Sep 3

Power to Play Your Position

2009 at 2:30 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews

womanly dominion“Women of dominion…have been appointed to undertake a wonderful life mission. God has called them to take on grand projects which will nobly touch lives in earth-shaking ways. Sure, they’ll encounter pain and thorns and thistles in the process. Sure, they’ll need to exercise Herculean discipline and self-denial. But the wonderful final-day revelation will leave them with no regrets.” p. 47

It’s not easy playing our position. We encounter “pain and thorns and thistles.” We have to contend with the triple threat of the world, the enemy, and remaining sin in our hearts.

Mr. Chanski outlines the dangers—how we are deceitfully assaulted with lies that, if believed and embraced, will hinder us from “winning it.” He exposes both the evil root of these lies as well as their potentially serious consequences. But how we can we resist these “contemporary lies”? How can we possibly overcome the triple threat and play our position to the glory of God?

We can’t. Not on our own anyways. We need the power of Jesus Christ.

“To this end I toil” writes Paul about his passion to help the Colossians reach maturity in Christ. But how does he do it? “Struggling with all [Christ’s] energy that he powerfully works within me.” (Col. 1:29)

We cannot conquer sin or “extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” on our own (Eph. 6:16). But the good news is that if we have repented and believed in Jesus Christ, we aren’t struggling on our own. We are struggling with Christ’s energy that “powerfully” works within us. We can “win it” only by relying on “the strength that God supplies” (1 Pet. 4:10-11). And He will be faithful to supply all the strength we need.

bookendsThere’s much more that I could say about the Holy Spirit’s power at work in the believer’s heart and our own responsibility to depend upon that power. But I want to recommend a little book that has helped me immensely in this regard. I’ve mentioned it before: The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington. This book has simple, yet profound counsel for applying the gospel to every day life—including our efforts to grow in womanly dominion. I think you’ll find it a wonderful companion to our current study.

So as you seek to resist the “flaming darts of the evil one” and “play your position” for the glory of God, may you abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:13).

We’re moving on to chapter four next week!

Sep 2

“What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us”

2009 at 11:13 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews

womanly dominionWe’ve been excited to hear encouraging reports from those of you following along with our Womanly Dominion Book Club—like this email from Lisa:

I just wanted to thank you for your encouragement to be a biblical woman. I thank the Lord that He was merciful in giving me a Proverbs 31 mom who faithfully taught me what God’s Word says about my role as a woman from childhood on up. I am discovering more and more that most women (at least in the area I live in) have not been taught their role and are poisoned by the lies of the enemy in regards to it. Thank you for promoting the book by Mark Chanski. Reading it brings tears to my eyes as I see the convictions of my heart reaffirmed in black and white and spelled out so clearly for the average woman to understand. I lead a book club for college age young women and this is our next book pick. Their comments in regards to reading “Womanly Dominion” have included: “Let’s read something that talks about our role because this is the only all girls study we are part of.” And “I’m glad we’re doing this book because these are things I’m not learning from my mom.” So thanks for your encouragement. Keep on keeping on for the truth of the Word!

Book club post coming tomorrow…

Sep 1

“The Essence of Femininity”

2009 at 10:23 am   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood

recoveringAs long-time readers of this blog well know, Elisabeth Elliot is one of my favorite authors and a hero of mine. Her faith in God marked my life from an early age and her writings have significantly shaped my biblical understanding of femininity.

Recently I discovered that her essay “The Essence of Femininity” (originally published in Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood) is available, in its entirety, online. This is a thoughtful, beautiful defense of biblical femininity and I’d encourage all our readers to take the time to read and ponder it, and share it with others. Here’s a brief excerpt:

It is unavoidable and undeniable, yet in the past couple of decades earnest and high-sounding efforts have been made in the name of decency, equality, and fairness, at least to avoid it and, whenever possible, to deny it. I refer, of course, to femininity—a reality of God’s design and God’s making, His gift to me and to every woman—and, in a very different way, His gift to men as well. If we really understood what femininity is all about, perhaps the question of roles would take care of itself.

Thanks to our friends at Crossway Books and CBMW for making this essay available.