Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Woman Under Your Hat

The Woman Under Your Hat
I Corinthians 11: 8, 9, & 10

Here’s Your Hat - Power
Vs 8. “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.”
Vs 9. “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man”
Vs 10. “For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.”

OUGHT – God declares this to be our responsibility, something that we owe, that is due:
1. Owe to God
2. Owe to others
3. Owe to ourselves What is this hat for our head?? POWER

POWER – authority, the right, the liberty, the jurisdiction over, strength
1. Power is CHOICE - leave or permission, liberty to do as one pleases
a. With every privilege or liberty comes responsibility
b. Choose wisely

2. Power is physical and mental strength and ability endued by God!
a. For you to POSSESS (within)
b. For you to EXERCISE (without)

3. Power is authority – INFLUENCE on all - family, friends, opposite sex!

4. Power is RULE and government – whose will and commands must be obeyed by others
a. Royally – as a daughter of the king
b. Over all - “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world"
c. Judicially – administrative decisions
d. Domestically – management of affairs
e. Submission - to your husband – a veil of propriety, the quality or state of being proper, suitable, compatible, able, qualified, virtuous, pure, modest, EXCELLENT 

How to Wear Your Hat – with Responsibility
Choose ~ Possess ~ Exercise ~ Influence ~ Rule
(Wisely ~ Your Strength & Abilities ~ Others in Godliness ~ Yourself first, then your affairs)

To be a proper child of God you must first be saved, baptised, a member of a local church and obedient to God’s Word.
1. CHOOSE Jesus Christ as your Saviour for now and eternity. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
2. POSSESS and EXERCISE freedom from sin. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (Jn 8:36) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I Jn 1:9)
3. INFLUENCE others by godly example. “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: …” 
4. RULE yourself and all your lifetime of affairs from the Bible.

Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. (I Timothy 4:8)

1. CHOOSE obedience to God and your parents and your elders. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” (Ephesians 6:1)
2. POSSESS and EXERCISE your physical and mental abilities in the paths taught to you by your mother and father. Follow in daily routines no matter how boring! Habits formed bring ease. Lessons of life are learned by watching and doing. 
3. INFLUENCE your parents, siblings, and other family members in your home by a godly example of obedience. Be a joy!
4. RULE yourself with diligence in learning and practicing all your affairs using love, kindness and faithfulness.

“…that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: Happy is that people that is in such a case: yea, happy is the people whose God is the Lord. (Psalm 144: 12b, 15)

1. CHOOSE to love your children! Love them when they are unlovely, love them when it’s hard to do. Love them when it means disciplining them. Love them just because.
2. POSSESS and EXERCISE your authority over your children.
3. INFLUENCE your children both by a living example and by teaching and enforcing what has been taught. (nurture & admonition) 
4. RULE by decision and with management of time, resources, and with love and diligence.

“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.” (Psalm 113:9)

1. CHOOSE first and foremost to be the friend of God.
2. POSSESS and EXERCISE the physical and mental abilities (use your head!) that God has given you to remain loyal, first of all, to your greatest friend. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24) The Lord, of course! Then, you will know how to be loyal to others.3. INFLUENCE your friends from the words of God and with godly principles. “A friend loveth at all times…” (Proverbs 17:17). Not just when it is convenient. “A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer seperateth chief friends.” (Proverbs 16:28)
4. RULE yourself in any friendship (not your friend) by management of the time and resources you have available, thereby managing your affairs to be God honoring. Rule yourself with the authority that God has given you to remain pure. Don’t sully yourself! Do you trust God?? Then behave that way!

“…Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” (James 2:23)

 1. CHOOSE proper submission to your husband. Choose that veil of propriety, the quality or state of being proper, suitable, compatible, able, qualified, virtuous, pure, modest, and EXCELLENT. God declares, “…the woman is the glory of the man.” (I Cor 11:7) Therefore, ought we to have power on our heads! How much more honor do you want? How much more honor can you handle? Choose to love your husband! Choose to love your children!
2. POSSESS and EXERCISE that mental and physical ability endued you by God to love and serve your husband by administrative decisions in the home and management of domestic affairs.
3. INFLUENCE the family members in your home by your example and principled behaviour directed by the words of God.
4. RULE! “Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” (Ephesians 5:24)

You have an influence on everyone in your life. Has not God placed you in a magnificent position to be a godly example? The powers he has endued you with lie within you to possess and exercise to influence your whole lifetime, and that of others, for good. Your parents, husband, children, and friends are all affected by your choices of how you use your power endued by God. Ladies young and old, single and married all have this responsibility to God, to others and to yourselves to have power on your head in order that you might be the proper child of God, as a daughter, mother, friend and wife who pleases and honors God.

“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands: that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of the plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as you do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.” (I Peter 3:1-6)