Word of the Day… February 5, 2014….

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The Prescription for Happy Living

 ”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”—Matthew 22:37–39


Conventional wisdom says that if you want to be happy, then you have to look out for number one. You have to do whatever it takes to succeed and whatever it takes to fulfill your own desires and needs. It doesn’t matter whom you step on. It doesn’t matter who gets hurt in the process. You have to think about yourself. That is what the world says.


The question is, does it work? No. Because all of us know from the experience of having probably tried it that it is a complete failure to some degree. We know that our happiness ebbs and flows, and it isn’t lasting.
Here is God’s formula for a life that is meaningful and full. Here is how God tells us to live:  If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:1-3)


Everyone says, “Look out for yourself. Think of yourself.” But the Bible says, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4). 


The Bible teaches that we already look out for number one. That comes with human nature. It is not something we need to learn how to do. This is a good word today from Pastor Greg.  Sometimes we get so caught up in meeting the demands placed upon us in this world, that we forget that we have a heavenly Father who loves us and cares for us and we need to keep Him as the center of our lives.  God bless you!!!

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..


TONIGHT I PRAY that you know that you are HIS for all time; nothing can separate you from HIS love since HE invested his very life in you. You can be assured that He will take care of you. I pray that you get a real hunger for His Word so that as your thoughts flow freely you won’t feel anxious or alone. Keep bringing yourself back into His Presence through His Word and through prayer. Trust in Him and refuse to worry about anything.  Let Him be your Strength and your Song.  He will meet you in the midst of whatever you are going through and lead you through it. His capacity to bless you is unlimited.  I pray that you trust Him every step of the way.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/4FkvXY

Word of the Day….. June 4, 2013

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What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.  These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. 1 John 1:3-4


How wonderful is it that man can live in communion with God? That He has chosen to fellowship with us.

It becomes even more awesome when you realize how great God truly is.  He fills the universe, yet He desires to fellowship with me.  It is hard for me to wrap my mind around that sometimes.  But when we study the Word; we come to understand that the purpose for our existence is having true fellowship and intimacy with the Lord.  We just need to say yes.

The Lord tells us that the world is a needy place and to not go there for sustenance.  Instead come to the Lord Jesus.  Depend on Him alone and we will be saturated with His power. We can find our completeness in Him.  When we do we can help other people without using them to meet our needs.  For it is when we live in the light of the Lord Jesus Christ; That our light will shine out into the lives of others!! Have a Simply Heavenly Day!!! ♥♥♥

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Anonymous asked:Do you believe women can/should become leaders within their churches? Should they have the right to become ministers, pastors, etc? I remember reading something about how women should not have that kind of authority over men, but is there really scripture to back that up?

Yes there is. There is perhaps no more hotly debated issue in the church today than the issue of women serving as pastors/preachers. As a result, it is very important to not see this issue as men versus women. There are women who believe women should not serve as pastors and that the Bible places restrictions on the ministry of women, and there are men who believe women can serve as preachers and that there are no restrictions on women in ministry. This is not an issue of chauvinism or discrimination. It is an issue of biblical interpretation.

The Word of God proclaims, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13-14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors over men, which definitely includes preaching to, teaching, and having spiritual authority.

There are many “objections” to this view of women in ministry. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus’ disciples would not have been qualified. A second common objection is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1 Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.

A third common objection is that Paul is only referring to husbands and wives, not men and women in general. The Greek words in the passage could refer to husbands and wives; however, the basic meaning of the words refers to men and women. Further, the same Greek words are used in verses 8-10. Are only husbands to lift up holy hands in prayer without anger and disputing (verse 8)? Are only wives to dress modestly, have good deeds, and worship God (verses 9-10)? Of course not. Verses 8-10 clearly refer to all men and women, not only husbands and wives. There is nothing in the context that would indicate a switch to husbands and wives in verses 11-14.

Yet another frequent objection to this interpretation of women in ministry is in relation to women who held positions of leadership in the Bible, specifically Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament. This objection fails to note some significant factors. First, Deborah was the only female judge among 13 male judges. Huldah was the only female prophet among dozens of male prophets mentioned in the Bible. Miriam’s only connection to leadership was being the sister of Moses and Aaron. The two most prominent women in the times of the Kings were Athaliah and Jezebel—hardly examples of godly female leadership. Most significantly, though, the authority of women in the Old Testament is not relevant to the issue. The book of 1 Timothy and the other Pastoral Epistles present a new paradigm for the church—the body of Christ—and that paradigm involves the authority structure for the church, not for the nation of Israel or any other Old Testament entity. 

Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).

In Romans 16:1, even if Phoebe is considered a “deaconess” instead of a “servant,” that does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church. “Able to teach” is given as a qualification for elders, but not deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Elders/bishops/deacons are described as the “husband of one wife,” “a man whose children believe,” and “men worthy of respect.” Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to elders/bishops/deacons.

The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the “reason” perfectly clear. Verse 13 begins with “for” and gives the “cause” of Paul’s statement in verses 11-12. Why should women not teach or have authority over men? Because “Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived.” God created Adam first and then created Eve to be a “helper” for Adam. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men. This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. That concept is debatable, but if women are more easily deceived, why should they be allowed to teach children (who are easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have spiritual authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God has given men the primary teaching authority in the church.

Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, evangelism, and helps. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions Pastor in the church. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent (which is not the case). It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership—in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching or having spiritual authority over men. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors to men. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God’s plan and His gifting of them. I believe that it has to do a lot with the duties of the wife in the home.  She teaches the children and runs her household and I can tell you from personal experience to do the job you are on cal 24/7.  That leaves little to no time to run a church.  Remember that in the family of God there is no confusion and that is why I believe that the Lord set it up this way.

As a woman I believe that we have it much better than men do.  We can travel the world as an evangelist preaching the Gospel, we can lead music and worship ministry and we can teach children and women.  We have all of the best of ministry without all of the headaches.  The Lord is not now nor has He ever claimed to be “Politically Correct” He is God. The bible tells us:  “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” – Job 40:2

I always have people ask me about Beth Moore and Anne Graham Lotz.  They are not pastors they are evangelists.  God bless you!!! 

Word of the Day… March 25, 2013

TAKE THE TIME TO BE STILL
Take the time to be still in my Presence. The more hassled you feel, the more you need this sacred space of communion with Me. Breathe slowly and deeply. Relax in My holy Presence all _My Face shines upon you_.  This is how you received My Peace, which I always proffer to you.
Imagine the pain I feel when My children tie themselves up in anxious knots, ignoring My gift of Peace. I died a criminal’s death to secure this blessing for you. Receive it gratefully; hide it in your heart. My Peace is an inner treasure, growing within you as you trust in Me. Therefore circumstances cannot touch it. Be still, enjoying the Peace in My Presence.      ~Jesus Calling~ Psalm 46:10                      Numbers       6:25-26 http://dlvr.it/37ZwWJ

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Anonymous asked:Hi! Is there such thing as God giving a call to a woman to preach at a church like to be a pastor? I've heard women cannot be pastors but I'm just confused right now. God bless you <3

Women can be evangelist, but we cannot be pastors of a church.  The Bible is very clear on this. I think many women get being an evangelist and teacher with a pastor.  A pastor is in charge of all aspects of his church.  An evangelist is someone who comes to teach and speak at a church.  There is a huge difference.  There is perhaps no more hotly debated issue in the church today than the issue of women serving as pastors/preachers. As a result, it is very important to not see this issue as men versus women. There are women who believe women should not serve as pastors and that the Bible places restrictions on the ministry of women, and there are men who believe women can serve as preachers and that there are no restrictions on women in ministry. This is not an issue of chauvinism or discrimination. It is an issue of biblical interpretation.

The Word of God proclaims, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13-14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors over men, which definitely includes preaching to, teaching, and having spiritual authority.

There are many “objections” to this view of women in ministry. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus’ disciples would not have been qualified. A second common objection is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1 Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.

A third common objection is that Paul is only referring to husbands and wives, not men and women in general. The Greek words in the passage could refer to husbands and wives; however, the basic meaning of the words refers to men and women. Further, the same Greek words are used in verses 8-10. Are only husbands to lift up holy hands in prayer without anger and disputing (verse 8)? Are only wives to dress modestly, have good deeds, and worship God (verses 9-10)? Of course not. Verses 8-10 clearly refer to all men and women, not only husbands and wives. There is nothing in the context that would indicate a switch to husbands and wives in verses 11-14.

Yet another frequent objection to this interpretation of women in ministry is in relation to women who held positions of leadership in the Bible, specifically Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament. This objection fails to note some significant factors. First, Deborah was the only female judge among 13 male judges. Huldah was the only female prophet among dozens of male prophets mentioned in the Bible. Miriam’s only connection to leadership was being the sister of Moses and Aaron. The two most prominent women in the times of the Kings were Athaliah and Jezebel—hardly examples of godly female leadership. Most significantly, though, the authority of women in the Old Testament is not relevant to the issue. The book of 1 Timothy and the other Pastoral Epistles present a new paradigm for the church—the body of Christ—and that paradigm involves the authority structure for the church, not for the nation of Israel or any other Old Testament entity. 

Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).

In Romans 16:1, even if Phoebe is considered a “deaconess” instead of a “servant,” that does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church. “Able to teach” is given as a qualification for elders, but not deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Elders/bishops/deacons are described as the “husband of one wife,” “a man whose children believe,” and “men worthy of respect.” Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to elders/bishops/deacons.

The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the “reason” perfectly clear. Verse 13 begins with “for” and gives the “cause” of Paul’s statement in verses 11-12. Why should women not teach or have authority over men? Because “Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived.” God created Adam first and then created Eve to be a “helper” for Adam. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men. This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. That concept is debatable, but if women are more easily deceived, why should they be allowed to teach children (who are easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have spiritual authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God has given men the primary teaching authority in the church.

Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, evangelism, and helps. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions Pastor in the church. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent (which is not the case). It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership—in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching or having spiritual authority over men. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors to men. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God’s plan and His gifting of them. I believe that it has to do a lot with the duties of the wife in the home.  She teaches the children and runs her household and I can tell you from personal experience to do the job you are on cal 24/7.  That leaves little to no time to run a church.  Remember that in the family of God there is no confusion and that is why I believe that the Lord set it up this way.

As a woman I believe that we have it much better than men do.  We can travel the world as an evangelist preaching the Gospel, we can lead music and worship ministry and we can teach children and women.  We have all of the best of ministry without all of the headaches.  The Lord is not now nor has He ever claimed to be “Politically Correct” He is God. The bible tells us:  “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” – Job 40:2

I always have people ask me about Beth Moore and Anne Graham Lotz.  They are not pastors they are evangelists.  God bless you!!! 

Word of the Day… December 31, 2012

image Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:1

Sometimes people ask me why they need to go to church and I think this verse is the perfect one to share.  It is only when we share our life experiences with others that we can enjoy them fully and we can begin to see that we are not alone.

  That other people actually go through the same trials that we do and we can be a comfort to each other. You see having relationships call for being in fellowship with others, and this cannot be done very easily at arm’s length. It implies getting in touch, feeling the hurts, giving a hug or wiping a tear.  Being an instrument of encouragement and healing to one another.

This is what the early Christians did. They learn very quickly that survival would go hand-in-hand with “fellowship”. We are all different parts of one body. We all have different functions in the body. It is when we realize this that the body of Christ will really grow in strength.

Fences must come down. 

We need to open up and allow trust that Jesus knows what is best for us.  A person told me yesterday that Christians are like glow sticks. They must be broken to shine brightly!  I think as we begin this New Year, that we must open ourselves up to the Lord, and allow the Holy Spirit to move through us. For it is when the Holy Spirit flows through us that his church will be blessed. I hope all of you have a very safe and Simply Heavenly New Year!!! God bless you all!! http://dlvr.it/2kCTlC

Word of the Day… November 19, 2012

God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.Ecclesiastes 7:29 (GNT)


This verse is so true. We as humans always try to make things much more complicated than they need to be.  As the holidays are approaching I have decided that I am going to clean up some of the clutter in my life and as I began in my home, I noticed that I started to justify keeping so many things that I should really just toss out.  Everything around us works against reordering and simplifying our lives. Everything!!! Ours is a cluttered, complicated world. God did not create it that way. Depraved, restless humanity has made it that way!

I was listening to the advertisements and I started to think, I could use this or wouldn’t that be nice.  Advertisements have one major goal: to make us discontented, woefully dissatisfied with who we are and what we have. Why? So we will acquire what they offer. And acquire we do! The watchword of our consumptive society is very loud and assertive We need more!  You can never have enough!

Not only do we feel that need to acquire, but we keep it and then we accumulate even more!  Then we feel the need to compete and I am talking a real need to win at all costs. Not only do we want more, but we find ourselves spending more money and time just to maintain all these things!!!  Staying ahead at this maddening pace is crazy!!!  I find myself screaming….”Stop the world I want to get off!!!” 

Thank goodness I have Jesus!  He is not the author of confusion.  Sometimes I really can feel Him just telling me to stop, don’t let all of this stuff get in the way of our walk together.  There are too many things that interrupt your awareness of ME!!!  Don’t be a slave to the stimuli of the world. Awareness of ME can continue in all circumstances, no matter what happens.  Just rest in Me.  I have designed you to need me moment to moment and I will be there to help you.  Just take my hand and I will lead you through this maze of confusion into My peace that passes all understanding.  All I can say to that is Thank you Jesus!!!  I hope that all of you have a wonderful day!!!  God bless you!!! :):) http://dlvr.it/2VzD8T

Word of the Day…. November 14, 2012

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

As Christians, we should present our bodies to the Lord as a living sacrifice, instead of being conformed to this world.  This world is becoming more pagan all the time, and is programming us to think in a certain way.  But the Lord wants us to renew our minds daily so that we can walk in His Word, His Will, and His Way.  This is not an easy task and will take sacrifice . We will need to deny our flesh of some of the things that it wants to do, knowing that it is unfruitful.  We will have to give up some of our time wasting activities in order to spend time in the Word and in fellowship with the Lord in prayer. So what is the payoff for this sacrifice?  Being Holy and “acceptable to God”.  There should be no higher goal for a child of God than to please our Lord.  It is just the right thing to do.  I believe that when we do the Lord will bless us richly!!!!  Have a wonderful day!!!  God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/2TjxPL

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Anonymous asked:What is the big deal if we want to go out partying once in a while?

Are going to parties wrong?  I guess it depends on the party. For Christians, the desire for human interaction has the added dimension of wanting and needing fellowship. The Greek word translated “fellowship” in the New Testament is koinonia, which means “partnership, participation, social interaction, and communication.” The important concept for Christian fellowship is “partnership.” The Bible tells us we have been called into fellowship (partnership) with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9), with the Father (1 John 1:3), and with the Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:1). John tells us that, as believers, we have fellowship with one another by virtue of the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross (1 John 1:7). Paul adds the idea that to fellowship with Christ is to partake of His suffering (Philippians 3:10). We are also warned that we are not to have fellowship with evil (1 Corinthians 10:20). Just as light and darkness are incompatible, so there should be no fellowship between Christians and sin. 

The problem with the question “should Christians go to parties?” is that the “parties” being asked about are almost always not “fellowship parties.” There is no reason to even ask the question regarding parties that are focused on Christian fellowship. No, this question is almost always in regards to parties that involve alcohol, drugs, and/or sex. Certainly, there are non-Christians who can party innocently, but a party that involves things that are immoral and/or illegal must be avoided. As believers, we are to guard ourselves against temptation, remembering that “bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Further, attending parties where sinful activities occur—even if we don’t participate in them—weakens our witness and brings reproach on the name of Christ (Romans 2:24).”Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness” (2 Timothy 2:19). 

There are those who might see going to parties as an opportunity to share Christ with unbelievers, and while we are to be ready with an answer for the hope within us at all times, that presupposes unbelievers at a party are interested in the gospel. Rarely does such an opportunity arise at a party where drinking, drug use, and sexual activity are occurring. Therefore, while Christians should take every opportunity to fellowship with other believers, we must be discerning about opening ourselves up to temptation or anything that would compromise our life in Christ and our witness to a watching world.

Another thing I would like to bring to attention.  Remember when Prince Harry went to Vegas and got so drunk and had sex with women in his room.  He was just acting like the young pagan that he is.  Why was there such an uproar?  Why did it make all of the world wide news papers?  Because he is royalty.  We as Christians and children of the most high God are royalty and we shouldn’t do ANYTHING that brings dishonor to our Father The King of Kings.  God bless you!!! :):)  

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Anonymous asked:Were women only created to be a helper for men? Are men more important than women?

No God loved them equally.   Genesis 2:18-24 tells the well-known account of how God created the first woman, Eve, by removing part of Adam’s body and fashioning it into the woman. Many Bible scholars have translated the passages to indicate that God used Adam’s rib to create woman instead of making her from the dirt of the land, as He did for Adam. The question also arises as to why God created woman out of Adam’s rib as He did, when He apparently had formed male and female animals individually. 

God used part of the male to form the female to show that they were actually the same created being, two halves of a whole. The female was not created as a separate being, second to the male. She was formed as part of the initial man, in order to be a “helpmate” for the male. Eve was brought into being to strengthen and powerfully help the male, but she was made from the same “stuff” and she was every bit as perfect a creation as man and every bit as patterned after God’s image and likeness.

The word translated “helpmate” is not synonymous with assistant, servant, minion or subordinate. The Hebrew phrase, azer k’negdo in all other instances in the Bible refers to powerful and extensive aid and support. In most cases, the phrase was used to depict dominant military forces or armed men. Other scriptures, including Deuteronomy 33:29, 7 and Exodus 18:4, use the same phrase to discuss the potent interventions and deliverances of God Himself. Woman, therefore, was created as a complement to man, as an integral part of man, and as a powerful and influential companion for man, on an equal footing with him.

Furthermore, the Hebrew word translated “suitable” K’negdo, carries much more meaning than simply suitable or appropriate. This phrase also means “opposite or contrasting.” This implies that the two beings were designed to work and fit together perfectly, not just physically but in all ways. The strengths of each compensated for the weaknesses of the other. Together, they became something far stronger and more magnificent than either of them was alone. 

Why did God use a rib? A closer examination of the Hebrew also reveals another surprising element of the story. The Hebrew word translated “rib” in Genesis Chapter 2 is tsela. The only other instance of the word “rib” in the Bible occurs in Daniel 7:5, but the Hebrew word used there is different. In other scriptures where the Hebrew word or its variants are used, the word has been translated “side.” For example, in Exodus 25, 27, and 35, the words tselo (variant) and tselot (plural) are used to refer to the sides of the Ark of the Covenant or the sides of the altar. Jeremiah 20:10 refers to “fear on every side.” In Second Samuel 16:13, David encounters a cursing Shimei moving along the side of a hill. In all of these contexts, translating the word tsela as “rib” would not fit the context.

This raises the possibility that the Genesis 2 passage should actually be translated as Adam’s “side,” rather than his rib. If the appropriate translation is that God removed Adam’s side, how much of his side did God remove? It is quite possible that Eve was constructed literally from half of Adam. This brings new meaning to Adam’s declaration that Eve was “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” She was more than just his bone. She was out of his flesh and bone.

God created Eve in the way that He did to show that woman has equal status in creation to man and was created to complement and in some ways complete man in the integral union of marriage. Woman was created to be “beside” man, not beneath or above him. This does not speak to the roles of male and female in the home or church, however, but to equality of status in the kingdom of God. Man is no more “worthy” of salvation, and woman is no less a citizen of God’s kingdom. They stand side-by-side in the eyes of God.  God bless you!!!

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