Friday, July 10, 2009

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

CHAPTER 6 (2nd half of chapter)

Scriptures used in chapter:
Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. (Ephesians 5:24, NKJV)

For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. (1 Peter 3:5-6, NKJV)

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5, NKJV)

...that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (Titus 2:4-5, NKJV)

Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:33, NKJV)

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

Something to Think About
- What is the scope of your submission to your husband?
- On what matters, decisions, and situations are we to submit?
- SUBMIT IN EVERYTHING to follow and honor your husband

A Life of Faith
- The main reason why we wives hesitate to follow our husband's leadership is fear. We are afraid of what will happen if our husbands do things their way instead of our way. FAITH IS THE OPPOSITE OF FEAR.
- By faith you believe God works in your life directly through our husband
- By faith you trust that God knows your husband's decisions and the end results of those decisions and that God redeems and guides those decisions

The Root...The Motive for Submission
- God has commanded submissions and given you the faith in Him to be able to obey His Word - and He is honored when you do
- Your respect and deference to your husband testifies to all who are watching that God's Word and His way are right

Yes, But How?
- Dedicate your heart to honoring your husband - make up your mind to practice honoring your husband
- Remember to respect - A good way to measure our respect for our husbands is to answer the question, Am I treating my husband as I would treat Christ? Do you ask your husband to do something or do you tell him? Do you stop, look, and listen to him when he's talking? Do you speak about him with respect to your children, your parents, and others?
- Respond to your husband's words and actions positively
...- Phase One: Say nothing! - You don't always have to express your opinions - especially after your husband made a decision.
...- Phase Two: Respond with a single positive word - like "SURE". Once you've begun to respond positively to the small things, you'll quickly find it becoming easier and even natural to respond positively to larger and larger issues
- Ask of each word, act, and attitude, "Am I bending or bucking?"

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