1 Peter 3:5-6 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
Why did Peter use Sarah as an example? Because Sarah was considered the mother of God’s people (Isaiah 51:2). Not only was Sarah an example to be followed because of her faithfulness to God and to her husband, but also because she was the mother of all believers under the old covenant, the mother of the Jewish nation; under the new covenant the mother of all who believe (Galatians 4:22-26).
Peter commends Sarah for her attitude of submission, hanging his argument on Sarah’s use of “lord.” Sarah’s submission certainly wasn’t slavish. She insisted that Hagar and Ishmael be sent away. Abraham didn’t like it, but went along with her request. –LABC
What I want to focus on in this passage is fear. A woman’s fears can be many and complex. Satan uses our fears to disrupt our relationship with God. He will shoot the arrows of fear straight to our heart and minds so fast that we are defeated before we know what hit us.
Peter called upon Christian wives to do what is good and to never let fears alarm them. How do we overcome our fears?
I have overcome many fears through prayer and claiming the scriptures. I looked up every scripture that addresses fear and wrote them down, memorizing them. When the enemy would pounce on me, I would recite them, OUT LOUD! Miracles of miracles, there is strange and amazing power in the Holy Book.
My husband travels five days a week. I am alone often. In the past, I would become fearful at night, alone, especially when a strange noise disturbed me. I am free of that fear. I marvel at how God has brought me out of fear. Wonderful Freedom!
Find your scriptures. Write them down. Say them out loud. Don’t worry what people think when they see you mumbling to yourself. Trust the Sword to do the spiritual work you need. Your fears will diminish over time to be replaced by contentment and peace.
I have more to say about this in my next post. How has God helped you over come fear?
Be blessed, Lynn
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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!