In the previous blog I introduced the idea for this series on “The Good Wife” as a series that is not about performance, but about God’s purpose. I promised to base the writing on God’s Word and not the world, not culture, and not religious tradition.
If we want to know God’s Word on a subject, we need to consider the whole Word of God. If all I do is a word search on “wife” or “woman” then I’m only going to pull up a certain number of verses. If I base my knowledge only on that selection rather that the other portions of that Word that applies to that topic, then I limit my understanding and cripple my application.
Also, if my approach in studying a topic is only to look at the differences on a subject, I could ignore the overall view. Therefore, when I read the Bible, I see that a woman is first a spirit being, made in the image of God. As a child of God, the reborn, Spirit-filled believer is to rule and reign in life. Therefore, “The Good Wife” as the Bible teaches, is a person who knows her position in Christ, receives revelation on her inheritance in Christ, and is empowered and anointed to take her authority in the earth. “The Good Wife” will reign in life.
Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
When a Christian reigns if life, he or she is overcoming what is beneath God’s glory because of what Jesus Christ accomplished at the cross. Salvation is ours because Jesus paid our ransom and removed the punishment of sin. Sin and its effects no longer have power over the surrendered believer; now the yielded Christian is empowered by the Holy Spirit over sin and the effects of sin.
What are the effects of sin? Sin is anything outside of God and outside of the perimeters of His abundant life. Effects of sin in this world include sickness, poverty, mental distress, emotional unrest, as well as spiritual death and oppression. The effects of sin include guilt, shame, and fear. Before Christ, sin and its effects had dominion over us and Satan was god over the unbeliever. After Christ, the person who is in union with Jesus and subjected to His lordship is given authority and power to act in His name to rule in this life.
The Good Wife is the person who has received God’s goodness; she receives the righteousness of God she has been given through Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. Her marriage to a man is a temporary covenant in this life, but her covenant with her Redeemer is an eternal covenant in an everlasting life. The Good Wife has received salvation and continues to live in God’s saving power from anything that would try to defeat her and deplete her instead of heal her and complete her. As someone continually surrendered to God’s working, The Good Wife enjoys full and continual restoration and wholeness that causes her to live in a position of His authority and experience a flood of His power.
The Good Wife presses into God’s presence. The Good Wife declares God’s Word out of her mouth over her life, her marriage and her family. The Good Wife makes herself available for prayer. The Good Wife diligently meditates on God’s Word and receives its power to transform her to become more and more like Christ.
If a person isn’t complete in Christ, then that person is lacking in spirit, in soul, and in body. That person will grasp for other people and other things in an attempt to fill what’s missing. A Christian that refuses to pursue the Lord or neglects spiritual refreshing will find himself or herself living far beneath God’s intended purpose. Instead of reigning in life, the carnal Christian will experience a defeated and dysfunctional way of living. A spiritually dysfunctional person will not be able to function as someone who reigns in life.
We are all at different levels in our transformation, in our understanding, and in our anointing. When a person is complete in Christ and mature spiritually, that person stands in the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. That person rules over the body and the soul from her spirit. That person brings emotions and thoughts underneath the authority of Christ, dominating her flesh. If you aren’t there yet, then start heading that direction, to be healed, whole, and strong in spirit.
The Good Wife is complete in Christ; therefore, she is not someone’s “other half” and her husband is not her “other half.” Instead of pulling on her husband to fulfill her or bring her the happiness she craves, the Good Wife will look to Jesus for her joy, her peace and her wellbeing. Her husband is not her Jesus; Jesus is her Jesus. When the Good Wife gets in the spirit and draws what she needs from Christ, then she isn’t needy, clingy, or whiney. She is strong and she is satisfied. She is ready to give instead of take, build up instead of tear down.
From the position of being complete, The Good Wife can also better receive. She isn’t in a power-struggle with her man. She can receive her husband’s love and she can honor her husband’s strengths. Because she is complete, she doesn’t have to compete with him; instead they can compliment each other in their gifting, their skills, their intelligence, and their abilities. Not only does The Good Wife reign in life; she is also able to take her husband’s hand and reign in life together, overcoming in a fallen world, pushing back the kingdom of darkness, and living in victory through Jesus Christ. Be a power-couple for Jesus.
What if you aren’t there yet? What if your emotions or thought life are ruling you? What if you recognize you are being needy instead of finding your needs met in Christ?
- Recognize the process. If you are a Christian, then you are positioned in Christ; you just need to look to Christ to begin a journey of transformation.
- Get spiritual. You are a spirit in a naturally-minded world. So get into your Bible, get into prayer, get into worship, and get into your church. Naturally-minded people will not be spiritually-minded.
- Grow stronger. The Word of God isn’t just a good book, it is life to you. We grow spiritually when we put the Word of God first in our lives and when we do what it says.
- Take your authority over emotions, your thoughts, and your body. You are a spirit so you decide what you allow yourself to think on. You decide what you are going to do. You decide to get those emotions in line with God’s Word.
- Stay surrendered. We weren’t made to stand on our own two feet. We were made to know the glorious experience of living in dependence on a source of life with a loving Father and Creator. The world tells us to be self-sufficient, but our strength is not found in us; our strength is found in Christ. Learn to live leaning on the Lord.
I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.