The first problem I see within the lives of Christian women is the lack of abiding in Christ. I share once again John 15:4, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” It is so easy just to go throughout the daily life doing those things that need to be done then collapse somewhere and shut out the more important things that pertain to God. It is easy to abide in the television, to abide in the books that are of no eternal worth, to abide on the phone talking away and wasting time, basically to abide in anything and everything that is trivial.
The second problem I see is that many times there is a form of godliness but no power worth speaking of. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 goes into great detail about such people we will see in the last days but it ends up with one person in particular that I would like for us to look at later in detail. 2 Timothy 3:5 warns us, “…having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
The third problem I see is that the older women are NOT teaching the younger women. Titus 2:3-5 speaks quite clearly on this issue, “…the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
The fourth problem is just plain selfishness and pride. No woman likes to admit that she is wrong and it is difficult to seek forgiveness for sin that she feels should not be noticed by anyone much less to be exhorted to stop doing!
Romans chapter 1 talks about people that continually turn away from God and His way of judging them is to let them continue on in their own sin and go further down the slide until one day they are doing perverted things. This should be a warning to us that when the Lord convicts our heart of something that we have done wrong, we should seek forgiveness for it!
Romans 1:28-30 shows the last part of the downward slide when we are not willing to follow God’s Word, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
Even though this goes further into detail, still we can see how the downward slide can affect our spiritual lives. There are many more problems but, for now, we will focus on these problems and the remedies for them starting in the next blog.