For the next few weeks we are going to be examining what it means to be a biblical woman of God. Biblical womanhood isn’t a list of do’s and don’ts. It isn’t subsisting on the fluff and nonsense that so many of us have grown accustomed to. Biblical womanhood isn’t meant to make you “feel good” about how you are doing as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, or friend. In fact, going through this series might show you areas where you need a biblical check up, a diagnosis, and biblical medicine to heal so that you can strive to be the biblical woman God would have you to be.
A true biblical woman of God understands that she must allow God to transform her life.
We believe that Christ came to redeem this sinful world and to make all things new, and that His followers are called to share this redemptive message as they seek, by God’s empowerment, to transform every aspect of their human life that has been marred and ruined by sin.
The following passages teach us that we are to reject the practices of the world. As Christians, we cannot participate in the world’s philosophies or their actions. It is through God’s grace and power upon which we must rely in order to live a life well-pleasing unto the Lord.
Ephesians 4:17-24, This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Colossians 3:1-14, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Titus 2:11-15, For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
You may ask how is it possible to reject the world and live a life unto God. The answer is found in Romans 12.
Romans 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Daily we must sacrifice our self-will to the will of the Father. Our desires, our actions, our attitudes – all must be willingly given to God every day. As we study God’s Word and seek His wisdom our minds will be renewed, replacing world philosophies with God’s mind on matters. But we must be willing to sacrifice those ideals, philosophies, and practices. Every thought must be taken captive.
As we grow into the true biblical woman God would have us to be, others may notice. When they do we will have the opportunity and privilege of pointing them to the glory of Christ. This is the purpose of true biblical womanhood.
The framework of this series was taken from the True Woman Manifesto provided through Revive Our Hearts Ministry.