Can you say that you know the Word? We women have a lot on our mind. There’s no way around it, the laundry needs to be done and it’s time for everyone’s dentist appointments again. Plus for some reason my family wants dinner tonight, even though they had it last night. There are so many excuses for me not to be a Christian woman who knows the Word.
What does that really mean- know the Word? Well, simply put, I mean 1 Peter 3:15: “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
There are many reasons that you should have an intimate knowledge of the Word of God. But you can boil it down to this: do you know the Word well enough to share your faith with confidence?
Theology might not be a popular word in women’s Bible studies these days, but that doesn’t mean that you are off the hook. Take a few days and read through the book of Acts. Notice when the early believers are sharing their faith. They sometime include the story of how they believed in God, but most times they include the story of the people of Israel. They knew Scripture so well that it was intuitive to use the works of God to redeem Israel the nation as a jumping off point for sharing his offer of salvation.
What are indications that I know my stuff?
I seek to know the Bible.
Yes I know that this is what I have been saying, I’m not just repeating myself here. Knowing the Bible is an active, lifelong process. When you are confronted with a decision or a question in real life, do you know where to look to find the answer? Are you familiar enough with the Word that you can find Scripture to back you up when your beliefs are questioned?
Before you start to panic, I don’t mean that you have to instantly know the answer in every situation. I mean can you search it out? There is a huge temptation to pass off a question to someone else. Think about this scenario, my child asks me why we have the Lord’s Supper. I take her to the pastor and have him talk to her. I am missing two great opportunities for the Spirit to grow me here.
First I am missing the chance to grow in my own faith by articulating what I believe. It takes a different kind of comprehension to teach someone else a concept. I might not get it perfect in every nuance on the first try. However, this sparks in me the idea that I might need to examine what I believe more deeply. If I pass off the question, I miss the Spirit at work in my life as I seek answers.
Second, I teach the person who just asked me that question that it takes a teacher or preacher to tell me what the Bible says. Think about that. If my child sees me searching the Bible for answers over time, they understand that they can approach and wrestle with the Word themselves. Yes, there is a time to seek the wisdom of a pastor because I can’t figure it out. That’s great for my kids to see also! But I want them to know that questions send me first to the Bible.
I know what is right.
Satan’s best strategy is not to present me with blatant evil. Instead he disguises evil as the truth, but with a small perversion. If I don’t know the Bible, I will not know what is from God and what is not.
When I develop the practice of digging for answers, I develop the skill of discernment. Then when I face difficult decisions or situations, I know from my experience with the word of God what is right. I am sensitive to the leading of the Spirit because I seek the Holy Spirit’s leading often. It’s so much easier to choose right because I make a practice of looking for what is right.
If you are wondering how to get started with personal Bible study, check out my post here on where to begin studying the Bible. Also I have a free course How to Study the Bible, find out more about that here.
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