Friday, July 8, 2016
Women of the Lord, Arise!!-~ God Will Bring the Victory to YOU! ~
As many of you know, I have written for months about this being the season of Deborah and Jael...the season for women to arise and take their place in the army of the Lord! God can only do what He has planned to do, with ALL of His soldiers in the fight! This word is another confirmation of the season that we are in...
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~ God Will Bring the Victory to YOU! ~
"The enemy has tried desperately to limit the effectiveness of women, but, just like Jael in Judges 4:17-24, if the enemy keeps you from going to war, God will bring the victory to you. So, let the enemy underestimate you. By underestimating you, he's just given you the keys to destroy him. He's placed you in just the right position to ruin him.
Deborah was a prophet who governed the entire nation of Israel while Sisera lead King Jabin's army against Israel. One day she called for Barak to lead the armies of Israel in battle against the Canaanite king. She said to him, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: Call out 10,000 warriors from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun at Mount Tabor. And I will call out Sisera, commander of Jabin's army, along with his chariots and warriors, to the Kishon River. There I will give you victory over him." (Judges 4:6-7 NLT).
Yet, despite Deborah's assurance of victory, Barak refused to go against Sisera unless Deborah agreed to go with him (Judges 4:8). Deborah agreed to go with the army, but prophesied that because of his lack of faith, he would receive no honor from the victory God would give them. Instead, she said, "The Lord's victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman" (Judges 4:9 NLT).
That woman was Jael. She was at home in her tent, but God brought the battle to her.
When Barak attacked, God caused Sisera and his men to run in panic. Looking for an escape, "Sisera ran to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because Heber's family was on friendly terms with King Jabin of Hazor. Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, 'Come into my tent, sir. Come in. Don't be afraid.' So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.
'Please give me some water,' he said. 'I'm thirsty.' So she gave him some milk from a leather bag and covered him again.
'Stand at the door of the tent,' he told her. 'If anybody comes and asks you if there is anyone here, say no.'
But when Sisera fell asleep from exhaustion, Jael quietly crept up to him with a hammer and tent peg in her hand. Then she drove the tent peg through his temple and into the ground, and so he died.
When Barak came looking for Sisera, Jael went out to meet him. She said, 'Come, and I will show you the man you are looking for.' So he followed her into the tent and found Sisera lying there dead, with the tent peg through his temple" (Judges 4:17-22 NLT).
Jael was probably the last one that Barak considered would win the battle for Israel that day, but God chose her for that very reason. God was sending us a message: We cannot limit Him! He refuses to be put in a box! Tell Him He can't do something and that is just what He will do. Give Him a desert and He'll make a forest (Isaiah 41:19). Give Him a housewife and He'll make her a warrior. This is God's heart concerning you. He sees beyond our weaknesses and sees a victorious warrior." ~Victoria Boyson