Tuesday, October 14, 2008

10/14/08 - True Woman (Part 3)

Nancy Leigh DeMoss was the second speaker on Thursday night. Her message was: What is a True Woman? (You can listen HERE! Click on Nancy Leigh DeMoss' Thursday talk)

Again these are from my own personal notes:

Her message started in Romans 11:33-36:

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?"35 "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?"
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Oh, the depth of the riches, wisdom and knowledge of God:

No matter how far you plummet down, God is even deeper. His riches, wisdom and knowledge never fail, they are limitless and immeasurable! They are foundational, our bedrock.
However deep your problem, challenge or issue is, God is deeper still.

What is so deep? His riches, His wisdom, His knowledge. Knowing that God shall supply all my needs in complete wisdom and knowledge. He knows everything and what to do about it!

How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

His judgements are His decisions for our life. His ways are unfathomable and uncomprehendingly. He never has an emergency. He knows everything. He foresees everything.
There is no place for fear, criticism, doubt, second guessing God's choices, anger or disputing.

We have to get it into our heads and hearts that He is God and we are not. He is all wise!

We can't know all He is doing.

Nancy quoted John Piper: In every situation and in every circumstance God is always doing a thousand different things you do not see or do not know.

God is at work and He doesn't owe us an explanation, actually He owns us nothing.

For from him and through him and to him are all things

We must have a God-centered worldview and perspective. To resent or resist circumstances is to resent or resist God. Through Him we are sustained, held together. We can't hold anything together.

We live as it's all about us. As it is from us and through us! That leaves us bitter, depressed, angry, proud, and confused.

To him be glory forever

Our response should be to bring Him glory. To put Him in the spotlight and submit to His holy purposes.

Application:

1) A True Woman lives a God-centered life:

For His glory, it's not about us. It's about His supreme purposes. It's about having a God-centered purpose and perspective gives us hope.

It's not about us! It's all about Him!

2) A True Woman trusts God:

It's not hard to get it into our heads that we need to trust God, but it's hard to get it into our hearts.

Trust doesn't give into fear, it knows that God is in charge, and that His plan will not be thwarted. In trusting God there is no strife, no fear, no religious control or manipulation.

It's not our place to question God, but humbly bow before His sovereignty.

3) A True Woman says, "Yes, Lord!"

Saying "yes" is accepting the ways of God. It's knowing that your life is not your own. It's intentional living and counter-cultural living. It's asking, "What will please the Lord? What will display His glory?"

Her compass is the Word of God, not the world! She affirms that His purposes for creating male and female are good and wise. She accepts the way God made her.

It means saying "no" to:
  • self-centeredness
  • whining
  • complaining
  • bitterness
  • pining
  • resting
  • running from to the will of God

It means saying "yes" to:

  • forgiveness
  • repentance
  • embracing God
  • serving
  • trusting Him with our circumstance
  • finding and fulfilling His purposes for our life

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