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"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a
The Harvest                                             by J. Kirkpatrick
Wondrous Provision of Apparel               by K. Huff

The Harvest

The harvest is all gathered and their is a definite frosty, nip in the air. The fall housecleaning is done and thoughts turn to preparing the home for the cold, wintry days ahead.

"She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet," Pro 31:21. Scarlet, a brilliant crimson, is the coloring substance, derived from a color-producing insect found on the holm oak. The female alone produces the coloring matter, feeding on the leaves of the tree and yielding eggs containing the red substance.

Scarlet speaks of the blood covering of Jesus that purifies from sin. In the process of dying material, the piece is totally immersed. In preparing our household for the imminent weather that lies ahead we need to assure that they are clothed with the blood covering of Jesus. To do this we must first clothe ourselves with the proper attire for the rough weather ahead. All those items sewn, mended and stored away for the summer now come out for their winter usefulness.

"I will abundantly bless her provision..." Psa 132:15.

Provision, the Hebrew word, TSAYID means "to eagerly and keenly hunt for". Webster tells us provision is to see beforehand, to get, to collect and make ready for future use. Let's begin to search the scriptures for the things we as the hedge, the keeper's of the home are to put on, and also those things we need to put off, and discard.

Personalities are sometimes the root of our problems. Have you ever desired to be as beautiful, as outgoing, as talkative as others? Certainly we all have. Jesus, our example, was a man rejected. The Scriptures tell us there was nothing about His physical beauty that we would desire, Isa 53:3. Surely, then, our inner man is the mirror others should see; the real, the true, the unmasked reality of our being; not a facade, that which we put on in front of others. God desires that the true man of the heart come forth, adorned with the excellent, beautiful fruits of the Spirit, Gal 5:22-23. We need to put off, discard the unfruitful works of the flesh and put on the new man which is created in true righteousness and holiness. God has bountifully provided Spiritual fruit to brighten our contenance, to quicken our steps and cause us to sing with rejoicing lips.

WONDROUS PROVISION OF APPAREL

by K. Huff OH

Put on Willingness            Industriousness                   Vigour                Edification

Sincerity                          Put on Watchfulness            Illumination         Vigilence

Earnestness                     Sacrificing                           Worthiness          Interest

Versatility                        Easy Going                             Soft-spokeness

Put off Wastefullness       Indignant                            Vengeance            Envy

Sarcasim                         Wine Bibbing                     Interferring            Vindictiveness

Edginess                          Scoffing                             Weariness             Inflexibility

Vain glory                       Emotional                           Sadness

A GODLY WIFE'S APPAREL

by K. Huff OH

A women takes great pleasure in her outward appearance. A woman will go to great lengths to catch attention. She does this with a nice hair style, make-up, fancy clothes, whether tight or short; the list goes on. At one time this may have been acceptable in our lives, but the Father is now demanding something different from us. He wants us to have our inner appearance cleaned up, along with the outward appearance. Granted, our husbands do want us to look presentable and pleasing. He likes to see us neatly dressed, hair styled and groomed, and so forth. But what good are we to him if we are not Spiritually clothed, as well as physically clothed?

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shame-facedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. But which becometh women professing godliness with good works." I Tim 2:9-10

These 2 scriptures begin to tell how a godly woman ought to be arrayed. She is dressed in modest apparel. Modest means good behavior, seemly. "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication our of your mouth," Col 3:8. These are not part of modest apparel. This clothing must be removed if we want to be a stronghold for our husbands. Modest apparel also means that which is pleasing to God, clothes which are not revealing the outward, fleshly, ways; clothes, which do not give glory to ourselves. "For we are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's," I Cor 6:20. We are not to dress to please the carnal man, the flesh, but rather God.

I Timothy 2:9 says we are to be dressed modestly, with shamefacedness and sobriety. Shamefacedness means "a sense of shame, or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others and respect." Sobriety means "a soundness of mind, self-control, curbing one's desires and impulses, temperate and discreet. A godly woman does not need all the fine rich apparel; gold, silver or pearls in her hair, on her hands and around her neck. What she does need, though, is found in Gal 5:22-23; being adorned with love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance will bring more to her husband than all the riches in the world.

"Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come," Pro 31:25.

Strength and honour should be her outward and inner apparel. When we are adorned in this clothing then we are able to be of great value to our husbhands and our household.

"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning," *** Lu 12:35.

Gird means to encircle, enclose one's self with a belt or band. It also means to prepare oneself for action. The loins are the lower part of the back on either side of the backbone, between the hip bones and the ribs. This is the area of strength and procreative power, or the area which produces and brings life. A godly wife needs her loins to be girded about with truth. She should be completely surrounded with the Truth, which is the Word of God.

I Peter 1:13 tells us to gird up the loins of our mind.

We are to be sober and have hope. When our minds are girded up, they are cleansed. The only thoughts are those being of God. A way to keep this under control is to "cast down all the evil imaginations," II Cor 10:5-6. Anything that is not pleasing or edifying should not be thought upon. We need to bring all our thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Our apparel should include the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate protects the chest area of the body, both front and back. Righteousness is a character quality of innocence and holiness. It is right action and thinking. We need to have on this Spiritual armour God has so abundantly provided for us in His Word. It is like a change of garment, leaving the old man and putting on the new man created in righteousness. We know that our righteousness is as filthy rags, Isa 64:6. We, therefore, need to be clothed, instead, with His Robe of Righteousness, which is peace, quietness and assurance.

Our feet need the protective covering of the preparation of the gospel of peace. Shod means "To cover one's feet". With this protective covering of peace we are then ready to go spread or carry God's Word to our complete household. We also need God's provision for our head; the helmet of salvation. A helmet is a covering to protect the head. It also means "a precious thing to be eminent, rising above other things or places". That helmet is the wonderful provision of the Holy Spirit. We need to daily put on the Holy Spirit, to have that guidance and direction for our lives. Our husbands are our heads. "I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God," I Cor 11:3. We need to lift our husbands into this eminent place in our apparel. When our husbands are gone for the day, we also need to look to the Holy Spirit direction in our lives to help us make the right decisions and guide us through the right paths.

Becoming a goldy wife is at times difficult and strenous. "For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man," *** I Cor 11:809. We are to be that beautiful attire that will protect our husbands, our homes, our complete household from the inclement weather ahead. We are created for the man. We are to be his helpmeet. A step in that direction is to be adorned in the goldy apparel God so abundantly has provided for us in His Word.

"I will abundantly bless her provision..." Psa 132:15


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