Monday, February 25, 2008

Are we of more noble character?

I am currently doing a study of the box of Acts. Chapter 17 is by far my favorite chapter so far! The verse I have always loved and been challenged by is Acts 17:11 - Now the Bereans were of more noble character then the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. That my friends is how we should be! Listen to awesome Ministers! We have some at our church, and my personal favorite Alistair Begg on the radio! But do not just accept what is taught from the pulpit! We should know the Word ourselves! We need to know it for several reasons, one being that in the end times some will come that will have a semblance to truth, but will be wolves in sheep's clothing! If we do not know the Word, we could be fooled by them! (2 Peter 2:1-3). I don't know about you, but I want to be of more noble character! I want to know the Word, and the God who it tells of! I want my children to know this too! We cannot sit back any more and be complacent in our bible study! We must be committed, passionate followers of Christ!

Oh it gets me excited!!!!

Another thing I love about the 17th chapter is the fact that twice it mentions the "Prominent Women", verse 4 or Prominent Greek Women", verse 12. So many in society would and have said that God and the church tries to keep women down! I don't know about you, but throughout the Bible I see God holding women in high regard! In chapter 16 we are introduced to Lydia , a dealer in purple cloth. This statement "dealer in purple cloth" signifies that she was probably wealthy. She was a disciple of Jesus! Others that come to mind in the Bible are Deborah, Esther, Jekobed(?sp), Abigail, Ruth, Noami, Mary, and so many others! Society would like us to think that God is not fair, and that women are thought less in His eyes, but he gives us proof after proof that He loves us, and desires to use us for His kingdom! This doesn't mean there is not a proper order of things, because we know that God is a God of order, he says that in the 14th chapter of 1 Corinthians, verse 33 "For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace". That order is: Christ is the head of the husband and the husband the head of the wife, and God is the head of Christ 2 Corinthians 11:3. Proper order, the way things should be; not subjection (to bring under control or dominion, or to cause or force to undergo or endure (something unpleasant, inconvenient, or trying)), but freedom with proper boundaries (the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action).

I don't know about you, but that encourages me!

Have an awesome night, and get diggin'

10 comments:

Mari said...

I have done a few studies on women in the Bible and always find them interesting. You are right about not just accepting what we hear but studying to know ourselves. That's something I did for too many years.

Praise and Coffee said...

Powerful stuff friend!!

Thanks,
Sue

thepmsclub said...

that is very encouraging!!!

Thanks for your comment on my blog!

Monkey Giggles said...

Very well said. I do love the book of acts.

Cheri said...

That is encouraging- thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post Kim, lots of good things to think about,Patty

Denise said...

Bless you for this post, now I will get diggin. I love you my friend.

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

Kim,
How tender.. precious words of God.

I love to just get lost in Him...
yes, such an encouragement...

I'm diggin it...

smile

Tami Boesiger said...

I LOVE diggin', but sometimes my spade gets a little dull. Thanks for the reminder to keep at it.

Mel's World said...

Love it Love it Love it!!!! I love the way the Bible uses women not to overpower men but to compliment them. I love how there are so many great women in the Bible for us to look up to!

Great words my friend!!!