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May 5, 2021 8:00 am
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These are days when many are listening to people who are so-called expert, but they don't have wisdom because the Bible says the big thing all wisdom and I want you to know that this Proverbs 31 woman is a woman in the process of raising her children well that is by biblical standards train up your child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. That is Proverbs 22, six, and this is destined for victory hello and thanks for tuning in for today's message from Pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California.
One of the traits of a godly woman Proverbs 31 woman is that she's resourceful and she's generous godly women manifest these attributes in three ways, one of which is by raising the children in accordance with the word of God. Pastor Paul has plenty more to say on the subject. So stay with us or double the podcast of Pastor Paul.net at Google podcast or wherever you go to get yours now with this message in praise of godly women is Pastor Paul. Now there comes a point we made and two more yet to be made. The first point is thank God for women of nobility strength and power.
First, Tim talks about the virtuous woman or the woman of noble character and reestablish the fact that that is very much a military term it has to do with strength not only of body but of character and of spirit to be a woman of God you must be a woman who drawls on the strength of God and thank God for all women who have learned to rely on the power of God day by day. Thank God for women of nobility strength and power. Secondly, thank God for women with strong family values.
One of the things I love about the Proverbs 31 ideal is this is a woman who, despite obvious resourcefulness which will focus on in a moment. She is a woman who knows how to put first things first, and so godly women are to be praised for their strong family values. Those who have chosen that they will prioritize their husbands, in the case of married women and their children.
In the case of mothers they will prioritize them. Personal fulfillment and chasing some dream that would be really in the category of selfish ambition and they have chosen to prioritize those things that are more important because the fact of the matter is, many of our lives are better because we were raised by or heavily influenced by women considered us important enough to put their values and to put their time and energy into our lives and some of us are, the better off because of such women they could have been selfish. They could have gone out and done their own thing, as so many are doing today and just kind of pushing family on the back burner and say let them fend for themselves. I'm blowing out so that I can fulfill my own personal dreams.
Thank God for women, perhaps still have much personal fulfillment, but in terms of the order of things, and the importance of things in their lives. They have chosen to have strong and the biblical family values and our world is better off because of such women now want to pick it up and make 1/3 and fourth point before we get away from this chapter number three. Thank God for women who are resourceful and generous. Thank God for women who are resourceful and generous.
I want you to pay close attention to the fact that this Proverbs 31 woman is a woman who is extremely resourceful as we read some of these verses you can tell that she is one who is very very gifted by God and she uses all of her assets and all of her abilities in ways that bless your family. Bless others and glorify the Lord. At the same time, we noted that she is a woman who is so busy that one verse, verse 18 said her lab doesn't go out at night.
Now of course that's not to be taken literally. But it is to suggest that she is a woman who well into the night. Her mind is still geared up.
She is still being resourceful.
She takes care of her family and gets them settled in and she's already beginning to plan for and think about the next day.
Many of us know what it is like to be influenced by such godly women who prioritized us well and you their resources to benefit our lives and I want to suggest that we must give praise and honor to such women now want you to note 3 specific ways in which this godly woman in Proverbs 31 was both resourceful and generous. The first is that she was resourceful and generous and demonstrated it by training her children properly for verse 28 tells us the result of that and says her children arise and call her blessed.
Now I don't know if you realize it, but children don't arise and call their parents blessed unless they have been well taught and well trained, and I want you to know that these are days when we need to call the generation of modern parents to biblical standards of parenting because these are days when many are listening to people who are so-called expert, but they don't have wisdom because the Bible says, the fear of the Lord is the big thing of wisdom and I want you to know that this Proverbs 31 woman is a woman who is in the process of raising her children well that is by biblical standards. There are many women today because they don't understand or are not taking you to the biblical pattern for raising children nor children are analyzing and calling you blessed your children are rising in blessing you out and I want to let you know that is not God's will, God would have us to raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I want to read a few verses to you from Deuteronomy chapter 6 so that if you don't know what the biblical pattern is in child raising. You'll understand.
Deuteronomy chapter 6 verse four says this hero Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. There the first thing if you're going to be a godly parent then the commandments of the Lord must first be on your thank God for those of us who were raised by women who had the commandments of the Lord on their own hearts.
They didn't tell you one thing and do another. But they model of godliness not only by what they said but by the way they live. Always remember that your children are really good at spotting a phony, and they know when you'll all talk and no action. And so it is important that you understand that the commandments of the Lord are to reside in your own heart. First, then verse seven says impress them on your children. Impress what the commandments of the Lord all on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home so you all can remember those talks at the table where godly parents were telling you and reinforcing things to you and when you walk along the road on these days ride in the car when you live down and when you get up verse eight tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your four heads write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, there is the biblical model for training your children and godliness. You first of all by precept and example.
You live out the instructions of the Lord.
Then you employ them on your children.
If you want to be like this woman raise children who knows and called her blessed when you want to take seriously this mandate in Deuteronomy chapter 6 impress them on your children.
Do not buy into this modern idea that, well, you know, the children should be free to make up in their own minds. And so I let them explore all philosophies and let them dabble in any old thing they want and I don't have to necessarily be overly exposed to Christianity. I want them to have a well-rounded understanding. I don't want them to resent search listen as far as I'm concerned, is a Greek word for that baloney.
We are called according to the word to implants the commandments of the Lord on our children and so this whole idea of going to church. If you feel like it, but you don't have to.
That's something I am very unfamiliar with Christian parents that have no frame of reference.
I just looked at him with my mouth open, not believing what I hear the whole idea that you would say to children who live in your house, you have a captive audience that they know how to ask them are they going to church with you today.
I have no frame of reference for that. I come from the old school and I'm sorry you just have to put up with me at your new school. I don't know who is never in my life heard my mother say do you feel like going to church. I don't know what that sounds like I've never heard that. Are you going to church today. I'll tell you what I've heard 45 minutes.
This will be right back with more at today's destined for victory message from Pastor Paul Sheppard. Remember you can always listen on email@example.com that's Pastor Paul.net. There you find a host of great resources or online store, including books and DVDs from Pastor Paul. It was after today's message Pastor Paul joins me in the studio but first let's join him for the second half of today's destined for victory message in praise of godly women. See, we lived in walking distance to the church when I was growing up in those preteen years we lived right in walking distance early morning know I have 45 method be on your way to Sunday school major just started with Sunday school, so we all remember 930 to 1030 Sunday school. That was the hour and half hour break in my church, and 11 o'clock Jesus was supposed to show up in the morning service and so you had to be in and pretend they are all one time and he asked me to feel like going to church even when you got in your teen years and would hang out a little bit depressed will give you you know a later curfew because it was the weekend they would teary-eyed not going out from wells that are yet just tomorrow and you know sometimes we be housing an additional fun and we stay out real late and all of that call in sick Haywood don't want the restaurant all right. But remember you had church and you all know what it's like to go to bed really late and then you wake up you are so tired on Sunday morning and I don't care if you are hoping against hope that you might be given permission to stay home no such thing was going to happen what you would share wanted telling you, you have 45 minutes to be additive South.
Now you groggy and sleepy and complaining and see that that's why I told you, you knew you had church this morning became a like you had some since last night but it wasn't going to be an option you were going to church by virtue of your address by virtue of where you really you were going to church if you live in a household of faith. You were going to charge their attitude was we don't even care before you get saved you don't like going to church life. Because the goal is to impress the commandments of the Lord on you because that's what the Bible said no and will be plenty of time later for you.
If you haven't come to faith by 18 whenever you leave the house to be plenty of time for the Holy Spirit to be with you but they will have put so much word in you so much truth in you until even when you try to get away from it is going to be down on the inside troubling you.
And if you had a truly godly example in your parents that were loving. They were balanced and they were Christ centered and Bible based in the things I said and what they did. You were not going to be able to get far.
Even if you try to stay in since you tried to go out into thin in the years that you got away from your parents how to be a decent center when you been raised that way. I mean it's tough to be a decent center because they put so much stuff in you, that conviction is constantly coming your way and you understand that the Lord has other plans for my life and that's the way it ought to be folks and I thank God for the women in the body of Christ, who are resourceful in terms of raising their children properly for this is the will of God for us to so raise our children that they know the word of God. Listen we need to understand that over 75% of people who are saved in the body of Christ today say when they were preteens or teenagers well over three quarters got say when they were preteens or teenagers. What does that tell you that this is the time for you to impress the word of God on vamp the wise man said in Ecclesiastes chapter 12 to young people remembered and how your creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble, see the days of trouble or coming and if you haven't put the right things in your children by precept and by your own example, if you have not modeled the right things for them. They're going to hit those days of trouble days of temptation when they first get out on their own Dell adults and there out there in the world they don't have you now telling them what they have to do and where they have to go and solely mainly them and you got to have someone equip them with the word of God until they know how to fend off the attacks of the enemy. And so it's very very important that we praise women who have trained their children properly given them not only spiritual grounding and training, but just good old manners. The all remember the days when you taught your children have manners.
You know that's a dying art. Now, you know, I am shocked when I run into a child with short enough good manners. This child be in raise right to say God bless you. I'm glad that this is a remnant left in the earth that still believes that matters count for something in the Bible said in second Timothy chapter 3 in the last days perilous times would come and one of the things he listed there in second Timothy three is that people would be ungrateful, ungrateful as well as children would be disobedient to their parents and the fact of the matter is sometimes you see both inner child there already ungrateful because they have been taught to be grateful some of you remember the days when if someone just gave you a little something dimming have to be much, but your parents taught you that even if you didn't feel particularly grateful or didn't want what they were giving you, you still had to show some gratitude because as we were so often told coming up. No one has to do anything nice for and so when they think about you and choose to do something nice then you owe them a debt of gratitude and thanked God thank God for women who put those things in us. Many of you as well as regular blast with those kind of mothers and grandmothers and people who have that kind of godly influence in your life. I'm so glad I was raised with some sense I'm so glad because it kept me from some of the barrels and pitfalls that I see some of my contemporaries have fallen in and you and I all praise and all honor to those women in our lives who have demonstrated their resourcefulness. First, by the way they properly raised us now. Secondly, I see in this text that they demonstrate their resourcefulness and generosity by giving to those in need, and this giving is twofold.
In verse 20 of Proverbs chapter 31. It speaks of the fact that she is generous with regard to the poor that there are many people that are poor in our world. That's always been the case and probably will always be the case, and so we are told that this woman opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. Thank God for women who were resourceful enough to always look out for those who are less fortunate. In fact, some of us didn't even know how poor we were growing up, because our parents did a good job of shielding us from the end it made you feel like all of our needs are met. God has us covered in the fact is when you probably later and you talk to them and find out what little money they made you say God really blessed," because they had a way of stretching very little and it not only happened in their generation, but the generation preceding them. My grandmother, my dad tells the stories of my grandmother was one of the poorest women in her church, but he said around the Sunday when their family went home alone. She was always looking around to see if there was someone who didn't have, even what little she and sometimes he said it wasn't even a matter of finding poor people. She just loved being hospitable and so she would find the money. So you have anywhere to eat today after church, want to go home with me and my dad said my brothers and sister and I will look and we see Lucy bring home this week and if they look like they love.
He said we would be especially may because you know back in the 30s and what have you back in those days. Sometime the children all the stuff we have now children first. That didn't apply Batman and he said somehow we said mannequin and a fixing all the guest plates and we still will not be much left but listen. They had a spirit of generosity and their lives were rich because they shared what they and they had a sense it's important that we share love, and we share resources with one another. They understood that you can reap if you haven't sold and so they look for every opportunity to into the lives of other people. Thanks for joining us for today's destined for victory message in praise of godly women to wrap things up by pleased to have Pastor Paul join me from a studio in California pastor.
I know Mother's Day is right around the corner, which is one reason why you chosen to air the series in praise of godly women this week, but something tells me there's another reason share with us why these messages might be more important in our culture today than ever before. What I wanted to share this series now because I think affirmation and honor for mom's and mother figures is somewhat difficult to find these days people seem to be so preoccupied with themselves and their plans and their future that they don't look backwards and see that if it weren't for mom's and mother figures. They would not be where they are. So I'm hoping to help people rediscover the value of honoring and affirming moms and mother figures. You know the Proverbs says who can find a virtuous woman. Well these days. I kinda think the better question is who can find a kid or a dad who have sense enough to praise the mom and no we really got to understand that she plays an invaluable role. Even people who had challenging relationships with their moms or mother figures need to realize God use them in a significant way to get you to the place even if you think your living so much better and you have so much higher set of values or whatever you'd never had the chance to show that if they hadn't gotten you to the place where you could be better so we need to honor moms.
I'm hoping that people will really get that here it as I am fold of this teaching and they take advantage of this month's resource of that resource which services a great companion guide to the messages you're hearing this week is a booklet from Pastor Paul called traits of a virtuous woman. Pastor Paul wrote this booklet to honor mothers in particular and godly women in general. As you follow along, you discover several important traits that all women should embody that's traits of a virtuous woman. A booklet from Pastor Paul based on Proverbs 31 and is our gift to you this month by request for your generous gift to Destin for victory. So call us at 855-339-5500 to give over the phone or visit Pastor Paul.net to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538.
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Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. Thank God for mothers and grandmothers and women of godly influence in your life work hard to bring you to adulthood. Let me say something even if you have a godly parent.
Even if you have a godly mother.
She was able to get you to the place where you are careful not to get up to adulthood.
The Bible is clear you owe her honor. That's next time it Pastor Paul Shepard's message in praise of godly women. Until then, remember he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. In Christ, you are destined for victory