of his commission and the seriousness of the times in which he lived. Because Paul believed he was living in the end time, he wished that everyone were single. He said, “For I would that all men were even as I myself” (1 Corinthians 7:7 ). Why? Paul said, “But I would have you without carefulness” (verse 32). Building a strong marriage takes much work. Striving to build a strong marriage in tough times is even more difficult. A woman who chooses to be single, as long as she lives lawfully, can still achieve the Spiritual purpose God has planned for her.

Be Under Authority

If you, as a woman, are married, or desire to be married, then you must focus on the wife’s purpose in marriage. This is the only way you can achieve true happiness. Paul states, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22). Submission has become a bad, bad word in today’s society. Because of all the abuse that women experience, submission has taken on a very negative connotation. But if a man is living as a Godly husband, submission is a very positive and fulfilling experience for a woman. The word for “submit” in the Greek is hupotasso and means to subordinate, to obey, be under obedience, put under, subdue unto. Submission means to put yourself under authority.

When God put man on this Earth, He established authority in marriage and family. God decided that men would have the overall or final authority in regard to marriage and family. Paul taught, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:12-13). God has given men the head, or lead, position in the home. Wives must not strive to take over that position. True family happiness can only come through the proper, loving use of authority. That is the man’s serious responsibility. A wife has the responsibility to fully support her husband’s authority. Unfortunately, this is where most women fail in marriage today.

Even husbands are under authority. Paul shows, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3). Converted men in God’s Church have a boss 24 hours a day – Jesus Christ. Paul shows here that even Christ willingly submits to God the Father. There must be government in the home. The man is the head. The wife shares the authority with the man as second in command. But a wife is not equal in authority.

“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing” (Ephesians 5:24). Women must look to the example of Christ and the Church to learn how to properly submit to a loving husband. True submission means more than just choking down commands. True submission is helping and complementing your husband “in everything.” A woman must learn to be responsive to her husband, to his direction of the home and family, to his plans for family recreation and way of life.

A responsive wife fully shares and takes pleasure in her husband’s successes and accomplishments, knowing that she has helped him to achieve success. A loving wife also shares her husband’s failures, sorrows, and disappointments. Never ridiculing, a loving wife always strives to give her husband sympathy and encouragement so that he can rebound to better success in the future. Wives, remember, submission is the key to your happiness.

Meekness is Not Weakness

Submission does not mean that a woman be weak. In fact, to fulfill her God-intended purpose a woman must be very strong emotionally and Spiritually. The Apostle Peter taught this. “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear” (1 Peter 3:1-2). Like Paul, Peter taught that a woman must be in subjection to her husband. But Peter also taught that a converted woman must have some limits concerning submission.

Let’s look at these verses closely. Verse 1 discusses a husband who is not obeying God’s Word. It implies that even though a wife must be in subjection, she must not disobey God’s Word. In other words, a wife must be Spiritually strong enough to obey God even if the husband is not obeying God. A Godly woman would never allow any man to lead her away from God.

By writing these verses, Peter shows that there should be great strength in feminine character. In verse 1, conversation should be translated “conduct.” A truly converted wife will not follow a disobedient husband’s bad conduct. In fact, her “chaste” conduct is a strong example to her husband. Actually, through her obedience, a wife could lead her husband out of disobedience. Notice that Peter emphasizes conduct. A woman should strive to win back a disobedient husband through her conduct. Peter does not say that a woman should nag at, complain against, cajole, or rebel against her husband in everything because he is disobedient. She must be strong enough to set the right example.

How does a woman maintain this kind of strength and still be in subjection? Peter gives us the answer in verse 2. Converted women must have good conduct “coupled with fear.” The word fear can be a little misleading in this verse. Whom are the wives fearing? Are they fearing just their husbands? No, they are in subjection to their husbands, but they are also fearing God. Actually, to be a truly submissive wife, a woman must be in subjection to God first.

What does God the Father look for most in His Spirit-begotten women? “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (verses 3-4). God does not care much for appearance. God places a high value on women who have developed “a meek and quiet spirit.” Many women (and men) today place too much emphasis on a woman’s beauty or status. But God says a woman’s deep conversion is her true beauty. A Spirit-led woman is of great price to God.

In order to show they are as good as men, some women have developed a forward and noisy personality. This behavior is unbecoming for men. It is even less becoming for women. A strong and secure woman is feminine in all social situations. A woman with a “meek and quiet” spirit is not a wallflower or a weakling. She wisely uses her feminine character to assist and serve others.

Modern women have lost sight of the force and vitality of true femininity. It is sad to say that there are not many examples today for women to follow. Peter wrote, “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: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement” (verses 5-6). Peter points out that Sarah set an example for all women to follow. Genesis records for us that Abraham did not live a perfect life. He made mistakes and some were very serious mistakes. He even subjected Sarah to some wrong situations in Egypt with Pharaoh and in Gerar with Abimelech (Genesis 12 and 20). Yet Sarah obeyed Abraham. How could she obey him? 1 Peter 3:2 gives us the answer: Sarah trusted in God. When Abraham disobeyed God, Sarah didn’t rebel against him. She looked to God for her protection. Study the two accounts in Genesis. God saw to Sarah’s needs. If your husband isn’t obeying God, you should not follow him in his rebellion. But neither can you use his rebellion as an excuse to rebel against him. Trust in God and He will see to your needs. True happiness will come to you if you remain submissive to your husband. But never see submission as being weak.

Keepers at Home

Many women today look down upon stay-at-home wives and mothers. Yet God also planned that women give birth to, and raise children. An effective mother exerts great influence over society. Paul admonished Titus to remind the older women of their responsibility to teach the young women how to be wives and mothers. Paul wrote, “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). Paul shows here that the highest calling for a young woman is to become a competent wife and mother. Society has forgotten that tomorrow’s leaders are trained by today’s mothers.

Why are so many young people in serious trouble with drugs, pre-marital sex, alcoholism, and gangs? There are very few “keepers at home.” Many women are trying to jostle full-time careers and family life. Many women have become full-time professionals and part-time moms. In 1960, only 31 percent of married women worked outside of the home. In 1991 that figure rose to 58 percent. Who suffers most? The children do. What is the result? Our wretched society.

How is Christ going to solve the problems in our world today? After His Second Coming, He will reestablish women staying at home, and He will praise women who become loving wives and competent mothers.

Can you imagine what life will be like when women are taught to pursue the God-ordained career of stay-at-home wife and mother? Women will be more happy. Children will be happy and stable. Society will have fantastic well-being. “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts” (Zecheriah 8:4-6). A truly marvelous world is coming. Why should any woman be put down for aspiring to the calling of wife, mother, and homemaker?

Motherhood Requires Skill

To be a wife, mother and homemaker requires much education and skill. Teaching and training young children demands years of study. A good mother has to be a teacher, doctor, nurse, and psychologist. Most educators are required to take five or six years of upper level education to be able to teach in a school. Doctors have to be trained for eight to ten years. A good mother has to be ever learning as her family matures. An effective wife and mother has to become multi-talented.

Should all women and wives stay at home and not work? There is no problem with single women working. Even when a couple is newly married, a young wife can and often needs to work outside the home. A young couple working two jobs can achieve financial stability more quickly. But if a couple has small children, the wife should not work outside of the home.

There could be times when family emergencies may require that a mother work temporarily, but it should only be temporary. Because of a high divorce rate and sexual permissiveness, our society has produced a large number of single mothers. Unfortunately, most single mothers must work to support themselves. The extended family should provide as much support as possible to single mothers. A single mother must fight to spend as much time with her young family as possible.

True Feminine Character

Striving for true womanhood is a supreme challenge. A devoted wife and mother is more valuable than all the wealth of this world. Solomon laid the gauntlet before all women to strive for true feminine character. He outlines these essential qualities of true womanhood in Proverbs 31. Let’s look at a few of the sterling qualities of this woman. Her husband trusted her (verse 11) because she did many good things for him (verse 12). Because of her loving support and encouragement, he was successful and well-respected in the community (verse 23). She made clothing for her family and procured the best of foods for them (verses 13-14, 19, 21). She got up early to serve her household, including the servants (verse 15). She conducted her own business (verses 15, 24). She also had time for the poor (verse 20). Most of all, she was happy (verse 25). Why was she happy? She was living a productive, full life. Please study all of the verses concerning the Proverbs 31 woman.

They will inspire you to set goals and accomplish more in your life than you ever dreamed possible.

The Proverbs 31 characteristics are only valuable if a woman achieves her ultimate Spiritual purpose in life making it into the Kingdom of God. Men and women are on equal ground when it comes to attaining the Kingdom of God. Peter taught, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace (giving) of life; that your prayers be not hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).

Men and women are “heirs together” of the grace of life. A man prepares for leadership in God’s Family by being the head, or leader, of the wife and family. A wife learns that kind of leadership by supporting her husband, managing the home and teaching and training the children. A woman cannot attain the Kingdom as a man. A woman can only attain the Kingdom being a woman. Paul wrote, “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:15). God gave men and women unique purpose. A woman’s purpose is not inferior to a man’s. God created women to be wives and mothers. God gave women these specific purposes in this life so they can learn to rule in His Family forever (The Coming Kingdom/Government/Family of God). All women who desire true happiness now and forever must recapture the incredible value in true womanhood.

The Inward & Outline of Relationships

Women will never understand the mysteries of men until they understand the treasures of God. And men will never comprehend the mysteries of women until they truly understand the treasures of God. Without this revealed knowledge people can never fully understand the true importance of both man and woman. But what are the unknown mysteries and the true importance of women and men?

 

First you need to locate a solid foundation serving as a base for revealed Wisdom as if it were a light that was clicked on. Secondly you need to have a building block to continue a further understanding in which makes that same light shine even brighter and brighter in the never ending cycle of time. To understand all the mysteries and the complete importance of men and women you will have to first seek the invaluable revealed Wisdom of both The Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

 

To put it all into simple terms: the Heavenly Father is the Foundation and the Rock as Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone and the Building Block. The basic foundation of revealed knowledge is that both men and women were designed with two separate roles, yet as human beings; each one of us are made with similar differences in which we are all created equally in the same invaluable way. Another way to see this light in it’s true glory is realizing that Satan is out to equally destroy everybody as well as blind the entire human race from seeing their full God given potential in both physical and Spiritual Growth if he could. With God’s precious invention of human beings came various types of relationships such as the relationship between a human being and God (A type of The Foundation/The Rock), the relationship between boyfriend and girlfriend “husband and wife,” the relationship between two family members, and the relationship between two dear friends (A Type of The Cornerstone/The Building Block).

 

Friendship is the rock, the foundation, the cornerstone, a building block, and is what all the other relationships have in common. Any type of relationship with God involved is always going to be truly a successful relationship because God is our first best friend. In true friendship anything can be built rock solid.

 

The role of a Woman in each type of her physical relationships is to protect the mind of all the males in her life especially the mind of her Godly boyfriend/husband. This is done by first allowing God to protect her own mind which enables her to be a Godly Woman and an example to all the other females in her life. But the mind of an ungodly man is hard to protect and he will only strain every type of relationship that he has, especially against those who serve God and eventually most often; his various relationships withers away in time because he is like an unbuilt house in constant storms refusing to know and live accordingly to the Heavenly Father. Rejecting a Foundation.

 

The role of a Man in each type of his physical relationships is to direct the mind of all the females in his life especially the mind of his Godly girlfriend/wife. This is done by first allowing God to protect his own mind which enables him to be a Godly Man and an example to all the other males in his life. But the mind of an ungodly woman is hard to protect and she will also strain every type of relationship that she has, especially against those who serve God and eventually most often; her various relationships too withers away in time because she is like an uncalled rose without spring that refusing to know and live accordingly to the Heavenly Father. Rejecting a Foundation.

 

A mystery that shall be made known and clear is that females will from time to time need to seek guidance from any of the important males in her life especially her Godly Boyfriend/Husband or her Godly Boyfriend/Husband to be. Males will from time to time need to seek encouragement from any of the important females in his life especially his Godly Girlfriend/Wife or Godly Girlfriend/Wife to be. But all Men and Women should use caution with sound judgment when taking any type of support (guidance, advice, opinions, encouragement, direction, etc) from any and all ungodly men and women because sinners cannot give sound judgment to a True Christian, it is the True Christians that leads both the True Christians and the real sinners.

 

The mind of a Godly Woman is protected because her Boyfriend/Husband is a Godly Man and the mind of a Godly Man is directed because his wife is a Godly Girlfriend/Wife. It is through God that a Godly Woman and a Godly Man serves as one organ in the Holy Union of a Holy Matrimony. When she’s protecting him and he’s directing her: from their respectful foundational and unique individual roots they begin to protect and direct each other in perfect Spiritual Rhythm in so much that even the heart picks up on the tune of God.

 

A Man serves as both the Foundation and the Rock for a woman, much like God does for both men and women. A Woman serves as both the Cornerstone and the Building Block for a man, much like Christ does for both women and men. It isn’t hard to understand the importance of each individual both the sinner and the Christian but it’s up to the individual to decide if they will be a (sinner) child of disobedience or a (Christian) Child of Obedience. It’s easy for Christians and sinners to co exist in the physical world but they cannot co exist in the Spiritual Body of Christ, they cannot last long nor co exist in The Holy Union of Courtship serving as boyfriend and girlfriend, and they cannot last long or co exist in the Holy Unification of Holy Matrimony serving as husband and Wife.

 

Simply put Spiritually you cannot mix Light with darkness for if half of the organ is of darkness then the whole organ eventually rots and if an organ dies the whole body eventually dies. A Godly Woman and a Godly Man both together serves as one Mind within a Holy Institute of Marriage but also they together serve as one mind within the Spiritual Body of Christ. In other words to fully become apart of the Spiritual Body of Christ is to first and only requirement is to become a Christian. The second is preferably but only just an option to eventually find a Spiritual and Godly person of the opposite sex to be conjoined in a Holy Union of Marriage becoming complete as one Mind while also helping to construct the Spiritual Body of Christ “The Church” full of other Godly Physical Individuals that are Spiritually Engage to Christ and Physical Holy Marriage’s that are both Spiritually Engage to Christ and a reflection of the coming Spiritual Marriage between the Church and Christ.

 

For if a Godly Woman knows how to follow Christ, she learns how to follow her Godly Boyfriend/Husband and if a Godly Man knows how to follow Christ, he learns how to lead his Godly Girlfriend/Wife. A physical marriage combining of either two sinners or a Christian and a sinner are the two types that are not a completion of God’s Spiritual and Holy Union of Marriage. A physical marriage is hard and complete blindness on two sinners involved in marriage but it is extremely harder on the Christian who is already involved with a sinner in a marriage. Another mystery of women and men that shall be made clear is that real mental happiness, emotional happiness, physical happiness, and sexual happiness begins only with True Spiritual Happiness but it takes both partners in the relationship. So for the Christian involved with a sinner in a physical courtship (boyfriend/girlfriend) and or physical marriage (husband/wife) can easily be drained Spiritually, which leads to being drained mentally, which leads to being drained emotionally, which eventually leads to being drained physically, which also leads to being drained sexually. The sinner involved in the physical courtship and or the physical marriage is unknowingly being selfish, greedy, un sensitive, abusive, and carnal as well as blind to their ways being overall unhealthy in all their forms of relationships especially the relationship of their boyfriend/girlfriend and or husband/wife.

 

When understanding the utmost importance of God only then can we all know just how invaluable Woman are. And only by understanding the utmost importance of women can we all know just how invaluable men are. For us Men of Courage: without God and Women, us men would just be completely lost and alone and that my friends could never be good.