Monday, February 14, 2011

What God Is Saying About Women

Many people have prophesied that this is a great year for women to come forth into their destinies and to take their God-ordained places in the Body of Christ. I believe that as women come into proper alignment, the men will come into their full destiny. This is because, in the beginning, "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Gen.1:27) Thus, men and women are two halves of a whole; both must be in alignment in order to be one. Here, we're not speaking only of a marriage bond, but of the most fundamental relationship between men and women in God's creation.

Scripture is full of examples of women who affected the destinies of the men they were connected to - either for good or for evil:
Eve....... Adam
Sarah....... Abraham (Sarah gave Abraham to her maid, Hagar, resulting in Ishmael. Finally, she believed God and received the ability to conceive Isaac (the son of promise) in her old age.
Rahab ...... Ancestor of Jesus; Believed God and hid the spies
Ruth ....... Ancestor of Jesus; Had to obey God to be in the field for Boaz
Abagail..... Kept King David from sin; became his wife
Esther ..... Became Queen and saved her people
Deborah .... Sat in the gate and heard the command of God to send for Barak
Hannah ..... Dedicated the prophet Samuel to the Lord
Mary ....... Believed God and became the mother of Jesus

I believe the Lord is calling women according to Isaiah 54, "Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit." He is beautifying each precious bondservant, laying a foundation of sapphires and confirming His covenant of peace. Where things in these lives have been barren and desolate, the Lord is now bringing forth much fruit. Ministries that have been dormant will now produce many children. There will be no more shame or reproach, for the Lord has come as Redeemer!

"So arise and shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child. Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed. For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman", says the Lord! (Isa.54:1)

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