One of the great things I get to do as Director of Women’s Ministry is study the scriptures and write Bible studies. This is a privilege, and it is a great challenge!
It is a privilege because I know the power of God’s Word:
All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
There is nothing like watching women grow in their ability to understand God’s Word and experience its power. So if I succeed in asking good questions that immerse women in the Word, I know that the Word itself, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will penetrate women’s lives and change them. It will give them truth to hold as an anchor for their souls. It will convict them very specifically about the areas where God seeks to transform their character. It will give them courage and comfort in adversity. It will empower them to do kingdom work. The Word will do these things, not me, so it is a privilege just to be a part of the process.
It is a challenge because good study takes time, patience, prayer and diligence—all of which are difficult for me. I do it though, because I know that when women study and gather in groups, they will be immersed in God’s Word. Good, good things will happen when they do it. I have had a front row seat over many years to see and experience the drama of God’s Word in action play out in the lives of women, to hear their insights and their life stories, in these groups.
Another thing happens to me when I am writing Bible studies. God meets me. Sometimes he reveals something about himself that I never experienced fully before. Many times he reveals something about myself that I need to know.
This week I have been writing from Proverbs about the power of words. I came across this proverb:
With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:20-21
A very loose paraphrase of this proverb is “A woman’s own words will affect her like the food she eats. It will nourish her or make her sick. Her words are so powerful they can bring death or life. So if you love to talk, remember you will have to live with what you say.”
And guess what, I said something harsh this week, and I said it to the man I love the most, my husband. It was over something little. I could have let it go. I could have been kind. But I wasn’t. And when it was over, I defended myself and excused myself before I got around to repentance and confession.
Then the proverb came back to me. And, as the proverb says, I had used my power to wield death. Death. Wow. Death. Sit on that for a while.
While the proverb brought the bad news, it also delivered the good news. When I listen to God, when I obey Him, when I use my words wisely, I also have the power of life. Life! Wow! Life!
So, ladies of The Chapel, as we begin to share with one another through Devoted, let us encourage one another with the Word of God. Let us stir one another up with our words of life.
Words of life! Wow! Life!
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