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DAILY MANNA TUESDAY 22 JUNE, 2021 was created by FemiClef
​​​​​​  *MEANING OF FREEDOM IN CHRIST.*_It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read *TEXT:* 1 TIMOTHY 2:9-15_*KEY VERSE* "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array" (1 TIMOTHY 2:9)._  There are believers who take liberty in Christ to mean license to indulge themselves in all kinds of practices. To them, 'grace' is sufficient to cover all their careless words, wicked actions and evil deeds. Paul the apostle encountered such people in the church in Ephesus, especially women. They lived in a culture that did not permit women to lead others. But then, the gospel came to them and they were saved. Some began flaunting their new-found freedom in Christ in extravagant appearances. But Paul would rather stress the power of godliness in a woman which expresses itself in inner beauty and transparent character. At a time when the Ephesian church had issues with false prophets, some of the women wanted to start teaching in the church, even though they were new converts and novices, not fully grounded in the things of God. This was essentially why Paul did not allow them to teach or usurp authority over the more knowledgeable men. He illustrated his position with what inexperience did to Eve, and recommended that believers, including women, continue growing in faith, love, holiness and sobriety, for therein lies the blessings promised by God. There is a place in the Kingdom for christian men and womnen. The mature women leaders are admonished to "be in behaviour as becometh holiness... teach the young women to be sober... to love their children... to be discrete, chaste, keepers at home, good [and] obedient to their own... husbands..." (Titus 2:3-5). While there is nothing wrong with looking good, we should seek to please God in all things. Worldliness or dressing to attract people's attention is ungodly and unacceptable to God. Modesty must be the guiding principle for the Christian man or woman. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Let modesty guide your conduct in all things.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* 1 KINGS 5-7. *MEDITATION* Acceptable adornment and practices for christians *1. Principles governing physical christian women adornment*a. Since the command is also echoed in I Corinthians 14:34, Titus 1:5-9, it is concluded that the command is for the universal church.b. The apparel must have the following qualities:* modesty and unassuming, v9.* It must demonstrate an humble and sober look, v9.* The adornment, including hairstyle, must not display extravagance, v9.* It must be devoid of shining articles or distracting components, v9.* It must neither be distractive nor seductive, v9.* It must not portray a display of wealth, v9. "Who makes thee to differ?"*Summary,* Christian physical adornment *must* be not be distractive, seductive, extravagance, a display of wealth, motivated by desire to be applauded, noticed and praised. It must exclude every disposition and appearances that are irrelevant to holy worship. *Note* Observe that this is a command and not an advise. Disobedience will lead to vain worship. *Question* a. What type of music and dancing will go with these divine rules in worship?b. Are you keeping to those rules?  *2. Principles governing inner Christian women adornment* a. Sobriety and humility, v9.b. Pre-occupation with good works of charity, v10.c. Submission at home and in the church regardless of who the husband or the pastor is, vv11,12.d. Most not have dictatorial tendencies towards pastors or husbands, vv11,12. Why?* Principle of seniority, v13. The senior must be submitted to, v13.* Principle of stability, v14. Men are more emotionally stable in action and decision making, v14.* Principle of satanic deception, v14. It is easier for Satan, to deceive the weaker vessel (women) compared to the weak vessel (male). *Prayer points* Ask God to help you to keep to these rules which is commanded to both sexesConcecrate your heart and ask for inner cleansing in your heart to make you comformable to those rulesPray that worldliness will not have an inroad to the churchPray for divine visitation on God's churches that have given a free road to worldliness in your nation *HHMN* Take my life. (GHS 87)

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