Saturday, November 9, 2013

A future wife's meditions

Young Men:

They are:

Strong-Pro_20:29  The glory of young men is their strength:
Sober minded-Tit_2:6  Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 
Overcoming evil- I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one.
Strong,Word abides in them, overcoming evil-I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 

They are to:

Cleanse their way by heading the Word- Psa_119:9  BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 
Seek wisdom and instruction because it will give him knowledge and discretion- Pro_1:4  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
Put away evil and the things of childhood and youth that are vanity and bring destruction- (Ecc 11:9-10) Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity. 

Passages with lists of what godly men should be:

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 
(Tit 1:6-9)

This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 
(1Ti 3:1-13)

Pray for my future husband to be:

-overcoming evil and the evil one
-abiding in the Word and the Word abiding in him
 -cleansing evil from his life 
-avoiding evil by seeking the Word and obeying it 
-giving heed to instruction and seeking wisdom
-seeking wisdom to have knowledge and discretion
-putting away the foolish things of  childhood and youth that bring destruction
-preparing to be a good and faithful husband to me
-preparing to be faithful in raising faithful and godly children
-not self-willed, but submissive and honoring to authority
-not soon angry, but slow speak and slow to anger and patient
-wise and controlled in his speech
-a lover of hospitality
-loving godly company and loving the brethren
-holding fast to the Word and sound in it
-upright in conduct, character and behavior, having a good reputation
-content, not covetous
-truthful and honest
-faithful in all things
-boldness in Christ and His ways
-able to instruct, lead and guide his family in the ways of righteousness and godliness
-kept as the apple of the Lord's eye and covered under His wings
-upheld in the arms of the Lord as God fulfills His purposes concerning him

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