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{October 20, 2009}   Chapter 10: Discerning Women Always Make a Difference

Basically this chapter starts off with the following scripture:

The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those [women, NASB] who proclaimed it. Psalms 68.11

Simple enough, isn’t it?

Actually, discernment does not come easy for either gender.  Sometimes our own ideals, wants and desires can construed the intend of the message or the discerning message from the Holy Spirit given by the Lord Almighty.

I like the beginning sentence in this chapter, “One of Satan’s greatest fears is that women will find out who they really are and what a significant role they play in his ultimate downfall.”  Jentezen Franklin basically states women are God’s secret weapon.

He begins with showing how God used women in a male-dominated culture, Jewish culture at that. He first talks about Deborah.  She was a prophetess who discerned God’s instruction, but unlike men, she did not hesitate and took action to make a difference. This is in the book of Judges.

I really liked this phrase, “You have to believe in yourself, if only because God believes in you.”  This can be hard for many to do, self-confidence.  Especially if life has handed you bad apples and given reason not to believe in oneself.  Notice the part about “…if only because God believes in you.”  Meaning we need no other reason to know we are special and have a purpose.

Basically if you feel called to do something or feel lead to do something, then do it.  Don’t worry about your short coming or what you do not have.  Step out if faith and trust Him.  He will make up the difference. God is the Creator, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. There is nothing He can not do or supply or equip.

This chapter goes into to sharing about Jael.  Remember her?  She was a mere housewife.  Remember when Sisera, the evil captain of the Canaanite army came into her tent thinking she was no threat? Here he was a mighty fighter, warrior killed by this simple, feeble housewife.  Her weapon, a tent peg. 

Pastor Franklin points out how Jacob used women for protection in the book of Genesis.  I did not recall this until this book pointed it out. He basically put all the women in the front lines and then he hide behind them.  Esau and his 400 soldiers approached, Esau saw the women and what did he do?  Well, I will tell you.  He broke down and cried.  This showed the presence of women on the front line altered the spirit of the enemy. WOW!!!  Amazing, isn’t it?

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come anoint Him. Very early in the morning, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen….Now when He (Jesus) rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene. As Pastor Franklin states, “Here was the greatest single moment in the history of the world, and the only witness was a woman.” I have to agree with Pastor Franklin on this, this is ironic proof that Scripture comes from God and not from men.  You see in the Jewish culture, women had few rights.  They couldn’t teach or even become educated. They weren’t allowed lots more.  You will have to read about it. 😀  I like this statement in this chapter as well, “God knew that only a discerning woman would be able to see and believe that, contrary to apparent circumstances, Jesus is alive!”

I think this is my most favorite part in this whole chapter:  The kind of women God used in the lineage of Jesus Christ. There are four of the “bad girls” of the Old Testament.  Rahab was a harlot, Ruth was a former pagan and outcast widow with no right to marry an Israelite, Bathsheba was an adulteress, and Tamar was the widow who seduced her father-in-law. (Matthew 1:3, 5-6) God could have chosen better women to make up the genealogy tree of Jesus, but Pastor Franklin believed God deliberately chose these four women because He was trying to teach us about the power of redemption.  I must say I agree. I like how he goes on to say this, if these types of women could be part of the physical family of Jesus Christ, then maybe the spiritual family of Christ, which is the church, can also include women with sordid pasts, now washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

I may not be all that God wants me to be or all I ought to be, but I thank Him I am not what I used to be.

Breaking Free From Your Self

We can make a difference. To become discerning woman in God’s army, we need to break free from the bondage of self-pity, self-loathing, and low self-esteem. Many things that happen to us in life can bind us in chains that keep us from being who God has called us to be. God calls us to walk through the valley, not wallow in it. 

I just realized this is what I was saying just earlier today to a friend via my audio blogs about pain and trials that confront us.  We get through them with God’s help and one way is through forgiveness.  That way the pain is not one of those chains Pastor Franklin was speaking of.  A chain that binds us and keeps us from being who God called us to be.

Pastor Franklin list four things:

1) Trace It

When did it start? What events or attitudes from your past have contributed to your current state? It’s time to cut it out.

2) Face It

Admit to God and to people you trust that you have a problem. Simply say, “I need help, Lord; I’m struggling with this.” Whatever has been locked away needs to be brought out into the light of day.

3) Erase It

Let it all go. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)  Erase all sin and offense by applying the blood of Jesus Christ.

4) Replace It

Let the Holy Spirit fill the void.  Ephesians 5:18 says, “Be filled with the Spirit.”  Renew your mind in the Word.  Think God’s thoughts, and ask God for a fresh baptism of joy.  Isaiah 61:3 teaches us to put on “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”

Remember that God will always allow a little crisis to keep us dependent on him.  The Lord will either calm your storms or calm you while the storm rages. God can turn every sob into a sigh.   Jesus will never allow you to drown in your own tears. 

My sins are under the blood of Jesus.

Breaking Free From Your Past

Ezekiel 18:2, “What do you mean when you use the proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?”

This text refers to the sins of parents affecting their children. The sour grapes may be an abusive father or mother. Maybe your parents didn’t know how to show love. Maybe they were absent or never available to you. Perhaps you could never do well enough for them. Possibly you never received any affection or affirmation. Sour grapes could be alcoholism, drug addiction, anger, negativism, or depression.  These are some of the ways parents who eat sour grapes affect their children.  A good reason to throw a pity party, right?  Wrong!! 

Look at the next verse: Ezekiel 18:3, “As I live,” says the Lord God, “you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel.”   Good news!

No matter who your father or mother is, no matter what their issues were, if Jesus is alive in you, then your parents’ behavior no longer needs to become your stain.  Jesus broke the curse.  YEAH!!!!

DON’T LET THEIR PAST OR YOUR PAST THAT HAS BEEN CLEANSED BY THE BLOOD STEAL YOUR JOY.

So many people are dealing with issues that stem from past incidents of deep rejection, sexual shame, need for approval, never feeling good enough, or lack of self-worth.  Through Christ the pain stops – sin’s progression in your family line is broken.  LET GOD TURN YOUR PAIN INTO PURPOSE.  It’s time to make a difference.

The Secret to Life Transformation

You and I are already a success in the eyes of God.  What is success?  Don’t fall for the world’s faulty definition of success: fame and fortune.  True success is knowing your worth in the eyes of God and using your gifts properly. 

The secret to transformation, “ the renewing of the mind.”  see Roman 12:2.   What you see and believe in your mind, you will live out.  Believe you are victorious.  If you know who you are, and Who has called you, you will be able to endure anything. 

The reason some people are never used by God is that they have never been through anything.  God gets His best sailors from the roughest seas and His fiercest soldiers from the toughest battles.  God can use what you have experienced to bless others.

It is odd how I felt a strong urge today to finish this draft I began long ago.  Now I can see why.  With the topic, discussion a friend brought up today and the two audio clips I shared earlier about how God has not only healed my relationship with my family, but has also healed me from the bondage or chains of my past and my parents’ past sins. 

The enemy fears praying, discerning women!!  They can break his authority over the home, over the family, over the husband, over the children.  When the enemy has lost those battles, he has lost the war!

I have discerned a few things in the past, but was not confident in myself to know whether it was His spirit showing me and guiding me or if it was my own flesh.  Years later in some cases and months later in others, God shows me that I was listening and seeing correctly what he was showing me.  In a few cases he I can see how my lack of self-worth or lack of confidence caused or allowed the situation to worsen because I did not act.  I need to learn to be more bold not timid and confident not allowing my self to think I am not good enough to make a difference.

I will say this, I am becoming more bold and more confident as I learn who I am in HIM.  I have a stronger assurance of who I am as every day passes.  I am becoming more alert to His discernment provided through the Holy Spirit.

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Curtis says:

This is absolutely PURE GOLD G! That is ONLY because of the PURE GOLD that God has put inside of you! Read John 8, 14, 16 & 17 to see how Jesus saw Himself and His Father God and their relationship. THAT is what we need to believe and renew our mind with and imitate. Forget everything else that anybody else says or demonstrates to you – if it is not an exact copy of that. It will only be a substitute and a distraction and a deception that will sidetrack you and put you in bondage again.Read my blog entry WHO DOES GOD ACCEPT at http://enlitener.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!244B033F610E4479!188.entry to see how Jesus looked at others and at YOU. It is ONLY His opinion that matters! For it is He and He alone that has been given the authority to judge you. You will see that this blog entry lines up directly with Franklin\’s comments about the women that God used and that are in the lineage of Jesus and how GOD sees them.The sad facts are that the Bible was written by men in a male dominant society who interpreted God from that viewpoint. But God is neither male nor female. God is simply "spirit". And therefore they that worship God must worship God in spirit AND in truth. Them feminine creative energy of God is actualized in women. Men only fertilize an egg and then stand by as supporters and protectors of that which is more important. The rest is entirely about and up to God and the woman.You have some very awesome powers, potentials and abilities in you that God wants to use in NEW and UNIQUE ways. But if God is going to use those like that then you – like the women of old that God used – will have to not be afraid to buck the male dominated system that will try to suppress. you. I have much more to share with you about this if you are interested.



G says:

Curtis. Yes, interested. Also what do you mean by "buck the male dominated system that will try to suppress you"?



Curtis says:

I simply meant that you may have to reject and oppose any particular interpretation, outlook, preference or prejudice about a woman\’s role, abilities, importance etc – that suppresses you or your unique abilities. Your relationship is with God not men. They cannot or do not have to go to God on your behalf. Nor can they tell you what you can and can\’t do. The same God that was on the inside of the the body called Jesus is the same God that is on the inside of G. In fact that God IS you in a sense. Get to know that God and let everything flow out of you that God has put inside you which God wants to come out and to be channeled through your female body and via your feminine energy. And watch God do wonders. I have seen it with my wife Eardean many times. Sometimes men (especially those in authority) can be afraid or jealous of you and your abilities and will try to suppress them. Also since they are men they REALLy can\’t understand it. (People are often afraid of what they don\’t understand) Not only that – but they can\’t DO what you can – so they can\’t compete. Next, whatever you do – don\’t let somebody suppress you – who does not have a real revelation of this matter by quoting some legalistic codes, rules or doctrines about it. Therefore, the bottom line is this. Get to know who you really are and what your unique abilities are. Then concentrate BEING YOURSELF and you will end up being who God wants you to be! You can\’t go wrong doing that.Lastly, G – The world in which the Bible story occurred and was written – was a male dominant society. Women were property like cattle and had absolutely no rights. The writers of the Bible understood God from that perspective and communicated Him accordingly. However, Jesus did not ascribe to that philosophy. In Christ there is no male or female as far as rights, authority and privilege is concerned. We are equal- heirs. Jesus is who you are following – not the male oriented followers of Jesus or the male oriented interpreters of Jesus\’ gospel.



Curtis says:

That is truly refreshing G. There is absolutely no limit to where you can go in life or in how God can use you. Actually it is not a bad thing to be without a man at times. That leaves you to consecrate yourself to the Lord. Of course you can do that with a man in your life also if you both are in agreement. My wife for example has chosen to do that with my consent for extended periods of time. Before, we "married", we both agreed that God must come first for both of us and anything else that was a part of our "marriage" would just be nice to have. It has worked excellently. My point is that "sexual energy" (especially feminine sexual energy) is an extremely powerful force. It can be focused and "channeled" creatively and productively for other purposes than sex and produce marvelous results. Just give that area of your life to God and make it available to Him to use in any way that He desire and see what happens.



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