Maybe legalistic people or views on women's roles in the church have sought to shut your mouth? Do you know that NO MATTER what you are doing, you can make a huge impact for Christ? Yep…you there reading this, YOU can! This verse was shared with me this week and it really spoke truth to my heart.
"The Lord announces the word, and the WOMEN who proclaim it are a MIGHTY throng."
Wow! Isn't that awesome! We are a mighty throng! This verse speaks to women directly on the power of our voice when we proclaim Him. Our voice has a place! We are the front lines for our families and children. We CAN be a voice to women all around us! Proclaim Him! Stand up! WE are a MIGHTY throng! Hooray! Please feel free to take a small pause to do a happy joy joy Jesus dance. You’re welcome!
Let me say this too...we WILL have those who oppose us. Satan will always send someone to try to shut your mouth, especially if you are a woman proclaiming the truth. You won't face near as much adversity if you are a liar, Satan loves liars and those who seek to lead God's people down the wrong path. How do we respond though when people oppose us? In Romans 15 verse 1-3 it says...
"We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for THEIR good, to build THEM up. For EVEN Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written: The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."
So when you are insulted or someone seeks to put you to shame for speaking out about God remember who bears our insults. It's so easy to want to lash out when we are hurt, but the strong should bear with the failings of the weak. Love them anyway...Forgive them anyway...God knows and sees your hurts. Let Him bear the weight so that you can let go and DO what He has called you to do!
I love what Paul goes on to say in Romans 16 about WOMEN who had roles to play in God's kingdom...Women! Can you believe that!? We actually ARE important! Hooray! (I’m sorry I get a little giddy.) He talks about Phoebe a "deacon" of the church, and Priscilla his co-worker in Christ. He goes on and on about women who work hard for Christ. So after Paul commends these ladies (and a few men) he asks OTHERS to honor and receive them too. He says starting in verse 17-20
"I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you."
So yeah...that is awesome! Never let those who seek to divide and create obstacles stand in the way of what God has called you to do. Time is too precious and your purpose, your calling is waiting. Proclaim it WOMEN! Far too many of us have been silent for far too long! Use your voice! WHAT is God calling YOU to do? Go ahead sister someone who needs the truth is listening.
"You have the audience of many, but only need to care about the opinion of ONE.
Love, Tj Robbins