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We made it! These past five weeks have gone by fast. Take a moment to reflect on all we have learned…

In our last week of our series “The ‘List,’” we’ll be talking about godly women who are led by the Word and not by the world and stand firm in the faith.

What does it mean to be led by the Word instead of the world? It means that as women of God, all of our hope and trust is in God and His Word alone.

Jeremiah 17:5 and 7 says, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord…but blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.”

We cannot put our trust wholeheartedly in our future husbands, mere men. As daughters of the King, we’re called to higher standards than the rest of the world.

That means we don’t wait for a knight and shining armor to save us and make our lives complete because He already did.

Trust me, “the world has plenty of girls who know how to do their hair. We need women who know how to do hard and holy things” (Unknown).

In 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, Paul explains to the Corinthians that he doesn’t come to them in confidence of what he says, but what the Spirit says through him. He does this so they wouldn’t put their faith in Paul, but in God.

Women who aren’t easily swayed by what this world has to offer stand firm. When they keep God’s promises in their hearts, they can’t be shaken.

“Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?” (Isaiah 2:22). God’s Word lasts forever. God Himself is eternal. “All Scripture is God-breathed” and that’s a lot of Scripture. If God can breathe life into man and write the whole Bible with just one breath, why would we trust in man instead of Him (2 Timothy 3:16 and Genesis 2:7)?

Isaiah 7:9 says “If you do not stand firm in the faith, you will not stand at all.” Ladies, our Heavenly Father, our King, our rock. He is steadfast, firm, always loving, patient, reliable, and never changing.

He will never forsake us. He is our deliverer (Deuteronomy 31:6).

I know some of you who are reading this don’t understand how good God can be, I still don’t understand it, but I have never seen His children lacking in what they need when they come to Him and ask (Proverbs 37:25).

To stand firm in the faith means to not be led by the world when they doubt how good God really is. We need to go to His Word and see for ourselves how many times He’s saved His children.

When we don’t feel like we’re enough, we remind ourselves that we’re more than enough in Christ.

When we’re mocked, ridiculed, and bullied for putting all of our hope in Jesus, it doesn’t bring us down because we know a true follower of Christ suffers trials (James 1).

As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but reflect on my life and when I stood firm in my faith and when I did not.

I remember in 9th grade when I tried committing suicide for the first time. I had had a headache and went to grab ibuprofen to help with the pain when I paused and stared at the bottle full of pills.

A voice inside my head laughed, “It’s too easy! Why not?” More laughter, “It could all go away and then it would just be you and me kid.”

After that night, never once have I looked at pain pills the same way.

At the time, I was a new Christian who believed in God, but didn’t know what to do about it. The amount of faith I had was so miniscule that I didn’t know what to stand firm on.

Fast forward to my junior year. Man, was I on fire for God.

I was a leader at my youth group, involved in my church, had plenty of friends, and I thought my crush liked me.

Well, every day I would bring my Bible to school and read it in my free time. Bringing a Bible to a public school was not something people normally did. I remember being mocked because of my faith, but that didn’t stop me from bringing my Bible to school.

Was I standing firm in the faith though? On the inside, I still felt broken and hopeless. Maybe there was more faith to hold on to than I had in 9th grade, but was there enough to be an anchor for my soul?

If we feel we have nothing to stand firm in, that our faith at the moment is running low, let us stand firm in this:

“For I have been crucified by Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me
and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Whatever is going on in our lives right now, whatever mistakes or hurt that we just can’t let go of, whatever the world keeps telling us…

Jesus died for us.

All of our sins have gone away because our souls were crucified on the cross with Christ some 2,000 years ago.

And if there was no one else in the world and only you left, He would do it again in a heartbeat.

As women who are constantly waiting for something, know it’s not in vain. Let us find our hope in Jesus Christ. Stand firm in His death and resurrection. Stand firm in the fact that God loves us.

We can’t afford to put our hope in ourselves or our future husbands and to be swayed by the world full of brokenness and emotions that don’t last.

If we only remember one thing from this series and past five weeks, I hope that we remember that to truly be godly women is to put all of our hope, all of our trust, all of our faith, all of our desires, and all of our love in God.

Don’t be swayed. Stand firm.

God bless,

M.A.

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