Threatened by the Proverbs 31 Woman


by Evelyn Wells


I sat, accused, feeling trapped in my pew. Once again it was Mother’s Day, and the pastor was preaching about the Proverbs 31 Woman. I could see her, clothed in righteousness. She had her finger pointed at me, as she screamed, “YOU! Who do you think you are? Why are you here, today of all days?”


I hung my head in shame, as I listened to the enemy whisper in my ear. “You’ve dishonored your upbringing and shamed your family. Do you think God wants you as His child? I think not.”


I knew I had been forgiven of all my sins. According to Scripture, they were buried in the sea of forgetfulness. Jesus paid for them and remembered them no more. But I didn’t remember that. I felt like a complete failure, defeat weighing heavy on my shoulders. My marriage had ended in divorce. My children and I were on our own, and it was hard. Hard financially and in other ways, as well.


The Proverbs 31 Woman looked nothing like me. She was a woman of excellence; her life was full of outstanding accomplishments, while I did well to provide for my sons. Cherished by her husband, she is described as being far more precious than jewels. I felt so unworthy.

Proverbs 31, Godly character, Evelyn Wells, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Grunt, Don’t Grunt


by Katy Kauffman


Grunt. Don’t grunt. Grunt. Don’t grunt. I wondered which way it is.


Do we “grunt” to be more like Christ, or is it a work He performs in us? What’s our part? What’s His? These questions usually come to mind when I hear someone say, “Jesus was won the victory for us. Rest in that victory.” Yes, Jesus’ death defeated sin’s power over us and set us free from sin’s penalty of eternal separation from God. But in my daily Christian life, I feel the tug of war between good and evil, between what I want and what God wants for me.


So grunt? Philippians 2:12 (NKJV*) teaches, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” We have a part to play in our spiritual growth, and it’s going to take some fierce respect and love for God because we are in a fierce spiritual battle. As Satan’s kingdom wars against God’s, as the world’s ways war against God’s holy principles, as our sinful nature competes for supremacy with the Holy Spirit’s leadership, we are called to fight. To “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and to flee what’s evil and pursue what’s good (1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:22).

Spiritual Growth, Godly character, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Grunt, Don’t Grunt, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Have Your Way, O LORD: A Poem


This week I want to share the following poem with you as we are preparing to release our new Bible study compilation, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character. Just like a homeowner has to open up his house to a renovation team, we have to open our hearts to God for Him to work in us and conform us to Christ’s likeness. This poem was first published in the Fruit of the Spirit issue of Refresh, which was the basis of Heart Renovation.

 

“Prepare the way of the LORD,

Make His paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled

And every mountain and hill brought low;

The crooked places shall be made straight

And the rough ways smooth.”

Luke 3:4-5 NKJV

 

I can dream, but I don’t know

Of all the beauty You want to show,

Of who You are and what You can do

In a life that’s totally committed to You.

Godly character, Have Your Way, O LORD, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies