SPF 106: JOY! Making our Home in Christ

Tis the season to be joyful right? But no matter how festive the traditions, or fluffy the snow, or twinkly the lights, Christians sentiments just won’t get us there. Today we are going to talk about where to find complete joy and how to make our home in Christ.

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JOY. Complete Joy!

Joy is something at Christmas time that many people think can be attend by the sentiments of the season. But the sentiments will never lead to complete Joy.

John 15:1-11

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Joy is not found in sentiment. It is not found in traditions. It is not found under a tree.

True joy is found in Jesus Christ - and how do we partake of this true joy?

Like a branch abiding in a vine, we abide in Christ.

Abide In Christ

Abide means to remain, to dwell - so much so that we make our home there. jesus tells us to abide in Him, to make our home in Him. Remain there. Live there. Why? Because apart from Him we can do nothing! Apart from him there is not complete joy. Apart from Him the Father is not glorified.

Abidingit is only made possible by Jesus Christ himself! Abiding in Christ is made possible through regeneration. When we are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ we can now abide in Him. vs 3 tells us that we are already clean;  we were once so dirty from sin and unattached to Christ, that it was impossible to bear fruit; but we have been cleansed by the Blood of Christ, we are now in Him and we are now fitted and ready to bear fruit. 

But there are concrete realities to abiding in Christ which is where there is complete joy.

  • One of the ways we continue in Christ is in verse 7 which is letting His words abide in us. the word of Christ should dwell in us richly like it says in Colossians 3:16.

  • Jesus tells us to abide in His love - we are to rest our lives on the love Christ has for us

  • Another way to abide in Christ is to obey Him. Vs 10 says IF You keep my commands you will abide in my love.

The complete joy of Jesus Christ is found in abiding in HIm.

We first get it at our regeneration in Christ.

And then it is maintained through abiding in Christ daily.

Maybe you can think through this list and try one this week:

  • Read the Word and let it dwell in you richly - read, study, sing it, memorize it

  • Obey the Lord - know His commands and walk in them faithfully - by His grace we obey - He is at work in us as we are humble

  • Fellowship with one another - Scripture is clear that we are to not give up meeting together; be with other believers in church and in fellowship 

  • Grow in the knowledge of God’s love for you.

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

Resources

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I highly recommend listening to this sermon by Pastor Douglas Wilson about Joy and trials. It goes deeper into the sentiment thing and what God is doing in our lives for our JOY in trials:

https://www.christkirk.com/sermon/joy-to-the-world/

(Side note - play the audio only - below the video - the video tends to freeze and then the sound is muted.)

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SPF 105: The Geneology of Christ + The Meaning of Christmas

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers - what is significant about the genealogy of Christ and how does it teach us about the meaning of Christmas?

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The Genealogy of Christ

The first verse in Matthew 1 is

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

In Greek it says something more along the lines of:

Bible of the Genesis of Jesus Christ.

or

This is the book of the beginning of Jesus Christ.

Genesis, the first book of the Bible starts with how God brought about the world and mankind, and Matthew, the first book of the New Testament starts with how God brought about the birth of Jesus through a whole family history.

That history was God at work from the beginning to bring about his promises.

5 ways the genealogy of Christ matters

  1. The genealogy of Jesus shows that Jesus came into a fallen world

  2. The genealogy of Jesus shows that Jesus came to save Jews and Gentiles

  3. Jesus’ genealogy is traced back 4,000 years to Adam

    1. 1 corinithans 15:45 Romans 5:12-18

  4. Jesus’ genealogy is traced to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob

  5. Jesus’ Genealogy is traced to King David

    1. 2 Samuel 7:12-13 Isaiah 9

The Genealogy of Christ tells meaning of Christmas

First - it means that God keeps His promises.

  • God made big promises to bring about a Savior, a Messiah that would deliver people from their sins, and a King who would reign forever

  • We can see how God preserved a line of people throughout history to fulfill His promises

  • When we read name after name after name in Scripture, we are reading God’s faithfulness. He is faithful to do what He said He would do.

Second, the Genealogy of Christ means that the Light of the World has come.

  • The openings of Matthew and Luke show us that indeed the Light of the Word has come  into the darkness to bring light and life to our hearts.

  • John 8:12 [ I Am the Light of the World ] Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Resources

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First Adam, last Adam - https://creation.com/first-adamlast-adam

Why Genealogies of Christ is Important: https://answersingenesis.org/answers/biblical-authority-devotional/why-are-the-genealogies-of-christ-important/

Why the genealogies different in Matthew and Luke: https://creation.com/jesus-genealogies

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SPF 104: The Blessing and Warning in Abudance Deut 8 (+ Why History Is Important to the Christian)

There a seasons to everyone’s life. In lean season we often find our hearts set on God moment by moment, but in prosperous times, when our hearts a little fat and blessed, they can be filled with pride. Today we are looking at the first two things that tend to go when prosperous times come our way.

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The First Two Things to Go in Abudance

Reading: Deuteronomy 8:1-18

When we are blessed. When we are fat and happy, the first two things that go: 

  1. Remember the commands of God

  2. Remember to thank God

“Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day” Deuteronomy 8:17-18

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

History is Important

Part of remembering what God has done and giving Him thanks for His mighty hand and work means more than the happenings in our lives, or even in our current time.

God’s history equals more praise for Him.

Application

How do we prove faithful in times of abundance or need:

Treat them the same. Both meant for our good.

Read God’s Word and obey His commands

Remember what God has done and give thanks for His blessings.

Resources

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Pastor Doug Wilson Sermon on Deuteronomy 8

Classical Conversations (our homeschool community I mentioned on the podcast)

Reformation Heritage Books website

I have not read this one (nor do I have it) but it is from Richard Hannula and is exactly what I was talking about on the podcast - history from a Christian perspective!

Our Northwest Heritage
By Richard M. Hannula
Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries
By Sinclair B. Ferguson, Joel R. Beeke, Michael A. G. Haykin
Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints
By Joel R. Beeke And Randall J. Pederson

My journaling Bible is similar to this one:





SPF 103: The Work of Gratitude & First Thanksgiving Providence

We have ever reason in the world to be grateful AT ALL TIMES because of Christ. Today we are talking about the spiritual work of gratitude and a little first thanksgiving history.

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The Work of Gratitude

One of the ways we can prove faithful as Christian women, wives, and mothers, is to be grateful.

In fact, grateful really means Christian - we are to be thankful, ready to show our appreciation for God and return to him good works that bring glory to such a gracious and good God 

I head author Rebecca Merkle say that Gratitude is uniquely Christian because of our God.

Being thankful is a most important spiritual work!

Think about our natural selves, the flesh. It is easy to complain. It is easy to grumble. It is easy to find the negative.

It takes work - it takes an active resistance against our flesh to stop and give praise instead of complain and grumble. 

Gratitude is such an important work!

Think about this when a society turns and slides into darkness:

Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

  • They did not honor God as God

  • They did not give thanks to God

For the child of God there is no limit to gratitude.

Gratitude does Three Things:

  1. Gratitude acknowledges God. 

  2. Gratitude keeps our hearts humble. 

  3. Gratitude changes our perspective. 

When we are thankful we are very clear that we are not God. That God is Sovereign and at work and is gracious and merciful and gives good gifts to HIs children.

We may not be able to change our circumstances, but an eye for thankfulness will put our hope in the Eternal God.

One Way to Learn Gratitude

Read the Bible and read it with the right perspective.

The Bible is about God.

Rejoice at the truth we read!

Scripture Reading: Genesis 19 God Rescues Lot

Romans 8

We have committed treason against God - we have rebelled against the Sovereign and we deserve death.

Yet, God in His mercy, God in His loving kindness, God is His goodness, sent His Son Jesus to be sin for us, that we might be forgiven. The one who knew no sin became sin. The innocent one took the blame. He was crushed for our inequity. The punishment that brought us peace was upon HIM.

First Thanksgiving Providence

Shine As Lights Kidscast Podcast - Check out the Thanksgiving Episode about Squanto!
Squanto’s Story - https://bible.org/illustration/story-squanto

Mayflower History - http://mayflowerhistory.com/tisquantum/

May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: “Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good, and His mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, shew how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the; desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry, and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them. Let them confess before the Lord His loving kindness, and His wonderful works before the sons of men.
— William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation
According to the diary of Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God for [our] good . . . He showed [us] how to plant [our] corn, where to take fish and to procure other commodities . . . and was also [our] pilot to bring [us] to unknown places for [our] profit, and never left [us] till he died.
— https://bible.org/illustration/story-squanto

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SPF 102: Acknowledging God & Deep Joy

Acknowledging God is connected to our joy. Today we are talking about ways we sometimes do not acknowledge God and how we can acknowledge God, learning that one leads to destruction and the other to a deep joy rooted in the truthfulness of God.



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Acknowledging God and Deep Joy

When we acknowledge God in His Godness, it leads our heart to worship. God has the words of life! Let us come to Him!

Five ways that a person does not acknowledge God:

Romans 1:28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

“They stood in judgement of God and found Him unworthy to be acknowledged.”

When a person does not see fit to acknowledge God it looks like:

  1. denial of calling sin a sin 

  2. twisting the Word of God 

  3. Avoiding the Word of God altogether 

  4. Adding and taking away from the Gospel

  5. Coming up with a better way

This is such a thorough picture of someone who does not acknowledge God - for someone who finds God and His Word unworthy of being acknowledged and obeyed. 

The amazing thing is, regardless of what any human thinks about about God, God is untouched by our thoughts and opinions. God is God and God reigns.

Four Ways we Can Acknowledge God:

A right view of God will lead to a potent worship of God - an acknowledging worship 

A right view of God will lead to a heart and mind that acknowledges God as God and gives Him praise and thanks.

  1. Acknowledge that God reigns

  2. Acknowledge the holiness of God

  3. Acknowledge His commands

  4. Acknowledge God by giving thanks

“Holiness is wild. Holiness is three tornadoes in a row. Holiness is a series of black thunderheads coming in off the bay. Holiness is impolite. Holiness is the kind of darkness to make a sinful man tremble. Holiness beckons us to that darkness, where we do not meet ghouls and ghosts, but rather the righteousness of God—black righteousness. Holiness is a consuming fire. Holiness melts the world. And when we fear and worship a God like this, what is the result? Gladness of heart. Zion heard, and was glad (v. 8).” Pastor Doug Wilson from sermon on Psalm 97

“O Lord, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works.” Isaiah 26:12 

Keep giving thanks. It is befitting for the Christian. It lifts our eyes and our hopes. 

Resources:

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CDR - Christian Daily Reporter - a Christian news aggregate

Here is the “hate speech” article mentioned in the podcast: https://www.christiandailyreporter.com/instagram-hate-speech.html

Potency of Right Worship Psalm 97 - Doug Wilson, Christ Kirk

Books


SPF 101: Reformation Women: Katherina Von Bora

Happy Reformation Day!! Today we are celebrating this big movement for the Christians church that started in the 1500s with a story of a very famous reformers wife: Katie Luther.  

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Katherina Von Bora

Born Katherina Von Bora in January 29, 1499

Married Martin Luther in June 15, 1525

Historical Books about Katie Luther:

Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha

Popes and Feminists - How the Reformation Frees Women from Feminism by Elise Crapuchettes

Radiant - 50 Remarkable Women in Church History by Richard Hannula

THREE THINGS we can learn from Katie Luther:

  1. Katie was the mistress of her domain

    Being the Mistress of the domain is GROUND LEVEL foundational work - it is critical to operation of LIFE. Katie’s care of the home and her commitment to God served to propel the theological work of Martin Luther and today when we read our Bibles in our own Language we can think of a woman who faithfully made the way for her husband to preach and teach and REFORM.

  2. Katie engaged in theology

    While Katie served in her home she was also engaging in theology and the reform with Martin and his guests. Katie was spiritually inquisitive and a critical thinker. She would ask her questions to Luther and also be involved in their Table Talk discussions.

  3. Katie was not a victim - she was committed to the Lord

    Reformation women - their thoughts were not “let me see how I can advance the cause of women or any special victimized class - it’s how can I advance the gospel and make the Gospel of Jesus Christ known?” Elise Crapuchettes - Sheologians

Resources

Podcasts

SPF 017: The Five Solas

SPF 057: The Reformation Part 1

SPF 058: The Reformation Part 2

SPF 059: The Reformation Part 3

Sheologians - Popes and Feminists

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SPF 100: Q & A From Listeners 100 Episode Special

It’s the 100th episode of the SPF Podcast! To celebrate, I am answering questions from listeners and some rapid fire questions from my husband.

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SPF 099: The Feminine Design - Part 3 Masculinity & Femininity

We did it! Part 3 in the Feminine Design! Today I invited my husband to discuss some biblical principles of femininity AND masculinity. We talk a bit of culture and land on guiding prinicples of the Word when it comes to what is feminine and masculine and how to live out our roles with enthusiasm and thanksgiving. This is part 3 in a 3 part series.

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Notes and Scripture from the Podcast

Masculinity and Femininity

“God is the only one that should define anything. God defines everything.

We must submit to the standard that God set forth in His Word.

There we will find definitions and what is right and wrong; we will find clarity and a guide for our feelings.

Man and Woman Catechism for Young Men and Women

What does a man say? Grrrr - sound of strength

Who does a man follow? God

What does a man do? He leads

Man verse: 1 Corinthians 16:13

What does a woman say? Welcome!

Who does a woman follow? God and her man?

What does a woman do? She helps.

Woman verse: Proverbs 31:30

Not exclusive to a man or woman, but priorities.

“Act like men” means there is a biblical way that men are to act.

“Words mean things and ideas have consequences.”

“Each culture needs to, with biblical principles, express masculinity and femininity in a godly way.”

MEN - What is Masculine?

  • need to be strong

  • need to protect

  • go out and provide

  • husbands are the head of the home (authority) Ephesians 5:23-28

  • Headship

  • Authority in the home - 1 Corinthians 11:3

  • Authority exists to BUILD UP not destruction 2 Corinthians - this benefits the family

  • Ephesians 5 paints the picture of masculinity in authority in the home - sacrifice and responsibility and authority

  • takes responsibility for the whole family

  • responsible for washing wive in the Word

  • takes initiative

WOMEN - What is Feminine?

  • strength comes out of femininity, not trying to be like a man

  • nurturers

  • wives are submissive to their OWN husbands (as to the Lord) Ephesians 5:23-28

  • Help-ship - woman given to man to help!

  • Active submission - doing it on purpose; an attitude and posture toward our husband

  • Husband should have full trust in her (Proverbs 31)

  • Attitude of gratefulness

Feminism

If you look at culture, feminism is a desire for women to be like men, not be more feminine.

Feminism sees an oppressor and oppressed relationship - cultural marxism

The “oppressed” in the feminist mind is women; women are always oppressed by men and the only way to be free from oppression is to take over men. They do this by taking over men’s roles.

Christian idea of progress and trajectory is restoring back of God’s definitions.

Feminists want to redefine masculinity as femininity.

Soft Men

1 Corinthians 6:9 - malakoi - softness, weakness = effeminate

If you can redefine something, you’ve already won the argument.

1 John 1:5 - walk in light; live out the Truth; gives fellowship with others; Jesus’ blood purifies us.

What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb?
What are you doing, son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women,
your ways to those who destroy kings.
— Proverbs 31:2-3







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SPF 098: The Feminine Design - Part 2 Feminism

Feminism is a women’s liberation movement that extends through centuries and is currently as loud and prominent as ever. Today we are going to discuss three characteristics of feminism and it’s impacts on the Christian woman. This is part 2 in a 2 or 3 part series.

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Feminine Design - Feminism

Three characteristics of feminism and it’s impacts on the Christian woman

Number 1: Feminism rejects God and His design for women

One of the problems with feminism is that it rejects the design of God. Rebecca Merkle writes, “Feminism resents the mere suggestion that women have a different role than men.” It feels like a blow or insult to hear we are different, that we as woman and are designed for a specific purpose.

The differences between man and women are not about superiority, or favorites, or inequality. As Christians we can see what God has made and agree that it is good. And When we say God made men and women differently, it is good.

G.K. Chesterton poem:

“If I set the sun beside the moon,

And if I set the land beside the sea,

And if I set the flower beside the fruit,

And if I set the town beside the country,

And if I set the man beside the woman,

I suppose some fool would talk 

About one being better.”

Let Me Be A Woman

“What sort of world might it have been if Eve had refused the Serpent’s offer and had said to him instead, “Let me not be like God. Let me be what I was made to be — let me be a woman.”

-Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman

Number 2: Feminism rejects boundaries set forth by design

 “Design matters. The intent of the design matters. And we as God’s creatures are designed by Him to fulfill a particular role.” - Rebecca Merkle

Because God designed us for a specific purpose there are fixed limits on the feminine nature.

The world will tell us this is oppressive - this is some glass ceiling created by the patriarchy - that there is nothing woman cannot do and accomplish and become. We need to be weary of these messages.

Feminism has done a good job promoting ideas that women who stay at home are not living to their full potential. We have been sold this idea for decades that we are made for more than just a home or a kid or two.

As Christians we are called to turn a profit on the things God has given us - let’s not bury our roles and responsibilities because something else looks or the grass is greener on the other side. Our Christians roles and responsibilities may be hard work but it’s good work and the boundaries are wide to create and design and explore and conquer.

Number 3: Feminism wants divorce choice from consequence 

One of the biggest tragic ramifications today is the fact that feminism has sought freedom of choice without the consequences. Specifically feminism has wanted to unhitch sex with God’s design to bare children. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, changed the either/or dilemma. She effectively shared her message that we can divorce sex from being a wife and mother. This was seen as an emancipation from a woman’s biology. In other words, freedom from God’s design. 

Bottom line -  It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t fair for women to bear the burden of motherhood. Women needed liberation.

Her first abortion clinic opened in 1916. 

This was really a rally cry to have equal rites of immorality.

The truth about sex and our design is that God made sex to be a blessing in marriage for pleasure, connection, and also for procreation because one of God’s purposes is for men and women to fill the earth. Feminism has clearly and forcefully declared that children are a burden and not a blessing, and that the biology of a woman has nothing to do with our roles.

Trajectory Matters

The last thing I want to say about feminism is that sometimes there are things feminists and Christians agree on. The what is common ground. ere is the big thing I learned - the what may be the same for a feminist and a Christian. But the why and how are different. Therefore the trajectory is different. 

The why and how drive trajectory. 

As a Christian, our how and why are based on what God has revealed to us in His Word about His purposes and roles and designs for us. His loving and good commands help us know right from wrong and good from bad, wise and unwise.

God has made women for a reason. As a woman you have purpose, and that purpose is good and lovely and beautiful. It is fulfilling and glorifying to God. And you have inherent value in you femininity. God made male and female. And both are glorious and valuable. God said it was not good for man to be alone and so he made a helper suitable for Adam. He made woman. The last thing He created. and it was very good.

Think through this:

What is the definition of progress for a feminist? What is the definition for a Christian woman?

Trajectory Matters.

Resources

SPF Podcast - God’s Plan for Family - Part 1

SPF Podcast - God’s Plan for Family - Part 2

SPF Podcast - The Feminine Design - Part 1

Sheologians Podcast - Feminism is Poison (First Wave)

Sheologians Podcast - Feminism is Poison (Second Wave)

Sheologians Podcast - Feminism is Poison (Third Wave)

Sheologians Podcast - Feminism is Poison (Part 4)

Sheologians Podcast - Feminism Can’t Save You (but the Gospel Can)

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Let Me Be a Woman
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SPF 097: The Feminine Design - Part 1 God Made

Who is woman? What is her purpose? To answer these questions we must start at the very beginning when God designed woman and said His work was not just good, but very good. Belief in God as Creator lays the framework of WHO we are, WHAT we do, HOW we do it, and WHY we do it. Today we are looking at Three biblical truths about the feminine design. This is part 1 in a 2 part series.

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Life Hack

Write out the Bible verses and catechisms you are memorizing and put them by your Bible to review each day with your family. It makes it simple and quick to review memory work.

Here’s a catechism from New City Catechism we memorized:

Q: How do we glorify God?

A: We glorify God by loving Him, trusting Him, and obey His commands and laws.

Three Aspects of the Feminine Design

No. 1 God Designed

The reason feminine design and the purpose of a woman starts at the very beginning - with acknowledging that God is Creator is because that means He made it, and He is the authority. 

God being Creator means He has right to govern and to use all His creation the way he sees fit. That means that all of creation, including man and woman are dependent on him and will be held accountable to Him. 

We belong to God because He created us. We belong to His purpose of providence.

I love this quote from Dr. Joel Beeke -  “The theological implications of creation are far reaching.”

Because God is Creator, there is design and purpose to woman. There is such thing as feminine design because it was designed and purposed by someone - God, who we are dependent on and accountable to.

NO. 2 God designed women to rule, fill, subdue

This is another foundational truth about the feminine design - men and women are both created in God’s image, both given the cultural mandate, both equal and loved in God’s eyes, yet God gives them different roles to fulfill their callings.

How do women rule? 

God has made women to be homeward focused. We make decisions, we govern the ins and outs of the home. We manage with authority.

How do women fill?

When God gave the cultural mandate, Scripture starts with saying, “God blessed them and said be fruitful and multiple.” God said this same thing to Noah and his children after the ark - God blessed them and said be fruitful and multiply.

Part of women filling the earth is to embrace their physical design to bear children.

Our anatomy preaches this to us and to the world. This doesn’t mean our participation in the “fill” part of the cultural mandate is limited to being a baby maker. This goes hand in hand with mothering and nurturing and teaching and correcting.

We are to produce. To be productive with the the time, talents, and the Gospel all given to us by God. 

We are designed to multiply! The great commission calls us to go make more disciples of Christ. 

How do women subdue?

I love the definition of subdue in the Five Aspects study - to subdue is to bring under control by conquest and to keep under control by diligent maintenance.

As women we have areas of management - our home, our children, our budgets, our closets, our cars, our time, our minds - if left alone, these things move toward chaos.

No. 3 God designed women to help

Women are designed to be helpers. Adam could not do the job God gave Him on his own. He needed a helper. 

God created woman who was the perfect suitable helper. The word “fit” actually means according to the opposite of him”

Our work is interdependent. 

Biblical Description of the Feminine Design in Action

One of my favorite passages that illustrates the feminine design is found in 1 Timothy 5:9-10 and is actually instructing us about qualifications of a widow to be enrolled for support from the local church.

But these qualifications are telling of a woman who has been faithfully living out her design:

“Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.” 1 Timothy 5:9-10

My main point is to encourage us to look at what God made and said was good

and believe Him!

Resources

Sheologians has several great episodes on the feminine design!

FYI: I talked about the “Five Aspects of Woman” by Barbara Mouser. I love her descriptions of the feminine design, but it has been a long time since I have read the study in-depth (over ten years!!).

Eve in Exile is a great book about the feminine design and the impacts feminism has had on it over the centuries. Great read!

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Let Me Be a Woman
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