Happy New Year from the EmpowerMoments Team! To allow our team time to enjoy our families, we will be on winter break until February 4, 2013. In the meantime, you will be able to catch up on some of our favorite EmpowerMoments’ series. This week we are featuring our favorite posts from the She is Me series. Have a blessed week!
Covert Silent Assassin
Unlike Renee`, (see She is Me: Deborah), I desired to have a leadership role like Deborah in ministry. Desired is probably an understatement; craved is more accurate. I was a leader in my professional life and even in my family and personal life, so it just made sense that I would be a leader in ministry as well right? WRONG! God not only did not elevate me, but He sent me to a church where NOBODY knew me.
After much personal struggle and attitudinal pleas to God, I finally repented and submitted to God’s will for me in the area of ministry. This is where my life began to parallel Jael’s. First, Jael was a tent dweller. One major characteristic of tents are they are highly portable (easy to move from place to place). We can conclude from this that Jael lived a life in which she had to be ready to move at a moment’s notice. Once I submitted to God, He began to teach me that I had to always be ready to act when He needed me to.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)
The Bible tells us that Sisera’s army was defeated. Deborah, Barak, and the Israelite army had done their duty: “…all Sisera’s troops fell by the sword; not a man was left…Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael…” (Judges 4:16b-17a NIV) There are many things in our lives that in large part we have been delivered from; however, residue of those things still exists in our life. God desires for our enemies to be TOTALLY defeated and in order to do that, He raises covert assassins. Jael was one such assassin. God has taught me that I’m not a Deborah in ministry but a Jael.
Sisera felt comfortable going into Jael’s tent because he was familiar with her family. “Sisera, however, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite because there were friendly relations between Jabin King of Hazor and the clan of Heber the Kenite…” (Judges 4:17 NIV) God has sent people into my life several times who were struggling with spirits I was “familiar” with in the past. Those spirits were comfortable being around me because I was supposedly not a threat to them.
Jael invited Sisera into her tent and treated him VERY good. Sisera was thirsty and asked for some water. Instead of water, Jael gave him milk, giving him more than he requested. (See Judges 5:25) Jael gracefully lulled him into a false sense of security. By treating him so well, he assumed that she was on his side and that he was safe. Having a full stomach also makes a person more tired, especially after a hard day. All of this combined caused Sisera to fall asleep without too much worry about being attacked. Little did he expect an attack from the woman who was treating him so kindly.
God has allowed me to have relationships with many who come from various backgrounds, different religions, and who struggle with a range of strongholds. God has directed me to show hospitality to them and allow them to “relax” in my presence. “…But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple in to the ground, and he died.” (Judges 421 NIV) However, just like Sisera, they let down their guards and become comfortable around me. I quietly begin to PRAY and come against EVERY stronghold, cancel every assignment of the enemy and war in the spirit realm to KILL everything that is keeping them from being who God has called them to be.
My journey has taught me that everyone God has called to ministry is not supposed to be in the pulpit or even on the microphone. God has raised some covert operatives. My assignment is to pray. I have learned to accept my assignment and carry it out with diligence. Jael’s obedience to God quite arguably changed the course of history for the Israelites and she is only mentioned in a few verses of the Bible. However, had she not accepted it because it wasn’t an upfront position, who knows what could’ve happened. Sisera may have gotten away, raised another army, and went fought the Israelites again. Thank God for silent assassins!!
Thank You for the assignment You have given me in ministry. I understand that there are no “small parts” in ministry. I understand that everything done in ministry is supposed to bring glory to You. I also understand that my obedience is connected to so many other destinies. I ask that You continue to make me sensitive to your spirit. Help me to carry out the assignments that You give me diligently and effectively. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to pray and seek the Lord for what He wants you to do in ministry. Accept your assignment and start carrying it out. There are so many that God has for us to minister to, pray for, feed, cloth, preach to, etc. We HAVE to get on our jobs!
Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”