Growth/Maturity, Obedience, She is Me Series

She is Me: Lot’s Wife

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

Don’t Look Back!

Wavering is a part of human nature, and I am no stranger to it. When facing the need to make decisions that will be life changing it is crucial to take the time to consider all options, weigh the pros and cons, and of course pray for guidance.  Once I pray and hear from God though, it is imperative that I take heed to His words and proceed accordingly.  I have been chronically guilty of not doing the latter in the past when making decisions.  Specifically, when it came to letting go of relationships that I knew were unhealthy.  I would pray and hear from God clearly that I didn’t have to cease to love them, yet it was time for me to let go, or walk away.  Then, I did the unthinkable.

I looked back.

I looked back at all of the good times we shared over the years. I looked back at all of the love, the pain, the tears, joy, laughter and comfort that was born of these relationships.  I would count the years invested and think of how many albums full of pictures of good memories I had. Then I would think to myself, “God can’t possibly want me to walk away from all of this time! What would life be like for me without this person or that person? For us? If we didn’t have each other?”

But, that was exactly what God wanted for me!

Lot’s wife looked back too, and she paid with her life.

In Genesis chapter 19, we learn that Lot was instructed by two angels to take his family and leave the city of Sodom, and that Lot was hesitant. He didn’t want to leave the home he and his family had come to know “…Hurry! Take your wife and two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished. When he hesistated, the men grasped the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city for the Lord was merciful to them.” (Genesis 19:15-16 NIV)  As important as it was for the angels to get Lot and his family out of the city, what they said to them once outside the city was most important of all! “Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!” (Genesis 19:17 NIV)

Lot, his two daughters and wife reached Zoar safely, as God had promised they would. “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26 NIV

Don’t look back!

The word from God sent through the angels could not have been anymore clear.  Similarly, the word of God was quite blatant to me when I decided to stay in the relationships. I would look back over our relationship and in my weakness I would pray for God to make me stronger instead of leaving like I was instructed to do. I looked back and remembered times when they behaved selfishly over and over again, and instead of leaving I prayed that God would make them more compassionate. Though I was spared and not turned to a pillar of salt, when I stayed in those relationships I suffered with hurt feelings, neglect and years and years of wasted time!

“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV

Don’t look back!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your mercy, grace and protection during the times I went against Your will and leaned not on faith in Your word, but my own understanding.  I thank You that You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and I have no need to fear as long as I am walking according to Your will in my life.  Please continue to order my footsteps in all that I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to “set your hearts on things above where Christ is….” (Colossians 3:1 NIV).  Trust the word of God when you hear it, whether you believe it is what’s best or not, knowing that His will and plan for your life is ALWAYS best. Remember, sorry looks back, worry looks around and FAITH LOOKS FORWARD!

Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Assignment, Evangelism, Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Prayer, Purpose

Are You the One?

Abraham:  What if there are fifty righteous people in the city?  Will you sweep it away…?

God:  If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place.

Abraham:  What if the number is less than fifty?  Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?

God:  If I find forty-five there, I will not destroy it!

Abraham:  What if only forty are found there?

God:  For the sake of forty, I will not do it.

Abraham:   May the Lord not be angry but let me speak, what if only thirty can be found there?

God:  I will not do it if I find thirty there.

Genesis 18: 23-33 NIV

Long story short, by the time Abraham turned to go home, he had humbly pleaded with God to spare the city if ten righteous people could be found.  WOW!  That’s some kind of relationship to be able to talk God down from FIFTY to TEN!! Abraham and God were so close that God revealed to Abraham his plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.  “…then the Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?  Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, all nations on earth will be blessed through him.  For I have chosen him…”  (Genesis 18:17-19a NIV)

Abraham humbly stood before the Lord pleading for the people of Sodom, namely his nephew Lot and Lot’s family.  Abraham was the only one standing in the gap between God and total destruction of the city.  It is very interesting that Abraham would do this when he really did not have to.  Abraham was chosen by God.  He was blessed beyond belief, yet he did not just sit back, chill, and bask in the favor of God; Abraham decided to intercede for the people of Sodom.

LESSON 1:  We NEVER get too good or too blessed to intercede for other people.  Even when you reach your destiny, you are to intercede and stand in the gap for others.

Because of Abraham’s pleading, God sent angels to deliver the righteous of the city (Lot and his family).  We find out in the next chapter Gen. 19, the very ones Abraham was pleading for did not appreciate and in some cases not even accept the deliverance Abraham prayed for.

LESSON 2:  Your assignment is to pray, regardless of what the individual decides to do, you must still pray!

Some of you are in Abraham’s position.  Your fasting, praying, and spiritual warfare is all that’s standing between someone and total destruction.  Stay on assignment, you ARE the one!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the awesome responsibility You have given me to intercede for Your children.  I thank You for loving and cherishing me enough to listen to me when I talk to You.  Lord, help me never to  forget that You hear me and even when I don’t see the results that I expect to see in someone You have led me to intercede for, remind me that Your will is perfect and that You are sovereign.  Lord, make me sensitive to the needs of Your people so that I may be effective and efficient in my assignment.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to accept your role as “The ONE”! Our ultimate assignment is to be like Christ.  One of Christ’s attributes is His permanent position next to the father INTERCEDING on our behalf.  “…Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us…” (Romans 8:34 NIV)  Do we always do what we’re supposed to do? NO, yet Jesus continues to intercede for our crazy selves.  If Christ can do it for you, surely you can do it for someone else!!   Let’s go sister; it’s time to get busy on your assignments because you ARE the one!

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.”