ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
GOD IS JUST God is righteous and holy, fair and equitable in all things. We can trust Him to always do what is right.
Psalm 75:1-3 We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds. God says, “At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked. When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm.
PRAISE THE GOD WHO IS JUST
Praise God that He brings justice at the right time. Praise God that He is near and nothing escapes His notice. Praise God that His justice is righteous and holy. His justice is perfect.
CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.
- Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
- Pray for Embrace. Ask God to use their work to rescue children who are not yet born and to introduce women to Jesus.
- Ask God to speak to you as you read the scriptures.
1 Timothy 2:11-15 English Standard Version
11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
In 1 Timothy, Paul is developing Timothy’s leadership. He is providing direction on how to organize and operate the life of the local church. It is clear that Paul desires an environment in which qualified men lead the church in ways that both men and women thrive as they both submit themselves to God’s authority and good design.
At first glance, it can sound as if Paul is singling out the women in a negative way. But if we take a step back, we see that Paul’s larger concern is that both men and women submit to the authority of the teaching pastor in gathered public worship. Hebrews 13:17 tells both men and women to obey and submit to their leaders (within biblical limits). It also tells us that we are to make our leaders’ job a joy and not a burden.
Think about how this applies in the workplace. Are you a good follower? Or are you combative, a naysayer, or think you have better ideas than your leaders? How can you encourage your leaders or those in authority over you to make their job a joy and not a burden?