The Glory of God Reflected in Women

The Glory of God in Women
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
May 8th, 2016
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The Glory of God in Women: 

Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

God created both man and women.  And he created them with differences. He created them to BE different.  But we live in a time, when society is trying to blur the lines between men and women.  There is this notion that we are all the same, and that we choose which group we belong in, but this completely ignores the physical evidence and God’s original design.

Does this mean there aren’t some people who are truly confused?  (body vs mind) To be honest, I don’t really know how all of that works…What I can say is the introduction of sin in this world, has really messed things up.  There is nothing in this world that hasn’t been corrupted by sin including our bodies and minds.  But, needless to say, God’s original design dictates that men and women are different.  

No matter how we feel, if we are truly followers of Christ this means we the are to deny ourselves (that is to say deny those desires that are sinful and those desires that cause us to live outside of original design or in ways that do not reflect the glory of God) and instead we live by God’s commandments which help us live as God originally intended and designed.

So Today, we are going to look at some characteristics of women, that reflect original design and the Glory of God.

More specifically, the strengths and characteristics that He gave women that align with the Holy Spirit.  It seems that while men have many characteristics in common with God the Father, women share more characteristics with the Holy Spirit.

That is not to say that we don’t all have characteristics of all parts of the Trinity…but it does seem that there are some differences in strengths. And this would makes sense.  If you were to take the strengths of both men and women then together they reflect God’s glory more clearly and completely…(and if you add children to the mix, even more so).  And this is why it would be so important to protect the sanctity of marriage.  Because when done Biblically, it reflects the Glory of God, and when done incorrectly it reflects the desires of man.

But today we are going to look at the some of the characteristics of Women that reflect the glory of the Holy Spirit.

1. Teacher
John 14:26
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

I Corinthians 2:13
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

In these two verses we see the Holy Spirit described as a teacher.  It is the Holy Spirit that is going to teach us, and remind of the commandments of God.  The Holy Spirit will teach us what is right and wrong in our lives and it is the Holy Spirit that will open our eyes to new ways of understanding.

According to the dept. of Education 76% of teachers are women.  That is not to say that men can’t or shouldn’t teach but it seems that by in large, women are our teachers.  And when you imagine someone sitting down to help junior with their homework, we often times imagine that it is mom sitting with them after school.  And so when we see women as teachers, we should recognize them as reflecting the glory of the Holy Spirit.

2. Comforter/Counselor
John 14:16
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever

Jesus was about to leave the disciples and return to His kingdom.  And no doubt they would have been feeling a little distressed to be out there all by themselves, but here, Jesus says He will send the Holy Spirit to take His place.  And that the Holy Spirit will be with them forever.

The Holy Spirit is with us as well, and it is the Holy Spirit who is our comforter and our counselor.  When we experience grief, it is the Holy Spirit who wraps His arms around us and when we are worried it is the Holy Spirit who comforts us; when we are down and out, it is the Holy Spirit that picks us up.

Doesn’t this also describe our mothers?  When we were children, who was the first person we ran to when we needed a hug, or when we got hurt? When we needed some good advice or when we just needed someone to listen, who did we turn to?  Our moms.

Our moms seem to have a natural ability to comfort us in our time of need.  And when they do, we can recognize this as a quality of the Holy Spirit.

3. Convictor of Sin

John 16:7-8
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:

It is the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin and who stirs that feeling of guilt, when we do those things we shouldn’t do do…the Holy Spirit is the one who convicts us

And I don’t know about you, but it was my mom whose look could convict me of what I had done when they weren’t there.  It was my father’s look who let me know how much trouble I was in, but it was my mom’s look that stirred that feeling of guilt.

4. Intercessor
Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

There are times, when we need to pray but we just don’t know what to say or how to say it.  Fortunately for us the Holy Spirit is there to step in for us and go to the Father for us, and explain what is in our heart (He does after all reside in our heart and knows what is going on there).  And so from this scripture what we learn is that the Holy Spirit goes to the Father on our behalf.

And no doubt, many of us are thankful for a mother who stepped in and talked to our dad’s first.  Whether it was to prepare him for what we were about to say, or whether it was to calm him down after finding out what we did, our moms were there for us.  And sometimes, our mother’s would even step in and point out to our fathers when we needed his helping hand.  In any case, our mothers were there to be our intercessor, just as the Holy Spirit is between us and God the Father.

5. Giver of Life
Romans 8:2
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. [emphasis added]

There is nothing more beautiful and pure than a newborn baby. And it is the honor of women to carry that child, that life, for 9 months before entering the world…It is the honor of the mother that life enters the world. And it is the Holy spirit who gives life!

Women are truly beautiful!
Women are truly beautiful, but not because of their looks or any physical reason but because we see God’s glory reflected in them.  If your mom, your wife or your daughter exhibit these qualities…then take a moment to take it all in, let it warm your heart and let it help you understand God’s influence in your life a little bit better.

And if sin has broken your family and these qualities are not found in the women in your life, then be in prayer for restoration…knowing, all things are possible and that God desires restoration to original design for all of us!


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