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Older Women Teaching Younger Women (Part 8)

“…that the Word of God may not be blasphemed.”  (Titus 2:5) This is the last section of this part of the series and it explains the reason WHY it’s so important to follow the path the Lord has set before us as women.

There are 7 places in the New Testament that speak of blasphemed.  They all mean the same thing which is: to vilify; specially, to speak impiously:–(speak) blaspheme(-er, -mously, -my), defame, rail on, revile, speak evil. It is interesting how this word is used within each of the places.

The first place is in Acts 18:1-6.  Paul has gone to Corinth where he met Priscilla and Acquila.  He spent time making tents but also teaching (or trying to teach) the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.   The Jews opposed and blasphemed so Paul shook his garments and said he was done with the Jews, now he was going to the Gentiles.

The second place is in Rom. 2:17-24.  Here Paul is talking to the Romans about how they teach people and say it’s wrong to do something yet they do it themselves (do as I say not as I do).  In doing this they blaspheme the name of God!

The third place is in 1 Timothy 6:1.  Paul is talking to bondservants that are under the yoke of bondage to count their masters worthy of all honour so that the name of God would not be blasphemed.  It is of utmost importance that the employers are honoured otherwise the name of God is being blasphemed.

The fourth place is in Titus 2:5.  We are addressing this part right now.

The fifth, sixth, and seventh places are in Revelation 16:9,11,21.  I put these three together because they are together in that mankind is being judged and refuses to turn to God.  God pours out His judgment first of all by scorching men with a great heat.  Instead of turning to God, mankind begins blaspheming God.  Next, (verse 11) mankind blasphemes God because of the pain and the sores they have instead of repenting of their evil deeds.  Finally, in verse 21, men blasphemed God because the judgment of hail was very great.

This puts the perspective of not being sober, not loving our husbands, not loving our children, not being discreet, not being chaste, not being keepers at home, not being good and not being obedient to our own husbands in the same category as those who will blaspheme God because of the judgments God will pour out upon them.  This then shows that we are behaving in the same wicked way as those in Revelation 16.  Ladies, how many times have we seen that the heart is what is most important?  For instance, if we hate someone it is the same as murdering them (Mt. 5:21228).  If we lust after someone, it is the same as committing adultery (Mt. 5:27-28) .  Gluttony and drunkeness are listed together that will cause poverty.  Also if you look at the meaning of drunkeness it is the same word that is used to mean: to be loose morally (Proverbs 23:21).  Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, stubborness is as iniquity and idolatry (1 Sam. 15:23) and a lazy person is the same thing as a person who is a great destroyer (Proverbs 18:9).  The Bible shows that the sins of the heart are  just as bad as the actual sins that have been committed.  We are told in Proverbs 4:23 to, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

It is time for us to change according to God’s plan NOT according to what we think we should do.  Ladies, let us not blaspheme the name of God but let’s be willing to make God’s will our will within our lives and within our family’s lives!

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Older Women Teaching Younger Women (Part 5)

The next area we need to look at in older women teaching younger women deals with our attitudes and actions in general.  Titus goes on to say in verse 5, “to be discreet, chaste…”

What is discreet?  In looking at the meaning of the word, there are several different meanings so close together as to mean something similar and yet slightly different (as is with many words in the Bible).  I think this is really going to hit home with a lot of us!  The meaning: safe (sound) in mind, i.e. self-controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion):–discreet, sober, temperate.

This hits hard with the emotional state of women.  How many times have we been self-controlled as to our opinions and/or passions?  When someone has wronged our husbands or our children, how many times have we gotten angry because of that?  Are we willing to look past the mother instinct of hurting someone back because they hurt the one/s we love?  I have to be honest that there have been many times where I have gotten upset (and responded in an unChristlike manner) because someone has said or done something to my husband.  Is this right?  Absolutely NOT!  As the saying goes, “Two wrongs never make a right!”  If my position is right but my disposition is wrong then I am wrong!  This has probably been directed specifically at women because we have a tendency to overreact.

These other two things also hit us as we have a hard time being temperate and sober over things.  It’s much easier to go on binges whether they be food binges, shopping binges, or any other kind of binges that might be in our lives.  It is important that we ask the Lord to help us in these areas so that we can be temperate, sober-minded and moderate in our passions and opinions.

Chaste is the next word and the meaning is: properly, clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect:–chaste, clean, pure.  How many times have I heard from women (even pastor’s wives) that it is ok to read books that are not clean and pure because we have to “wind down sometime or other!”  Ladies, it is NOT ok to read books unclean and impure books.  The Bible tells us in Proverbs 4:23 to “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”  Nowhere are we commanded to let our minds go!  This teaching comes from the evil one because we are supposed to keep ourselves pure and clean at ALL times!  The new age movement (including yoga) teaches that you should let your mind go and envision a nice area like woods or a lake or something like that.  When we let go of our minds then the evil one and his minions (it would be more like his minions for us) have a heyday with our minds.  Before you know it, the things we thought we had control over spring back to life and we are having to deal with those sins once again!

When we are seeking to keep our minds pure, keeping our passions and opinions moderate (according to God’s word not our preferences) then we will see that our lives are chaste and discreet in the areas that we should be.  This might mean finding godly books to read (yes, you can read your husband’s theological books and it would help you immensely, believe it or not), a godly woman that is willing to disciple you, someone you can be accountable to in areas of your life where you are in desperate need of help, prayer time, meditation of scripture, reading your Bible, and seeking godly counsel where and when you need it.  Ladies, let’s be chaste and discreet in our everyday living!