The Lord gives the word, and a great army brings the good news. Psalm 68:11
Throughout history, God has used women to fulfill many of His most strategic purposes. There are women in the Bible and women all through time whose examples we can glean from that took risks to become women of purpose. They not only preached and prophesied, they overcame hindrances in order to press through and complete their God-ordained destiny.
Everything we do for God requires a risk and everything we do for God costs us something. “Without faith it is impossible to please God…,” By Faith we risk everything we own in favor and pursuit of the fulfillment of God’s purposes in our lives.
As Christians we are called to a much higher standard. In these tumultuous times we should be coming together as a many member body and not allow satan to bring division among us (1 Cor. 12:12-27). Love will be the key in everything we say and do as believers. Everything hangs on love. (Matt. 22:27-40)
It has been said there is an “attack on religious freedom.” The attack shouldn’t be coming from inside the camp. Recently, a well known Pastor took a jab at two Christian women in ministry, and evangelicals who support the idea of women preachers.
Pastor John MacArthur, who leads Grace Community Church in California, when speaking at an event meant to honor his 50 years of ministry “Truth Matters Conference,” was given “two words” to react to while playing a type of word association game. Pastor MacArthur was given “Beth Moore.” He responded by saying “Go home.” The audience laughed. WOW! Another man on the panel accused her of being a narcissist because of her preaching style without considering that she has been instrumental in helping many women, including me, break free from oppression, rejection and more through her teaching and writing.
MacArthur then launched into a tirade about how “the church is caving in to women preachers.” He went on to compare her to a TV jewelry salesperson and then went on to criticize the #MeToo movement. Bible teacher Beth Moore later responded on social media, “I did not surrender to a calling of man.” Well said.
And we wonder why people are leaving the church? As a female prophetic minister I was deeply disappointed by Pastor MacArthur’s comments. As Christians we should represent the Kingdom of God better. This is not how we should be representing God’s Kingdom at a crucial time in history.
Why not women? Are women preachers a contradiction of Scriptures?
For so long women have been devalued and rejected. They carry painful memories of feeling worthless bought about by satan’s plan of destruction. I was called into the ministry 25 years ago. The Lord spoke to my heart one day and said to me, “You will preach my Word!” I’m thankful today that I trusted in the Holy Spirit’s leading and promptings as I was being prepared for this season.
I have a dream of a coming spiritual awakening. Jesus said in Matthew 24:14
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” The Prophet Joel predicted that in the last days God’s sons and daughters would prophesy. (Joel 2:28 ) King David said that a great host of women would one day proclaim the “good news.” (Ps. 68:11) The Apostle Peter had the same vision (Acts 2:17-18). He saw the beginning of its’ fulfillment at the day of Pentecost. Peter addressed the crowd:
In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
God is raising up a great host of women in this hour to fulfill their God-ordained purpose. Psalm 69:11 is one of the most fascinating verses in the Bible. It describes a company of women who proclaim the good news. The most intriguing part is not that they will preach the gospel but the fact that the Lord is convening them to the destroy the works of the enemy.
Women arise and take your place!