Tuesday Night Bible Study
April 20, 2021
Zoom Conference Call # 1 646 558 8656,
Meeting ID: 804 615 8216, Passcode: 812594
"CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY WOMAN”
Dr. James A. May, D. D., M.R.E., Th.M., – Facilitator
Narrated by Sister Teresa Brown
Lesson – 3 “A Woman's Relationship to Man”
Philippians 4:12-13 NLT
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength.”
Quote: “A woman’s strength isn’t just how much she can handle before she breaks. It’s also how much she can handle after she is broken”
The portrait of women has not changed much from the biblical days, it’s just more civilized. Women were considered inferior, weak and were to be seen but not heard (see Jeremiah 51:30; 1 Timothy 2:12-14). *A 2020 PayScale’s Gender Pay Gap Report shows that men and women still aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work. Women are making $0.98 to every $1 that a man makes when all factors that influence compensation (position, job level, years of experience, etc.) are controlled. This figure has remained unchanged since 2016. When data are not controlled, women are shown to make $0.81 to every $1 a man makes, demonstrating that more women occupy lower paying positions than men. Women of color face additional barriers in getting fair pay. African and Black American women earned $0.75 to every $1 a man makes.
Women of today are exposed to sexist humor, sexual aggression, sexual assault, and demeaning language. It is commonplace to hear explicit profanity being used to describe a woman. They are mistreated, used and abused. However, regardless of these and many more barriers’ that women are subjected to, strong Christian women overcome them because they understand that their destination is not based on the social attitudes of the day, but engrained in their strength from the Lord.
STRENGTH FROM THE LORD
In the book of Ruth, she is seen as a young widow. After her husband’s death, she chose to continue living with her former mother-in-law, Naomi, also widowed, who believed in the God of Israel. Ruth was a Moabitess, a foreigner who did not worship God.
Naomi had suggested that Ruth and her other daughter-in law Orpah go back home to their parents, where it would be safer and easier for them. However, Ruth decided to remain Naomi’s companion, she stated, “Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).
Ruth swore her allegiance to Naomi but moreover to God. The two women, heartbroken over the total loss of their family traveled from Moab to Naomi’s home in Bethlehem just as the harvest of barley was starting. These women had no men to provide for them, but Ruth was enterprising, and she suggested she glean in the fields behind the barley harvesters. Ruth just so happened to glean in a field owned by a man named Boaz
Long story short, Boaz and Ruth were married, and they later produced the forebear of David. Ruth bore Boaz a son named Obed, the future father of Jesse, who would become the father of King David. Ruth did not let the social norms of society prevent her from trusting in the true, living God. And because she did, she was rewarded by God.
STRENGTH THROUTH THE LORD
The Lord calls ordinary people to do extraordinary things that can only be accomplished through the Spirit. In Philippians 4:13 KJV, it says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Notice it doesn’t say, I can do all thing because Christ strengthens me. The scripture uses the word “through.” The word “through” means “moving in one side and out of the other side. In other words, we must use Christ as the conduit, go through Him in order to get His strength.
Many people inaccurately quote this scripture as to meaning they can do anything because Christ gives them the strength. However, if what you are trying to accomplish doesn’t line up with the Word of God, Christ will not give you the strength. Luke 1:45 NLT says, “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”
Without a doubt, God gives Christian woman strength. The Lord has clothed you with strength Proverbs 31:25; Proverbs 31:17. As with everything God gives us, we then become the stewards of that gift. We also become responsible to use it right and accountable for how we use it.
THE “WEAKER VESSEL”
When women are referred to as the “weaker vessel”, it’s not because they lack strength or are powerless. It’s not because their role as a woman is any less important than a man’s or because they are valued less. It is by design they are to be protected by their husbands as delicate and valuable. In fact, it’s their very value that is considered when men are instructed how to live with their wives. 1 Peter 3:7 NLT says, “In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.”
A STRONG WOMAN
A strong woman first seeks God with her whole heart and soul (see Matthew 6:33). She seeks His strength which is holy and righteous. She seeks out wisdom and understanding. She immerses herself in Jesus and knows who she is through His eyes. A woman’s heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her. A strong woman rises above her circumstances, experiences, and failures and keep on fighting because they trust in the Lord. His strength allows her to see who she really is and not who the world wants her to be.
Without a doubt, God gives Christian woman strength. However, that strength is to be used to glorify God and not self. Women receive their strength from God, through Christ.
A strong woman first seeks God with her whole heart and soul (see Matthew 6:33). She seeks His strength which is holy and righteous. She seeks out wisdom and understanding. She immerses herself in Jesus and knows who she is through His eyes. A woman’s heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her.
Strong Christian women overcome because they understand that their destination is not based on the social attitudes of the day, but engrained in their strength from the Lord.
The Lord has clothed them with strength Proverbs 31:25; Proverbs 31:17. As with everything God gives us, we then become the stewards of that gift. We also become responsible to use it right and accountable for how we use it.
Next Week - Characteristics of A Godly Woman