God’s Version of Girl Power – Pt. 3 – Esther

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Finally my favorite woman in scripture – Esther. You want to know what true girl power looks like, read Esther. I remember when I first really understood what Esther was all about – it was when I watched a movie. Watching the movie encouraged me to read the whole book (which is small and doesn’t take long) and I was hooked. I was convinced this is the type of woman I want to be.

I want to be the kind of woman that conducts her life with humility and strength.  A woman that seeks after God FIRST and then follows Gods path regardless of what I think the outcome might be. I want to be the kind of person who trusts God over top of what man might say or do.

I wish I could go into details about Esther but reading it would far outweigh anything I could say. To make it short, Esther (a Jew) ended up queen of Persia (a non-Jewish “state”) and saved her people from total annihilation at the risk of her own life. Her most famous quote when she had to go into the King to speak with him without permission (even the queen wasn’t allowed to go into the kings presence without being summoned), was the following:

Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  Esther 4:16

She didn’t come to this decision lightly, in fact, when Mordecai first told her of Haman’s plot to kill the Jewish people, she sent message to remind him she couldn’t go into the king’s presence without risking death. Fear came upon her. He then sent the following back to her:

Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4:13-14

This is the kind of “girl power” I want to posses. The kind of power that only comes from above. The kind of power that comes with being obedient to my heavenly Father. The kind of power that comes from prayer and fasting. Truthfully, I don’t want girl power at all – I want God power given to me through the Holy Spirit because of the sacrifice Jesus made at Calvary. Honestly, that is the only true power!

Thank you for joining me and learning about a couple women from scripture and learning how in today’s society what they consider “girl power” is not power at all.  The power we see working through Debra the Judge and Esther the Queen is power from on high. Thank you Lord for that “power power wonder working power in the blood of the lamb!”

 

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God’s Version of Girl Power – Pt 2 – Deborah the Judge

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As promised, we are going to look at some strong, powerful, women of scripture. These women are the epitome of “girl power.” I wanted to first look at Deborah because …well…she is one of my favorites. She was placed in a role, that during the time, was outside of the norm. Scripture isn’t plain about why she was chosen over any men of the time but I suspect it was because there were no real strong men of God in the area who could do the job like Deborah could. God has a way of taking someone least expected to make an impact and work through them to do something amazing (Keep that in mind next time you decide to argue with God about a calling He’s put on your life.).

Just to clarify, during the time of the judges, not every judge was a prophet yet Deborah was a Prophetess, wife, and judge; talk about a busy woman! One day she called Barak (believed to be a general of the army – scripture isn’t clear but it would be safe to say he was ranked high within the military), and the first thing she says to him is:

…Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? And I will draw unto thee to the river of Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.  Judges 4:6-7

Scripture gives an indication that God had spoken to him yet he has done nothing to prepare for the battle. Then after Deborah reminds him of God’s command, He says:

…If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.  Judges 4:8

Of course Deborah told him she would go but that he would not get the credit for capturing the enemies leader, Sisera, but that the honor of capturing him will be given to a woman. WOW…what a hit in the gut to Barak! However, you can give him props for still getting out there and doing what he was commanded to do. He could have let pride get in the way but instead he set all that aside and believed God for the win.

So lets get back to Deborah. Not only did she judge her people, but she yielded to the Lord in all things. She believed and trusted Him when she was told they would win the battle and believed so much she had no trouble going into the battle with Barak. If that isn’t some serious GIRL POWER I don’t know what is.

What is the take away? Believe God, trust Him during the battles of your life and be the leader God has called you to be. That is right, He has given you a place of leadership somewhere in your life. Maybe its in the home being a leader to your children, maybe its at work making ethical and morally right decisions for a company, or maybe its in ministry. Where ever your role of leadership lies, trust God, follow the path He has set before you, and don’t fear to step into battle when He leads you there. Through your obedience, God’s glory will shine!

To learn more about Deborah, read Judges Chapters 4 and 5. Next in the series, we are going to see another powerful woman of God. She is my ABSOLUTE favorite. Yes,  I have favorites but she is number 1 on my list.

 

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