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The Wheat and The Tares: Exposing a Lie About The Rapture!

OK, well I suppose not too many people wanted to partake of my Facebook posting, or they shied away from an unknown circumstance.  Could be they think they know me and expected something negative, or against their teachings.  If you find this against your teachings, then don’t take my word for it, GO TO THE BOOK, PRAY ABOUT IT, and TAKE IT TO YOUR PASTOR.  But, these are not passages that can be twisted around and confused, they are fairly well laid out in a straight forward style.  THE PROBLEM IS not the twisting of words, but taking what amounts to a written photograph, of millions of people disappearing, and calling it something that it’s not. (My post posed the question referring to Matthew 13: 40, 41; if you were with another in the field of at the mill and one disappeared and one was left behind, which one would you want to be?)  The scriptures that were referenced in my post, the one’s that qualified the question, are NOT the rapture.  But, many people think they are.  There is another scripture that basically says that men in those days will have their hearts fail them, and many will fall away from the faith.  Think about that, you’ve waited all your life for Jesus to snatch you away with millions of His followers, in an instant!, and then one day it appears to happen, their all gone, and you are left behind.  If you do not know the truth, if you’ve been deceived into the “LIE” about the rapture (I DID NOT SAY THE PAPTURE WAS A LIE!!! I SAID THERE IS A LIE ABOUT THE RAPTURE!!!), if you’ve been deceived into the “LIE” about the rapture, you’re going to think you have failed God, or He failed you.  Who knows what actions you might take in the heat of that moment, a moment hotter than you’ve ever experienced.  Now, let me be very clear: THERE WILL BE A RAPTURE; THAT EVENT WHERE JESUS REMOVES HIS CHURCH FROM THIS WORLD TO FOREVER BE WITH HIM IN ETERNITY!  But, that church, you and me, will not be the first ones to disappear, to be removed.  You need to know that so 1.) when the first disappearance happens, it will strengthen your faith, because you know it’s of God and it’s a GREAT thing that your still here!  And, 2.) you need to know the truth about this so you are not the one that continues to let this potentially catastrophic lie to be spread.

A last note about your responses: I know you all, I know the intention of your answer and I know that your intention was very correct.  I’m not here to put doubt in your mind about wanting to be with Jesus.  Marcelle said that to be away from earth is to be with Jesus.  I know that’s what all of you were thinking.  Keep thinking it, of course that’s what WE want, but THEY are not we, and they are not going to be with Jesus.  And, be very aware that these PARTICULAR scriptures do not belong, mixed in with, your thoughts and thinking about the rapture.  Be very aware that millions of people are going to disappear someday, and you do not want to be one of them!!  But, don’t lose your faith and know also, that at some point after that first disappearance, after the prophecies of the end times… well, let me just reduce that to—at Gods appointed time, He will return to us, for us.  We don’t know when that will be, BUT THE SCRIPTURES COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR ON THIS ONE POINT—WE ARE NOT GOING FIRST!  In fact, you’re about to see the first ones to go are of the evil one, and are going to be burned.  And, Bro Ray, the comparison to Noah is there, it’s important for the understanding of this message, but this is still prophecy, future telling, by Jesus.  This event is yet to come, and I’m sure you know that.

So, here they are the scriptures in question.  Please talk to me if this rough lay out isn’t clear enough for you to get the truth out of it; I didn’t take a lot of prep time with it.  Lord Bless you all.

The scriptures below have all been quoted by many, though NOT EVERYONE, to be the ones in support of the rapture; that event that is not mentioned by name in the Bible, but is described as the time when God is supposed to swoop down in an instant and snatch away His loyal church.  Do not be confused about my own understanding; I do believe the church, the real church of the loyal of His children, will be taken to be forever with Him in Eternity—THAT IS NOT BEING QUESTIONED!  The purpose of this arrangement of scriptures, however, is to shed light on the false lies about the “Rapture” that are being spread by the misquoting of these particular scriptures and their associated parables.  Hope this helps anyone who wishes to understand the truth.

Jesus gave the parable of the wheat and the tares, and then he gave the explanation.  All I have done here is to intersperse them so each part is explained as we go along.  The verses have NOT been changed and I have added no words until the very end. (Some verses have been split to highlight the subject, therefore you may see vs. 38 with two readings, but they are the same verse.) (And I used red to separate and identify the parts that explain, please reference your Bible to pick out exactly where Jesus is speaking.)

Mathew 13

24 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom;

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

38 but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil;

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

38 but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil;

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather  ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

39  the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mathew 24

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matt 13:30 Gather  ye together first the tares,

40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Mark 3

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

The chaff is NOT the tares. The tares were not brought into the barn!

30 Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Chaff is the small husk that surrounds the wheat seed; it’s part of the wheat plant.  By extension of the parable, therefore, the chaff is part of the children of God:

37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom;

But, alas, the chaff is, also, not the good seed; meaning it is not the fruit of the plant nor can it produce a future plane or future fruit.  They, the chaff, are the children of God that will be burned because the world was too great a temptation.  Jesus doesn’t need a tribulation to test or put to trial the children of the evil one—they don’t get that opportunity, they will be removed!  The trial of tribulation is for us!  Someone, now, is going to say to me, “but it says we won’t taste of the great tribulation”.  I know those words are there, but remember what JUST happened with the above scriptures?  That simply means, you are right to have questions, just calmly seek the answers, in the Book.  Let me add this, because it always comes up and I’ll be as polite as I can: DON’T BE STUPID ABOUT THAT LAST SENTENCE.  There is very big difference between having questions about God and/or His Word, because you’re seeking understanding, your seeking His heart, and “questioning” Him or His Word.  I’ve had people throw that at me because they hate being wrong, or they hate me, “You are wrong because you’re questioning God, or the Bible, or the Pastor!” No such thing is going on here.  I have heard these scripture incorrectly preached by many preachers, and it never upset me because, as I said about all of you, I know what the intention was, to be with Jesus as fast as possible! To BE deceitful, on their part, was not the plan nor was it the perception, on my part.  And to be honest, yes of course, there was a time I too did not know the truthful accurate arrangement of these scriptures.  But, now, as time is getting very very very short……….their disarrangement, there inaccurate reciting, is becoming more and more dangerous.

I hope you’ve gotten the message, you’ve seen the truth about the lie and how it could be devastating in the end if not confronted and corrected in the now.  If not, well, will we say goodbye in the field, or will I see you—in the barn?

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What’s In a Name??

        In the name of God – there is much. Help, hope, comfort, healing, life and the way to salvation are all in the name of the Lord. Today, and for last 2044 years, his name has been Jesus. And there was a reason for having a name. This offering isn’t about the name, that name, but, rather about God having a name. Let me explain further. Before the name Jesus there was another name used by the Hebrews and it still is today; the name YEHWAY. The story of that name obviously deserves a study and telling of its own but, this is not it. What’s in name, in a name for God? I believe there were ignorance and insult and shame! 

        I want to go back to the first encounter of God by Moses. The story is of course famous and involves the burning bush that just burned and was not consumed. Moses approached the bush and God spoke to him. God told him to not come close, to remove his shoes, and:

 Exodus 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the    God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

       Was Moses paying attention? I’m sure he was but, it would seem that he had a problem with comprehending what God had just said. In Moses’ defense I have no doubt what-so-ever that he stood there with not only gapping mouth but gapping mind as well, trying to fathom what was happening. His focus had to be affected by the enormity of the moment. And God apparently did not stop to let Moses catch up, He continued with what He came for. In short, He told Moses that He had come down to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Moreover that He was going to send Moses to accomplish this task. Not legions of angels, not an earthly army, just Moses. He did finally agree to enlist the help of his brother Aaron.

        Now, as I “imagine” again, I can certainly conceive of Moses just having to take a breath, to gather himself. And I can see him conversing within himself ‘How am I going to convince anyone that I even talked to God, little lone rescue all of Israel.’ So, perhaps this was his thought, and his unfocused frame of mind, as he posed the question:

Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them?

         Although he was raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter and in the “Egyptian way”, Moses by this time certainly had become a Hebrew of the times. He probably knew the people would ask exactly that question. But, do you think he would just simply ask it for himself, for his own knowledge. God thought he did. Look at the next verse, in two halves:

Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

        I think God knew this was a question for the benefit of Moses himself. OK, sorry, of course He knew! What I mean to say is that I think the verse shows us that fact. If you look at it you’ll see that God didn’t tell Moses what to say until after He had addressed the question. Not answered but, addressed the question. Looking at this further, there is more to see. I see ignorance on the part of Moses for posing the question. I see indignation on the part of God, mild anger, if you will. You may have noticed Gods’ reply is in all capital letters. It’s in the Book that way, I didn’t make that up. There must have been something in the scrolls that compelled the translators to put a clear emphasis on this statement. I have to say I agree with this because, while I do not study the scrolls, I can clearly feel the emotion of that moment. I know that it was a burning bush and not a storm cloud but, every time I read those capital letters the rumbling in my mind is loud and clear!

       The fact that Moses and/or the people wanted a name for God had to be of great insult to God. I can see that, too, in His response. I am THAT I am; THAT being – God! Not a God, not just your God but, The God, the only God. Think about your own name for a moment; not what it is but, why you have it, why you need it? I need to know your name so I can address you in a crowd. I need to know it to identify you as the one I’m talking about when conversing with others. You need to be identified so the bank will cash your check. And ALL of this is simply because you are NOT the only human on the planet. We have to separate ourselves from each other in a way that is individual to each of us, and that is the purpose of a name.

       Can you see God’s anger yet? Can you feel the shame I feel when I think about this passage. The people wanted to name God! Oh, I suppose they were kind enough to let Him choose His own but …still. Why give God a name? Give Him a name so you can call Him out from all the other Gods? Give Him a name so you can label Him on the shelf among all your false idols? Instead of lifting God up you would lower Him to these levels? It was not until some time later that God made these statements but, they were certainly true at that moment:

Isaiah 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.  

Isaiah 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

       Many people have chosen to call God ‘The Great I AM’, after the second half of verse 14. I think this honors God’s sovereignty and singleness but, it was still not given as a name. It was a furtherance of His “one God only” declaration. I AM hath sent you. The ONE that exists among NO others has sent you.

       Now, God did finally did give a phrase that He Himself called a name but, it was clearly more a descriptive statement of who He was. It also provided an attachment from God to the generations of the three persons named therein. Not an attachment, or relationship, they claimed but, that God claimed.

Exodus 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

    The word memorial, as used here, means a remembrance, a record, and account. God was saying this statement is a record, an account, of who I am. And you may call me, and converse about me, by this record. And by use of this record, each time you will bring to your remembrance THAT I AM, and not just a name!

       Remember back at the beginning I asked if Moses was paying attention? If you’ll look at verse 6 again you’ll see that God already told Moses His “name”, and then had to repeat Himself. It would seem the Lord really is long suffering with those He loves.

       May the Lord Bless you all, In Jesus Name! (Oh, another name.)


 

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Holiday Trees ???

This is from a Facebook post, I had to share it.  It fits the purpose of Messages from God.
Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as “Holiday Trees” for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America . . .

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees.  I don’t feel threatened.  I don’t feel discriminated against.  That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year.  It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu.  If people want a crib, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way:  where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God?  I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke;  it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her:  “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina).  Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.  She said:  “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.  How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.  And we said okay.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it…. no one will know you did.  But if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Notes from God

 

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Thank You, and A Repost Request….

First let me ask that you repost the link that brought you here so all those that connect to you may have at least one chance to have a look around for themselves. Thank you for that.  Now….

I’m writing this post primarily to thank all you who have confirmed on Facebook, Twitter and the others.  Although my primary purpose is to spread my writing as far as I can, and gain readers in the process, it is not lost on me that none of you had to do this and some of you most certainly hesitated.  I would ask that you read the Who Am I page at the top and you may begin to know me, or know me again.  Some of you and I share ancient history, and neither of us are the same today.  So, feel free to send me an email about you, your life, whatever.  And if you don’t feel close enough, or just don’t want to, that’s ok. I’m not really asking anyone to, just saying, feel free.  Let me know if you have a blog!

If you clicked on this post, in whatever application, you’ve found one of my blogs. The second one can be accessed via the buttons at top.  Please, look around, and tell me what you think.  I really want comments of your opinion on the topics and content of each post that interest you.  Obviously, I feel the Bible studies are important but, here is the most important thing I could tell you; anything to do with God and your relationship with Him must come about as an act of your own free will!  So, I’m not here to push, convert, convince, beg or plead.  I am here to share, teach, discuss and discover.  And most importantly, find as many as I can that would have a look at what flows out, so possibility exist of having a seed planted.

If you really don’t want the religious side of me, I’m ok with that.  I am not a religious fanatic, not at all!  Just a normal guy with normal memories like you but, sometime I like to write them down,too.  So, like I said, go check out my short stories.  None of this is meant to be professional, it’s just sharing.

Thank you very much, who ever you are, and I hope that all this, any of this, will be of benefit you all!

 
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The Journey to Reclaim Godly Femininity Part I

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I was doing some “tag surfing”, following some links to key words that were posted for my site to find similar sites, and I found this posting that I was very impressed with. I found two actually; I’ll get the other one up momentarily, by the same author. Her blog is The Gentle Home. Check it out!

On the next two posts that you’ll see here, from this author, I have included the comments. But, not on this one.  Brittany, if you read this, I must say I’m even more impressed that you have been confronted by Satan‘s zombie soldiers, the ones that don’t even know they’re doing his work, and yet you have still pushed on. I call that the power of the Holy Ghost! Paul, and a lot of others, had and have that. Keep studying, keep praying, and keep writing. I don’t back down from Satan, but neither will I help him by pushing that extreme negative forward. 

*Somehow I was confused about Brittany’s name, it has been corrected and I apologise to her.

The Journey to Reclaim Godly Femininity Part I

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by thegentlehomein Motherhood, my journey with GodTags: Baby, Bible, children, Christian, Christianity, faith, God, God & Faith, kids, motherhood, parenting

We have lost so much.

I write this with a burden on my heart to reclaim something I didn’t know I was missing… until now.

I’ve been reading lately scriptures that paint a portrait of how Godly women ought to conduct themselves in speech, dress and actions. It is so much more than how we present ourselves physically (although that is important and I will share my thoughts about that later). One very beautiful description of a Godly woman is found in 1 Peter 3: 3-4:

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward, arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel- rather let it be the hidden person of the heart with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

Portrayed here is just one lovely example of Godly femininity. She does not draw attention to herself by wearing overly fancy and expensive clothing; she is humble. She knows her true self is hidden within her (and not determined by how she looks), so she does not strive to make herself known but waits to be sought. She does not get upset when others misjudge her but has a soft and quiet way about her. Her confident beauty radiates from within, making her shine bright.

As I sit back and imagine such a beautiful creature, I am immediately convicted of my own shortcomings in my marriage, speech and conduct. But at the same time, I am inspired and uplifted by this image, filled with hope and invited to draw closer to understand and become all I was created to be.

Thinking about Godly femininity, one of the first things I asked God was, “Why is femininity so important anyway?” Especially in this world where women are encouraged to do anything a man can do. The verse that I thought about goes back to the beginning, back to Genesis where God said,

“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…So God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 (emphasis mine)

God could have made everyone the same, but He didn’t. In His beauty He made them male and female; He made them different. (Thanks to Above Rubies for providing this insight). And in making them male and female, God chose to reveal something of His heart and His character to the world. In man, God reveals his warrior quality, His heart of action, strength and provision, and in woman God reveals His tenderness, compassion, beauty and intimacy with His beloved creation. (Isaiah 42:13-14) Oh, just to meditate on this would be enough! God is exceedingly beautiful, deep and mysterious. He is constantly, yes, lavishly pouring Himself out for us, if only we would take notice.

Two tremendously important aspects of femininity are
bearing children and breastfeeding. It is something only a woman can do, and God meant for it to be that way. His design will never change. When we go to put our baby to our breast to comfort and sustain her, we tell our children and others “God wants to comfort you, He wants to sustain you with Himself.” (Isaiah 49:14-15) Each time we conceive life and nourish it within our bodies we tell the world, “God is in the business of giving life and desires to give you new life through Himself.” Just as a baby lives and moves and has its being inside its mother, so this verse describes us as we are in Him:

“For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ “

Acts 17:28

I believe the Adversary, the devil, strives eagerly to stamp out this revelation of God’s tender compassion and care by trying to deceive us into believing that femininity is not very important and we’d do well to live our lives in search of something more fulfilling. But dear women, we have been fed a great lie! As I look at the people around me and the “pattern of this world,” it becomes clear to me that the devil, in many ways, is successfully extinguishing the beautiful, inviting, comforting light of femininity that God revealed through woman.

As women who want to embrace the call of God on our lives, who want to live deep in the design of our Maker, who want embrace with a whole and cheerful heart our feminine heart and body that were given to us- what do we do now? How do we get back to this place where being feminine is a good thing? What I know for sure is that we must renew our minds.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.(emphasis mine)

Romans 12:2

Did you catch that? All around us as women we are being told by the world and others what is good, what is nice, what we should live our lives for, what’s important. We are told that you really shouldn’t have too many babies because they are a financial and physical burden. We are told that in order to look attractive we need to wear the latest styles and fashions. We are told aging is bad thing and to be avoided as best we can. We are told that what all men care about is sex and we should display our sexuality in order to attract the man that we want. We are told submission to our husbands is outdated and ridiculous. We are told most of the Bible is ancient text and not meant for our day to day living in this modern world. We are told that God is still waiting for us to get our act together. We are told you will be beautiful if… And then we even have our own thoughts on matters, our own opinions and perceptions, misguided and based on past experiences and lies of the Enemy. So how can we ever really know the beautiful plan that our adoring Maker made for us?

“But be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

This, dear sisters, is of utmost importance in reclaiming our Godly femininity. God made you. He knows you and loves you, deeply though you’ve made mistakes and had a rebellious heart. He couldn’t stand to be apart from you, so He sent His Son into the world, through a woman and she gave birth to a little baby boy, Jesus. He took your punishment for your mistakes and rebellious heart on Himself and died on a cross to win you back for His own, not so we could continue living in fear that God wants to punish us… no, but to live with Him in right relationship to be all we should have been before the fall of man, to be all we are meant to be now, and to enjoy the fellowship of our Creator.

“…You have also become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another- to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.”

Romans 7:4

Is that not the most beautiful picture of God calling our feminine hearts to Himself? I have caught a beautiful shimmering glimpse of who I was really made to be as a woman, and it is taking my breath away. I pray this post will draw you closer to the heart of God, not to the God you think you know, but to the real heart of God. To the only One that can satisfy our feminine hearts. I pray you seek eagerly God’s word on matters such as femininity, being a wife and bearing children. I pray you will find what your precious feminine heart has always been searching for.

 
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The Journey to Reclaim Godly Femininity Part II

I was doing some “tag surfing”, following some links to key words that were posted for my site to find similar sites, and I found this posting that I was very impressed with. I found two actually; I’ll get the other one up momentarily, by the same author. Her blog is The Gentle Home. Check it out!

The Journey to Reclaim Godly Femininity Part II

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by thegentlehomein Bible verses, my journey with GodTags: Bible, bible verse, Bible verses, faith, God, Jesus, love, marriage, scripture, woman

Last week I shared with you how my heart had been stirred to find out what Godly femininity really was- that is, what does God, as our Creator, have to say about His female creation? Surely, as our Designer He would have a few things to say to us. (Read Part I here) As a Christian woman, I knew there were certain ways I should conduct myself, but after studying a few scriptures that described femininity as God truly intended it to be (Ephesians 5: 22-24, 1 Timothy 2: 9-15, Titus 2: 3-5, 1 Timothy 5:14, 1 Peter 3: 1-6, Proverbs 31) I was shown by the perfecting light of God’s word how far I was from His original and beautiful design. And why was it I failed to find very many women who I could also look to and say- “Yes, she follows the word of God. She is modest, loving, discreet, gentle and quiet, submissive to her husband- yes that is a Godly and feminine woman.” Although I am blessed to know some lovely Godly women! (And by submissive I just mean living in the order of the family as God made it: Christ the head of the husband, husband the head of his wife. It is not a bad thing! See Ephesians 5:22-33)

I was also shown in His word that God’s standards for maintaining purity in this world are much higher than I realized, but the end result of becoming a Godly woman much more glorious than I could have imagined! I began to have a deep “heart hunger” to reclaim the life of Godly femininity that our society has rejected but God has wondrously and clearly defined in His word, the Bible, and through Jesus given me the power to walk in it. And not only that, but to see other women also throw off all else and eagerly pursue this journey of knowing, understanding and walking in the light of the Biblical definition of what it means to be made female.

There are a lot of things I thought I would write about here in Part II…none of which I am going to do. I realized anything that I wanted to say I could not give justice to in just one or two posts. I thought I would simply leave you with some verses that may inspire you, encourage you, convict you, or just make you think. I pray you continue to study the Bible and allow it to transform you.

“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31: 10-12

“The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their husbands, that they word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2: 3-5

“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, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.” 1 Peter 3:1-2

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification…that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

“And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62: 5

“So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him.” Psalm 45: 11

[God talking to Jerusalem, but also to us, His beloved] ” ‘You were exceedingly beautiful and succeeded to royalty. Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,’ says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 16: 13-14 (emphasis mine. Read all of Ezekiel chapter 16- it is stunning)

There is a radiant vision of womanhood, of femininity that we have lost so much of and now are continuing to lose in this society. I am on a journey to reclaim it- for myself, for my daughter especially, but also for all the women everywhere who don’t yet know how they long to step into this place of rest. This place of Godly femininity.

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  • Linda
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 15:38:19

Beautiful. You do a wonderful job of writing about this subject. I will share this one also if you don’t mind.

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Oh thank you, yes that is fine with me!

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I think you should just write. write write write! so what if you end up with Godly femininity part 1000. I think you should just do it. I think it is great you are discovering the woman God wants YOU to be! I think the only thing that made my heart sink was Identifying godly women. Its wonderful to see other women just like us but we also have to keep in mind that just because there are women not like us that doesn’t mean they are not Godly themselves. Like you I am building myself. Im doing it differently but I am still following a calling. And even though yours is different then mine, I can still see the same divine quality in you as I see in myself and many other women. Girl go deep with this. If not on your blog then in a special diary that’s for you and God. ( my mom has mountains of these journals lol). Heck write a book!. Yes you are going to piss off alot of people but atleast you are following your heart and following a greater calling rather than the latest issue of Cosmo.

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Oh, my! Your friends are correct; you have a natural talent for writing. I’m not sure how much study, if any, you put into this but, the scriptures aren’t as important as having in your heart an understanding of what God wants and that you can freely express that in your writing. I don’t know you, either, and I’m not doubting you but, if you wrote all of this out of your thoughts, whether your own or divinely inspired, you have a gift. This is the very gift I’m trying develop my self. I simply mean that what I just described happens to me some, too, and by writing more it may happen more often.

Now, here’s the important part; Even though I did like your modesty post this one seems to be, and let me explain this, more righteous! You may say what’s the difference. I’m about to post a study, a revelation, on the core, deeper understanding of righteousness in about a week or so, come see it. And I wish I had mentioned this in the comments to you and your friend Mea yesterday. Anyway, here’s the point, righteousness is much more than “just right living”, as I have often heard it explained. The core definition is to put God first! And that’s what you’ve done here. In modesty for yourself it is ok to help your brothers not to lust, as the other blog you linked to pointed out. It is ok to want to fit in at church, or make a statement of your femininity. However, those things MUST be the after-thought. You must do all things for God first. In this post you stayed right on track with stating what God desired in these issues and that you were wanting to do these things for Him. I’m glad you see the ways that you can help others by living for God but, helping men not to lust, being submissive to your husband and ALL that other stuff HAS TO BE the beneficial by-product of doing it because The Lord wants it done. Have a great day, and thanks. PS: I’d like to put some of these on my site, if you don’t mind?

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Thank you again for your honest comments, I appreciate them! I certainly don’t mind if you want to share the posts, I am encouraged knowing that my writing may be an encouragement to someone else. I think I do understand what you are saying…that everything should be done because you love the Lord first, because more than anything you are listening to the Holy Spirit and following what He says, not because of any other reason- no matter how well meaning.

 
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Modesty, the Church and What Guys Think…

I was doing some “tag surfing”, following some links to key words that were posted for my site to find similar sites, and I found this posting that I was very impressed with. I found two actually; I’ll get the other one up momentarily, by the same author. Her blog is The Gentle Home. Check it out!

Modesty, the Church and What Guys Think…

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by thegentlehomein God & Faith, God Tags: beautiful, beauty, Bible, Christian, Christianity, clothes, dress, faith, God, Godly femininity, modesty, the church

When I wrote about Godly femininity recently, there was much I wanted to say- more that I didn’t really dive into. There were many responses from the two posts, as it seems femininity is a strangely controversial topic these days, and I didn’t quite know how to respond to all of them. I could continue to make my case, that God is good and loving and His plan has our best interests at heart, or I could be silent, knowing that those who were determined to pervert what I was trying to convey would do so regardless. The fact that God has clearly outlined pictures of how women are to behave, dress, act and speak seems to go unnoticed in this fast paced, take charge, do-everything-a-man-can-do world we live in. Nevertheless, it is there, waiting for us to see the beauty in His plan and take hold of it, and by doing so we’ll shine ever brighter in this dark world.

Modesty was something I really wanted to talk about. Modesty in attitude and behavior, but more specifically, modesty in dress. To be quite honest, dressing modestly was not something I ever really thought about before in my Christian walk. I knew there were certain things I really should not wear, i.e. miniskirts, or really low cut blouses, but other than that I never really gave it a second thought. I actually loved the latest trends and loved wearing cute styles that showed off my fashion sense. When I began to look into scriptures that described the woman of God, I couldn’t help but notice how her appearance was mentioned:

“And in like manner also that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel with propriety and discretion…” 1 Tim 2:9

“…to be discreet, chaste…” Titus 2:5

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward…rather let it be the hidden person of the heart…” 1 Peter 3:3-4

God had already been working on my heart by the time I read these scriptures. I felt a deep conviction that I was to honor God with my body that the way I look was to be pleasing to God, as His child and also as the Christ‘s beloved. I am to be the glory of my husband, be pleasing to him in dress and conduct and to give him honor in front of others. My sexuality is not to be flaunted in any way and is to be kept only for my husband. I realized some things I wore that I thought were modest, were really not… God has a much better perspective than I do. That is why we must go to Him to know the way in which we should behave, act and dress.

But it is much more than that.

As I studied this issue of modesty, I found something I did not expect. I found beauty. I found that God does not hand out orders for us to obey because he delights in giving us rules to follow, no… His plan for us is perfect and beautiful, just as He is perfectly beautiful, and in our sinful human minds we often cannot see the wisdom of His ways. I found myself falling before Him, the God who is extravagantly
beautiful, holy and pure. And the most wondrous part of all is that He desires that we share in all that He has and is.

Ladies, God desires your beauty. He desires that you be beautiful for Him. What a thought! But He also desires our holiness and the two go hand in hand. He does not want you to have the beauty that the world offers or the kind that it defines, but only His complete beauty. He longs to give to us what is His. He longs to wash us to make us clean. He longs to clothe us. He longs to make us beautiful.

I found a wonderful blog post titled, “What Guys Think about Modesty.” It really moved me and opened my eyes and I hope you will take a few minutes and watch the video at the end.

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You are right on! Thank you for your blog. It has been such a sad thing to see how society has corrupted us. I remember when my daughter was in Kindergarten and we had trouble finding decent clothes for her to wear. Madonna was the rage at that time and she was influencing the clothing industry. I was so shocked to see parents allowing their daughters to where sensual clothing that even adult women shouldn’t wear in public. And then when it became popular for women to wear what we call lingerie and camisoles for their shirts was absolutely amazing. The industry took something that was meant for privacy and brought it out in the open. Women invite problems for themselves when they dress in ways that draw men’s eyes to them. They also take the surprise out of it for any man they may marry. It all serves to keep men and women focused on the wrong things. Modest dress would help to curb our natural desires and give us the chance to focus on some other things, like God.

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  • Linda
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 03:38:44

Just don’t wear those black stockings and grandma shoes.

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Linda, you always make me laugh

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Definitely not. Nothing says we can’t be attractive, just be decent about it.

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  • Mea
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 06:08:35

Sorry I have to be the adversary…again (rolls eyes) lol. Actually I don’t disagree with you a whole lot here. Yes you are right the bible does give a description of how God wants men and women to act dress and behave. Woohoo we agree! Lol. Actually I just wanted to give my POV. Not saying yours is wrong because it isn’t. Just that to me modesty differs from community to community. If you were to go back in time and wear what you are wearing now you wouldn’t be very modest lol. The Amish might not consider you very modest. However within your community you are very modest. Muslims consider a woman who covers her hair and skin modest women. I knew a Gothic Muslim. OMG she was such a sweetie! But I wouldn’t consider her modest because she stuck out like a sore thumb yet she was very modest in the eyes of other Muslims. I have done rituals skyclad and that was considered modest within that group of people. Modesty varies even within the Christian community. Most Pentecostals believe that woman should not have short hair and should only wear skirts. But that’s their thing, and you know my perception. Whatever brings you closer to God.
Yes I am more open with my sexuality but in my community it is acceptable. (NOT SAYING I SLEEP AROUND! just needed to clarify. I am monogamous) and it doesn’t bother me that you feel otherwise.
As far as the do-anything-a-man-can-do mentality. That’s not mine. I don’t believe I can do anything a man can do; I believe I can do anything I set my mind to. And from my perspective that seems to be more of the mentality now a days. Not saying that you are wrong because you experience the world differently than I.
I think it’s still possible to wear those miniskirts and tube tops and low cut blouses. Wear pants underneath a short skirt or dress; wear a shirt under a low cut blouse or tube top. I’m notorious for dressing in layers but that’s just because I am weird like that. I am not trying to seek attention I just wear whatever makes me feel comfortable. If people don’t like it that’s their problem not mine. I’m not here to please everyone, only myself and most importantly Deity. I suppose that’s why to some extent I disagree with the video. Not on the topic of modestly but the topic of sin. I won’t go into detail about it for the simple fact that I don’t want to start a war lol. We have enough of that in the world and I just want to be hippie right now.
Once again I am NOT disagreeing with you. In fact I do agree with you for the most part. What I agree most with is pleasing God, not the world. Yes ma’am! Once again this wasn’t an argument just my POV that’s all. You are a beacon of light to many Christian women and you make a lot of Christian women say to themselves, “Wow, she’s right!” You do plant a lot of seeds. Be silent only when you listen, never out of fear. I think you are doing good. Keep it up….oh and write a book. =) (Hugs, Hugs)

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Thanks for your always interesting comments! I agree, the technicalities of what is modest and what is not can change, and while there may be small gray areas I still think there is mostly black and white. I love how Romans puts it- if it causes your brother to stumble- don’t do it, or in this case, don’t wear it.

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  • Mea
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 15:38:04

    Lol I’m glad you thought it was interesting. I just thought it was cool to see how modesty differs from culture to culture. Your right it’s both gray and black and white. It’s such a strange thing.

  • Lacey
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 14:48:30

I appreciated this post! What I enjoyed most about it was your willingness to be convicted and led by the Holy Spirit. We should always be willing to change anything and everything for Him.

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Thanks! I agree!

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Rodi, you’re right on in your words. Thank you for sharing what all women/girls, ALL Mea, need to adhere to. My only negative for you might be, maybe you should consider changing you “about” picture to match your post. I’m assuming you’re on the learning curve and your conviction hasn’t quite caught up with our new knowledge. So, just carry-on, you’re on the fight track.

But, my goodness, Mea. Different communities still have the same God! And He doesn’t have different rules for you. No matter how many communities you go to, you still take the same body, modify it for modesty! Some communities would have you jailed and beaten for not doing so; while the consequences of others would have you so sexually tortured you’d wish for a quick end. I most certainly am not a religious fanatic but, here’s what’s got me on my box:

I’m notorious for dressing in layers but that’s just because I am weird like that. I am not trying to seek attention I just wear whatever makes me feel comfortable.

You have no idea, or just totally disregard the fact, that you have a RESPONSIBILITY in how you dress and it is not to look better that the girl next to you. Please keep reading this blog, or mine, or others maybe it’ll sink in that Satan has gotten you without even a struggle by shielding you from the truth and allowing you to be comfortable in your own false reasoning. I’m sorry to be so grumpy, because, believe it or not, I love you! I do not know you, don’t worry, but because your Gods’, I love you and that forces me to tell you the truth. Moreover I love Him, and I don’t want Him to have to suffer the pain of losing you when it’s all over. Please consider these things carefully. Lord bless you, really.

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Thank you for your comments! And about my “about” picture- I actually had thought of that previously…about changing it, and I think maybe I will! I would really hate that what people see of me on the outside, does not reflect the love I have for Heavenly Father.

 
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