The first and most important step on the path of Godly womanhood is that of becoming a child of God … “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” – John 1:12.
There are different terms used to describe this process, such as “being saved”, “born-again”, “becoming a believer”, etc. I am not as concerned about the terminology, as I am that you know what it means and hopefully have already done it! In case you aren’t sure, here is a little review:
“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” – Romans 3:23. Since the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, each human has inherited a sin nature that separates us from the Heavenly Father.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” – Ephesians 1:7 It is only through the sacrificial bloodshed of Yeshua (Jesus) that we can be cleansed from our sins and receive eternal life.
“… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Yeshua and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9 “… Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yeshua Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38. Through belief in Yeshua, confessing that He is Messiah, repenting of our sins and being baptized, we can receive the gift of eternal life.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17. Once we are in Messiah, we are a new creation. We are no longer slaves to sin … we have repented of our sins and now live according to His commands.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. When we accept the gift of eternal life through Yeshua, we become children of God. Just as children are commanded to obey their parents, we are now to live our lives in submission to the Creator of the universe.
Obedience to YHWH (God) is at the foundation of our aspiration to Biblical womanhood. If we can learn this lesson and practice it perfectly, we should have nothing to worry about. It’s simple – just obey! Unfortunately, it is not that simple for two reasons: 1) we still have to battle sin, doing things we should not do and not doing the things that we should do, 2) it is sometimes difficult to know just how to obey.
In the next section of this series, we will discuss how to know the Father’s will and obey it.
- Have I received the gift of eternal life through belief in the Messiah and His atoning blood, repenting of my sins and being baptized?
- Am I a new creation or do I still look and act like the person I was before?
- What are some ways that I can glorify God in my body and spirit?
- Are there areas where I have allowed sin to creep in and not repented of it?
- Am I an obedient child of the Heavenly Father, willing to do whatever He asks of me?