This sermon is going to define what virtuous means and why we should apply virtue to our behavior.
And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
H2428-חַיִלchayil, khah'-yil; from H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength:—able, activity, ( ) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, ( ) valiant(-ly), valour, virtuous(-ly), war, worthy(-ily).
Biblical Outline of Usage of H2428
strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army
force , army
morally excellent : RIGHTEOUS
having or exhibiting virtue
conformity to a standard of right : MORALITY
a particular moral excellence
commendable quality or trait
The word chastity does not just mean restraining from sexual intercourse. Chastity means so much more than that, however because the world is always focused on sex, the definition of chastity is only spoken of when talking about abstinence.
purity in conduct and intention
restraint and simplicity in design or expression
firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values
the quality or state of being complete or undivided
If you are Walking with Abba Yah and you believe that Yahusha Saved you and your life has been transformed, then you should be in a state of completeness and undivided. You should be able to see right from wrong, evil and good. You are considered Rectified back to Yahuah and are standing upright. Integrity will always keep you in Yah's hands never to be plucked out because of your Transformation and the Holy Spirit living within you will not allow you to be taken away. Does that mean you will not face trials and tribulations anymore? No, in fact the closer to our Creator you get the more attacks you will face. Because the World Hates Jesus, and thus hates you.
capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials)
being or involving the immediate agent in producing an effect
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
Who is the Immediate agent in your life? Is the Holy Spirit Guiding You in all you are doing?
Are you allowing Abba Yah to use you as His instrument?
a means or instrument by which a guiding intelligence achieves a result
a representative, emissary, or official of a government
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them
workmanship: G4161-ποίημαpoíēma, poy'-ay-mah; from G4160; a product, i.e. fabric (literally or figuratively):—thing that is made, workmanship.
We are the product made by Abba Yah/The Lord God Almighty and Revived to live via belief in Yahusha/Jesus. We were created for a purpose and Abba Yah's intelligence is what guides us to achieve His Results. We are His Representatives! We are both Salt and Light. We cannot be good representatives of Abba Yah if we are walking with poor morals, values and ethics.
Believers Are Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
2 Timothy 2:21
21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, [h]sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
Definition of vessel: G4632-σκεῦοςskeûos, skyoo'-os; of uncertain affinity; a vessel, implement, equipment or apparatus (literally or figuratively [specially, a wife as contributing to the usefulness of the husband]):—goods, sail, stuff, vessel.
Biblical Outline of Usage of G4632
in the plural
household utensils, domestic gear
the tackle and armament of vessels, used specifically of sails and ropes
a man of quality, a chosen instrument
in a bad sense, an assistant in accomplishing an evil deed
Definition of instrument
a means whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered
one used by another as a means or aid
When we have poor morals, values and ethics and we lack virtue we become instruments of evil. Remember, this is a heart and mind issue, we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities, and powers.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Powers-G1849-ἐξουσίαexousía, ex-oo-see'-ah; from G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:—authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.
When we become morally good or virtuous, we are able to become stronger against the forces of evil.
Biblical Outline of Usage of G1849
power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases
leave or permission
physical and mental power
the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises
the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor
such a right or immunity attached specifically to a position or an office
to accord a higher value or superior position to
Ephesians 1:3-10 ESV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love5 he predestined us[b] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight9 making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
We are chosen to be Yah's Children, His Light and His Moral Projection on this earth. What are your standards, who is your guide in life? We only have 2 choices, to walk the way of this world or to walk according to Abba Yah's Words. We cannot keep saying we want change, yet not change ourselves, for anytime we promote evil, we are part of the problem and not the solution. We cannot be hypocrites in one area of life while claiming to be of Yah's then do evil towards our Brothers and Sisters because we don't like how they treat us or how they chose to live or how they cannot hear Yah's Words. This means we don't gossip, we don't plot revenge, we are not envious of what someone else has and we don't, we do not go out of our way to hinder someone else and we don't participate in the evil deeds of others. Their choice is Not Ours.
Yes, we make mistakes, but not all mistakes are sins and knowing the difference is key. When we chose to assist in evil we are just as guilty as if we committed the evil deed and are in sin. However, when we strive for Righteousness, we should be changing our hearts and minds and discernment should be heightened so that we can make sound choices and decisions. Having good morals: good behavior and conduct known as virtue should be something we all strive for.
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