dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

2 Timothy 3 ~ Strong Women!

on February 7, 2013

In the “last days” it will be hard to be a truth-loving, truth-living follower of Jesus Christ.  Could it be that those days are upon us?   Look at the list that Paul gave, “People will be: 

  • lovers of self
  • lovers of money
  • proud
  • arrogant
  • abusive
  • disobedient to their parents
  • ungrateful
  • unholy
  • heartless
  • unappeasable
  • slanderous
  • without self-control
  • reckless
  • swollen with conceit
  • lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
  • have the appearance of godliness”

The next verse gets interesting…people like that “capture weak women.”  There is such an infatuation in our culture with strong women.  None of us wants to view ourselves as weak.  However, our perception of what makes a woman weak may be skewed as well as what the culture defines as strong!  Maybe many women have already been deceived, captured and led astray from God’s plan for their lives by various passions.  Persuaded that we are strong; we may actually be weak…

So where does real strength come from?  Strength that doesn’t bend or sway with public opinion and cultural shifts.  Strength that stands for truth even when it’s difficult and incurs persecution.

  • Strength comes from knowing God’s perfect, living Word and letting it have its full affect on our minds, hearts, and lives.  Psalm 119:28b says, “Strengthen me according to Your Word.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:5 tells us that real, inner godliness is power.  Inner godliness–not appearance only–is developed by hearing from God through His Word.  “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (16-17)

I don’t want to be a weak woman! A woman who’s life is swayed by every documentary or talk show.  A woman who reads and knows a lot about everything except the truth.  A women who is abused by the world’s standards.  A woman who is deceived by the world’s definition of strength and living a depleted, empty, exhausting life.  I want to be strong in God’s eyes even if I look weak to the world!

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