Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things – Philippians 4:8.
Women are always thinking, God has blessed us in a way we can be thinking about something but in the process of thinking we are accomplishing one or more task that had nothing to do with what we were thinking about, the world calls in multi-tasking, spiritually it would be the favor of God. Although we are capable of doing so many wonderful things, when it comes to thinking about ourselves, when we self-reflect it usually doesn’t reflect what the Word of God says about us but what someone else has spoken about us. The reason why so many women are hurting is that they are reflecting on the negative of what someone has spoken about them or how someone has made them feel.
Many women are wearing masks to cover what they are really feeling inside. Having no one to confide in they bottle up their feeling and it causes other emotional problems. Sadly to say, many women in the church are dressed up from head to toe but inwardly they feel less than what their dress attire is saying. Women are in church, but they are hurting and sadly to say, the body of Christ doesn’t have the discernment to minister to the hurting. When you look at the church community, the majority of the congregants are women; women who are bruised and hurting emotionally. This is the reason why in some churches you can’t find the love and affection that’s needed to heal the hurting. Hurting people will hurt others. No, it’s not right when you approach another sister; you’re treated as though you’re below them or their tone of voice expresses what type of mood they are in at that time; before getting angry or offended, pray for the sister, she may just be one of the ones that is hurting and is in need of healing. This is why we must stop playing church and be the church that when someone is in need whether they are believers or a non-believer, we will be able to feel the pain and minister to the hurting.
As stated before, the majority of people in the church are women, as church-going, professing to be Christian women, we need to get in a place with God where He will use us to minister to the hurting. God will reveal to you what’s needed in a persons’ life without them saying anything to you. When we have a consistency prayer life coupled with fasting, reading and studying God’s Word, He will use you as a vessel to minister to others without having a title or license from the church. When women pray as they should, we will see a turn-around not only in our lives but in the lives of others. Women don’t give up when they place their mind on something, let us use that same will to seek the face of God to allow Him to make us vessels to be used to minister to whoever, and whenever.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness [propriety] and sobriety [moderation] and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array [clothing]. But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works – 1st Timothy 2:9-10.
Appropriate dress is not just for women who attend church or professing to be a Christian; although this Scripture is pertaining to those whose professing to be Christians. A dress code is established with most employers; probably due to the fact, some women will come to work dress inappropriately, if an employer can establish a dress code, surely a church can. The reason for the dress code is to protect the pastor and other males who are trying to live a godly life. It’s hard for the pastor to keep focus if a woman is sitting in front of him with her bosom revealed or her skirt is short enough to observe her thighs. This is provocative and it shouldn’t be in the church. The pastor neither the other male minster’s can pray for a woman effectively, when she comes to the altar for prayer if she’s dressed revealing her bosom or other parts that should be covered.
Women should be aware of their dress attire when attending church; are they trying to get attention? Are they attending church to get a boyfriend or entice someone’s husband? A woman that seduces a godly man will be compensated by God (But whoso shall offend [cause to sin] one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offenses [enticements o sin]! for it must need be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offenses cometh – Matthew 18:6-7! Although the Scripture indicates a man it means mankind which includes women. Men look at the outer appearance, and some may be weak in their faith, they shouldn’t be influenced to live outside of what the Word of God teaches. A man whose heart has not been completed giving themselves to God will be influenced, and those whose is right with God but doesn’t have the strength to resist will except the influence and when looking for a wife will marry one whose conscience about their dress attire. As women, leave something for the imagination!
God’s house should be reverence (Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil – Ecclesiastes 5:1). Consider what you’re wearing, examine your motives when you dress to influence and especially when you’re going into the house of God.
God didn’t want a man to be alone, so He created a woman out of one of Adam’s ribs, and Adam called her woman. God made woman from Adam’s side indicating that woman was to walk side by side with her husband. She wasn’t to lead him nor was she to walk behind him, but the two were to be in unity. God said the woman was to be her husband’s helpmeet. A helpmeet was to be comparable to Adam, meaning someone similar or equal to. (more…)