On this particular morning I am up at 0300 with a storm. For whatever reason, I cannot sleep. My mind has been drawn to a particular passage from Romans that I heard on the radio the other day. Its a familiar passage but hearing it aloud nudge my heart towards this series I am posting. Over the last six months, this series has shown the many virtues and characteristic that make a Proverbs 31 Woman:
She reverences her God
She is daily growing her faith
She seeks to radiate the righteousness demonstrated through the life of Christ
She is a women of prayer
She empties herself daily In her marriage and in her relationship to God
She is submissive, trusting, and seeks to honor her husband and her God
She is a sold-out mom, her family is her priority next to her relationship with God
She is disciplined, self-sacrificing, self-controlled
She cares for the health of her body, mind and spirit-healthy cravings
She demonstrates spirit-living
She remains in God
She craves God and she is complete in His love
She builds her house with strength and courage, the aroma of respect and affection fills her rooms
She is "blessed"
When you look in the mirror, do you see her...parts of this Proverbs 31 Woman? Are you, the Proverbs 31 Woman, becoming more like Christ as this passage describes? That is the purpose of this study in this year. Living intentionally a triumphal faith.
Upon hearing the reading of Romans 1:1-5 on the radio, I heard the Spirit of God whisper "this too is the Proverbs 31 Woman". Slowly read through these verses in the NKJV which titles this passage "Faith Triumphs in Trouble". Faith...the foundation of the Proverbs 31 Woman, the backbone of all other virtues and characteristics she might possess. I know you know this passage well...
Triumphal faith...a love relationship that makes us complete in God, even if there is chaos surrounding our world, our life, our minutes. Triumphal faith that opens doors when we are call to something greater than us and closes doors when it is not His will.
Joy...peace...praises..though it all...wrap in His generous love and grace. Perseverance...character ...hope...beauty marks from the Holy One. Beauty marks of godliness. A godliness that glorifies God through personal devotion and worship. This week, look a little deeper into this triumphal faith walk by these references for glorifying God from the MacArthur Bible Commentary (2005, pp.1518). Again, meditate on the verses, apply it, pray it. Live out these activities.
Monday: Living with Purpose ~ 1 Cor. 10:31
Tuesday: Confessing sins ~ Joshua 7:19
Wednesday: Praying Expectantly ~ John 14:13
Thursday: Living Purely ~ 1 Cor. 6: 18-20
Friday: Submitting to Christ ~ Phil. 2:9-11
It is though faith that we can get through the best and the worst of days. Grow your faith. Grow your walk of glorifying God. Fall deeper in love with Jesus.