Launching Question: What is becoming of a woman of God?
As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19
I. Now That I Know…1 Samuel 16:6-7
A. Genesis 1:27; created in God’s image
B. Repent: change my way of thinking regarding true beauty
C. Clean the inside of my temple; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 & Matthew 23:25-28
1. What good is it to clean the inside when no one sees it
a. Matthew 15:1-20
b. Matthew 12:33-37
What’s stored up in that heart of yours, woman of God-becoming?
II. Why Did God Choose Mary
A. Luke 1:31-38
1. Mary only questioned how, in view of the fact that she was a virgin vs.34
2. She trusted & submitted to God’s plan by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant vs.38
B. Luke 46-55
1. Mary praised God w/a song
III. Why Hasn’t God Used Me
A. How would I have reacted
B. I have used up God’s time on the physical
IV. Why am I exhausting God’s time on my outward appearance?
A. What image am I fashioning myself after
1. God’s image; Genesis 1:27
2. What does God physically look like?
I DON’T KNOW!!!
B. So what’s the image
2. Galatians 5:22-23 & 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
II. A Becoming Morning
A. Spiritual Preparation
B. Psalm 51:10,15-17 & Isaiah 66:2
C. Psalm 139:14
D. Ephesians 6:10-18
So, I am becoming. I’ve had a change involving realization of potentialities, from God. He has told me what I can do to be beautiful. I had a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality. I will put into action the potential God has given me!
1. My Sister, friend, woman of God, what is becoming of a woman of God?
(Day 2’s intro)-Now that you, woman of God, she who is created in God’s image-Genesis 1:27- So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them, know that it’s a heart issue, (1 Samuel 16:6-7); repent, (change your way of thinking regarding true beauty) & be about cleaning the inside of your temple, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17- Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. Matthew23:25-28- “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. What good is it to do a cleaning on the inside; nobody sees it. Matthew 15:1-20. Okay, still don’t get it? Matthew 12:33-37. What’s stored up in that heart of yours, woman of God-becoming?
*Have you ever wondered why God chose Mary to be Jesus’ mother? How come He doesn’t choose me for His works, you ask?
Luke 1:31-38,46-55, Mary knew that she could have been stoned for being pregnant before marriage, however, after she asked Gabriel “How will this be, since I am a virgin,” v.34 (and I know we’ve all asked before…), & received her answer, she trusted & submitted to God’s plan by saying, "I am the LORD'S servant,” v.38. Then she praised Him w/a song, v.46-55! How is it that Mary was immediately able to trust God, submit to His plan & praise Him w/a song although she was having, “A bad day?” Praising God must have been habitual for her. And how can praise be habitual? By being a woman of God who stores up goodness in her heart. From the abundance of her heart, she praised God. What would have come from , (my), mouth? “Oh no you didn’t just come to me, an unmarried virgin, and tell me that I will be having a baby. Nope, I don’t care Whose baby it is! Don’t you know that I can be stoned for that? No, you need to find somebody else, cause I AIN’T the one!” I’ve used up God’s time working on this, (pointing to outward beauty). That’s why the Lord hasn’t used me! He wanted to use me, but I’ve exhausted that time, His time, that was given to me to prepare for His work, looking for matching shoes, an eye shadow to match my purse & making sure my hair was perfectly laid!
*Since I was created in the image & likeness of God, Genesis 1:27, what then am I fashioning myself after? What physical image do I have to shape mine? I DON’T! The image that which I was created from is not physical. It’s attributes. So what is the image of God, Galatians 5:22-23-But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. (Philippians 2:7-8)
Alright, let’s “redo” that morning. I woke up this morning smiling as I rolled over to pray. “Good morning & thank You my Heavenly Provider for giving me another opportunity to testify to the world of Your love & power. Another opportunity to reach the goal of becoming a woman of God; the woman You, fearfully & wonderfully-Psalm 139:14, created me to be! Which would be a testimony to the world. Thank You for giving me to Anton & trusting us w/"Evelyn"& "Cameron". Take my hand & lead me thru the day to glorify You. May I be in the abundance of Your strength to get thru the day! What is Your plan, dear Master, for me today? In the name of Jesus, whose blood has given me this joy, Amen! While making the bed I sing, Victory is mine…
Well good morning, I say when the kids get up! Did you sleep well? I’m so glad that God woke you up this morning. We sing This is the day, while getting dressed. On the way out the door we remind each other to let our lights shine & tell people that Jesus loves them. Do we have our belt of truth firmly fastened, breastplate of righteousness, feet in the peace of the gospel, our shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, & the sword of God, Ephesians 6:10-17? We pray for God’s safety, guidance, & plan for the day.
While waiting in line, God gave us the opportunity to tell someone why we’re so happy, ("I’m happy today in Jesus Christ because He’s taken my sins away")! When I find out that my fruit tray is not ready, I say that’s alright, I need to go into the BX anyway. I’ll just come back. Walking thru the food court, we notice that people reciprocate smiles! BUMP, soda spills. The innocent says, “I’m so sorry, may I help you clean up?” Woman of God, I’m becoming, says it’s okay, I should have been watching where I was going. (Jokingly), I say that I didn’t want to wear that shirt to Bible study tonight anyway. Let me get you another drink. Bible study, they inquire; where-what time-what’s the study about-is it too late for newcomers…
*Psalm 51:10,15-17 & Isaiah 66:2. This is beauty in God’s eyes!
So I am becoming, I’ve had a change involving realization of potentialities, from God, He has told me what I can do to be beautiful. I had a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality. I will put into action the potential God has given me.
1. My Sister, friend, woman of God, what is becoming of a woman of God?
There is one question on your outline. However, there’s actually two. I would like for you to write the second one yourself. First, write Isaiah 53:1-3. Next, write this question; If Jesus had no beauty, & nothing in His appearance to attract me, what then, attracts me to Jesus? Then, read the rest of Isaiah 53 and also read the following accounts of Jesus:
Now, answer your question.