DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
God is still calling and empowering women today to serve in His Kingdom. Women who will yield themselves to Him, women who will obey and follow in His ways and women who will be righteous and holy as God is Holy.
From the beginning of time, God said it was not good for man to be alone, so He made him a helper suitable for him. He took a rib out of the man and He made it into a woman and took the woman to him. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
Any woman that fears the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31 asks us, who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
In the Old and New Testaments, we have seen how God had powerfully used women in ministry. God has not changed, He is the same yesterday, today and forever and He will use any woman today. The Book of Judges, Chapter 4 outlined the success of a woman that God used mightily. “ Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor.
7 I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’ 8 Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”9 “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh. 10 There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him.
Deborah was a prophet and Judge of Israel. She believed in God, she trusted God and she was victorious. During the attack, we are told that Sisera abandoned his chariot and fled on foot. All the troops of Sisera fell by the sword, not a man was left. And just as was prophesied by Deborah, Sisera was killed by the hand of Jael as she picked up a tent peg and a hammer and drove the peg through his temple into the ground. Deborah was faithful. Her courage and wisdom in getting Barak to assemble ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulin and to lead them up to Mount Tabor to defeat Sisera’s nine hundred iron chariots has given the Israelites 40 years of peace.
God wants to use as He used Deborah, Are you available? Our mission may not be a battle field, it may be to proclaim the Good News of Jesus around the World, as He has called me to do, it may be to pastor a church in your community, it may be to plant churches in several countries, or it may be to feed the poor and help the needy.
In the New Testament, Priscilla was Paul’s co-worker in Christ Jesus. She and her husband explained the way of God to Apollos more adequately and they risked their lives for Paul. Prophetess Anna and the daughters of Philip were all used by God. God gave them the gift of foreknowledge and He revealed His secrets to them. God worked powerfully through Queen Esther and He granted her favor after favor after favor. Esther saved Mordecai, her relative from Haman, a high court official (Esther 3-8:14) and she saved the Jewish people of Persia. (Esther 8: 15; 10). Our relationship with God must be built of faith and obedience. This relationship comes by walking in the Spirit and not by gratifying the desires of the flesh.
The late Mother Theresa was faithful to her call from God to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta helping the city’s poorest and sickest people. She was empowered by God as she served whole-heartedly the unwanted, the unloved and the uncared for.
If we are to be used by God, we must become imitators of God. We must walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us and we must have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity or covetousness. The Bible also instructs us that we must not indulge in filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. The sexually immoral, the impure or the covetous has no inheritance in the Kingdom of God.
Prophetess Deborah, Queen Esther and Mother Theresa had great faith, they were willing to serve and they obeyed God. Just like these women in the past, God wants to empower us and make us fit for His use. He is looking for yielding vessels, He is waiting for you to surrender your all to Him and He is saying to you today, come, if you hear my voice do not harden your heart. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
As we avail ourselves, God promises never to leave us or forsake us. He said in His Word, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. What better future do we need than one intertwined and interweave in God. I encourage us to be faithful to God and to allow Him to shape us, mold us and use us for the extension of His Kingdom. Amen