Extraordinary Ordinary Women

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Several years ago, the Lord showed me something very encouraging and empowering from the Book of Judges. As women we sometimes, or very often, see ourselves as inadequate and lacking the skill, ability and potential needed to be effectively used by God. We fail to realise that within each and every woman lies great power and potential to serve God, and all that is required is for us is to release ourselves to Him and grab the opportunities that come our way. May I share the lessons God taught me from the Book of Judges with you, perhaps, it might inspire you as you rise up to touch, change, affect and impact the lives of the people around you?

A Dark Time

The history of Israel is recorded honestly with no attempt to cover the repeated failure of God’s people. The Book of Judges, therefore, records one of the darkest periods in Israel’s history. People did what was right in their own sight (Judges 17:6, 21:25), which sounds quite like these times, when there is so much rebellion and people choose to ignore and disobey God’s laws and commandments or seek to change them?

After Joshua’s death, an adulterous generation of Israelites grew up who failed to know, love and obey God and His laws. They reaped the consequences of their actions by coming into bondage and oppression to other nations. Yet God was faithful, and whenever they cried out to Him for help, He provided courageous leaders and people for their deliverance.

It is in this regard that the Book of Judges records the acts of three faithful women who were used by God to deliver His people. They were ORDINARY WOMEN WHO BECAME INSTRUMENTS IN GOD’S HANDS for the deliverance of His people. Let’s take a look at these women and what they did to affect their generations.

DEBORAH – Judges 4:1-16; Judges 5

Deborah was a homemaker. She was the wife of Lapidoth and described herself as “a mother in Israel”. She was a counsellor/prophetess who sat under a palm tree near her home to discuss people’s problems and give directions/solutions to them. Deborah was an ordinary woman, just like you and me, who saw a problem and need, and was burdened enough to do something about it.

Through her faithfulness and diligence, Deborah rose to become a Judge and finally a Deliverer of her people in a time of war. She demonstrated boldness and strength when she summoned Barak (from the tribe of Naphtali) and ordered him to recruit an army from his own tribe and the tribe of Zebulun. (Who said women cannot lead men, if God so determines?) Deborah’s boldness and strength flowed from her knowledge of God’s will. Her initial words to Barak were “Has not the Lord of Israel commanded, go…?” She was obviously a woman in tune with the voice of God. Deborah joined the drive to raise the army when Barak wavered and insisted she came along. She also suggested the strategy for war and together with Barak led the army to victory. God came to Deborah’s help by sending a violent thunderstorm and the enemy’s ‘chariots of iron’ were destroyed.

Before Deborah became a leader and warrior, she was a homemaker (housewife) – a wife and mother in Israel. But she was moved with compassion when she saw the evil suffered by her people. She rose up to make herself available and was victorious, as she trusted God and then inspired others to trust Him. The Song of Deborah in Judges 5:1-31 tells us about the victory won. As a result of Deborah’s courage and boldness, the land of Israel had rest for forty years.

JAEL – Judges 4:17-24; 5:24-27

Jael was another woman in the book of Judges whose actions changed the destiny of God’s people and sealed the fate of Israel’s enemies. Jael was the wife of Heber the Kenite. The Kenites were descendant of Moses’ father-in-law and were farmers and metalworkers. Jael’s name means, “ally”, and she decided to be an ally of Israel instead of Canaan. This was significant because her husband, Heber, was a friend of Sisera and had allied himself with the Canaanites. Jael’s decision, therefore, suggests that she placed her commitment to God above her own husband, especially since he had chosen to stand with the enemy. This reminds me of Abigail, Nabal’s wife, whose story can be found in 1 Samuel 25. Abigail also demonstrated that our commitment and loyalty, as women, must always first be to God and His righteousness, above all else.

Jael was commitment to God and probably influenced by Deborah’s actions. Taking initiative, and perhaps thinking, “If another woman can do it, so can I,” Jael called out to Sisera, Israel’s enemy and offered him refuge. He asked for water and she applied wisdom by giving him goat’s milk instead, which lulled him to sleep. Then using her own working tools, a peg and a hammer which she used to erect her tent, she killed her guest, an enemy of Israel and Yahweh.

The interesting thing about this story is that Sisera was fearfully running from the mighty warriors who pursued him, yet, without fear he trusted himself for shelter in the hands of a humble woman. Sisera, obviously, underestimated the power of woman and suffered the ultimate humiliation men in those days feared, by “dying at the hands of a woman.” I believe the enemy is also in for a big surprise, because when ‘ordinary’ women in Christ rise up against him, he will not know what hit him. Woman in Christ, never underestimate the power that lies within you! Ask God to give you wisdom to use that power appropriately.

A CERTAIN WOMAN – Judges 9:50-54

The third woman in the Book of Judges did not even have a name; at least we are not told what her name was, and the bible only refers to her as “a certain woman!” However, this unnamed woman found herself in a desperate situation. Abimelech, the personification of evil, had already burned 1000 men and women to death in the Tower of Shechem and intended doing the same to this woman and her people, who were hiding in the Tower of Thebez.

This woman was a woman of strength whose only desire was the preservation of her life and her people’s. For her to survive, she had to think and act fast. Realizing she had no special weapons with which to fight and defend herself and her people, she reached out for whatever was handy – her millstone (a round stone with a hole in it which she used for grinding corn). The millstone was the tool of her housework or trade, and that was all she had available, but she did not let that hinder her. This seemingly innocent household tool became a lethal weapon in this woman’s hands as she crushed the head of Abimelech with it. In those days women were considered as feeble and inferior, and so it was a huge disgrace for a man to die at the hands of a woman, so as Abimelech lay dying, he asked his armour bearer to draw his sword and kill him, lest it be said of him, “a woman killed him!” Yes, even in death, he was prejudiced

It Could Be You!

These were ordinary women who did extraordinary things for God. The truth is that God uses the ordinary, poor, weak, lowly, foolish and inferior to do extraordinary things and make and change history. God used Deborah, an Israelite and God used Jael, a Kenite. God also used “a certain woman” with no specific identity apart from her gender. This means that that woman could be anybody! That woman could be you! Yes, God could use you!

Woman of virtue, you and I no longer have an excuse to remain idle, passive or silent. Like it was in the Book of Judges, there is so much evil on the earth and all around us people are doing what is pleasing and right in their own sight. God’s word and commandments have become irrelevant to most and many ignore them. Even Christians now interpret scripture to please themselves or support whatever lifestyle they choose.

However, I believe it is time for us to arise and take our position in the land. It is time for us to fight! If you have ever seen women fighting, you will know that women always fight with everything they’ve got or anything they can lay hands on, especially their shoes and handbags. God also always uses what you’ve got. When Moses had the ‘burning bush’ experience and doubted his capability and suitability to approach Pharaoh as commanded by God, the Lord asked him “What do you have in your hand?” He replied, “A rod” (Exodus 4:1-5). Moses trusted God and went on to do many miracles with that rod.

Use What You’ve Got!

Every one of us has got something we can work and fight with. How do you know what you’ve got? You have a career, don’t you? Use it. If you have a profession, use it! If you have a talent or gift, use it! If you have a hobby or pastime, use it! If you have strength and/or ability in a particular area, use it! If you have a qualification, use it! If you have a voice, use it! If you have money, use it! Remember the story of Esther? She was an orphan who had very little going for her, except her beauty. Yet, when she was made part of a beauty pageant and became queen, she used both her physical and inner beauty and her position to bring deliverance to her people. The list of things we can use is endless. To put it simply, if you have a life, use it!!!

In Genesis 3:15, God made a threat to the enemy that He would put enmity between him and the woman. That promise is being fulfilled, even now!!! I believe the time has come for us to rise up from obscurity and mediocrity and take our place in the army of God. It will be an awesome picture of women with different shapes, of different sizes, from different backgrounds and races, with different ‘tools and weapons’ of all sorts, marching forth together with men, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and advancing His Kingdom on earth! Hallelujah!!

“The Lord gives the word [of power]; the women who bear and publish [the news] are a great host. The kings of the enemies’ armies, they flee, they flee! She who tarries at home divides the spoil [left behind].” – Psalm 68:11-12  (Amplified Bible)

AMEN!!!

By Apostle Jennifer Abigail Wallace

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WIT Mission March 2013 Report – Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana

Missions Report

BAMENDA, CAMEROOM

On Monday 11 March, Apostle Jennifer Wallace and I left the United Kingdom on a mission to Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana. The main purpose of the mission was to strengthen and reinforce the work of Women In Tune (WIT) and Y-WIT (Young Women In Tune) in the nations through teachings, discipleship, prayer, intercession, support and encouragement.

We arrived in Douala, Cameroon late evening and were met by Aaron who took us to a guesthouse where we stayed overnight because it was too late for us to travel. At 6.00am the next morning, we started our six hour journey through the mountains to our destination, Bamenda. It was a long, long journey but we slept on and off and the scenery was great! There seemed always to be a mountain in front of us.

On the way to Bamenda

On the way to Bamenda

We eventually arrived at about 12.30 pm and were met by Dr Atem, who is the husband of WIT Country Rep Comfort. Throughout our stay Dr Atem looked after us exceptionally well – from getting drinking chocolate to topping up mobile phone with credit. We are grateful to him!

It was good to meet with Comfort Atem and Margaret Diom again. Women In Tune Cameroon (WITCAM) is doing great. They have a full team and membership is growing, Praise the Lord! All the women work very well together. The meetings for the week were held at Pastor Martin Nkimbeng’s church in ‘Mitta Quarters’ and started the afternoon of our arrival with a message by Rev Jennifer that Jesus is coming soon and the need for women to find their place in the work fields and vineyards of God. From this first meeting we knew that this would not be no ordinary mission to Cameroon. We had two sessions on the “Free to Serve” discipleship course during the day and an evening session on prayer, intercession and warfare each day. The women came forward, almost immediately, with testimony after testimony! There were daily testimonies of how the Lord spoke – people were hearing Him for the first time after the teachings on prayer. The WIT prayer agenda was also fulfilled as we prayed and interceded passionately for the Church, nation and people of Cameroon, raising the banner of Jesus Christ for all to see.

Women praying

Women praying

The children and youth had their own teachings and even though their meeting had been postponed earlier, they were not deterred and attended the next afternoon in great numbers to hear Apostle Jennifer speak. In fact quite a few attended all the meetings! To the Youth she said: “The Lord is turning to this generation because we are in the end times. Turn to the Word of God. Read it for yourself. Do not forget God. With Women In Tune we have raised the standard and paved a path for women whose sole purpose is to proclaim and raise the profile of Jesus Christ. Y-WIT has been launched to raise the next generation of women for the kingdom. Look to the women who oversee this ministry. Look up to them. Learn from them. But above all give yourself to God. Let the Word of God be your guide above everything.”

By the end of the week, we were overcome by God’s goodness to us all. It was for me an awesome mission to Cameroon! The Introduction of the “Free to Serve” discipleship course says, “Godly women can now rise up, breakthrough the limitations, shake the chains and fetters off their feet and hands, come out of the boxes, caves and prisons to worship and serve God!! Culture, tradition religion and prejudice can no longer stop or hold them back, for they refuse to conform to the boundaries set for them by human beings!” I believe this is what I witnessed in Bamenda and praise God, it will happen in all WIT nations and other nations.

We left Bamenda at 4.45am on Saturday, 16 March to make the long six hour journey back to Douala for our next flight to Lagos, Nigeria.

With WITCAM team and friends

With WITCAM team and friends

NIGERIA

We arrived in Lagos, Nigeria late afternoon the same day and had some much needed rest the next day, even though Apostle Jennifer preached at Christ Family Evangelical Mission Church in the morning. We spent some time with Dr Wole and Pastor Azuka Gbogboade and their family which was lovely.

We also met with Mrs. Toyin Omotayo who was appointed WIT Nigeria Country Rep. She is very bright and eager to know all she can about Women In Tune. I believe she will be an asset to WIT Nigeria, as she is also very eager to serve. Welcome Toyin! Good to have you on board.

Apostle Jennifer and Toyin

Apostle Jennifer and Toyin

On Tuesday, 19 March we travelled to Saints Garage Christian Support Services Centre in West Badagry for the Esthers Arise Annual International Women Leaders’ Retreat. The theme for this year’s retreat was “True Worship.” That evening was the first session and Pastor Azuka welcomed us all with a powerful message from Isaiah 55. We just knew God was going to do something wonderful.

Apostle Jennifer taught two sessions on True Worship and Deep Worship. She said that our daily lifestyle must be worship – and that is not simply singing a slow song! “If there is true worship, then there is false worship, that is, worshipping God in religious manner, familiarity with God, borrowing worldly ideas thus lowering the standard of worship. Also, we cannot worship the God we do not know. There must be a connection.” That got everyone talking!

Apostle Jennifer continued to teach us that “Worship is a journey and relationship with God. Without true worship we cannot move forward into a ‘Holy of Holies’ encounter with God. Don’t stay in the outer court. True Worship is a lifestyle – Engaging with God by walking in the Spirit and living in the Word, and as we do so a fragrance will rise to the Lord. This is true worship. Father is seeking true worshippers.” She spoke about the pattern of Moses’ Tabernacle, and the Tabernacle of David and its relevance to us in worship (Amos had prophesied it would be rebuilt to allow all peoples to seek God). It was a complete revelation to most people and God gave much grace for us to understand.

Apostle Jennifer encouraged us, “Come into a place of encounter with God beyond salvation. There are levels in God, higher heights and deeper depths in Him, which He wants us to discover, experience and know.” There is a CD on these teachings and I recommend you get a copy.

Leaders at Esthers Arise Intl Annual Retreat

Leaders at Esthers Arise Intl Annual Retreat

Dr. Wole and Pastor Azuka also taught some of the sessions. We had midnight to 3.00am prayer vigil and we celebrated God with dancing and praise. Thank God for a wonderful conference and thank Pastor Azuka for her courage and integrity to let the Spirit of God direct the conference. It was great experience.

We left Saints Garage, West Badagry on Friday 22 March and drove for 3 hours to the airport to catch the flight to our next destination, Ghana!

GHANA

The flight was uneventful and we arrived late evening in Accra, Ghana. Home‼! Yes, that’s what it feels like to me. Next morning we had to set off at 6.00am to make our trip to Cape Coast which is about two hours away. We were up early, ready and waiting for the car when on checking the time realized we had not changed the clock over to local time so the alarm had gone off an hour earlier‼ Well, we couldn’t go back to sleep so spent the time in prayer.

University of Cape Coast

Ahh‼! The joint meeting between Y-WIT and University Pentecostal Fellowship (PENTEFEL)!!! When I think of this meeting there is a sense of excitement at what God is going to do with the next generation. The students were unlike any other university students that I have met and I want to thank them for sharing their love of God and inspiring me in, oh so many, ways.

We met Bessie Amentor, the former vice-president of PENTEFEL. Bessie is a lovely young lady, full of God’s goodness. We got started with praise and worship which was good. The young people sang and played a variety of instruments and the music and songs were excellent.

Praise and worship time

Mrs. Dorothy Tackie, WIT Ghana Country Rep shared briefly about WIT. Then Apostle Jennifer spoke on the topic ‘Break the Mould.’ She spoke with the Holy Spirit’s power – the message was powerful – and the young people listened intently.

“Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your own people also, and your father’s house; so the King will greatly desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, worship Him… Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, whom You shall make princes in all the earth. I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.”– Psalm 45:10-11, 16-17

Forget your people – come out and be separated! God is looking for a man – not just any man. He is looking for someone unique; He is looking for someone who knows Him! There is a destiny in you for the Kingdom of God but you have to come out; change your mindset, thinking pattern; come out of your culture. The students were taking in every word. We were over running our time but the students insisted on continuing to do the group work and thank God that they did because at the feedback – WOW‼! They got it. They got that they have to embrace kingdom lifestyle, embrace the word of God and knew that they needed to move into the Kingdom ways, patterns and plans. Above all, they knew they needed to love Jesus!

Ladies group discussion

Ladies group discussion

Guys group discussion

Guys group discussion

One thing that made the meeting different was the involvement of the guys, who turned up in their numbers even though it was a Y-WIT meeting! It was fascinating to hear their discussions in their groups. The things the guys said they needed to come out from were no different to that of the ladies, as both had the same culture, religion, traditions to deal with. These are some of the things they talked about in their feedback: worldly music affecting young Christians, fornication and lack of control, culture and tribalism, various TV programmes, time management, Facebook, making decisions that compromise (if you are for God be for God!), negative language, and much more. The guys were great with their feedback. The students were one voice during the feedback that they will come out of these and be separate unto to the Lord.

At the end of the meeting, there was a tangible presence of the Holy Spirit as we all marched and sang, “We are the sons of God, we’ve washed our robes in the Blood of Jesus, we are the sons of God!” The students then presented Apostle Jennifer with a plaque citation that really touched her deeply. It was a spectacular meeting! We left with happy hearts and spirits soaring.

Presentation of Citation

Presentation of Citation

WIT Ghana

On Sunday we ‘rested.’ On Monday 25 March we had a meeting with WIT Ghana leaders. This was to do a “Train the Trainer” on Free to Serve. WIT Country Rep Mrs. Dorothy Tackie did a fantastic job in setting this up. WIT Accra and WIT Elmina leaders and women who had attended the recent Women on the Frontline conference came to this meeting and it was good to meet them. The training went very well and there were lots of questions. One thing for sure is that people are hungry for good teaching. Wherever we went on this mission people are wanting to know more and more about how to live Kingdom lifestyle, what they can do, how they can do it.

Apostle Jennifer also taught on women in leadership. Every woman is a leader but that we limit ourselves. She spoke of five key areas that women need to address if we are to come into effective leadership – the definition of leadership, the question of identity of women, lack of vision, need for training and transference of skills. Many women lack vision and without vision we cannot set goals, plan, strategize and implement. The meeting went very well and very many thanks to Dorothy.

Many things about this mission were different to other missions I’ve been on. I loved all of it and I thank God for the privilege of being part of this great ministry. Thanks for everyone who helped and looked after us on this mission. I look forward to the next one with great anticipation.

Jackie and Apostle Jennifer, tired but fulfilled

Jackie and Apostle Jennifer, tired but fulfilled

By Jackie Magloire
Missions Associate and Prayer Coordinator
WOMEN IN TUNE INTERNATIONAL

ARISE AND BUILD!

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“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.” – Isaiah 61:1-4

This prophecy was fulfilled in Luke 4:14-21, when Jesus walked into the synagogue, opened the book of Isaiah, read out the prophecy and declared, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  Today many of us have come or are coming into the liberty and restoration that has been made available in Jesus Christ. Today the scripture, which was fulfilled in Him, is being manifested in our lives. Women are rising up and shining in His Light. Hallelujah!

Isaiah’s Prophecy

A careful look at Isaiah’s prophecy, however, reveals more than we care to acknowledge. The prophecy seems to be in two parts, and does not only concern Christ, but also, those whose lives have been impacted and transformed by Him.

Praise God, Jesus Christ fulfilled His part! Right from the moment He read those words in the synagogue, to the minute He died on the Cross and rose from the dead, until the day He ascended back to heaven, Jesus committed His life to fulfilling His part. Through His compressive work, we have been set free and are being restored. Indeed, a new day has dawned upon us!

However, Isaiah also predicted a particular response from us, which can be found in the latter part of verse 3 and verse 4.

“…That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.”

Our automatic response to the freedom and restoration we receive in Christ, therefore, must be:

1. To grow in stature and mature as trees (oaks) of righteousness, planted and nurtured by the Lord through His Word and Spirit. This will bring glory to God.

2. To rise up and build and rebuild the ruins, desolations and devastation around us.

Unfortunately, many of us are not doing our part yet; many are not even aware of this. We are neither growing nor rising up to build. Actually, this is one of the reason why many women are frustrated, bored, and feel like they are on a treadmill going nowhere, or in a vicious cycle, experiencing fear, low self esteem, depression, etc, over and over again.

The Need To Arise And Build

God is requiring of us to grow in the fullness and stature attained for us by Christ Jesus, as oaks of righteousness. (Ephesians 4:13-14) God is requiring of us to rise up and work, to build and rebuild. This is not a suggestion, it must be the automatic response to our restoration. When Peter’s mother-in-law was healed by Jesus, the scripture says, she rose up immediately to serve them (Luke 4:38-39). God requires us to arise and build

The Ancient Ruins

Spiritually, the United Kingdom (a nation of nations) is in ruins.

First of all, the souls of men lie in ruins as man rejects God, walks in rebellion, rejects God’s word and rule. As it was in the Garden of Eden, man continues to seek independence from God and self- governance. And as it was in the Book of Judges, “everyone does what is right in his on eyes.”

Needless to say, an unholy and rebellious soul is like a city that is broken down, and has no walls, like a house in ruins. Such is the state of many in this nation

Secondly, the spiritual heritage of the fathers of this land lies in waste and ruin. The fathers fought and worked hard to establish Christianity and build the kingdom of God in this nation, as described concerning England in William Blake’s poem, Jerusalem,

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England’s green and pleasant Land

Unfortunately, we have abandoned and forgotten the God who made Britain great. Everything has been affected – church, government, the laws of the land, marriage and family, education, economy and commerce, etc. Not only have we abandoned and neglected what the Fathers built and achieved, sadly, we have removed or lowered many of the standards they set for us to continue to build by!

Oh, this nation knows well how to preserve the heritage of past generations! The many listed buildings all over the country, museums, etc, prove that we are well able to preserve the past. So, why have we abandoned the Christian heritage and left the souls of men, families and homes in ruin?

…Churches for sale (always to the highest bidder, irrespective of their faith) …Prayer and bible reading out of our schools …Sunday trading …Redefining marriage …just to name a few! Many “ancient landmarks” have been removed and our children have very few or none left to lead them back home to the ways of God.

Sin has done much damage to the spiritual, moral and social fibre of the nation. Immorality, sexual perversions, idolatry, witchcraft, drunkenness and debauchery are now commonly practised and accepted. People live solely to gratify the flesh – greediness, selfishness, wickedness and godlessness. Indeed, we have become a godless nation. The result is that many are lost and live without hope. We have broken homes and families, which undermines the very foundation of our society. Many live in fear, depression, dejection, brokenness and hopelessness. People are turning to alcohol, drugs and all kinds of ‘spiritual’ meditations, looking for a cure or some sense of meaning to life. Yes, the ruins, desolations and devastations are right before our eyes; they live in our homes, on our streets, we work with them, we meet them everyday…!

The Lord’s Comfort

Despite the current situation, God has every intention of fulfilling His promises to the fathers of the land. God wants to repair and rebuild the people and nation. This is why God wants us to arise, pray and work. This is why the Church must rise up, pray and work, like Nehemiah did.

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:3-5

God speaks comfort to us today and brings us hope. The Lord assures us that His glory will be revealed again in the lives of the people and nation. His glory will be revealed again in our marriages, homes, families; in our schools, work places and communities; in government, legislature; in economics, media and arts; in our villages, towns, cities and nations – “and all flesh shall see it together!”

Jesus Christ, the Glory of God, shall be seen in this land again

However, we, the Church, have a part to play, and God is particularly calling on us women to rise up for this venture. (Ref: Isaiah 32)

Build Up A Highway

What is required of us? What does God require us to build, and how? God wants us to prepare a way for Jesus Christ in the lives of people and in the land. We are to build in this spiritual desert, a highway for our Lord. (Isaiah 40:3-4). However, to build this highway, we must:

1. Fill and exalt the valleys – deal with the things(mindsets) that overwhelm people and bring them down, causing and preventing them from seeing God, e.g. doubt, unbelief, ignorance, fear, hopelessness, depression, etc.
2. Level the mountains – deal with the things (mindsets) that are elevated above God in the lives of people and causes them to think they do not need Him, e.g. pride, arrogance, self, flesh, money, worldliness, power, love of riches, etc. We must contend with ideologies, philosophies and arguments that work against the knowledge of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).10:4-6).
3. Straighten the crooked – deal with the ways of people which are contrary to the scriptures (Word of God), and therefore, crooked.
4. Make the rough smooth – a continuous restoration bringing all things into perfection as transformation takes place on all levels.

This must first be done in our own lives and in the Church, before we can go on and to do so in others. We need the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God in our lives to be able to do this. However, we have an assurance, hope and expectation that as we build this ‘highway,’ the glory of God, Jesus Christ, will be revealed and all the people will see Him.

Go Through The Gate

Isaiah 62:10 also instructs us to, “Go through, go through the gates! prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples!”

The gates represents all the areas of influence in the lives of people. We must particularly deal with the gates of culture, which include language, marriage and family, education, socio-economics, government, law and order, religion, and arts and media. We must lift Jesus high, as a banner, in all these areas.

What Can You Do Practically?

“And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and the violent take it by force.”Matthew 11:12 (AMP)

1. Pray and ask God to show you what He wants you to do.
2. Pray for a personal revival – ask for a fresh revelation of Jesus through the Holy Spirit and the scriptures. Begin to read and live the scriptures, growing in maturity. Live as a Christian and let your life be a testimony and witness to Jesus
3. Pray for revival in the church – a fresh out-pouring of the Holy Spirit to bring a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ through His word. Pray for the Church leadership, for unity, boldness and the power of God to stand for Jesus Christ and declare Him, and to teach others to live like Him. (Acts 4:23-31)
4. Pray and intercede for the people of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (both Northern and Republic). Ask God to show mercy and visit this land again and cause us to return to His word.
5. Take responsibility for your family, work colleagues, people who live on your street and in your your community and begin to pray for them. Speak to them about Jesus when you have the opportunity.
6. Begin to do spiritual warfare. Walk the streets, praying and claiming back the people and the land to Jesus. God has promised that wherever the soles of our feet shall tread, we shall possess. Pray against the mindsets and everything that works against the knowledge of God.
7. Begin to share the full gospel of Jesus Christ. Lead as many as believe to Christ and disciple them when they come to the Lord.
8. Take responsibility for the political, economic and social climates of our cities and nation, and intercede for righteousness to prevail. Also, take action through letters, emails, etc to Members of Parliament, etc, as led by the Holy Spirit.
9. Pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in this nation as it is in heaven!” Pray for righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17). Pray and intercede for those in government and in authority on all levels.
10. Take responsibility for the next generation, praying for them, reaching out to them, and instilling in then the fear of God and the standard of His word.
11. Show and share the love of God in Christ Jesus through acts of kindness and mercy. You may set up a ministry for this like Dorcas and others did in the bible.
12. You may join QUIVER and form or join a group. You can find out more about QUIVER at http://www.quiverprayermovement.org/

…Finally, pray and do whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

Our Equipment

God has already equipped us for service, and even now is equipping us. He has restored us and even now is restoring us. He is changing our garments and giving us the tools and offices to enable us to work. (Zechariah 3)

1. We have an identity and position in Christ – we’ve been made sons of God and joint-heirs with Christ Jesus. (John 1:12-13; Rom 8:14-17; Gal 3:26-29)
2. We have the Holy Spirit in us, to empower and enable, lead and guide us. (Acts 1:8)
3. We have access to God through prayer and can boldly enter to find grace to help at this crucial time. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
4. The Lord is restoring the five-fold ministry to equip the Church to do the work of ministry – (Ephesians 4:11-13)
5. God is stirring up and restoring the Gifts of the Spirit in us. – Word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discernment of spirits, faith, working of miracles, healings, tongues and interpretation of tongues, prophecy. (1 Corinthians 12)
6. The Lord is calling and releasing to us diverse gifts of service. (Romans 12:6-8)
7. We have been given the whole armour of God and spiritual weapons with which to contend with. We have the Word of God, the Blood of Jesus, the Name of Jesus, etc. (Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6)
8. We have innumerable angels assigned to minister to/with us. (Hebrews 1:14)
9. Above all, we have God on our side!

God’s Promise

Finally, God’s promise, as we arise and build, is sure

“…You will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: “Here am I.” If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” – Isaiah 58:9-12

May He grant us the grace, strength, tenacity, focus, power and all the resources we need to arise and build! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!

By Apostle Jennifer Abigail Wallace

This was the message I shared at Women In Tune UK’s Women on the Frontline 2013 Conference on Saturday 9 March 2013. Theme: ARISE AND BUILD! Even though the message was to women in the UK, it is still relevant to women in every nation. So, woman arise and build!