Not long ago I taught a woman’s Bible study on the topic of Deception and Discernment and wanted to share a bit of that with you:
One of the most infamous and well-known quotes of the century for woman:
“I am woman, hear me roar!”
The world has colorfully painted a picture of what women should look like in today’s world. Images are splashed upon the trendy magazines with pictures of women in suits, holding briefcases in heels, dropping off their wee ones to daycare before the stop off at Starbucks for their daily hit of java. Celebrity magazines have their starlets portrayed as loud, scantily clad seductresses with instructional articles encouraging us how to dress and be like them–and who can ignore the mommy magazines that are shouting from the rooftops about how we can ‘have it all’.
But I am here to share with you that this is not true. It is lies. It is deception. It has taken me a life time to unlearn these very messages that have bombarded me as women since day one. Happiness and true success is not found in those pursuits, but only found in Christ alone. Instead of living up to this mentality of the “I am woman, hear me roar” generation, the Christian woman needs to live exactly the opposite. In fact, what she needs to be living out is this:
“I am the Lords, and I come in meekness to exalt Him.”
We cannot allow television to set the standard for us. Nor media, or culture or the feminist movement. Have you thought about what is making you discontent lately? There is probably a lie somewhere lurking deep inside. A lie we learned from the world that we are believing blindly and all the while tearing down our precious homes in the process.
But we need to be sober because the days are evil. We are called to be sober-minded in Titus 2. We are to build up our homes and we can do that with proper, right thinking. Phillipians 4:8 reminds us…”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Women are more easily deceived, so we must be on our guard. The first woman targeted in the Bible was Eve and that is still happening today. We are Eve’s daughters, but we must not allow Satan to continue his lies with this generation because we have learned our lesson.
There are many broken homes and relationships left in the aftermath of those lies today,
but with God we can restore the ruins and build on it the firm foundation
that is not rooted in false worldly philosophies
but from TRUTH found through Jesus Christ alone.