Virtuous Woman reminds us to walk in the fruits of the Spirit that we may allow our very actions to testify of the power and goodness of God.
- 2 Peter 1:5-8 (TPT) So devote yourselves to lavishly supplementing your faith with goodness, and to goodness add understanding, and to understanding add the strength of self-control, and to self-control add patient endurance, and to patient endurance add godliness, and to godliness add mercy toward your brothers and sisters, and to mercy toward others add unending love. Since these virtues are already planted deep within, and you possess them in abundant supply, they will keep you from being inactive or fruitless in your pursuit of knowing Jesus Christ more intimately.
A Prophetic Nugget from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “I AM Good.”
Psalm 143:10 (TLB) Help me to do your will, for you are my God. Lead me in good paths, for your Spirit is good.
Beloved, one truth you can always rest in is the knowledge I AM good. My heart is good. My intentions are good. My plans for you are good. The very definition of the word is based on My character: righteous, just, honorable, true, honest, upright, virtuous – I AM all this and more!
Because of all I AM, there is none more trustworthy than Me. You need not wonder if you can release your perceived control to My hands, for there is no doubt that I AM good. I cherish you and have good plans for you. They may not always be easy, but walk them through hand-in-hand with Me knowing in the end you will see they are good.
A Gemstone Reflection entitled “Kingdom Identity and Honor” by Naudia Willbroad is connected to this.
Matthew 5:16 (AMP) “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Luke 20:25 (TPT) Jesus said, “Precisely. The coin bears the image of the Emperor Caesar, and you should give back to Caesar all that belongs to him. But you bear the image of God. So give back to God all that belongs to him.”
2 Corinthians 10:7, 18 (TPT) You seem to always be looking at people by their outward appearances. If someone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should remind himself of this: we belong to Christ no less than he does. So let’s be clear. To have the Lord’s approval and commendation is of greater value than bragging about oneself.
God has recently been highlighting the words “honor” and “humility” to me. As I did word searches on this in the Bible, He also started highlighting the word “belong.” As I pondered and prayed about how all this worked together He started revealing truth.
We, as children of God, struggle to feel like we belong in this world. The reason for this is we don’t belong in this physical, earthly world. We belong in the Kingdom of God. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become part of the Kingdom of God but we still live on earth. We continue to be confronted by the lies, manipulations and all out assault from the kingdom of darkness that tries to get us to believe we don’t belong unless we receive honor and accolades from the people around us.
Our struggle is against the identity that the world tries to tell us we need to have. It says that we have to carry a certain image to receive the honor and belonging we need. This can look like the clothing we wear or the possessions we have or the titles we achieve. We start comparing ourselves to others and struggle to see our worth and value unless we receive honor from people. We can become prideful in our own deeds and not honor God with what He has given us. However, this image or identity is false. We already have honor and belonging because we are God’s children.
We carry God’s image within us that declares we belong to Him. Our honor and our identity do not come from outward things. Give those outward things like money, status, and possessions back to this earthly world and stand in the truth that your identity, your belonging and your honor are in Christ Jesus and nothing can take that away from you!
Walk in that truth and live like Jesus did so that men may honor God because of your actions, and not because of your appearance, titles or stuff you had. When you walk in your Kingdom identity you will know who you are and you will have all you need.
Another Prophetic Nugget from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “Child of the Day.”
John 3:21 (VOICE) Those who abandon deceit and embrace what is true, they will enter into the light where it will be clear that all their deeds come from God.
Beloved, walk in the light for you are a child of the day and righteousness shines like the sun. So therefore allow your good deeds and virtuous words to shine like the Son that My Spirit might emanate from your countenance.
Reject that which is evil. Abandon that which would ensnare you and walk in purity and truth. Be like Me and lead others by example. Cultivate humility as you choose the path of right regardless of the cost. I AM worth the price.
A Meditation of the Word called “In His Image” from Elisa Eaton of Waiting in the Wings is connected to this.
Genesis 1:27 (NKJV) So God created man in His [own] image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
In the opening of Genesis, we are told that humanity has been made in the image or shadow of God—in Hebrew, tselem (Strong’s H6754). Something that I have frequently meditated on is what this term tselem means. This meditation most often happens when I’m going through trials and tribulations. During these times when my soul is grieved, and I’m searching for the righteous path through the chaos of life, I will hear my Heavenly Father’s still small voice saying, “Come back into My shadow.” I‘ve come to understand that He means this is several ways.
Firstly, He is reminding me that it is only under His shade—tsêl (Strong’s 6738)—that we have any hope of finding real comfort and peace. Sometimes if we are not careful, life’s difficulties can chase us out of our hiding place in God instead of remaining in Him. Nothing in the world can refresh and sustain us better than our Source. In the heat of trials, when I pause to listen for His voice, I can tell that I have unintentionally moved out of His shadow. It is like standing outside on an incredibly hot day and completely avoiding the shade of a nearby tree. While the shade doesn’t compare to air conditioning, I would be a fool not to abide there when left with no other choice. Plus, there is sweet fruit from the tree that revives and sustains me.
Secondly, I know that by calling me to come back into His shadow, the Father is also referring to His image. One can say that, during troubles, we are tempted to lose our mind—or lose the mind of Christ. We can quickly forget who we are and the vows we have made to His covenant. Trials always require a response from us, but what will our response be? Will we let the trials disconnect us from our Source, leaving us with only the resources of our flesh? Or will we continue to abide and bear the fruits of the Spirit while under pressure—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? We have a choice in difficulties even when we may feel like we don’t.
When trials come—and as our Savior told us, they certain will come—they become an opportunity for God to build His character into us. The more we yield to the process and are mindful of the point of the difficulties, the more we will have access to the life-giving flow of the Holy Spirit. And the more of God’s Spirit that we are able to receive, the more we are able to accurately hear His voice and reflect His image in the earth—in both good times and bad.
Galatians 5:22-24 (TPT) But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.
A final Prophetic Nugget from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “Sow and See Them Grow.”
Proverbs 31:28 (TPT) Her sons and daughters arise in one accord to extol her virtues, and her husband arises to speak of her in glowing terms.
Beloved, be diligent and consistent in pouring forth wisdom and love, for in due season you will reap a harvest. Refuse to be discouraged by set backs regardless of how disheartening they may be. Love as if you will never be hurt. Love without reserve.
Parenting – whether natural parents or spiritual, is not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, depth, long-suffering, forgiveness, an ability to see and hold to the truth, and an abundance of unwavering love. You must learn to truly be like Me. But the fruit of it will come if you persist. Your children will flourish and rise up and call you blessed. How blessed you are to sow and then see them grow.
Proverbs 31:28 (AMPC)Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her…
The name of your silk is Small but Mighty. The colors in it are deep dark blue representing the Spirit of Might and strength, plum representing infilling of the Holy Spirit, golden yellow representing casting out darkness, white representing triumph, and gold shimmer representing authority.
Father, may we choose to bear good fruit and to do so abundantly – all for Your glory. May others know You better for having met us and seeing the content of our character and Your glory reflected in our countenance. May we honor You in all we do, and may we truly be virtuous and mighty.