Sunday, October 9, 2011

God Make Us Courageous Part II

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”   Deuteronomy 31:6

As courageous women of today, our role is to be brave enough to let the men of God lead.  We are scared because we don’t trust them.  They have not shown to us that they are capable to even finding their way and their place in the Christian faith, let alone lead the charge against the devil.  So we doubt.  We hesitate.  Sometimes, we’d rather do it ourselves.  However, it was to men that the mandate was given.  He is to be the leader, as Christ is the leader of the church.  It is men who are commanded to love us with the same sacrificial love that Christ loves the church.  As women, we are not commanded to love.  We do that naturally.  We are commanded to respect.  Yet, not many men we know seem to be worth our respect. 

The cycle has been broken.  Men don’t know how to love sacrificially and with full commitment.  Women don’t know how to respect and submit.  The balance instituted by The Creator has been replaced by chaos and confusion reigns.  Restoration is in order.  Men and women must come back to God.  We must love God first if we ever want to have a hope of knowing how to love others.  After all, that is the command given to those who belong to Him.  That is why He came, so we could learn how to love by loving the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind, to then be able to love our neighbors with a measure of love that reflects the love for our Lord.

Without Him, the giver and sustainer of our faith, we have nothing.  Without Him we stand on sinking sand.  Without Him we don’t know our roles.  Without Him the divinely designed cycle is broken.  Without Him, women fear trusting men enough to respect them and let them lead because of the abuse that comes with authority placed in the hands of ungodly men.  Without Him, men don’t know how to lead because they don’t have the example of Jesus, their role model.   They don’t feel respected, thus a sense of inadequacy overcomes them to the point of paralysis. 

“The only way we’ll ever stand is on our knees with lifted hands.”  We must turn our eyes upon Jesus, get down on our knees, and pray for courage to do what is right.  The men of God need to arise and become warriors again.  They need to reclaim their role as warriors and as protectors to break the chain and lead this generation back to the path of Truth.  The women of God need to arise and be the helpers that we were meant to be.  We need to have the courage to help, support and encourage the men of God to be what they were meant to be.  Our role as women is crucial.  Men can’t do it without us.  It is the battle for the souls of our children, not just our own, but the children of God.  Let’s not take our hands off the wheel.  The devil is just waiting to see us do that, so he can come in, running out of his hiding place, to grab our car and drive it away with our beloved ones in it. 

The world wants our children, we must not let it have them.  Even if we have to be dragged on the pavement, we must hang on to that wheel and take it back.  But we do that knowing full well that it is by God’s power that we are empowered.  It will never be by our own hand.  It will only be possible and effective when we let ourselves be used by God as His instruments.  That’s the only way we will ever be able to do what we are supposed to do.  God make us courageous!

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