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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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Sep
2011
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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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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The Homosexual Affliction

The world is run rampant with those claiming they know the truth based on what is seen, or felt, or heard from others in their social environment. It is a very dangerous situation, to say the least. In fact, it will be the downright death in the uttermost since of the word to those not seeking the truth from its “true” source. This really is an affliction upon everyone who harbors these kinds of thoughts and desires. The Upper Room experience was initiated and fueled by the gathering of like-minded individuals. Not to diminish the Lord’s part in this in any way, but the 120 were there to express their faith and obedience, their love and worship, and the very atmosphere of purpose became so powerful that it spilled out onto the street and caused the gathering of a great number of others who became the witness and the influenced.

    Today in our world the power of the gathering of like-minded people is still a force so great that it causes extraordinary things to happen. The homosexual “movement” is nothing more than the effect of witness and influence of a mass spiritual affliction. The numbers involved are staggering. And the number of those that participate, as well as those that support the affliction, but claim their own heterosexual status, is growing so fast that it shall not be stopped during our time on this earth. When the Lord takes over, well, at that time the matter will be between Him and them.

    And what about our time? How is the born again seeker of truth to deal with the onslaught of something so powerful that they can’t begin to stand against it? They may find it sickening at the least, and absolutely terrifying if it shows up in their family. What do we do if this sickness of the spirit, and the soul that harbors it, is standing right in front of us. Should one try to stop the very real forces of the demonic gay movement? Simply put, no. Should we just let it go; allow them to die the death they deserve? Most certainly not! That would be the exact opposite of righteousness.

    The first step in fighting an addiction is getting someone to realize they have one while at the same time – convincing them of the harm in it. And then the last thing you want to do is throw a barrage of childish Bible based rhetoric at them; so that your first attempt to reach them becomes your last! Be not confused! If you think I just said the Bible is rhetoric then you’re exactly the person I speak of in this portion of writing. Please, pay attention.

    The person that you may know with this affliction is likely to be described in one of three ways; a.) He knows the truth, and is in turmoil and struggle, b.) He knows of his wrong, but not of the truth, or c.) He glories in his sin, hasn’t got a clue of his wrong or the truth. Will any of this matter, come judgment? No! But we’re not at judgment, we’re at today, and it matters a great deal. If you want any hope of reaching one of these afflicted you must know which situation you’re dealing with and be prepared accordingly. Let’s say that (c.) above describes a creature that, for whatever reason, you have to kill. However, this creature is made of pure liquid. You shoot it with your Ten Commandment pistol; stab it with the Sodom and Gomorrah knives and all he sees is you being a threat as he continues in his ‘activities warranting death’. I know this is a bit science fiction but, try to get the point. (And NEVER think to do this, it’s an analogy!)

    The Bible is most certainly the undisputed, infallible word of God, it is not rhetoric! Unfortunately, about 9 out of 10 times that scripture passes thru human eyes and ears; it comes out of the mouth as just that. If you go in to this situation with scriptures blazing and cross waving, you’ve only got a 33% chance you’ve brought it to the right group, (a.), and then only a 3% chance that you and he both have a correct like-mindedness as to the context, content, and comprehension of the scriptures. Anyone can break out of these numbers through prayer and fasting and step up to be a mighty prayer warrior and instrument of healing. Most, no matter their age in Christ, simply are not.

So, how do we prepare, for this or any other affliction? Seek understanding! All you need to understand about the affliction is that the afflicted, no matter his/her outward expression of acceptance, is the victim and not due any further injury from you. But, this is not the understanding I refer to. Everyone knows that we are to worship in truth and in spirit. However, it is most often overlooked that we have to study in this same manner. That is to say, don’t just store the words in heart and mind, but study for true comprehension. Seek to really know the bible stories, and not just the words that make up the story, there is a difference. Pray while you study, read a passage or two over several times before you move on asking the Lord to reveal to you the true knowledge of His word so that you may attain wisdom, which only comes from Him. If you think you’ve got the right scriptural ammunition, the right biblical weapon, and you don’t; your target will discern in you – your truth; i.e. your lack of Biblical accuracy. So, before you go into this, or any other battle, make sure you’re the person for the job.

     We are to save our loved ones even if we have to snatch them from the very fire of judgment. Therefore, do not take anything I say here to mean that you should not act. Rather, that because the saving of a soul is so vitally important, your action may need to be calling upon someone else. Every one of those who stand on this immorality has someone, a non-afflicted someone, who loves them. If you’re a Christian, you’re supposed to love them, and love is something that you do! Remember the frustrated disciples who said ‘Lord, why can’t we cast out these demons?’ and He responded ‘…only by prayer and fasting.’? Well, in the meantime, you contribute by prayer, fasting, and standing on the Word of God.

     So, what about the other two groups? If they don’t care for who God is, or anyone coming in His name, then they will not care for any material you bring to assault them with. Understand – you are assaulting them! They want their freedom in all things just as you do and you are attacking that freedom. But, what you must do first is simple; forget about fighting the affliction. Their soul, their very core being of consciousness, has to get a taste of something that would cause a desire within itself to betray its’ current lusts for that evil. And that something else needs to be the presence of the Lord, a new love relationship. Remember the liquid creature you couldn’t shoot or stab? What if you infused his liquid-self with another liquid, say, some Holy Ghost wine?! Work on that and the rest of your steps will be guided by the Lord.

    Let’s go back to the top. The subject of this paper is not how to cure the homosexual. The intended subject is what you as a true Christian should do in this, or like, situations. I had said that one should not try to fight the homosexual movement, and one should not. Not as an individual. Movements are fought with movements! Pray for revival! Create an upper room, like-minded environment of purpose! As an individual, remember what you’ve read here about helping a loved one and act accordingly. Again, as an individual, you are not called to be God’s police. If you meet a “gay” person, don’t attack them with scorn and verbal abuse! They are not an affliction, they have an affliction! You are to show your faith by your actions. This situation is exactly where to exercise this verse. Any words that come out of your mouth should express your stand on your faith and your belief that this is not of God. Hold your faith and stand; just don’t stand on the afflicted person.

    You don’t have to attack, but you do have to stand on your faith and teachings. Stand on your Holy Ghost power that will allow you to do the influencing and them to be the receiver of! Tell them plainly and calmly that you think it is a spiritual sickness that will cause them an eternity of pain and suffering beyond anything they could imagine, but you are not here to stop them or interfere in any way without being asked to do so. Tell them it’s wrong and that you will never be a supporter of the affliction but, you will be a supporter of the soul within them that wants an eternity with God.

    Lord, I pray that this, your message, will reach those that have a need and be a guidance and support for them in the furtherance of your Kingdom, in the Holy Name of Jesus! Amen.


 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Notes from God

 

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