Why We Have to Quit Making Excuses for Ourselves.
Who can find a virtuous woman?
Do we really want this?
To be this virtuous woman.
We know God is willing.
The real question is are we?
Ask yourself this, “Am I a virtuous woman?”.
If you answer no, then tell us why not.
Because if you want to be this woman you absolutely can.
Do you think there’s some deficiency in you that makes it impossible?
Some fatal flaw that means God is stumped. He’s met His match.
Does she intimidate you?
She’s totally aspirational.
We are suppose to want to be like her.
We’re suppose to think She’s All That.
And then we’re suppose to want to be ‘All That’ ourselves.
God is trying to do us a favor.
He’s laying out what it takes if you want to live a life that matters.
He’s being very specific about what you need to be and do.
Are you up for that?
Can we add your name to the list?
Because what, may I ask, is your plan B?
Who wants that on the tombstone?
Here lies_______, she was totally mediocre at everything she ever did.
Yesterday we talked about the meaning of the word virtuous.
The Hebrew word is chayil.
It translates: strength, ability, efficiency, wealth, and army, or force.
In a word this woman is CAPABLE.
And we can be too.
Here are a few reminders in case you have forgotten:
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
Ephesians 1:19-20 I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in heaven,
Ephesians 5:15-17 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
John 15:5 “Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can’t do a thing.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Philippians 3:12-14 I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.
I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.
I especially like that phrase, “I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing”.
Is there something else more important that we’re doing?
It is time that you and I get serious about following God’s plan.
It’s a big plan.
But, His power and wisdom can make it work in our lives.
What are we waiting for?