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God loves women!

All through the Bible, He has given wisdom for us to respond, react and reign in every situation of our whole lives. The twenty-nine women we shall look at in this study will encourage us to love God more, draw closer to Him and see how great is His mercy and faithfulness. We cannot do anything that will make Him love us more than He does today and nothing we do will make Him love us less.

Salvation is not just "a ticket to heaven"; it is given so that we can be whole people in spirit, body and soul (mind, will and emotions).

When God created the earth with a word from His mouth, the Bible says: “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7) The word "formed" that is used here means "squeezed together". Further on, it says: “The Lord God said: 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper [giver of aid and assistance] suitable [to surround] for him.'” (Genesis 2:18 - Amplified version) A few verses later, we read: “Then the Lord God made [carefully handcrafted] a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man and He brought her to the man. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and they will become 'one flesh'” (Genesis 2:24 - Amplified version) The bond with our partner should be greater than that with our parents. The "one flesh" is not just a physical union. There is so much more to marital oneness than the sexual union. (1 Corinthians 6:16-20) We are to be one in every way (Hebrews 13:4), sharing our deepest thoughts, choices and emotions.

It is vital that we look at sex from the biblical perspective. It does not teach that sexual activity is sinful, but created, ordained and blessed by God. He equipped us with the physical magnetism of sexual attraction between the sexes for an expression of physical love and multiplication of the human race. (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 127:3-5) Our bodies are also described as "temples of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19)and it is intended that we should glorify God in our bodies.

God went to a lot of trouble when making women. They were delicately balanced in every part of their being, as whole persons. In the loving relationships that God intended between the sexes, we can expect to have a truly beautiful, intimate time. (Song of Songs 2:3-13; Song of Songs 7:1-13; Proverbs 5:17-19) We can all be "Real Women" today, not moulded to the world’s pattern of success or treated as sex objects, but moulded to the pattern laid down in God's own word. (Psalm 139:15-17; John 10:10) This offers complete fulfilment in this life and amazing blessings in the life to come. We are "R-E-A-L".

R = Royal (1 Peter 2:9) - Righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21) - Responsible (1 Corinthians 7:23-24)

E = Eternal (John 10:28) - Expectant (Romans 8:19) - Excited (2 Corinthians 4:13-18) - Excellent (Titus 3:8)

A = Adoring (Psalm 95:6-7) - Altogether (Luke 10:42) - Attentive (Ephesians 6:7)

L = Loving (Hebrews 6:10) - Loyal (John 13:35) - Long-suffering (Galatians 5:22) - Laughing (Luke 6:21-22)

 

R-E-A-L or religious?

As we consider this new challenge, we can examine lives from long ago that were recorded in the Bible. God thought that they were so important that their names should be recorded and their stories passed down through history, so that we can see that women from all walks of life had joys and sorrows, victories and failures. We can learn from their lives what we need to know to live in our own amazing time in history.

We are living in "the last days" and we know that life will not be easy for anyone. As we pay attentionto the Maker’s instructions, we see that there is an answer for every problem, if we will only make a quality decision to respond and to obey whatever the Bible and the Holy Spirit tell us to do. In this new series, we shall be looking at the lives of many women and the lessons that we can learn, in order to apply the same principles to our own lives.

Ongoing questions

As we look at the experiences of these women, let's bear in mind particularly the following questions:

  • Their different lifestyles;
  • What challenge is there for me today?
  • What do I have to change?
  • What encouragement is there for me?
  • Can I use this revelation to help someone else?

It is vital, as we look at God's word, that we understand that it has been given to us in order for us to grow in our spirit and our relationship with God. Bible study should never be simply about accumulating head knowledge. Of itself, that is foolishness. (Matthew 7:24-29) As a result, by the time we complete these studies, we expect that we shall:

  • all know our Father much better; (Ephesians 1:17-18)
  • be on far more personal terms with Him; (Psalm 73:25)
  • have dealt with areas of our lives that have held us back for years; (2 John 5)
  • be able to walk more closely with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis; (Ephesians 1:19)
  • have seen amazing miracles; (John 14:12)
  • be surrounded by the favour of God. (Psalm 90:17; Psalm 5:12)

Times of revival

We live in a time when there is a great sense of urgency and excitement that the Holy Spirit is being poured out in such a way that men and women throughout the world are turning to Jesus for deliverance. (Joel 2:28-32) There is growing expectation that it will not be long before Jesus returns to our world to complete God's great plan of salvation for all His people.

In "Joy for Life", it is our desire (and, we believe, our responsibility) to prepare a place where all women can receive spiritual food, refreshment and encouragement. When revival comes, we shall already be in place to receive newcomers, so that they can be nurtured and can grow in an ideal atmosphere. We think of it in terms of preparing a nursery for a new baby, in order to make everything just right for the baby to grow to its full potential. “We are called to go into the world and make disciples of all nations, baptising them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19)

The reason the Son of God was made manifest [visible] was to undo [destroy, loosen, dissolve] the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8 - Amplified version) In the light of this "mission statement", what do we see as the reason for us being here? Let's make a decision today for change in our lives and let's take note of God's plans for us, so that we can use them to encourage ourselves.

 


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