Friday, February 10, 2012

Characteristics of a Godly Woman

Characteristics of a Godly Woman
by Matasha Allen

Are virtuous women an endangered species?

 What makes a God-fearing, virtuous woman? She is a woman with the strength of an army- God's army, that is.

 She is a woman who is efficient, valiant, and strong.

Her strength is obtained through years of waiting on the Lord, prayer, and devotion to the Word of God.

A God-fearing woman has Jesus as her first priority.

 She knows that doing God's will for her life is more important than doing what she wants to do. She is blessed by God and the favor of God is upon her life. She refuses to live beneath her privilege as a child of the King because she knows her worth. 

God has blessed her with everything she needs to fulfil her role as a child of God.

A Godly woman doesn't use her abilities to take advantage of others.

She uses what God has given her to glorify Him in all she does. She knows that she is intelligent, competent, and a valuable asset to the kingdom of God. She deserves to be cherished.

She possesses Godly wisdom, prudence, reliability, and trust.

She is praised and appreciated by her family.

 If she is married, she is a crowning joy to her husband, the icing on his cake. Her husband should be a Godly man with a vision and who knows how to encourage and positively influence his wife. 

The two of them complement each other and know that marriage is a partnership, not a temporary agreement.

A true woman of God is sent by God to fulfil her role in God's divine plan.

She has vision and can see potential where others see emptiness.

She is both spiritual and practical, applying the Word of God to her life. She lets her Light shine and does not waste time doing unproductive things or throwing pity parties. She knows how to be content in all situations, how to be business-minded and has a benevolent heart.

A Godly woman thinks before she acts, knows how to comfort and encourage, accepts and gives nothing less than the best, and does not let outside influences stop her or her household from achieving their full potential because she is covered by the blood of Jesus.

Women of God, we are royalty!

 Let's not live beneath our stations as princesses! We are special because our Heavenly Father cherishes us.

Why Our Good Works Cannot Save Us?

Why Our Good Works Cannot Save Us?

But why is it that good works cannot save us?  Here are five answers to that question.

 First, good works can't cancel your sin but sin ruins your good works.

Suppose you invite me over for breakfast one morning and offer to fix a three-egg omelette. As you begin to cook, I smell a putrid odour coming from the kitchen.

 What's that awful smell?

Oh, it's just a rotten egg. But don't worry, I added a few good eggs that will cancel out the rottenness.

 Do you think I would eat your omelette?

Not for a million dollars.


Because goodness doesn't cancel rottenness but rottenness ruins goodness.

 The same is true in the spiritual realm. You can’t be good enough to cancel out the putrid effect of your own sins.

Second, good works can't save you because God doesn't grade on a curve.

 He demands absolute perfection.

If you understand the Bible, you know that it only takes one sin to send you to hell.

 Let's suppose that you somehow only committed three sins a day.

That's impossible for most of us because we commit that many sins before getting out of bed in the morning. But let's give you credit for being very, very good. And let's further suppose that you never committed more than three sins a day for your entire life.

That would be over 1000 sins a year, which would mean that in 70 years you would end up with over 70,000 sins on your record.

Now let's further suppose that those sins were really speeding tickets.

 If a police officer stopped you for running a red light and discovered that you had 70,000 outstanding speeding tickets on your record, what would he do with you?

 You'd end up in jail so long they would throw away the key.

Do you think God is any different?

 But you and I commit far more than three sins a day. Our sins are like a mountain-so high we can’t climb over it, so wide we can't walk around it, so deep we can't tunnel under it. Our sins are so great that our works could never save us.

Third, good works can't save you because you can never be good enough long enough.

Just when you get a "good streak" going, you sin and have to start all over again.

Fourth, you can never be sure you've done enough.

That's why most religious people have no assurance of their salvation.

 They truly believe that being good will get them to heaven.

But as we've already seen, "doing good" is never good enough because we can never do enough to pay for our own sins.

There is one more answer to consider.

 Good works can't save you because if they could, you wouldn't need Jesus at all.

Why would Jesus die on the cross if somehow you could save yourself?

When we get to heaven, no one will be able to say,
"You and me, Jesus, we did it together. I baked the cookies and you died on the cross."

It's either all by Jesus or all by your own efforts – and nothing in between.

Excerpted from Ray Pritchard, "Sola Fide: By Faith Alone," Series: The Four "Solas," © 1997,

The Simple Salvation Prayer

Dear God in heaven, I come to You in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need Your forgiveness.

 I believe that Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the LORD of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank You Jesus for Your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank You Jesus that Your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore LORD Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to You alone and not to myself.

Thank You LORD Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. -Titus 3:4-6

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is LORD," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. -Romans 10:9-10

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