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Monday, June 22, 2009

Notes...A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George

CHAPTER 6 (1st half of chapter)

Scriptures used in chapter:
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22, NKJV)

...submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:21, NKJV)

...that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us. (1 Corinthians 16:16, NKJV)

Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17, NKJV)

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7, NKJV)

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— (1 Peter 2:13-15, NKJV)

Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. (1 Peter 2:18, NKJV)

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5, NKJV)

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. (Colossians 3:18, NKJV)

But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3, NKJV)

She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. (Proverbs 31:26, NKJV)

Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. (1 Timothy 2:11, NKJV)

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,... (1 Peter 3:1, NKJV)

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,... (Collosians 3:23, NKJV)

Key points:
- You are on assignment from God to follow you husband's leadership

"Be Submissive One to Another"
- The Christian lifestyle - for men as well as women - is one of submission; God's desire for us is to honor, serve, and subject ourselves to one another
- When it comes to marriage, God arranged for the sake of order that the husband lead and the wife follow
- "Head of the house" does not mean that your husband barks out orders, throws his weight around, and demand submission for his wife; it simply means that he is the one finally responsible...In the end, the husband is accountable to God for his leadership decisions, and you are accountable to God for how we follow that leadership

The Privilege of Choice
- Submission is a wife's choice...You must decide to choose to defer to your husband and follow his leadership
- Are you giving the gift of headship?

An Important Distinction
- The "who" of submission for a wife is clear; "Wives, submit to your own husbands," not to other people we admire and respect
- The one exception to following your husband's advice is if he asks you to violate some teaching from God's Word, asks you to do something illegal or immoral - Go to a trusted pastor or counselor if he does

Looking Up Helps
- Look up and think about following the Lord because it has nothing to do with your husband but it has everything to do with the Lord

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