What do you put your hope in?

A friend had this sermon posted this morning and oh my word was it an awesome teaching. 

Do yourself a favor, listen and take notes to these awesome truths.

To listen to or read the sermon, select: here.

Instead of me even writing anything about it, Ill just post some of Chandler’s teaching:

Listen to this. This is the woman that the Lord loves. Proverbs 31:25-30, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” So the Scriptures say, “Don’t find your hope, don’t find your purpose, don’t find meaning from external beauty. Cultivate your soul, and cultivate your mind.” This woman opens up her mouth and wisdom falls out. When she speaks, she speaks as one who is wise. She doesn’t respond, “Oh my God! Really?” She speaks with wisdom, and she is intelligent. Intelligence doesn’t just happen. This is a woman who has spent time cultivating her soul, cultivating her mind, and her husband and children sing her praises. And they don’t talk of her external beauty, do they? Why? Because beauty is vain; charm is deceitful. She has depth. She has not been defined by, she has not gotten by on, she has not let her value get caught up in fleeting physical beauty.

“So all the cattiness just disappears because she doesn’t need to prove that she’s better than anybody else and she’s not threatened by other people’s talents or beauties because she’s cultivated her soul and not just her external beauty. So the Scriptures here say, “Put your hope in the Lord and not in external beauty.”

What does it look like for a wife to be in submission to her husband? She respects her husband. Now listen to what the Bible says about this. Proverbs 21:19, “It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.” It is better for your husband to die in the desert than to live with you if you’re a quarrelsome, fretful woman. If you constantly belittle and emasculate him, God says it’s better that he would die in the desert.

I’m just a man, and Lauren is just a girl. Lauren cannot complete me, cannot fulfill me, cannot make sense of my world and to expect her to is to put pressure on her that she will be unable to carry, will be unable to sustain and will be unable to bring any of those things into my life, which will create in me an anger towards her for not doing what she was never designed to do, created to do or able to do to begin with. So when a woman says, “This man will complete me. . .this man will make sense of my world. . .this man will make me know who I am. . .this man will heal my wounds,” you are putting weight on the man that he will be unable to sustain and it will only be a matter of time before he develops hobbies to get out from under that expectation. He cannot carry it. Put your hope in God, not men. We’re sinners. Which means sometimes on accident or sometimes on purpose, we’re going to fail you and wound you. Don’t ask us to be more than we were designed to be; we will fail you. Put your hope in God, not in external beauty and not in men.

Amen and amen.

Yall, if you like that sermon where Mark Driscoll gives it to the guys straight up.  You will love this sermon.  Matt Chandler gives it to the girls and guys without being afraid of speaking the truth, boldly! 

Thank you Holy Spirit for moving through people to preach your word, unashamed!


Posted on April 21, 2011, in Bible Verses, Christian Women, Marriage, Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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