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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Real Men & Real Women of God Part 1
Fact: Mature men and women in the Lord cannot be confused about their identity.  If we do anything for God, then we have to know who we are.  It was God’s plan that His men and women rule over the earth.
Genesis 1:26 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                               God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
Do You Know Your Role?
The Lord created us to rule over the earth and to subdue it.  The fruit of our faith and productivity should last for generations.  We should be actively working to build the kingdom of the Lord.  Men and women of God should operate in their roles and know what their assignment is. 
A Call Out for the Men of God
Satan wants to get rid of the godly man. He wants to make men of God extinct. However, the Lord is looking for men who will pray, have a heart for winning souls and are willing to invest in His kingdom (without looking for pay).  He is looking for men that will willingly provide (Genesis 2:16).  In Jesus’ day, men ran to the church!  And today, the Father needs men to have that same zeal.  Simply put, God needs men in position (in His church, in the home and in their divine purpose). 
Male Leaders in the Church                                                                            
2 Samuel 5:1-3 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                       
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.  2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord told you, you shall feed My people Israel and be prince over [them].3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them [there] before the Lord, and they anointed [him] king over Israel.
Let’s look at King David. A warrior, worshiper and leader, David was promoted to be king because he was already leading.  The Lord is looking for men to lead in His church.  Men are effective leaders when they follow God’s instruction.  Strong male leadership doesn’t mean that men should be macho, tyrannical and harsh.  In fact, when men lead that way, it reflects their insecurity.   Godly male leaders should be able to speak the truth in love and not fear.
The Role of Godly Women
The Lord has a divine plan for women in the family, in the home, His church, and in the earth. Below are respective categories that involve godly women as productive leaders.
Wives & Mothers
The story of Esther (Esther 1) provides examples of the godly and ungodly wife.  Queen Vashti was disrespectful to her husband and let pride fill her heart.  She brought shame to her husband, King Ahasuerus, by publicly disrespecting him. When women bring discord, it causes a division of the heart.  Queen Vashti’s actions ultimately cost her her marriage and position as queen.  Nevertheless, that opened a door for Esther to take Queen Vashti’s place. Esther turned out to be a woman of God as well as a wise and trusted confidant to her husband. Wives lead through helping their husbands.  When a husband and wife are in unity, they respect each other and listen to each other. “Helping” is not a lowly position.  In fact, if women help their husbands the right way, it is just as influential as being the leader. Godly women are submissive (accommodating) to their husbands.  Submission is a choice and is scriptural (Ephesians 5:21).  Finally as providers, wives should freely give their bodies to their husbands.  And as mothers, women should nurture and love their children.
Women Walking in Their Purpose
Whether married or single, godly women are supposed to provide, and be productive.  When you look closely at the woman of Proverbs 31, you’ll observe that she had many roles that included being a wife, mother, saleswoman, trader, seamstress, property owner etc. She was practical, industrious and creative! Men appreciate when women are productive and can contribute to the home. Finally, women should be providers to the church through their service and lending of their skills and talents.
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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