We have looked at five important doctrines that a woman seeking biblical womanhood should stand firm upon in her life. It is because of these doctrines that we affirm a number of beliefs that are central to the Christian faith and those desiring to practice biblical womanhood. For the next several weeks we will examine these beliefs and how they relate to us and the culture in which we live.
Divine absolutes have been replaced with a number of world philosophies and theories. Without absolutes, we lose the ability to make concrete decisions. What one person thinks is right is just as right as what another person thinks. Rule of law and the authorities that represent them and are to enforce them breaks down. Lawlessness is the final result.
In order to live a life in biblical womanhood we must affirm that
Scripture is God’s authoritative means of instructing us in His ways and it reveals His holy pattern for our womanhood, our character, our priorities, and our various roles, responsibilities, and relationships.
As women of God, we must acknowledge that God’s written Word is the final authority for our lives. No, we will not follow Scripture perfectly. However, we must strive to follow biblical principles in every area of our lives. Then, we must establish practical ways in which we can live out those principles in the world around us without violating any of God’s principles.
Joshua 1:7-8, Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
In the above passage God instructs Joshua just as the children of Israel are about to enter the Promise Land. In verse 7 God tells him to be strong and very courageous. Why? So that he could do according to all the law (the known Scripture at that time). It is not easy to follow God’s Word especially when Scripture goes against cultural practices and philosophies. Joshua needed to be filled with courage, a resoluteness, in order to follow God’s Word.
We cannot know what it is that God would have us to do, what the absolutes of His Word are without being in the Word. In verse 8 God continues to instruct Joshua to remain in study of God’s Word day and night in order to do all that is written. What is your “devotional” life like? Is it a cursory read of a verse or two along with a little story about the verses? Do you find yourself reading more books and blogs than you do Scripture? Are you following after the thoughts of men, even great men or women of God, more than you are following after the thoughts of God?
2 Timothy 3:14-17, But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
In 2 Timothy we see Paul encouraging his son in the faith, Timothy. Paul understands that his time on earth is nearing the end. This book is one of the last that Paul writes. In it he encourages Timothy to remember the things that he has learned from his childhood until now. Paul reminds Timothy that all Scripture is given by God. He goes on to say that God’s Word is profitable (useful) for doctrine (teaching), reproof (persuasion), correction (setting right again) and instruction (discipline) in righteousness. Ladies, we need to remember this as we pursue biblical womanhood. Scripture is for our encouragement, but it is also to teach and persuade us regarding God and His plan. Scripture is also to set us back on His path when we have strayed from His truth and to instruct us to live a life of discipline. In doing so we can point others to the glory and majesty of our heavenly Father and the redemptive work Christ did on the cross.
2 Peter 1:20-21, Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
As we study Scripture we need to be so very careful not to make the Bible say what it does not say. God gave the words to these holy men of God who did not add to them their own ideas. In our own study of Scripture we need to be careful to follow the whole counsel of God on all matters. When we begin choosing a verse here or a verse there out of context we diminish God’s Word. God’s Word never contradicts itself. I have often heard that when we think that God’s Word does not align in one area as what we think it does in another area, we are the ones who need to reexamine our thinking.
2 Peter 3:15-18, And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Peter warns the reader in the above passage of those who are unlearned and unstable in regard to studying Scripture. Paul would call these false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing. These individuals have a propensity to lead away those of the faith who are not on guard for the attacks of the error of the wicked.
Study God’s Word in its entirety. Protect yourself from false teaching and error. Be ready to adjust your thinking in accordance to His Word as He shows you areas in which you need to grow. Remember, God’s Word is the final authority in the life of the woman seeking biblical womanhood.
The framework of this series was taken from the True Woman Manifesto provided through Revive Our Hearts Ministry.