Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Qualities of a Virtuous Woman (2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Qualities of a Virtuous Woman (2)

There is no doubt that you caught some secrets in the last segment about the Virtuous woman? I pray that the Lord will also help us today to get what He has in store for us.  I explained to you who a Virtuous woman is and trust as one of her qualities.  Today, I still want to focus on her quality as A Woman of Stewardship.

The Virtuous woman take some time to check out her work and is careful to consider that her motivation is right, that she does her work all for the glory and honour of God and not out of selfishness. She makes sure that she knows her operations, understands what is going on, and observes her merchandise. The Word of God says: She perceived that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night (Proverbs 31:18).

She runs her business on a balanced budget. She gets good things, yet she is careful not to buy something that would be a financial burden on the family. It would be better to make do or go without. She has learned how to make things with little or no value into something useful and of value.

A virtuous woman is always careful to do her work and duties as unto the Lord. The Word of God says: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31). A virtuous woman is not wasteful with the material possessions the Lord has given her. How you take care of the things that God has given you indicate what kind of a steward you are. A “steward” is a man employed in great families to manage the domestic concerns and keeps the accounts (See Genesis 15:2; 43:19). As children of God, we are His agents and part of our calling lies in the management of His property. As a woman, can you boldly say that you are a woman of stewardship?

Christian stewards must realize that they live, move, and have their being in Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 6:19-20). The whole of the Christian’s life – personality, time, talent, influence, material substance, everything must be dedicated to Christ. He is our perfect example. Romans 14:12 says: So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Philippians 2:5-9 says: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. Christ in His stewardship demonstrated His perfection by making Himself of no reputation by taking upon Himself the form of a servant. He humbled Himself. What an example Christ, the Son of God was to us in this way!

As a woman, who controls your day – the time God has given to you for 24 hours? How do you spend these hours? Do you live them victoriously, having sweet fellowship with the Lord, or do you let the devil squander them away? You alone are the steward of your time. Avoid time wasters!

Perhaps one of the hardest things to define is time. A well-known preacher once said, “The older I get, the more I realize that perhaps the greatest gift I could give you is time. Actually, the only gift I can give you is my time. If I give you money, I give you the time it took me to earn that money. If I give you a gift, I give you the time it took me to earn the money with which I bought the gift. Perhaps, then it is true that time is the only thing that I can really give to you.” Colossians 4:5 says we should redeem the time, Psalm 90:12 tells us to number our days and apply our hearts unto wisdom; Ephesians 5:15,16 advises to redeem the time for the days are evil and James 4:14 says, time is as a vapour.  May the Lord give you understanding!

To be a woman of stewardship, you need God’s backing.  This can only come by confessing your sins to God and surrendering your life to Him as your Lord and Saviour.  You want to give your life to Christ? You need to say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins.  I accept You as my Lord and Saviour.  Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”

Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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