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Friday, February 17, 2017

Biblical Portrait ....series

Examining our walk in the light of Scripture
The verses on the following pages express God's heart for women. Together they provide a biblical portrait of a godly woman.
The questions that follow each verse are designed to help evaluate how well you are applying the Word in your daily walk. the point is not to answer a simple "yes" or "no" to each question, but rather to use the questions as a basis for person meditation, application, and response to the Lord.
Some of these verses are directed specifically to married women. Other apply more broadly to all women. Regardless of your marital status, ask God to open your heart and to help you see areas where He wants to mold you and make you a woman after His own heart.
To get the most our of this exercise, you may want to focus on one verse each day, asking God to show you how your life measures up to that particular aspect o His design. As you work through this section, highlight three or four verses that reveal specific areas of need in your life, so you can memorize them and engraft them into your heart and life.

What makes a beautiful woman?

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment...
Instead, it should be that of your inner self,
 the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit."
1 Peter 3:3-4

Do others see inner an inner radiance and beauty that are the results of a grateful, yielded, trusting spirit?
Do I focus more time and effort on cultivating inner spiritual beauty than I do on matters of external beauty?
"This is the way the holy women of the past
 who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful."
1 Peter 3:5
Am I more concerned about being holy than being happy?
Am I placing my hope and trust in God rather than in people?
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeing;
 but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
Proverbs 31:30
Am I more concerned about cultivating my relationship with the Lord than about being fashionable, stylish, or physically attractive?
Do I live in the constant, conscious recognition of the presence of God?
Do I desire to please God more than I desire the approval of others?
"I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety"
1 Timothy 2:9
Do I dress modestly?
Do my clothing styles encourage men to think pure thoughts, rather than stimulating them to have sensual thoughts or desires?
Do I dress in such a way as to draw attention to the heart and spirit of Jesus within me, rather than to my physical body?
"....not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes"
1 Timothy  2:9
Do I avoid extreme or excessive fashions(hair, clothing, jewelry, make-up) that could call attention to myself or cause people to be distracted from focusing on the Lord?
Do I avoid extravagant jewelry or clothing that could flaunt my wealth or cause others to be envious?
Do my wardrobe and outward appearance portray a spirit of moderation, sobriety, purity, and reverence?
Next week we will look at the answers to "How does a woman of God conduct herself?"

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