Sunday, August 13, 2017

The story of Deborah is important to women today..

Good morning my sisters-

I am coming to you from beautiful Kansas where life seems still and peaceful.  If you have been reading the news lately you are very aware to what's happening between leaders in the US, Russia, North Korea and China.  You know the world is in turmoil and  in the US the President has just announced that there is a heroine epidemic in the US.  These are the headlines we are dealing with.  No one trusts us and I doubt we trust any other nation.  Our sons and daughters are falling into addiction and life is not at all peaceful.  And yet, we have HOPE.

I don't live in Guam where they are preparing for a ballistic missile to hit the island. I am not preparing for war and either are most of the people in the US.  I can bet though that our military is preparing in all arms of the forces. We know that are troops are on ships and oversees protecting the waters and watching for the first signs of attack.  Why all this talk about war?  Because of Deborah.  Right before I went back to work this year after a two month layoff, I read the story of Deborah all over again. The prophetess that the King went to for answers.  He wouldn't even go to war without her and she promised to go with him.  She was a woman and yet, she was a great warrior. Her gift was to warn those around her of impending danger and they listened in a time when women were not honored.  Why her? I've asked myself that too and I guess we will never know.  What we do know about her is she was never afraid to speak the truth, God was her lamp and she went with the King believing in the power of God.  Today, women are facing the same situation. Many are in the military, in positions that would put them in harms way.  We also have missionaries and Christians in areas of the world that are very dangerous, really deadly. They are warriors and so are we. My question is: "Are we spreading the word as we were called to do?"

That's what the Lord showed me in that scripture. I may not be a warrior like we see today.  However, I am a warrior because I follow the news, I pray for the weak, I pray for our President and I pray for the leaders in every country.  This is a time that we must come together and call out to our God, render our hearts, repent in faith and ask God to lift our people to Him.  We can sit in our peaceful houses and be blind to our surroundings or we can fight in a mighty way.  Call on the Holy Spirit and ask Him to heal our youth, bring wisdom to our leaders, render men's hearts unto Him and then praise Him for all He has done. It's our time to be Deborah.  We need to walk with the God of our hearts, spread the word and BELIEVE!

With that in mind, I did a little experiment.  I went out on Facebook and did a very small ad. I wanted to see if I could get the blog out there. I've been doing this since 2012 and have been fearful that people wouldn't read it or even like it.  Lately, I have felt the a stronger call to do everything in my power to spread the word and what better way than a world medium, the Internet.  Facebook is used by millions of people daily so I tried it and people are starting to see it.  Here's my challenge, find a post out of the hundreds I have written and share it with your friends. It's not you on the front line then, it's me. It's time we become strong warriors and stand up for what we believe. The world needs us to love them, not judge them. We need to spread the word of our Lord Jesus Christ and to believe in miracles.  The fight is far from over. So, take a step of courage this week and share this blog or share your faith, just share something that will talk to peoples hearts.  The workers are few but we are passionate and want to have Jesus KNOWN all throughout the earth. It's up to us.  Now take the challenge and I will be praying!

Judges 4:4-8 4Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 6She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. 7I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.'" 8Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go."

Lord spread your word unto the nations.  Give us courage in the face of our worldly fears to make you known, not just in our churches or in our little groups but throughout the world.  We want to be your warriors.  Send us out, make us strong in our faith and in the Name of Jesus, AMEN!

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