Today is July 11, 2018

Verse of the Day — Romans 11:20

Do not be conceited, but fear;


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Pride leads to destruction.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

In Romans 11, God admonishes the Gentile believers to be wary of repeating the sin of the Jews—which was boasting of their privileged position (vv. 18-21). In the midst of this admonishment is this “do not be conceited” statement. Although it’s easy to pass over this phrase, it truly is something all Christians need to think about. Every Christian who totally understands his/her position in Christ must be careful not to fall into the “I’m there, you’re not” trap.

Yes, we will go to heaven (1 Peter 1:9). Yes, our sins are behind us (Colossians 2:14). Yes, God will love us no matter what we do (Psalm 103:12).      obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. —1 Peter 1:9

     having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. —Colossians 2:14

     As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
—Psalm 103:12

But God also warns us that He is both kind and severe:

Behold then the kindness and severity of God —Romans 11:22

And if we act conceited, a form of pride, we set the stage for future embarrassment.

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. —Proverbs 16:18


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Regarding women working outside the home—we received a spirited response—more positive than negative—but choose to reprint a sampling of mostly negative comments. Today’s Q & A is much longer than usual—we thought it best to respond to all the “working wife” questions at one time rather than over several days :-).

Dear Compass,

If it is accepted that men can be completely devoted to their wives while also working, why assume women cannot do the same?


ANSWER:

God equipped men and women differently for different roles. In the garden of Eden after the fall, God charged Adam with providing for their needs.

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread. —Genesis 3:19

The “toughness” demanded of many work situations comes more naturally for men than for women.

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. —Proverbs 27:17

Likewise, the nurturing spirit needed in the home should come more naturally for the woman.

the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit which is precious in the sight of God —1 Peter 3:4.

Why do you think the woman’s work in the home, making a safe place for the people she loves, being a helpmate to her husband in accomplishing God’s purpose for the two of them, nurturing the eternal character of her children, etc., is somehow less important than “a job” in the world?

. . . that they may encourage the young women . . . to be workers at home. —Titus 2:4-5

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Others wrote:

“You make life nearly impossible for women!”

Answer,

We couldn’t disagree more. There is incredible freedom and protection in doing things God’s way, even if it doesn’t seem at first logical to us.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me . . . and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my load is light. —Matthew 11:29-30. See also Luke 18:27.

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“. . . So, no married women must work at Compass . . . When is a wife permitted to do ‘anything’ outside the home under another’s authority?”

Answer,

Through the 20 plus years of this ministry, we’ve had a couple of women who were married but either had grown children, no children or yet to have children. But we’ve always taken great pains to ensure that the job is secondary to their family. If there is ever a need to immediately leave, or miss time due to husband or family priorities, they must make Compass a non-priority.

However, we did not say that a wife should not work outside the home. What we said was it was not God’s “best” for a woman to work outside the home (under the authority of someone other than her husband) in a secular setting where the world’s influences can take their toll.

But even if a wife is working for income at church, a ministry, or a secular job that has been carefully screened, we still don’t think it is God’s “best.” If she’s working for “the money,” then she is taking on the pressure and responsibility of having to provide for her family, a role we believe God has delegated to her husband.

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“How many people have been led to the Lord because of working wives?”

Answer,

God can, and often does, use any person in any situation to accomplish His purposes. However, no one’s salvation is dependent on another person, working or not. Remember, we’re talking about “good versus best.”

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“Your answer is pretty ‘old fashioned,’ move your thinking into the 21st century! You could have the cleanest house and the best-cooked meals, but if that person isn’t fulfilled and using the talents God has given her she wouldn’t be very happy.”

Answer,

Old fashioned? The Word of God is forever, never going out of “style.”

The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.
—Isaiah 40:8
     See also Psalm 119:89, 105:8; 1 Chronicles 16:15, 17:23; 1 Peter 1:25

There’s a major red flag in your comment. If a woman needs an outside, paying job to be “fulfilled,” then you’re dealing with a major spiritual problem in terms of her relationship with God and her sense of self-worth. As for using the talents God gave her, why do you assume those talents can only be brought out in the work place?

There are many women whose lives are creative, productive and impacting, who still choose to make their husbands, their homes, and their families their first priority (Proverbs 31). Do you think when a woman stands before Christ on Judgment Day and God looks at the talents He gave her, He’s going to ask her how much she got paid for them?

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“My income is not only beneficial to the Lord’s work, it also allows me to witness and share the love of Jesus with many people. I am a healthier, happier wife being used of the Lord here more than I would be staying home to be a ‘full wife.'”

Answer,

How do you know? What if a “full wife” is what God wants for your husband so that together you, and your husband, can be everything He intended?

P. S. God doesn’t need your money, He wants your total undying devotion.

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. —1 John 2:15-17

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“Our children are grown and my husband works many hours. I quit my job last spring as it was very stressful and I truly did not enjoy it. I spent the next six months at home. We were able to go on two mission trips and I was able to work a lot in our local church. But I found the long, lonely hours were not very fulfilling so I sought new employment. I now help teach people to read—training volunteers to work with women arriving in the United States whose second language is English. I really do like my job. Is this still an unwise decision?”

Answer,

Again, we are talking about “good” as distinguished from “best.” Does your job draw you closer to, or nudge you further away from, your husband?

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“To say that you can find no Scripture to support a wife having employment outside the home (assuming her husband’s blessing) is preposterous! What about Proverbs 31?”

Answer,

Proverbs 31:10-31 is an excellent outline of what a wife should be like. In the very first verse you find she is worth far more than money (v. 10). She is an “at home” mom (v. 15) who is in total charge of her house and children (v. 27-28). She works hard taking care of the family home (v. 13-15, 21), under her husband’s authority (v. 11-12), and multiplies her assets (v. 16, 24). She makes wise decisions with her husband’s blessing (v. 28-29). She doesn’t worry but rather totally trusts God with what He allows in her life (v. 25). But most of all, she is spiritually sound (v. 30, 26).

We find it interesting that the Proverbs 31 lady has a strong spiritual husband (v. 23), which is a point somewhat lost in this “working woman” discussion. We never once blamed the wife, but do totally lay blame, in its entirety, on the husband.

Most of the wives that work do so because the husband expects them to work or they feel they need to because of the financial situation the family has created. We believe the husband will answer, in some way, for many of his wife’s actions on Judgment Day as he is given spiritual leadership responsibility for the marriage.

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. —Ephesians 5:23

Whether or not she is working outside the home, is rebellious, commits adultery, etc., we believe it ultimately has to do with his leadership, or lack thereof.

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“Only the wives who truly love the Lord can say amen to this GML” (re: working wives).

Answer,

Hats off to your husband! 🙂

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