“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.
Hi, I'm Debora. A lover of Jesus, a wife, and a mother of 2.
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