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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Devotional For Daughters Entry 1

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:12-14)

Fallen man is particularly susceptible to the power of influence and this weakness is greatly exacerbated by the bestowing of titles and authority over others. Authority gives license to the deepest prejudices and hidden agendas, wings to the haughtiest indifference, and increased avenues of operation to the total depravity inherent in the human heart. Odd is the politician who is not corrupt and so-called good men have been an anomaly historically. Perhaps the most abused position of leadership in our society is marital husbandry. Women are often subjected to the most horrific atrocities of violence and abuse at the hands of those in this world that were designed and designated to love, serve, cover, and protect them. This ought not to be so in the Body of Christ.
It is no secret that we condition children to accept gender roles at an early age by giving dolls to our daughters so that they can learn to be docile caretakers and submissive playmates. Simultaneously, in our kindergartens, nursery schools, and living rooms, militaristic action figures and toy guns encourage our sons to compete, dominate, and assert their most violent tendencies upon a universe viewed as hostile. These messages are then reinforced by the media advertising of gender specific products and the subtle enculturation that seeps into the psyche through sitcoms, movies, and reality programming on television that perpetrates the message that it is a man’s world and women had better be as sexy as a supermodel if she wants to win the prize of man’s attention. Whether the attention won thereby is positive or negative, lustful or loving, godly or demonic seems irrelevant.

Demand honor and respect from the opposite sex, my daughters and sisters. Demand it and do not ever settle for anything less than the level of dignity and reverence reserved for daughters of The Most High God for whom Jesus Christ died. You may have been a prostitute like Gomer (Book of Hosea). Yet, since you are now in Christ, old things are passed away and all things regarding you have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). With the blood of God’s Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, you, Woman of God, have been redeemed. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

Therefore, there should be no disparaging comments on your Facebook page about how sexy your pictures are, Women of God. You should not allow men to be slack or flip in the way they address you, approach you, or “holler at” you. The Word of God admonishes us to overcome our sinful nature and to “Mortify therefore our members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience” (Colossians 3:5, 6) Modest dress for women, as instructed in 1 Timothy 2:9, aids in keeping the pornographic subconscious bull’s-eye from being subtly painted upon the body of every woman by the salacious minds of unregenerate men. If the pornography industry does not prove this point, then we may as well also believe that the earth is flat and that man evolved from apes contrary to the Word of God. If you desire to be a boy toy or a sex object, then I continue to pray for God to anoint your eyes and draw you ever closer to spiritual consciousness by His loving kindness and longsuffering. No sermon can open your eyes to your own self-worth, sister. Only God can change your heart and impress upon you the love and glory and peace you deserve and shall possess in Him.

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

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