This article originally appeared on Whole Magazine.
“God is the Healer of all our sickness. You just need more faith.”
They mean well, they really do. But those whose ears have been tickled by false gospels like the prosperity gospel and the word-faith movement, don’t see the repercussions of their own words. They use God’s Word out of context and make claims to prosperity that aren’t there, leaving out the many passages which prove the Christian life is not a cake-walk.
Many Christians are infertile, have cancer, have miscarried or delivered lifeless babies, are tortured for their alliance to Jesus. And on top of these heart-wrenching trials, there are some whose theology would deem the suffering of these believers a result of their faithlessness. This terribly unbiblical theology places the blame on the Christian for any painful thing that enters their life. Furthermore, it hardens the lost to God, the gospel, and the Church.…
I fear many women are famished for the Word of God. It’s no wonder why. Many of us have been feeding on the crumbs which devotionals give rather than feasting on the Bread of life. We’ve been told as women that we can live off of those crumbs, and that the feast of deep truths and theology is better left for the men. But theology and an immense knowledge of the Bible is for every disciple of Christ.
Malnourished women of the quick-fix devo must become true women of the Word. We must move from milk to solid food. I’m excited to announce that I’ve created a workbook for the women whose hearts declare, “Give us the meat!”
For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for thosewhohave their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
This article was originally published on Maple Alps
Until recent years, you could have found me approaching bible study like most women. I’d flip to a Psalm or open up a devotional and spend about 5 minutes trying to apply it to my life. I craved something more, but just wasn’t equipped to do anything about it.
While devos have their place, women would do well to strive for deeper immersion into the Word of God.
So, here are some tips I’ve learned over the years that I thoroughly recommend adding to your bible study routine.
Prayer is so important. If I’m being honest though, it’s also the step I tend to forget about way too easily. When approaching God’s word, we can pray about the following things:
What book of the bible should I read?
Pray for understanding and wisdom at the beginning, and during your study as questions come up.
Post-modernism is the new black. Many millennials wear it like a favorite pair of toms. They let it soak into their minds like an inspirational quote on Instagram. And the complete rejection of logic is saddening.
“Your truth is your truth.”
Actually, no, that isn’t true. The definition of truth is that which is in accordance with fact or reality. There is only one reality and only one truth. You can disagree with what I believe to be true but you can’t claim two contradicting beliefs to both be true.
Furthermore, the rejection of truth actually proves the existence of a holy, righteous God.
The Law Reveals Our Sin
Ask almost anyone on the street and they’ll admit that they’re a sinner. This is because each of us are image bearers of God (Genesis 1:26-27) who have the law written on our hearts.
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them…
(Romans 2:15 ESV)
Even those who have never heard the gospel have God’s law seared into their consciences.…
Modern day Evangelicalism has done us a disservice. The desire for numbers instead of true converts has left non believers with a sense of salvation and the Church stained. In an effort to be “seeker friendly”, we have created a tragedy. False hope has been placed upon the unconverted in the name of easy believism.
“60 people made a profession of Christ last week at our block party!” Awesome. Where are they now? Why aren’t they attending church?
So we’ve made up a rule to cover our consciences. We’ve gone as far as to create a camp of “believers” who aren’t growing. But scripture doesn’t speak to anything of the sort.
Between the “I see that hand”s and the “Pray this prayer”s, I’ve become convinced that we have brain washed ourselves.
Confession of faith has been taken out of the context of the whole Bible and made to be the only requirement for salvation.…
Across the world, Christian women like you and me, trot through life guided by their feelings. Prone to falling prey to deceitful doctrine, they’re tossed from one wave of chaos to another wave of confusion, drifting further and further from the truth.
Two reasons come to mind. (1) They aren’t truly saved or, (2) they aren’t studying God’s Word.
False Teachers Still Exist
In a culture driven by social media, we are more likely than ever to be presented with false teaching. In fact, the majority of the “bible teachers” on display at bookstores are spreading lies.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.