By Apostle Delores Kendrick
The Lord gave the word and great was the company of women that published it (Amp.). Psalms 68:11
There is a fresh wind blowing. The Holy Spirit is moving in a mighty way upon His church. A new breed of believers is arising with authority born of supernatural wisdom, revelation and power.
Many are weary of sitting, folding their hands while this wind of God is stirring up the gifts and callings within us. The question: What do we do with all this we are feeling?
We must step out from under the cloaks of inactivity and step into our God ordained identities as members of the body of Christ.
Women today have a unique part to play in this last day army that God is molding together.
God is activating the gifts which have been deposited by His Spirit into every blood-bought believer and spirit-filled believer, regardless of gender.
Then said Jesus unto them again, peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so I send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: (John 20:21, 22)
In this chapter Jesus puts his final touches on the empowerment of His twelve disciples; then He turns them loose. He gives them His peace (vs.21) and then He breathes on them to receive the power of the Holy Spirit (vs.22). This peace and power would enable them to serve supernaturally.
God is calling women today to shake off the bands of oppression, the mind sets of restriction and the strongholds of excuses that have robbed so many of the courage, confidence and identity which is found in Christ Jesus.
In Judges 4 we see the story of Deborah the prophetess who judged Israel. At this time, Israel had fallen into sin and idolatry and, therefore, had been delivered into the hand of the Canaanite King, Jabin. He had oppressed Israel for twenty years.Israel cried out unto the Lord for deliverance. If God did not intervene they would remain in bondage.
Today: There’s a company of women crying out to God for divine intervention, that they may no longer be under religious bondage.
One day sitting under a Palm tree judging Israel, God spoke to Deborah and gave her a revelation and a strategy (battle plan) that would lead the people to freedom.
And she sent and called Barak, son of Abinoam out of Kadesh-naph’ta-li, and said unto him, hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded saying go and draw toward mount Ta’bar, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naph’ta-li and of the children of Zeb’u-lun? And I will draw unto thee to the river Ki’shon Sis’e-ra, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude: and I will deliver him into your hand. (Judges 4:7)
Deborah was a woman of Vision. She was able to look past the seemingly impossible situation her nation faced and lay hold to God’s promise of deliverance. She is an example of men and women alike who desire to look beyond their natural situations and look into the supernatural with the eyes of God’s Spirit and become people of vision.
People of vision have been given an empowerment that enables them to conquer and overcome in situations that would otherwise seem impossible. “People of vision see the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, think the unthinkable and do the impossible”. (Unknown)
Yes, Deborah was a prophet, but God is calling Women (a new breed of women) to hear His voice and rise up with vision. The word “vision” is related to our ability to see.
Seeing things with our spiritual eye – things within the realm of the spirit. “Having vision” also refers to the ability to grasp the mind and will of God for a given situation or even for one’s life. Vision will bring BREAKTHROUGH!
Vision enables you to see the BIG PICTURE instead of getting stuck focusing on something that seems important at that time.
“Without a vision people PERISH.” PROV. 29:18
Another Translation – Where there is no revelation people cast off restraint (NIV).
Where there is no vision people run wild (modern language translation).
God is raising up “Women of Vision” Ladies! God is not calling us to be feminist, but to revere our minds according to God’s plans for our lives.
Florence Nightingale said “I would have given the church my head, my house and my heart, but she would not have them.”
In this important Season the Spirit of God is making a place within the church and bringing women forth to give their all for Him. The Holy Spirit is empowering us to live a balanced life as a wife, mother, leader and disciple. Being women of balance and establishing the home is part of our calling that cannot be neglected or trivialized in order to fulfill other aspects of our ministry call.
As God raises up this new breed of women we will be those who have ordered our lives in such a way as to succeed in businesses, careers, government and ministry without losing our most important area of influence, our families.
As God brings women to the forefront and releases the gifts and callings in us be careful not to confuse what God is doing with what is happening now in society. Women’s liberation movement over the last several decades has belittled or made light of a woman staying home caring for her husband and children.
The women were characterized as those who were without vision, without strengths, without intelligence, no purpose. Marriage and children were seen as confining or restricting, compared to those who were career women, those who pursued personal achievements. Properly caring for your home takes God’s empowerment. The virtuous woman displays a very definite picture of a woman who can raise a family and still run a business, minister to others, be a successful wife and manage a household all at the same time.
The Virtuous Woman did all these things, because she was empowered to serve.