“Awake, Deborah, awake!” (Judges 5:12)
Yes! Awake! God is calling His people to rise and heed His call.
We are face to face with a battle while God’s army sleeps. Indifference, numbness, apathy, and “luke-warmness” run rampant in our churches today keeping us stagnant and inoperative. It’s understandable It takes courage to boldly say: "Lord! If no one else will go, I will go. Send me." But, when the anointing of the Lord falls on us, the call is no longer a laborious task, it becomes a desire of the heart and a life purpose.
“As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.” Matt 25:5
Let me tell you a quick story: I had an old pair of tennis shoes I used to live in. It dawned on me one day that because of the trials I faced with my health, unable to exercise, I had not worn them in ages. I lacked determination and the will to carry on. I was never known as the one who gives up too easily, however, and after a lot of prayer, the fire sparked again. Rummaging through the garage, I dusted them off and prayed for the strength to not give up. As usual, God heard my heart. The very next morning, a dear friend calls to offer prayer. Knowing my battles and struggles, she asked me to think of a woman in the Bible I admired most. Excitement filled my eyes when I thought of her. “Deborah!”, I exclaimed.
“Well, then wear her tennis shoes! If you are not strong enough to walk in yours, walk in hers! Take on her strength, courage, determination and start striding!” After she said that, I realized I had never even told her my shoe story. God always comes through.
I believe the church today faces a similar situation. Many of us lie dormant because of fear, oppression, and bondage, or contently sit in our comfort zones. A great number of God's people are accepting the ways of the world and distancing themselves from sound doctrine; they have taken a detour from the cross and said "yes" to what God clearly says "no". Whatever the case may be, I say: awaken, oh church, awaken! Come back to your first love! The bridegroom is at the door and your lamps have no oil. Hurry, therefore, and get right with God!
Before the cradle He knew you, and after the grave forever He'll keep you, if you don't give up.
Do you see yourself as Esther, woman of prayer, fasting, and courage? Because of her boldness and audacity to appear before the King in behalf of her people, the Jews were spared.
Are you more like Deborah, a warrior, prophetess, a woman who understood the times and seasons, and had the courage to do what men wouldn’t do? Fearless, and without hesitation, she marched into battle to defeat the enemy.
You may be like Ruth, determined, loyal, and compassionate, a Moabite who gave up the only life she knew to follow the God of Israel in spite of attacks and rejection from the Jewish people. Convinced of her decision to follow, she declared: "Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God".
Ruth was 'grafted in' and God chose her to be in the line of Yeshua the Messiah.
Or you may relate to Hannah, a woman of faith, a true worshiper who walked with an attitude of gratitude. With a heart filled with anxiety, she poured out her soul before the Lord, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. She knew God could hear her, He granted her petition, and she bore the prophet Samuel.
What could be the fruit of our labor? It’s time to put on the full armor of God and step onto the battlefield to find out! We could save a nation, raise prophets, win souls, revive the dead, heal the wounded, and restore the broken. Wear her tennis shoes and march on, knowing that God always equips the called and fights our battles.
Onward and upward!
"Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell my people to move!" Exodus 14:15
In honor of my mentor...
Her sparkling personality and boundless energy are only met by her immeasurable desire to serve the King and others. Yet, whenever she sees you struggling up the mountain, she can briskly snap into commander's daughter and shout: "Now you get back into that innately strong person you are, young lady!"
Because of her I found my calling, I climbed a little higher and was made completely whole in Jesus.
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" Psalms 91:1
It's fall! My favorite time of the year for many reasons. Mostly because it's the season for the High Holy days, a time when God really showed up in my life to bring growth and restoration particularly in my relationship with Him and my family. He started by changing the most obvious and simple thing: My faith.
"If God is ok with it, I'm ok with it", a dear friend once said while going through a difficult time. I have never met anyone quite like him. He had a deep sense of his own immortality and he journeyed through life filled with unwavering faith. Even on his worst day, he decided - totally made up his mind - that there was no trouble or situation that God didn't know about and it could never take away the resounding peace he felt in the midst of trials. I am absolutely blown away by such faith. He whistled through the storms and danced in the rain. Even prolonged battles and troubles that seemed interminable weren't able to silence his lips from uttering praise. He couldn't be moved.
I whispered: "Lord, I want that faith".
I often say prayers like that without even realizing it. It's more like a desire of my heart, or a quick passing thought attached to a strong emotion. I do remember having a burning desire for the kind of trust that walks calmly into the lion's den, and for the faith to make the sun stand still. God "heard" that desire. I noticed those are the prayers He likes to answer best, the ones I never even knew I prayed. It reminds me of the verse:
"Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalms 37:4
God started speaking. He showed me the importance of spending quiet time in His presence. I finally realized that my friend was a man of prayer, a man who understood what it meant to be attached to the vine, firmly connected to the source of life; and if I really wanted that faith, I would have to work at it like he did. He never went one day without reading his Bible or doing his devotions, but "walked and talked" with Jesus both through tears and laughter.
I made it a daily habit to spend precious moments with Jesus, not saying much, just praising Him and trying to listen. My faith started to grow as I learned to shift my focus from "me" to focusing on Him. Everything changed when I realized It's not about what I am going through and all my troubles, but about what HE went through. Typically, I would whine and cry asking for this or that, and complain in disbelief that He could even hear me. - I feel ashamed every time I remember how I used to treat Him like a drive-through restaurant, and get quite upset when I didn't get my order right -
This time I chose to simply get lost in His presence, praising Him for who He is, thanking Him for His provisions and for everything He accomplished at the cross. Gently, and ever so patiently, He started to show me that my battles had already been won at Calvary. He taught me to trust no matter what giant I faced. I learned to recognize His soft whispers could only be heard in my loud and cluttered world when I searched for Him in stillness. It is the father's deep desire that His people would quiet their racing minds and busy lives to spend more time alone with Him. As He Himself told Martha:
"Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one - Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:4
Faith insists in believing, it's the evidence of things unseen, and the substance of things hoped for. It reveals to any observer that we've been with Jesus.
Today I am more rooted and grounded in Christ. The question "Jesus, do you love me" was settled at the cross, and I will not dare ask that again.
"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men HAD BEEN WITH JESUS" Acts 4:13
I could write so many blog posts about my war room testimonies, I should probably start writing "the war room series". Since I started making my time with Jesus non-negotiable, intentional, and habitual, life hasn't been the same. It's in the quiet times that revivalists are born: "These men and women are fire-starters, willing to take the personal attacks if it means stirring people’s hearts toward a hunger for God’s presence—which in turn, lays the foundation for a move of God." (Marcus Yoars).
Revival begins in the war room. It sure has stirred up my heart, deceitful above all, but now ignited by the fire of His spirit.
"Some people are surprised to realize that the Christian life is not a playground;
it’s a battleground! Like it or not, if you are a Christian, you are in a battle between good and evil. Spiritual warfare is real…and it’s intense!
We have a choice as Christians. It isn’t a choice of fighting or not fighting in the spiritual battle; it’s a choice of victory or defeat, advancing or retreating.
In the Christian life, either you are overcoming, or you will be overcome"
(The man with unwavering faith, J. L.)
That I may fall in love with You everyday,
even on my worst day,
to love you like the first.
Hi, I'm Debora. A lover of Jesus, a wife, and a mother of 2.
Your faith has made you whole
Nothing is impossible for those who believe