Our women of Faith have been targeted by the adversary as a current means to topple the church of the living God!
The story of the battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites at Rephidim (Exodus 17:8-13) tells us that the Israelites (the people of God) prevailed over the enemy only because Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ weary hands with his staff during the battle.
As in that battle, so too the church [the people of God] continues to wrestle with the devil to save the souls of man.
The ‘evolving’ church of the modern era – with an unchanged message – stands on the shoulders of prayerful, weeping and wailing women who hold up the hands of our deacons, evangelists, pastors, overseers and bishops … many even assuming the roles themselves. Their faithfulness to God in their tithing, attendance and participation in the different ministries represent the heart and foundation of the church, even as the relative number of participating men dwindles.
The number of men in leadership roles in several other areas within the society is also dwindling. Is that a – mission accomplished – for the adversary as he strips the ordained ‘head of the household/church’ of his authority?
If so, well – he’s now turning his attention specifically to the women – the pillars of the modern church!
Not too recently, a family member expressed on her Facebook wall a desire to be able to just ‘let her hair down’ even for a day; without facing the judgment of others who expect so much of her. Much more recently a friend expressed on her Blackberry status a desire to ‘bruk out’ [break-free]; but the blood, her background and her “broughtupsy” [upbringing] keeps her in line. Yet another friend confided in me about 2 weeks ago: ‘can I tell you something? I feel like I want to just run away from it all … the job, the church, everything!’
What is common among all 3 persons is that they are all strong, grounded, women of Faith who influence the lives of many (especially the young) through their Christian walk.
Are you a Christian woman? Have you ever felt like that – like just ‘letting go’ or ‘giving up’ or ‘throwing in the towel?
If you answered ‘yes’ – then I have a Word for you!
You’re not the only one facing this challenge! Many many (too many) women who are grounded in the Word are facing the SAME challenge all over the world. It’s a season of change! A different (though not new) strategy of the devil!
In attacking our women who are firmly grounded in the Lord, the adversary isn’t wasting time trying to refute the truth that: God is; that He sits on the throne; that what you face now cannot be compared to the Glory that will be revealed…
BUT … instead he asks: Aren’t you weary? Aren’t you tired? Just this once? What about you? Yes – it’s real – BUT is it worth it after so long?
He tempts you with temporary pleasures … pent up urges and yearnings … that have life time consequences!
If you’re a woman and you’re seeking to serve God and to make a difference in the kingdom – then, you’re a target. The devil is aiming at you! You’re in his crosshairs and he’s about to shoot!
If you sing on the choir, or you’re a Sunday School teacher, or you’re a preacher, or a prayer warrior, or you work in different ministries and you’re – especially – a woman: then you’re a target of this subtle acquisition campaign. And, don’t be deceived, your very soul is what’s at stake! The devil doesn’t just want to rob you of your joy or take away your anointing or your appointment – he wants your soul! That’s the prize in the battle – to topple the church of the living God … by seizing one ‘living’ soul at a time!
BUT the Word of God is clear: He has not brought you thus far to leave you now!
He’s whispering in your ear through the music of song and the prayers of the Saints – one simple phrase – HOLD ON!!!
That’s all you need to do! That’s your job! Don’t be fooled or ignorant of the wiles of the devil, but – HOLD ON! Hold on to the victory! Hold on to your Faith! Just – Hold On!
The battle is already won; because, when you’ve done all you can – our God will do the rest!
Walk good, ’til next time …