1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)
3. Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)
Becoming a Christian isn’t a get out of jail free card from the troubles of life. In fact, Jesus explicitly told us that we WOULD face tribulations, but in the same breath He also gave us some uplifting news- that He had overcome the world so we have nothing left to fear. (John 16:33) Sometimes that doesn’t provide much consolation though, does it? You might have the head knowledge that yes, God is there but it doesn’t really give you a solution to the problem. You just want to stop stumbling through the darkness and reach the light at the end of the tunnel. One thing that’s important to remember is that even when things are at their worst, as believers we can still have peace! I’m not talking about what the world describes as peace. That “peace” isn’t even a shadow of the God-given peace we have through Jesus Christ, the peace that surpasses all understanding. That peace comes when we’re completely relying on Him and not what we can do in ourselves. The
Bible tells us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might.
It says nothing about self sufficiency, because believe it or not, true freedom comes when
we’re completely entangled in Christ. It’s also vitally important that you make time to draw near to God, because He WILL draw near to you when you do. If you don’t immediately get results, be persistent. God isn’t a distant God. He desires an intimate relationship with all of His children so He’s not going to withhold himself. Whatever you’re facing right now, remember that God loves you. I know it’s hard to keep walking forward when you can’t even see three feet in front of you but take heart, God knows exactly where you are and where you’re going. You will see the victory over this circumstance, because we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
God is faithful: Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Deuteronomy 7:9 Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments-
2 Timothy 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Peace in the storm: Philippians 4:6-7 Be
anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with
thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my
steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall
not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength to His people. The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Strength through Him: Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For
we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore
I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in
persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then
I am strong.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I just want to encourage y'all to keep going. Now is not the time to stop and give up. God is doing a work in you. That’s why you’re struggling so hard.
Some of you might have asked God, “why am I struggling more than those around me?” And I think the answer to that question is because you are a light and you have chosen Jesus.
See, when we choose Jesus we don’t fight less, we fight more. The enemy is throwing things at us left and right because of who our God is. Recognize your battle! You are not fighting your parents, or your friends, or just the struggles of life. You are fighting the attacks of the enemy. The enemy will try to disguise his attacks as your parents being angry at you for no reason or your friends bailing on you or things not working our financially or school wise. The enemy will try to attack you and disguise his attacks in order to get you off of your guard so recognize your battle guys!!!!
The enemy WANTS us to give up. The enemy WANTS us to quit. But you know what? God wants us to stand firm and He wants us to fight with the armor that he has given us.
1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
So keep going y'all, God’s got you if you trust Him!!!! I hope this uplifts y'all. God Bless!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
God is strong, and he wants you strong. - Ephesians 6:10 (MSG)
He wants you to thrive and be the very best you can be, and He will give you the tools to be just that.
1. God is the one who makes you strong…not other people.
There are times when you may feel that you have to be the stronger person in your family, in your friendships, or other relationships, at work, at school, but know that God wants you to know that HE is the one who is strong and he is the one who can make you strong. It’s not about being strong because of other people, but because of the Lord. Let HIM be the one who carries you.
: 2. God is the one who will give you the strength to get past your insecurities. When it comes to the uncertainty or anxiety about yourself, or the lack of confidence, it’s not about trying to talk them away or downplay them in your mind. It’s about knowing that God is the one who will give you the strength, giving you the best possible materials so that you will be able to stand against the things thrown your way. You do NOT find the strength on your own to look or think past these things. God is the one who makes you strong.
: 3. God is the one who will give you strength when it comes to relationships. When you find yourself getting discouraged about what hasn’t happened yet, who hasn’t shown up, remember as Paul said here to the Ephesians, know that this race we’re running isn’t just some little contest that will be over in few hours. This is a race for life and the only way we are going to make it is by being prepared. Prepare yourself for the future by learning to lean on God in the present! You can’t get there alone. It’s all Him!
Daily Reading: Ephesians 6:10-13
Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo
A lot of us misinterpret what the Bible means when it exhorts us as believers to “be strong”. When we face adversity, we might rely on our own abilities and strengths to carry us through and then wonder why the situation only seems to get worse. We may have the head knowledge that God will never leave us but we still want to cling to as much control over our situation as we can, with the expectation that He will reward our efforts. See, there’s a vital part of scripture we’re missing. When God tells us to be strong, He tells us to be strong in the power of HIS might. There’s not one mention in the Bible of relying on your own inner strength. We’re to trust in Him with ALL our heart and lean not on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-6) We each have a part of ourselves that wants to maintain some kind of self sufficiency but true freedom can only be found when we’re entirely dependent on God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest anyone should boast.
When you get down to it, grace is really the core message of the gospel. None of us are enough in ourselves. That’s why Jesus died; to cover our imperfections with His perfection. To reunite us to God and instill in us a new nature, because self effort simply wasn’t enough to get us where we needed to be. If your strength’s been depleted and you feel exhausted from the weight of life’s troubles, take heart. You CAN do all things- but it’s through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:13) Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7) God promises to never leave His children. He’s right there with you to help you weather the storm. Trust in HIS power, and He promises you’ll see the victory.
Ephesians 6:10-11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
For the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you-
We are engaged in a spiritual battle - all believers find themselves subject to Satan’s attacks because they are no longer on Satan’s side. Thus, Paul tells in Ephesians 6:10-17 to use every piece of God’s armour to resist Satan’s attacks and to stand true to God in the midst of them.
Belt - truth… : Satan fights with lies and sometimes his lies sound like truth but believers have God’s truth, which can defeat Satan’s lies..
Body armour- God’s righteousness: Satan often attacks our hearts - the seat of our emotions, self worth and trust. God’s righteousness is the breastplate that protects our heart and ensures His approval. He approves of us because we have trusted Christ to save us and cleanse our hearts from sin.
Shoes- the peace that comes from the good news : Satan wants us to think that telling others the good news is a worthless and Hopeless task the size of the task is too big and the negative responses are too much to handle. But the shoes God gives us are the true peace that is available in God, which prepares us to share the news with others.
Shield - faith: the shield of faith protects us from Satan’s fiery darts in the form of insults, setbacks and temptations. With God’s perspective, we can see beyond our circumstances and know that ultimate victory is ours.
Helmet - salvation: Satan wants to make us doubt God. Jesus and our salvation. The helmet protects our mind from doubting God’s saving work for us.
Sword- the word of God: the sword is the only weapon of offence in the list of armour. There are times when we need to take the offensive against Satan. When we are tempted, we need to trust in the truth of God’s word..
From the students life application study bible NLT
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.”
Ephesians 6:10 HCSB
Paul the Apostle follows this passage with saying put on the full armor of God. It’s another way of saying wear Jesus Christ. Be so clothed in our hearts and souls with biblical truth and the spirit of God that Christ flows from everything that we do that no matter what the world throws at us, it meets Christ through us.
Ephesians 6:10 says, ‘Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.’ Many people read that verse and think the Lord is telling them to be strong in themselves. But the Scripture doesn’t say a word about being strong in yourself. It says to be strong in the Lord. 'I don’t know whether I can make it or not,’ people say. Certainly you can make it. Don’t even think about it. Be strong in the Lord. Be strong in the power of HIS might, not your power or might.