CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN 15

Character #15

Some women have been made to believe that they will not have enough time for their husband and children if they get serious with their careers,  dreams, or wealth creation. Many women have abandoned their aspirations with the sole reason of becoming good wives. This mentality, although profitable to those who followed it  is not what the good book teaches. Because the Proverbs 31 woman was a successful business woman and a successful wife. The issue lies with how best a lady can keep her life balanced. Bible says false balance is an abomination and so my fellow ladies let’s invest time to discover how best we can keep all aspects of out lives balanced.

The virtuous woman was an international business woman and yet a successful wife. She began her fabric career with producing flax and wool from her field, then she spindled them into sashes, tapestry, scarlet and finally linen garments.Black woman paying bills online

Her business was very progressive: from sewing for her household to sewing for her community folks and then exporting them to other nations via the merchants. “She makes linen garments, and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants” (Proverbs 31:24). Out of her profit she bought a field and started vineyard probably to start a brewery.

So you see? Heaven wants to see you reach your full potential, just be well balanced. There is an adage in Akan which literally translates “If your farms are many you still have to weed them all”. I have said it before; the success of a wife is primarily assessed from her home.
I personally believe that the husband of the Proverbs 31 woman was very supportive in his wife living her dream. So let no man stop his wife from fulfilling her aspirations, support her instead and guide her to live a balanced life.

​THE PLOTS OF THE ENEMY SHALL RATHER BRING OUT GOD’S POWERS

Scriptural reference: Daniel 6:1-28
6:1} It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an

hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the

whole kingdom; {6:2} And over these three presidents; of

whom Daniel [was] first: that the princes might give

accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

{6:3} Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents

and princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and

the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

{6:4} Then the presidents and princes sought to find

occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they

could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he [was]

faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

{6:5} Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion

against this Daniel, except we find [it] against him

concerning the law of his God. {6:6} Then these presidents

and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus

unto him, King Darius, live for ever. {6:7} All the

presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes,

the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to

establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that

whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty

days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of

lions. {6:8} Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the

writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the

Medes and Persians, which altereth not. {6:9}Wherefore

king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

{6:10} Now when Daniel knew that the writing was

signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open

in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees

three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his

God, as he did aforetime. {6:11} Then these men

assembled, and found Daniel praying and making

supplication before his God. {6:12} Then they came near,

and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree;

Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask

[a petition] of any God or man within thirty days, save of

thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king

answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of

the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. {6:13} Then

answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which

[is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not

thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but

maketh his petition three times a day. {6:14}Then the king,

when he heard [these] words, was sore displeased with

himself, and set [his] heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he

laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

{6:15} Then these men assembled unto the king, and said

unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and

Persians [is,] That no decree nor statute which the king

establisheth may be changed. {6:16} Then the king

commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast [him] into

the den of lions. [Now] the king spake and said unto Daniel,

Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver

thee. {6:17} And a stone was brought and laid upon the

mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet,

and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not

be changed concerning Daniel.

{6:18} Then the king went to his palace, and passed the

night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought

before him: and his sleep went from him. {6:19}Then the

king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto

the den of lions. {6:20} And when he came to the den, he

cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: [and] the king

spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living

God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to

deliver thee from the lions? {6:21} Then said Daniel unto

the king, O king, live for ever. {6:22} My God hath sent his

angel, and hath shut the lions mouths, that they have not

hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in

me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

{6:23} Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and

commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den.

So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of

hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

{6:24} And the king commanded, and they brought those

men which had accused Daniel, and they cast [them] into

the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and

the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones

in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

{6:25} Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations,

and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be

multiplied unto you. {6:26} I make a decree, That in every

dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the

God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for

ever, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed,

and his dominion [shall be even] unto the end. {6:27} He

delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders

in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the

power of the lions. {6:28} So this Daniel prospered in the

reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
What an amazing story! When Daniel was elevated to that feared and enviable position in the province of Babylon, because he had been able to interpret the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, he made a lot of known and unknown enemies. 

Behind Daniel, his enemies plotted ways to kill him, but unknowing to them, it was a way they were going to make Daniel’s God glorify Himself through Daniel and be worshipped by all in Babylon. And when King Darius called out to Daniel in the Lions’ den, Daniel replied, “My God sent His angel, and he shut the mouth of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was innocent in His sight. Nor have I done any wrong before Him.” Then King Darius said this about the God of Daniel and you and I, “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Don’t worry about the plots of your enemies against your life, because the God we serve who has been able to send his angel to protect Daniel in the lions’ den is poised to do more for you and I in our innocence , these days and ever more. Amen.

​PREPARE, AND BE EVER-READY FOR NO ONE KNOWS WHEN

Scriptural reference: Matthew 25:1-13
“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten bridesmaids* who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 

6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 

7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 

9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 

10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 

12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ 

13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return. 
The message in this text is laconically the title of this post. But a talkative as I am, I beseech your kindest permission to add small to it. Thank you, and May God Bless you.

When the bridegroom (Jesus) comes and you miss out, I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve missed out completely. Bottom-line. There is going to be no reason acceptable to Him like, “I’ve been waiting for you all this while, but I just went out there to make a point to those haters and distractors that I can also be as bad”, “It’s just a slip”, “I did not know it’s going to be this soon”, etc.

Like the Bible tells us, the enemy comes only to rob us of our goodies and impoverish us, so be prayerful, watchful, and tactful in your dealings in this world. Brother, light the fire and have everything to keep it burning at all times so you do not miss out like the five ‘foolish’ bridesmaids in the reference above for no one knows when the savoir will be coming again – not even the savior Himself – Matthew 24:36.

THE TWELVE CURSES ON MOUNT EBAR

​15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.

18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.

19 Cursed be he that perverteth the

judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.

20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he uncovereth

his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.

21 Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.

22 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

23 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen.

24 Cursed be he that smiteth his

neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.

25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.

26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

HAVE FAITH AND DON’T DOUBT

(Matt 21:21-23)
21 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. 22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

CHRIST AND THE REST

Once upon a time in Jerusalem, by the pool of Bethesda lay great multitude of sick people. They lie there in wait for the angel of God to disturb the water and the first person to get in this pool after the disturbance gets healed. It appears that this was the only way the people were healed from their infirmities in those days. There were great multitude of sick persons. So it wasn’t surprising when one man was asked whether he wanted to be healed and he said, “I can’t be healed” (John 5:6 NLT).

Sometimes it is so in life, the world presents one option/ path to our dreams and visions that we sometimes forget that Christ is the true way! The man whom Jesus talked to, had been sick for the past 38 years and only God knows how long he had been by that pool. The only way he knew he could be healed was – if only someone could help put him in the pool after the angels troubled it.

We too do think alike- Oh if only I knew the principal I would get admission; if only I knew one man on the panel I would get the scholarship; if my parents were alive I would have made it to college; if only I could win the lottery I would make it to the USA; if only I made it to college I would have been prosperous by now… on and on and on. Glory to God that apart from salvation, which has only one way to attain, all other situations in life presents with two solutions- Christ and the rest. And the truth is that Christ is the ultimate solution! So when this man (the man by the pool of Bethesda) discovered the second option to his sickness, who is Christ, he was able to walk from that moment on (John 5:9).

My dear beloved in Christ, do not give up in life! You have Christ! Christ the ultimate solution to all life’s problems and difficulties. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus – the God of possibilities. The one who can create rivers in the desert and make a way where there seem to be no way. Let us not get accustomed to the way we’ve seen things being done, or the patterns in which things flow in the world, instead trust in God. God bless you

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OUR IDENTITY

I found a few verses about who we were, either Jews or Gentiles, and how God has given us His identity. Now we have become God’s people.
   
1 Peter 2:10
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”*

Even the Jews, at a point, were not God’s people.       
Hos 1:6
6 Soon Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to Hosea, “Name your daughter Lo-ruhamah—’Not loved’—for I will no longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them.
   
Hos 1:9
9 And the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi—’Not my people’—for Israel is not my people, and I am not their God.

Glory to God that it was part of His plan to make us all His people: both Jews and Gentiles.
23 At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites
and raise them for myself.
I will show love
to those I called ‘Not loved.’
And to those I called ‘Not my people,’
I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’
And they will reply, ‘You are our God!'”
   
Rom 9:25
25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea,
“Those who were not my people,
I will now call my people.
And I will love those
whom I did not love before.”

And for we Gentiles, our identity as God’s people is a treasure. For God to make us a part of His people through the disobedience of the Jews.

Rom 10:19-20
19 But I ask, did the people of Israel really understand? Yes, they did, for even in the time of Moses, God said,
“I will rouse your jealousy through people who are not even a nation.
I will provoke your anger through the foolish Gentiles.”

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