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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God’s Version of Girl Power – Part 1

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As a Christian woman and a woman who tries to “keep it real,” I have to say I’m pretty sick and tired of this “girl power” the world tries to sell us. The idea that we don’t need a man and we can do it all on our own. Yeah it sounds good, but is it Biblical? Should a Christian woman be spewing the world’s version of how we should be as women? Let’s look at scripture for the answer.

In Genesis when God created woman he said:

And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  Genesis 2:18, 21-24

Question – Why was a woman created in the beginning?

Answer – So the man would not be alone and to be a helper to him.

Oh boy, wouldn’t the women’s libbers just love if you told them they were created to help a man?

Does this mean that God sees a woman as a second-class citizen? OF COURSE NOT! It means a man has a role and a woman has a role (yes I realize that is another trigger word for our friends in the women’s movement) and if there is an issue with “gender roles,” I suggest you take that up with the Creator.

Now let’s look at help meet a little closer. The Hebrew words for help meet is Ezer Neged. Ezer means a helper, assistant, one who aids. Most of its occurrences in scripture it is used in a divine nature.

Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help (ezer) and shield.  Psalms 33:20
But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help  (ezer) and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.  Psalms 70:5
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help (ezer) Psalms 121:1

So with this in mind, a Godly wife is DIVINE AID! God made her specifically to aid the man. And why — its simple — men need help! There are things a woman can do better than a man; things she is built to do.

The writer Doug Wilson wrote in Reforming Marriage, “As a result of the Creation order, men and women are oriented to one another differently. They need one another, but they need one another differently. The man needs the help; the woman needs to help.”

Come back and check out Part 2 of this series when we look a few strong women and what Biblical “girl power” really looks like.

 

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Let’s Get Real About Works

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When I became a mom my daughter was 7 years old. Confused? Let’s just say that she came into my life when she was 7 years old and I was not even ready but God had a plan. When she was 8 years old, she told me, “Mom we need to celebrate God,” that changed EVERYTHING. I came back to the Lord and started being a regular member of the local Christian church.

I was one of those church members who was the last one to come in and the first one out the door and in the car heading home. I really didn’t want to be connected because that would require me to do “work” and I didn’t want the responsibility. I figured, I was going to church and reading the word (sporadically) so that should be enough. It sure was more than I was doing a year ago. I liked flying under the radar. Again, God had another plan.

During the next 3 years after I came back to the Lord, I joined a small group (I know…a miracle) and I learned a lot – much more than I ever did in 4 years of Christian school (let me make clear that was not their fault, it was me). During this 3 year period, I and especially my daughter was put through a lot of tragedy. I won’t go into it but let’s just say it totally changed me. I wasn’t as trusting as I was (and I wasn’t all that trusting then). The idea of getting stuck into doing the work of the Lord was WAY OFF the radar now. I didn’t trust people but I trusted the Lord. I could depend on Him but not on people.

Fast forward to today. I decided the only way I would be held responsible to study the Word of the Lord consistently and do the work He has commanded us to do as followers of Jesus I would have to get “stuck in” to something. I was in the Missions Ministry in church with my husband but it was easy. My husband shared the responsibility so I really wasn’t doing a whole lot. I wasn’t in a ministry where others depended on me. I always avoided that. Partly because I didn’t want to let others down but more so, I didn’t trust others all that much. I knew getting into a ministry where people depended on me or where I was required to really connect would be uncomfortable. Truthfully, I would have to be vulnerable – connection requires vulnerability – and the idea of putting myself out there to be hurt was scary.

I can remember one day talking to the Lord and I said, I need to learn to make connections with other women, Lord we need an organized Women’s ministry. Immediately, I mean it wasn’t a second after I had the word ministry out of my mouth the Lord said, “then why don’t you start it.” YIKES! ME?!?! I sat with that for a long time until finally I submitted to the Lord, talked to my pastor, and now here I am part of a leadership team who organized a ministry. I love it. I love our women! It isn’t always easy, but it is ALWAYS worth it. In our Sunday School class, I’ve seen lives change. People who were hesitant on leading prayer now volunteer. It is AWESOME to watch God make an impact on others. I’ve seen others open up during our women’s meetings even though I knew it wasn’t easy for them. I’ve seen women take the lead and teach during a meeting. IT IS SOOOO COOL! God is so good and boy does He know way more than I do!

The reason I’m sharing this with you is that I’m seeing a weariness in our church. If I’m seeing it there I know its probably a problem churchwide. It has been said that 10% of the church members do 100% of the work. This is sad. We are ALL CALLED to do the work of the Lord on a continual basis. After all, isn’t being a Christian about serving others? Nowhere in scripture do I see where we are to be self-serving. If it’s there, let me know. It is time for more than 10% to stand up and do what they have been called to do.

 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  James 2:17-18

To the 10% I leave you with this verse:

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

 

Love y’all!

 

Video Friday – Lecrae

As I was looking for a video for today, I had one thing in mind that I was looking for – a talk about listening. This has been on my mind since a conversation I had with my husband about listening (yes ladies, I had that discussion with my husband and he actually listened!). Anyhow, this video really isn’t what I was looking for but it was something I needed to hear (thank you Lord!).

I am getting ready to start a new job. To be honest, since being off for a couple months I have enjoyed the extra time with the Lord and I don’t want that to end. I even asked the Lord if it were possible for me to be able to go part time instead of full time because I didn’t want to stop doing those things I had more time for – making video’s, blogging, spending time with Him, oh yeah, and cleaning my house!

Then I come across this video. Truth is, I don’t have to separate the sacred from the secular. I’m born again, I take Jesus where ever I go. Watch this video. Although it is geared toward college age students, I promise you will get something out of it. I sure did.

 

Lecrae is a Christian hip-hop artist. His music has reached so many people for Christ. In fact, you will find part of his testimony in the video I have on here to learn about who Christ is and what He can do in a broken life (Click here for that video). 

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Video Friday – Women’s Role in the Body of Christ

I find this is not the easiest topic to discuss. Our culture is all about not assigning roles to women or men and if someone does try to do that…wow do we hear an uproar! However, scripture speaks specifically what the role of a woman, wife, husband, and father is and what it isn’t. If we as Christians believe the Bible is the inherent word of God, then we must believe everything in it is true, alive, and applicable for today.

This video is one of the best videos I’ve seen on explaining the roles of men and women. It’s short, and not exhaustive but it gets to the meat. Can a woman assume the role of pastor or elder? Can a woman biblically teach men? Watch this video and find out the answers.