Restoring the Total Woman

 

 

 

 

Summary of the teachings from the Centre for Women’s Development & Healing, Women’s Forum on Restoring the Total Woman. Presented on Jan. 28, 2013.

 

Then God said, “Let Us make a man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” - Gen 1:26  As it is written we were created in the image of God and His Spirit which means  we were created to have dominion, knowledge, authority, strength etc.  All things that make up God we were created for and God wants us to live our lives that way. At birth we were created pure.  Our souls were clean, innocent and fragile. Through external situations/experiences and our nature of sin our souls have been made dirty and with blemish. What we have inside of us we attract. Our nature of sin attracts sin. Romans 3:23 states that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, without monitoring this nature of sin it will grow with us from birth and damage our hearts. With Christ in our lives, the image in which God created us has been restored. We were created for glory.  We have been called by Him, justified and glorified. (Romans 8:30) As women we were made for beauty, respect, honor and wisdom. God did not create us for shame, guilt, condemnation and accusation.

Proverbs 31:10-31 defines a virtuous woman, the total woman.  The total woman is decent she carries herself with honor and not pride. The total woman is made up of three things, the state of her heart, the state of her mind and the state of her hands. 

State of a woman’s heart:  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.-Proverbs 31:30.  The total woman fears the Lord. She respects and honors the ways of God.  She will be praised.  You must assure your heart is good and pure. You must see the way God sees.   When all you see is the negative and critical you must deal with issues of the heart.   Until the issues of the heart are dealt with you cannot receive and enjoy your total restoration. The foundation of your restoration is based on a clean heart a pure heart. There are some indicators to check the status of your heart.  Ungratefulness and a lack of gratitude is a sign of a bad heart. The total woman displays thanks and shows gratitude.  Evil desires and lust of strange things is another indication of a bad heart.  As with your physical heart if your spiritual heart is not good it will draw sickness, problems and heartaches. (Proverbs 4:23) Your heart must be completely sold out for God. The total woman thanks God for all she has.

State of a woman’s mind:  She opens her mouth her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.-Proverbs 31:26.   The total woman speaks of wisdom. She thinks things through. Acting on emotion leads us to regret.  Speaking from emotion using a lack of wisdom and knowledge causes loss; it brings about bad conscience, coldness and lack of empathy. (Proverbs 9:13-18) You must always think things through and know what is triggering your actions and words. By knowing what is causing you to react you are creating accountability. You must use wisdom and think things through. You train yourself and children in this matter. You must display wisdom and speak in kindness. Use wisdom in your relationships; let your conduct display your faith. Be gentle and meek in your relationships. Your beauty runs deeper than your physical appearance, being gentle and meek in spirit is precious is in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:1-4)

State of a woman’s hands:  Proverbs 31:16-17. The total woman is hard working.   She works with her hands and doesn’t wait on anyone to give her money or supply for her. The total woman is not a needy or clinging woman. She is dependent upon God and herself; she works hard and can care for herself. She is valued and brings impute into the home. She is an asset to her home and family.

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