In my last blog “Are You a Bible Thinking Woman?”, we discovered three traits of a Bible thinking woman (BTW). She holds Scripture in high regard, renews her mind with the Word, and she is a woman who thinks. (critically and biblically)
Although we may have a clear understanding of what a BTW is, we may not know how to become a woman who is fully committed and submitted to the Bible.
Here are five ways to become a Bible thinking woman.
#1- Be born again.
In order for us to become a Bible thinking woman, we must have genuine salvation. Evidence of our salvation is not attending church, serving in ministry, giving, praying, or doing “good deeds”.
Salvation is a grace gift that we can’t earn. God’s grace and mercy grant us salvation. He draws us unto Himself.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” Ephesians 2:8-9
“ No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day” John 6:44
Evidence of our salvation is…
“Why do you call Me,’ Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46
“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments”1 John 2:3
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9
“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death” 2 Corinthians 7:10
“ with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth” 2 Timothy 2:25
“The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” 1 John 2:4
“No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him’ and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” 1 John 3:10
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17
We will never have a true desire for the Word, nor will we be able to understand the Word, if we are not regenerated.
“But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God”Romans 8:5-8
For more information on evidence of salvation, click here
I haven’t always been a Bible thinking woman. Sadly, I was the very opposite. A worldly, rebellious, professing Christian who had absolutely no desire to read and study the Word. I went to church, served in ministry, yet truly did not take any delight in the things of God. How did I change? Prayer! (and of course God’s grace)
I remember it like yesterday, praying the simple prayer of “Lord please give me a desire for Your Word. A desire to read it, study and know it”.
“May He grant you your heart’s desire And fulfill all your counsel” Psalms 20:4
“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart” Psalms 37:4
Normally we pray for the Lord to bless us with a job/career, marriage, money, a home, etc., and fail to pray for spiritual things. Yet, the Lord has blessed us with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3), but we beg, demand, weep, fast, and long for worldly, temporal things.
“like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” 1 Peter 2:2
I’m a witness that when we pray for spiritual things that will draw us closer to Christ, and conform us to His image, God will answer that prayer.
#3- Join a Bible-based church.
Being a part of a Bible-based church is of utmost importance. A church that holds Scripture in high regard, teaches the full-counsel of God, and is governed by and submits to the authority of Scripture. A church that teaches sound doctrine, that exalts Christ (not self, not the pastor, not prosperity, not works based salvation).
“He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything” Colossians 1:18
“having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone” Ephesians 2:20
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The local church is where we learn the Word and get equipped to do the work of the Lord. We submit ourselves to the authority of the leaders who not only teach us but who also watch over our soul. (Hebrews 13:17) Therefore, to forfeit going to a local church is not biblical. (Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Corinthians 12:25-27)
Likewise, we must be very careful about what church we join. There are many churches that promote false teaching and have pastors that are the minister of Satan who disguise themselves as angels of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
“For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face” 2 Corinthians 11:20
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves” 2 Peter 2:1
Exposing ourselves to false teaching is not to be taken lightly. The wrong doctrine can hinder our walk with the Lord, is destructive, can deceive us into thinking we are saved and lead us to eternal damnation. (Matthew 7:21-23; 2 Peter 2)
Pastor John MacArthur referring to false teachers,
“And frankly, the terrorists who are hidden in the church are far more dangerous than the terrorists who are hidden in the neighborhoods of America and other places in the world because those terrorists can only kill the body, but the terrorists in the church destroy the truth and leave a rubble of lies that damns men’s soul”
Ladies, theology matters.
#4- Befriend Bible-believing friends/family.
It’s not enough to simply attend a Bible-based church a couple days a week. We must not only get active in fellowship within the church, but we must “do life” with other Christians Monday through Saturday.
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psalms 1:1-3
“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals” 1 Corinthians 15:33
“Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17
We are to surround ourselves with like-minded believers. Those who are honestly seeking to live out the Christian faith. Our fellow sisters in Christ, should become our besties.
“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
“But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler-not even to eat with such a one” 1 Corinthians 5:11
Caution must be exercised when it comes to friendships with unbelievers, and professing Christians who live immoral, ungodly lives. It’s vital to have people in our lives who are going to hold us accountable to the Word and tell us the truth.
For more on the importance of fellowship with Christians, click here.
#5- Read and study the Bible.
This is pretty obvious. In order to be a Bible thinking woman, we have to read and study the Bible. The Lord will not part the clouds and pour out spirituality, godly wisdom, discernment and spiritual maturity on us. We must be intentional about studying His Word.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD'” Matthew 4:4
Attending church, Bible study, women’s ministry fellowships, listening to online sermons, reading Christian blogs and books are great. However, they should not be a substitute for reading the Bible. It is our responsibility as Christ followers to read and know the Word for ourselves.
As women, I encourage us not to be passive and lackadaisical about the Word, allowing pastors/preachers to simply teach us without questioning if what they are teaching is truly what the Bible says.
No more being a weak-silly woman (2 Timothy 3:6-7) who is tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. (Ephesians 4:14). No more being taken advantage of by false teachers who prey on vulnerable, gullible women. Instead, we must become Bible thinking women who love sound doctrine. Women who “…received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so”. (Acts 17:11)
“I have one desire now-to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it” Elizabeth Elliott