Saturday, April 7, 2012

April 7, 2012

Was today the beginning or the end?  Can you imagine walking to your son's tomb to bury him?  Each step had to be more painful than the next.  Was Mary prepared?  She knew that He was God's son. Was she angry, hurt, or mad?  The Bible doesn't tell us how she felt, it simply provides her actions.  She was a faithful woman.  She followed His body and would stay to prepare it.  She loved Her son and in that moment, did she really believe He would rise again?

I have so many questions of what those three days represented to her.  As a mother, you love your children more than you love yourself.  At least the good ones do.  But, she walked with her son and knew that He was God's child, so was she prepared to accept everything that came with carrying our Father's child.  She was the chosen woman.  And yet, it was Mary that had to watch as they beat, stabbed, and nailed her son to the cross.

I want us to really try to relive those last moments.  The moments that Mary and Mary Magdalene prepared Jesus for eternity.  His faithful followers, standing by His side, loving Him in death.  They weren't afraid of the consequences.  They are amazing because they continued to be obedient until the end.  The other important fact to note is that many of the disciples mothers, along with many women came.  The men scattered in fear and the women came to lay their Savior and son to rest.  I am honored to be part of a generation of woman that were completely faithful to our Savior.  We have the ability to be like them.  Obviously, most of us will not be going into other countries, but there are women all over the world that can confess that Jesus has risen!  I encourage every woman, in every nation, to pray for God's direction in your life.  And if He calls, follow.  We may have to stay in our country, or in our home, but we can do Christ's work anywhere.  Praying for people is as powerful as evangelism.  So if you are stuck close to home, pray.  If your home bound, pray for your children and show them the hand of God.  If you live in a country where women are sequestered, pray and be there for one another.  This life is a test of faithfulness.  How are you going to follow?  And for all women everywhere, I am praying for the power of Jesus Christ to be breathed into each and every one of your lives.  You are His children.  Take the next couple of days and ask Jesus into your lives.  Not just on Sunday, but every day!

Luke 23: 56 NKJV:

    Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils.  And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

They prepared and rested!  They were obedient and when they did go to prepare the body, He was gone. We know that life gets us down and we become weary.  Prepare and rest!  They rested in God!  And soon the miracle of eternal life would be revealed.  If you find yourself in a place of unrest, prepare by reading your Bible, take time out to pray and then rest in the Lord.  There is a time of work and a time of rest.  Even our Father rested! Please read the last couple of days post carefully.  Meditate on the grace and love our Father has for us.  Also, take time to walk with the women of Christ.  Their faithfulness is a lamp unto our feet!

My prayer today:

Oh Lord, You are mighty.  We are amazed and grateful for the sacrifice You gave so many years ago.  We want to be like the women that were faithful to You.  Please allow us to walk with You all our days and light our paths so that we can be obedient to You.  We wish to be in Your full presence this season and to remember the gift You gave!  We are so blessed to have a Savior that will spread the Gospel from Sea to shining Sea.  May the women of the world, pray in harmony, and confess that Jesus is the light of the world.  We want to be women of You.  Please help us and make us women that are faithful and obedient.  We are praying for every woman, in every nation, Lord.  You are the miracle of life and death.  Come into us now!  HOLY HOLY IS THE LAMB! AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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