Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Hello , Happy New month to you and and your loved ones. Welcome to the Women of Prayer August Devotional. You will need a journal/notebook/diary/pens and markers. This is our month of Faith and our devotional is on a Woman of Faith.
What is faith?
The bible in Hebrews 11:1 defines Faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. It is trust, assurance and confidence in God. Living faith is shown by service and obedience to God. Often people ask how can we increase our faith? Faith is increased by drawing closer to God through prayer and the study of His Word, the Bible.
The members of the Church of God in Philippi believed God’s Word and they obeyed His commandments too, remember obedience is better than sacrifice 1 Samuel 15:22. As they listened and followed Paul’s instruction on giving their cares to God in believing prayer, their faith (belief and trust) was increased. Another way faith is increased is by reading or hearing examples of faith in the Bible publicly expounded. This is mentioned in Romans 10:17. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The Bible is God’s inspired Word to all mankind and today, there are many translations of the complete Word of God to accommodate everyone. When we read the Bible, our faith (confidence and assurance) in God ,Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit increases and our faith in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit answers our prayers and bring us through impossible situations.
A Woman of Faith
A woman of faith trusts God. She knows of His interest in her life. She knows that He knows her by name. A woman of faith is a woman who loves God’s word and drinks deeply of that living water. John 7:37-39
37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.
The Bible chronicles many women of faith, women who believed and trusted in God. Their stories are found throughout the Scriptures. For example, Sarah was well beyond the childbearing years, yet she bore Isaac just as God had said. She judged God to be faithful in what He had promised, and she was blessed because of her faith. There is also the story of Rahab is found in Joshua 2, and she , a gentile is mentioned again in Hebrews 11:31 as having faith: “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.” A woman of faith trusts God and faces adversity with hope. She knows of His interest in her life. She knows that He knows her. She loves His words and drinks deeply of that living water. In prayer she seeks the kind, unfaltering guidance and help of a listening Heavenly Father. As she prays, she listens and allows two-way communication to take place. She trusts that in His still and quiet way, The Holy Spirit will lead her by the hand and give her revelations, solutions and answer to her prayers.
A woman of faith is confident ( read our article on the confident woman ) because she understands the divine plan of our Heavenly Father and her role to bless lives. She is confident that any sacrifice she makes is worth something in an eternal sense. She knows about sacrifice from knowing of the life of the Savior. She knows that her sacrifices may be small by comparison, but she knows that her Heavenly Father understands and values what she does to strengthen her home and her family and the world in which she lives. Her confidence grows because she is beautiful both on the inside and outside for she is virtuous ,lovely and gracious. She has pure motives , she is loving ,gentle and kind. The hearts of her husband and her children safely trust in her as well as the children , youth or women that she has been called to teach, lead, serve, and love. They are drawn to her because of the Holy Spirit that she radiates. It is the image of God that she has in her countenance that is appealing and important. She is confident that she will be invited to stand in the presence of her Heavenly Father. She will be able to do so with the sense that she fully belongs there, that she is known by Him ,loved ,valued and treasured forever and always.
A woman of faith is fearless. She fears no evil, for God is with her. There is no ambiguity, no uncertain trump in her life. She can live a principled life because she studies the doctrine and teachings of a perfect teacher, the Master. She is a noble example to all who know her. She stays away from the evil influence and unclean behaviors and if the enemy steps on her territory, she is as a lioness protecting her cubs. She is a prayer warrior and deals with battles in her war room with powerful prayers. A fearless woman of faith has the courage to talk with her children about practices which would destroy them. They not only hear her discuss her commitments, but they see her commitment in her daily living because she practices what she preaches in the way she dresses, what she reads and watches, how she spends her leisure time, what she loves and laughs at, whom she attracts, and how she acts at all times, in all things, and in all places. She has a certain style of her own that is attractive , joyful , bright and good. Our little girls and our young women can safely trust in her example. We pray that they too will be fearless as they seek out and promote their faith fearlessly. Thank heaven for women of faith in our lives.
BIBLE VERSES ON FAITH
A woman of faith loves the Lord. She wants Him to know it by the life she lives, by the words she speaks, by the service she renders to His children, by her every action. She knows that He loves her even though she is imperfect and still trying to be better. A woman of faith is blessed by faithful men in her life who hold the priesthood of God and honor this privilege: her father, bishop, husband, brothers, sons. They value her and the divine gifts given by God to His daughter. They sustain her, encourage her and they understand the great mission of her life as a woman. They love her and they bless her. They are in turn blessed by this woman of faith as they walk the path of life together. They know, as scripture teaches, that “two are better than one. For if they fall, the other one will lift up his fellow.”
The Bible mentions many strong women of faith Bible. Here is a list of a few.
Mary and Martha
Characteristics of a woman of faith
By studying these stories of faithful women mentioned in the Bible, we can learn what it takes to become such a woman. There are shared characteristics in their stories.
1. A woman of faith has a relationship with God.
We must believe in and understand who God is. He is our Father, and He wants us to have a close relationship with Him. One way to accomplish that is by praying to Him regularly. The women of faith in the Bible did that often.
2. A woman of faith has a belief in God’s word.
God’s words are life, and they give us encouragement and comfort. He wants us to consider what is in the Bible. It is important to read and meditate upon what God says. The women of faith in the Bible often knew what God had said and believed in His words.
3. A woman of faith has hope in the future.
What does God plan for all of us? He wants us to be in His Kingdom when we are called.
Lord God, Heavenly Father, we know Your will, but we are too weak to fulfil it. Our flesh and blood hold us back, and our enemy the devil will not leave us in peace. Pour Your Holy Spirit in our hearts, that with steadfast faith we may cling to Your Son Jesus Christ, find comfort in His passion and death, believe the forgiveness of sin through Him and in willing obedience to Your will lead holy lives on earth until by Your grace we depart from this world of sorrow and obtain eternal life; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.
God bless you.
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