Assignment, Gifts/Talents, Purpose, She is Me Series, Submission/Surrendering

She is Me: Jael

In honor of National Women’s History Month, EmpowerMoments is featuring a special series called ‘She is Me’.  Each writer will parallel her own life with that of a Biblical woman to enlighten and EMPOWER youCheers to being a WOMAN!

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!!

Dear Daddy,

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!

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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.”

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Leadership, Purpose, She is Me Series, Trusting God

She is Me: Deborah

In honor of National Women’s History Month, EmpowerMoments is featuring a special series called ‘She is Me’.  Each writer will parallel her own life with that of a Biblical woman to enlighten and EMPOWER youCheers to being a WOMAN!

Standing Firm on Purpose

Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time…She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”

Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”

“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh. (Judges 4:4, 6-9 NIV)

Oh, the power of being a woman centered in her relationship and purpose in Christ! I have a confession to make: I am not there, just yet. I grew up with a traditional-minded father and a very untraditional-minded mother. What seemed like an odd mix to the world (and probably to my parents) produced a pretty even-tempered child. My dad said that there were certain jobs that a man should do and my mom challenged most of those views. For as long as I can remember, my mom has worked two jobs and she will spend her very last if she thinks it will be of benefit to her family. She’s strong, goal oriented and a bit stubborn. And in many ways I am just like her. With this dual dynamic at home, I grew up wondering how to balance being strong yet submissive.

I shied away from things that seemed more like what my “man” would handle, which has been to my determent. I am a firm believer that you can’t always wait on a man to be there or do something for you. You need to make sure that if and when the time comes that you need to, you can take care of yourself. That’s being a responsible steward. But because I didn’t want to come across as too “bossy” I tried to stay away from things that might make me seem like the stereotypical, ‘I don’t need a man’ Black woman. What does that even look like anyway? I’m still unsure, but that fear has now led me to being hesitant about what I know God is trying to do in my life. There are certain things like purchasing a car or home that I thought I would leave up to my husband to make the final decision. I mean, I am a woman and don’t guys know about all those technical things? I’ve used the ‘I am a woman’ phrase to get out of anything that seemed bigger than me or anything that didn’t seem to fit with the “traditional” views. Yet, my Father kept placing me in leadership roles. At first I shied away from these roles. I mean being the head of a household leading a small child (a boy nonetheless) was a daunting enough task. Now, God was placing me in leadership roles at work, among my peers, and in my graduate classes! The more I resisted, the more God kept pressing into me until I could do nothing else but submit.

See, like Deborah there are people in my life that will not go on without me. They need me to stand up with them. They need that encouragement, that prayer, that one person who believes in the impossible for them. For many people in my life, that person is me. I am unsure of how I get the positions that God has graced me with; I don’t strive for them. In fact, many times the very idea of the task shakes me to my core. That is when God gently reminds me that I glorify Him when I step out on His Word. I glorify Him when I don’t let my fears, my gender biased ideas or doubts stop me from standing on purpose.

You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.
– Katherine Center

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for blessing me with the gift and purpose of being a woman. I was created at such a time as this, there is purpose hidden deep inside. Bring me closer to You so that I may become closer to finding myself. Gift me with the spirit of love and peace and help me to be unafraid of the path laid out before me. Give me Your strength to stand confidently in my purpose. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to seek and embrace your purpose. Do not let fear, stereotypes, or doubt hold you back from your true destiny in Christ.

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Ms. Renee` N. Chaffin is a single mother who has a heart for helping those less fortunate. She has been active in the non-profit sector, whether through volunteerism or professionally, for the past six years.  She is passionate about sharing the love of God, her testimony and empowering people to discover their true potential that was bestowed on them by King of the Universe. Renee` is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. While on her pursuit of higher education, she is on a seven year journey to challenge God to do ‘exceedingly and abundantly above all she can imagine’ in seven areas over the next seven years. Check out her journey at http://radical7even.wordpress.com. Her favorite scripture is I Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”