Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house. Psalm 128:3a
Walk Ye Into the Light of My Love as given to J. Kirkpatrick
Part II The Hedge by D. Spearman
Are You a Busy Body by K. Huff
Walk Ye in the Light of My Love
As we walk into the New Day of the Light, the illumination of the anointed Word, we are exhorted to rely on the knowledge set forth in God's Word.
The realization of the God-given, inspired Word of God, approbates to our being the conspicuous revelation of the meaning of His Word.
Yet, as many try to comprehend the meanings behind those words, who will be the ones to guide them into all truth?
I caution thee, O man, to come to Me in humility and in love, bowing down before Me in sincerity and in praise of those who I have raised up in this hour.
My words are in them as a burning fire. I have placed within them a fire that will not be quenched. Upon these, My people, will My glory be bestowed. Revealed Truth cometh from their mouth. Hear ye them!
The Light of the Revealed Word of Truth will illuminate your path. Upon all these will the phos (light) be sprinkled. Glowing foot steps will be seen. Follow their illuminated path, as the lighted path on the highway in the darkness of the night.
Gross darkness has come upon this earth. The fog has settled in. The illuminating phos I have placed on the path is the guiding light that I have prepared to take you through this darkness.
Last month I wrote about the damages of a wife becoming a snare to her husband. At the end of the article, I stated that God had something very serious, very beautiful, and very exciting for us wives to do. Before I go any further, I must tell you the difficulty I had in getting this article written. I had so much research that I thought was necessary to share. But God desires a short work. He would rather I write a general outline so He can freely minister to each home's needs. My research is available upon request!
Sometimes we look outside the home for fulfillment of a ministry before God. But God has given us a gloriously beautiful and exciting ministry right here in our own homes! Being a "Fruitful Vine" to our husband and the home (which includes children) is a ministry before God.
A "Fruitful Vine" is a fruit bearing, twining vine that gives an increase. In comparison, we should strive to bring forth the fruits listed in Galatians 5:22. A twining vine is flexible. It has to bend and submit to its surroundings. The vine wraps itself around other standing objects for added strength. The Word of God is the only thing that will stand forever.
Twice in Isaiah, he says the walls will be called "salvation", which means deliverance, free, preserved, succored. Isaiah 12:2 says that God is our salvation. Ephesians 1:13, Romans 1:16, and II Timothy 3:15 say the Word contains our salvation. The vine should wrap herself around the Word of God for strength.
The word "sides" in the Scripture means "flanks". The flank is the section of flesh between the last rib and the hip. (Remember where Eve came from!) Flank is also a military term. It is the sides of a bastion which is any well fortified or defended stronghold. The Spirit revealed Psalm 128:3 to me this way:
"Thy wife shall bear the fruit of the Spirit in a submissive, flexible way; gaining strength from the Word of God to stand as a fortified, defensive stronghold in her home". HALLELUJAH!!
What a ministry! Can you see what an important ministry this is in the home? We are to be a defensive stronghold. Why the wife? Isn't she the weaker vessel? Yes indeed, when she relies on her own strength. (Remember who took the forbidden fruit first). But when the man takes a wife, he takes a helpmeet. In Genesis 2:18, God saw the need in Adam for a helpmeet. I studies this word helpmeet out to great lengths. It means "Help or aid", but it also means "to surround, protect, succor".
To surround is to offer protection on all sides.
To protect is to guard against evil influences.
To succor is to help in times of distress, to offer relief, to run to the aid of.
To succor is also to run under.
When our husband is in need, we are to run under and lift him up. A man that has a wife to lift him up in the ears and eyes of others is a man that is respected - as is the wife. A man that has a wife that tears him down in the ears and eyes of others is a man dishonored - as is the wife. We are also to run under them and lift them before God. We do not pray to change them, we pray to strengthen them to do God's will.
Titus 2:2-5 talks more on the behavior of a wife. In verse 5 "keepers at home" is the Greek word OIKOUROS. This is made up of two words: OIKOS and OUROS. Oikos means "a family, a home". Ouros means "a guard, beware". Thus it means "a guard of the home"!!! A stronghold is most useful when the enemy is lurking about. We are to be on guard at all times so the enemy can be recognized quickly. There are many things to guard against, but God wants us to put a guard on ourselves. We are to guard against our imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (II Corinthians 10:5)
I wonder if Eve ever imagined what it would be like to be as a god; to have authority, a higher position? A wife does not go before her husband and point the way. This is totally against the will of God.
I Corinthians 11:7b-9 and 11 says that the woman is the glory of a man. The man is not the glory of the woman, but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man. Nevertheless, neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man in the Lord. The word "glory" means "honour, praise". This is all mentioned in Proverbs 12:4.
If Adam was complete in himself, God would not have made Eve. We cannot be prideful in this because, without wisdom Eve became a bad snare. We are only a portion of our husband's make up.
Sometimes we get ahead and try to change our husbands. Sometimes we are so bold as to ask God to change our husbands OUR WAY! Often we are the one that needs to change. We were not created to change him. If there are areas where you feel your husband is lacking towards you, ask God to fill them.
It has never been easy for me to accept total submission to Martin. But as a Christian, my submission is not to Martin. It is to God through Martin. I have given up all rights to my will. When I accepted Jesus, I SURRENDERED ALL.
Do you want to please God? Then submit yourselves unto your husbands as unto the Lord. (Ephesians 6:22). We do not have the choice to choose what we will or will not obey. We are to submit ourselves as it is fit in the Lord. If it is not fit, trust God to take care of it, or to speak specifically to you. Sometimes it can seem wrong. But just as God's protection was upon Sarah, (see Part 1, Issue 4) it can be upon us if we remain obedient.
We must be an encouragement to our husbands and children. They are out in worldly influences one way or another every day. This can wear a person out physically and Spiritually. A man's home should be his refuge, not part of the battlefield. Treat him special. Call him Lord as Sarah did to Abraham. Give him confidence that he can exert towards God, people, and you.
God gave women intuition. Do not us it in a prideful, deceiving way. (Look where it got Eve). Use it to sense danger from the enemy, to avoid the traps set by the fowler, Psalm 124:7.
God also gave women the ability to do two things at once. Throughout the day, while you are working, prayer can constantly be lifted up for your husband and your children. This is our greatest weapon. Even though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, II Corinthians 10:3-4.
Do not rely on the flesh to make you a good hedge. Keep yourself open to the anointing of the Spirit. When your husband has a need, make sure you have a relationship with the Father so you can hear Him speak to you on how to fill that need. Sometimes the best way to fill a need is by being silent.
I Peter 3:1, when properly translated reads: "Likewise ye wives be in subjection to your husbands that if any obey not the Word, they also may be won without a word by the behavior of the wife." Be on guard, removing the possibility of satan using you to get to the head.
The husband does not rely on the wife for his salvation. Abigail could protect Nabal from David, but she could not protect him against his own heart. Last month we saw what happens when the wife turns the husband's heart away from the will of God.
Ephesians 5:33 says we are to reverence our husbands, to stand in deep respect, and awe of him. There is honour in being a fruitful, submissive vine that is continually on guard, Proverbs 31:10-31.
"For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness, they work, and eat their own bread.
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing." II Thessalonians 3:11-13
The word WALK means to "be occupied with, walk around at large, with the ability".
The word DISORDERLY means "unarranged, unruly, behave disorderly".
The word WORKING means "to toil as a task, or an occupation, commit, minister about".
The word BUSYBODIES means "to work all around, bustle about, meddle".
When using the above Greek meanings to the words in the Scriptures, we can better understand what God is speaking:
"For we hear and see that there are some which are occupied with their own abilities. They walk around at large, unarranged, toiling at their occupation or commitment, ministering to others. While doing this, they are just bustling and meddling about." In other words, they are doing much, but not getting anything accomplished.
I've seen the children many times being occupied with their school work, or chores, but not much being accomplished. God has set an ORDER.
I Corinthians 14:40 says, "Let ALL things be done decently and in ORDER."
I Corinthians 14:33 says "He (God) is not the author of confusion".
God wants to set that order in every area of our lives. This includes teaching, getting things prepared, plus our everyday home and church life. When we have that order established in our lives, we will still be busy, but things will be accomplished. The confusion will be gone -- peace will reign.
If we are sincere about our God-given abilities and we work diligently at them then we will be productive.
"Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an example unto you." II Thessalonians 3:9
The word POWER means "ability, strength, worker of miracles". We have that power, ability, and strength in the Holy Spirit. We then can be an example unto the children, that they might follow in the say way.
"But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing." II Thessalonians 3:13
The word WEARY means "bad or weak, to fail in heart". When we as teachers and parents begin to feel weary, we feel we have failed, but we have not. We just need to continue on, to set that example for our children.
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation where with ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forebearing one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3
The word VOCATION means "the abilities that are given, a call, summons, or impulsion to perform a certain function or career, any trade, profession or occupation." The Lord wants us to perform the jobs He has given us to the best of our ability; doing it to please Him not others or ourselves. When we perform the things the Father has given us to do, do them with lowliness, meekness, longsuffering, and forbearing one another. This will keep the unity among one another.
In Matthew 25:14-30 we see that there were three servants. They were each given a different amount of talents according to their abilities. Two servants did something with their talents to make them profitable. The third one hid his in the ground. He did nothing with what was given him. Because of this, Jesus was very wroth and the talent he was given was taken away from him.
We have all been given talents. The Lord wants us to put them to good use according to the abilities He has given us. If He thought we could not do the job, He would never have given it to us.
God's Word says, "To whom much is given, much is required", Luke 12:48. This, I feel, goes for our talents also.
Let's not be busybodies, meddling in others talents and abilities: trying to direct them in what God has given them to do. Let's be good stewards and be diligent in what He has given US to do! We will have more than enough to do in prayer and seeking God's guidance in our own lives. We will not have time to be busybodies for the world, but "BUSYBODIES" in Christ's service.
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