The Titus 2 Woman - Lesson 5 - Good Things
Posted Thu, 01/20/2011 - 1:00am by Kristie Kerr
The Titus 2 Woman
Teach the older women to live in a way that is appropriate for someone serving the Lord. They must not go around speaking evil of others and must not be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely, to be pure, to take care of their homes, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the Word of God.
Let’s take a look at the three things the Bible says are “Good”.
Be of good courage
- Courage – The attitude of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, difficult, or painful instead of withdrawing from it
I command you – Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid of discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
I Chronicles 28:20
In what area of your life do you need courage?
- Sharing your faith with a friend
- Standing up for something you believe in
- Stepping out in faith in something God is calling you to do – but it seems impossible
- Disciplining your children
- Believing for a miracle in a hopeless situation
The story of Abigail – I Samuel 25
David replied to Abigail, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murdering the man and carrying out vengeance with my own hands. For I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept me from hurting you, that if you had not hurried out to meet me, not one of Nabal’s men would be alive tomorrow morning.”
I Samuel 25:32-34
How do we get courage?
- Pour out our fears to God in prayer
- Stay close to Christ – let Him lead your EVERY move
Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!
I Chronicles 22:13
Another “Good” thing:
It is good to wait on the Lord
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Most of us have an “I Can Fix It” mentality
The key lesson in the life of any fixer is learning what can be fixed by our efforts and what cannot. It is learning what part prayer and faith can play in making changes, and at what point we have stopped praying to God and started nagging Him, stopped seeking God’s will and started trying to bully Him into doing our will.
The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25 - 27
There are times when God calls us to do nothing – to wait and allow the Lord to work things out in His way and in His timing.
Story of King Jehoshaphat – 2 Chronicles 20
But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.
2 Chronicles 20:17
How do we wait on the Lord?
- Completely surrender our concerns to the Lord
So, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, and in His good time he will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
- Adopt a childlike faith: I KNOW that God is able to handle any person, debate, or circumstance
- Do nothing until God speaks to you specifically to do otherwise
The third “Good” thing:
It is good to give thanks
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning and your faithfulness in the evening.
A lack of gratitude often leads to a spirit of entitlement.
The Israelites in the Wilderness:
So once more the people grumbled and complained to Moses. “Give us water to drink!” they demanded. “Quiet!” Moses replied. “Why are you arguing with me? And why are you testing the Lord?” But tormented by thirst, they continued to complain, “Why did you ever take us out of Egypt? Why did you bring us out of here? We, our children, and our livestock will all die!”
When we have an awareness of what God has done for us – we can’t help but be thankful.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
We have our Blessings:
We can see God’s Faithfulness in every situation
No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18
There is no neutrality between gratitude and ingratitude. Those who are not grateful soon begin to complain about everything. To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us. And He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love. Every moment of existence is a gift of grace. For the grateful man knows that God is good, not by hearsay, but by experience. That is what makes all the difference.
How good it is to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how right!
Community & Character:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
- Women who are BRAVE – not anxious about anything
- Women who don’t have to FIX everything – but who have the peace of God
- Women who are GRACIOUS – full of thanksgiving
- Women who are affecting their world by boldly taking chances for Christ –and encouraging one another to do the same
- A community of peace – where we are able to be still and trust in God
- A gracious spirit is contagious
What area of your life do you need courage in?
Was there a time in your life when you felt you were to “wait” on the Lord? Are you facing anything now in which you are feeling that you are to “stand still and watch the Lord work on your behalf”?
Name three things you are thankful for. What areas in your life do you tend to “fight” ingratitude?