The Spirit-led Woman

A woman can either be “carnally” or “fleshly-led”, Or she can be “Spirit-led.”

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,

who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ”  

– Romans 8:1

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The truth is the two are opposite to each other.  The flesh is all about ME- __(Place your name here)__.  All that I want the money, the show, servants are my beak and call as I receive that “much-needed” manicure….

The Spirit, on the other hand, is living a Christ-centered, God-serving life where though you give up your control and grip, a better, greater purpose is being fulfilled in your life.

Who is a “Carnally-Led” Woman?

A carnal-led woman:
1. Desires only to satisfy her physical, material or selfish needs.   She is in constant need of more money, more make-up, a lower blouse, a shorter skirt.  There is never enough of anything.  So she gives away her heart, her dreams and even her body in hopes of being fulfilled–  Not seeing that Christ is exactly what she needs.
2. The carnal-led woman does not hearken to the prompts and “knocks” of God when He calls.
3. Romans 8:8 says that her life “can not please God.”

4. And Lastly, this life leads to death.

Who is a Spirit-led Woman?
1. Has no condemnation.  The guilt of past sins, and the shame of bad decisions and selfish choices no longer burdens her.  She is free.  She knows all of her sins are cleanse, thrown into the Sea of Forgetfulness, never to be brought back or held against her.  She is free indeed.       (John 8:36)
2. God’s righteousness is fulfilled in her.  She lives a pure, righteous and holy life to please and lift up God.
3. They no longer desire the things of the flesh but the Spirit, meaning the days when it was all about them- “GIMME, GIMME” and their world was clouded by vanity and every superficial thing: those days are over for her.  The only waters that quench her thirst, is the Living Water.  (John 4:10)

There are two Laws:
1. The Law of the Spirit of Life through Christ Jesus.

And…

2. The Law of Sin and death.

The first Law over-powered and overcame the second law.

Romans 8 :11 – “the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead… will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

“Living/Moving” Traits of Spirit-led Woman”
1. Her conversation is pure.
2. She dresses modestly so as not to be a distraction.
3. She lovingly supports her other sisters in the faith.
4. She lives like Heaven is her true home.
5. She stays in prayer.
6. She daily reads God’s Word- the Bible.
7. She is dressed in humility.
8. And carries dignity or self-worth everywhere she goes.
9. **Her life points to Christ.

Because she trusts in someone worth trusting, because she clings to someone worth clinging and hopes in the most reliable One, she is so much more secure and at ease about the future.  She knows that the One she entrusts her life to- God himself- will be with her every step of the way.

Are you a Spirit-led woman or a Carnal-led woman?

Think about it!

Father,

Teach me to live a life where I allow your Holy Spirit to lead me rather

than being guided by my own desires and intellect.  Because you love me,

because you gave your Son for me, I know your plans are far better for me

and you are worthy of my trust.   I give this life over to you.  For your will,

for you plans and to be led and directed by you.

In Jesus’ Name.

 

A New Way of Thinking

We can spend so much time looking back, dwelling on past mistakes and reminiscing on missed opportunities, and everything bad that has happened; rather than looking ahead, preparing for what’s next in life- that next job, that next assignment or opportunity, and remaining positive.

We’re among a people and culture prone towards negativity.  Negative thoughts and negative conversations.  “Oh, that is too difficult.”  “You will never get there.”  “You can never complete that assignment, finish that task or reach that goal!”  Some people mean well but continue in a cycle of negativity, planting thoughts of depression and defeat.  They say “you’ll never be a doctor, a lawyer, Manager, direct a script, write that book….”  Some laugh at us when we share our ideas.  And sometimes those near us do not help, “No one in our family has ever done that!”  Rather than giving encouraging, supporting and uplifting statements.

Instead of us blocking these thoughts from our minds and eliminating the negativity from our mouths- we often get a pillow and comforter and wallow in our misery and regrets.

No one has an easy, smooth-flowing life.  We all have difficult times; but the way we think can certainly affect our actions and lives.

Romans 12:2 reads,

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

As daughters of God and children of the Most High, we must renew our way of thinking.  Our thinking should be above that of the words.  Different, set apart and a righteous way of thinking: not following the patterns of this world.

Indeed we are blessed of God. We are favored women!  Thankful, faithful to what He has assigned us to and hopeful in all things.  All things work together for our good. (Rom. 8:28)  Greater is He that is in us.  God will never leave us nor forsake us! (Heb. 5:13)

worth.  She began to have the wrong way of thinking.  “You are gifted.”  “You can do this!” “You are beautiful.” She began to believe it and change the way she was thinking.  By the end of her interview she made the statement which proves that she knows who she is-  she said,

“I am valuable.”  [I have included a link her video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf-8aG6ND4c]

But not only is she valuable, priceless and gifted, she is a daughter of Christ and is entitled every good and perfect thing in this life.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. – James 1:17

Our thinking must change, our views must be made new.  Our thinking should neither be negative or condemning, nor selfish in its nature.  Because we lean on the All-Powerful God, and place our trust in an All-knowing King and Savior, we can thinking wonderful thoughts, live in hope of tomorrow and overcome every obstacle!

Overcoming Rejection and Abuse

It was not in the Almighty’s Plan, yet many women have been affected by abuse.  Whether physical, sexual, verbal or emotional.  Countless innocent children around us have also suffered harm at the hands of the heartless.

What is abuse? Abuse means to misuse, or improperly use or injure by maltreatment.  Sexual abuse include rape, molestation or incest.  Emotional abuse involves without attention, affecttion or simple abandonment.  Verbal abuse can either be overt- the use of angry, aggressive words or covert- where loving words of acceptance are withheld. Then there’s Physical abuse including beatings, unbalanced discipline like being locked in closets or food being withheld.

Here are some women who endured abuse and share their stories with others:

Christine Caine – sought-after speaker, author and cofounder of the anti-human-trafficking organization-The A21 Campaign, was abused for many years as a girl by several men.  In her book- “Undaunted” she also goes into how she did not realize she was adopted until she was an adult and for her name on her birth certificate- her parents wrote “unknown.”

Joyce Meyers, popular speaker, preacher and author was abused in many forms by her own father.  He not only molested her, but also a dear friend of hers and she said, I felt absolutely “ashamed and embarrassed.”  “I lived in a very controlled environment,” and she felt unsafe.  Looking back at her childhood, there was not a single moment where she felt like she was in a safe place.

Dawn Wilson, now author, Bible Teacher and Pastor of Mighty Warrior Church, Athens, Alabama said, “I do not know how often I had been sexually molested” by her grandfather.  Finally at age 5 or 6 she told her mother, after her brother insisted that she did.  Her grandfather had persuaded her that if she tells anyone, “Everyone would hate me.” She was brainwashed that something was wrong with her and not the person abusing her. She said: “As a child I only understood that I must have done something terribly wrong. This opened the door for me to see myself as having little to no value…. I carried that estimation of myself for many, many, many years.”

There are so many other women who have been abused. May be ou know someone thought they may not out-right say so, who are being abused right now.   They must seek counseling , healing and help!

The truth is the effects of abuse are long lasting making people feel devalue, violated and useless long long after the abuse has occurred. Feelings and belief of low self-worth, low self-esteem or confidence, low self-ambition or repeated thoughts of depression are far from what God had planned for each of our lives. And it is the enemies assignment to destroy God’s great plans by abuse.

Interesting enough each of these women and more successfully overcame there struggles and pain. It took time. But each of these women have testimonies of the Holy Spirit’s power and healing of their greatest, darkest secrets and hurts. How he miraculously delivered them and how he help them to forgive the people.

There is hope for you (or your friend) or anyone you know that have endured such struggle. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. – Psalms 34:19

Father,

Help me (or my friend) today. You’ve seen the pain that I’ve faced. You’ve seen every hurt, every tear and every unfair treatment I have received. I know you are a faithful Deliverer, hearing every prayer and touch the down-trodden. Touch me now and heal me of my hurt. Help me to forgive _name here__. I know you love me, you have great plans for my life and value me dearly. Teach me to overcome every obstacles in this process of healing. For your Glory!

Overcoming Rejection

Maybe like me you have underwent times of rejection, frustration and loneliness.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been rejected in some form or another.

Yet we know that our rejection by men does not constitute our rejection by God.  I believe that rejection or a closed door in one area of life is because a better door is just ahead.  We might not see it now, but trust God: He knows what He’s doing!

However, there is no doubt that the way we respond to rejection matters.

The well-known author, Max Lucado was rejected 14 times by publishers on his first book before receiving an acceptance letter.

The sixth president, Abraham Lincoln was defeated or out-voted for seven political positions (not including job & personal losses) before being elected President in 1860.

Rosa Parks, after repeatedly succumbing to mistreatment and discrimination, one day took a stand against injustice and the fame of this event spread to the point of initiating movements in Alabama and leading toward nationwide promotion of blacks.

The more contemporary, Dr. Samantha Phillips is an author, speaker and co-pastor of Kingdom Life International Center a thriving ministry in Orlando Florida, but she says that she is a far way from where she was.  She had to overcome “cycles of abuse and self-destructive behavior to living a life full of love and success!”

So many men and women alike have faced rejection, failures, self-destructive behavior and even abuse- I will go into this next time.  And to go on despite the odds and conqueror obstacles, regain hope and the confidence that God intended for you to have.  To declare victory over your life!

We know that God will never leave you nor forsake you. – Hebrews 13:5

We know “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37

And we know that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Phillippians 4:13

Regardless of how many times you’ve been rejected, turned down or discouraged by people, know that God is with you and as you trust Him will set up your way for Success!

Keep persevering, enduring and hanging in there.  Send that application out again, write that board, that representative, that publisher again.  Don’t loose momentum, don’t loose hope.  Watch the Lord open doors no man can shut and lead you directly to the place where only He can get the glory!!

PRAISE BE TO OUR GOD!!

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your tambourines,
And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.

– Jeremiah 31:3-4

Reference:

http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/education/failures.htm

People who overcame difficult odds

CAST DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED – ONE WOMAN’S STORY OF OVERCOMING ABUSE (E-BOOK)

Prayer: Waiting on the Lord

Have you ever prayed for something, some situation, some hardship and see nothing happening.  You’re waiting patiently on God and even believing He will come through, but six months go by, a year goes by, two….  And in the microwave society that we live in, many times if things don’t happen when we want them to, we squeeze our fists, squint our eyes and say, “By-golly then I will make this happen!”

We begin do things at our own liberty, for our own fulfillment, instead of waiting for the Lord.

Mary K. Baxter in her book, “A Divine Revelation of Prayer,” taught that sometimes our prayers are not answered because the time for the full manifestation of prayer has not yet come.  Meaning the season for it to happen has not yet come and the time of Father has not yet been ordained. “To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, was barren for many years, though her and her husband Zacharias lived righteous, “blameless” lives. – Luke 1:6  Zacharias was a priest of the temple in Jerusalem and one day while he was performing his priestly duties and burning incense in the temple, an angel of God appeared to him saying in Luke 1:13, “Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” That is, John the Baptist. He immediately replied, (paraphrased) “How can this be, for I am very old and so is my wife.” Of course, Zacharias became dumb that day because he disbelieved the angel.

No long afterward Elisabeth became pregnant and gave birth to a son.  Eight days later when they went to the temple, all of the neighbors and cousins wanted to call him Zacharias, after his father, but Elisabeth corrected them saying, “He shall be called John.”

This is the John who went down in history as the forerunner of the Lord, Jesus himself.

God indeed heard Zacharias and Elizabeth’s prayer from the start, but He had a plan.  A plan which in its right time and season will give him glory beyond that which you and I can possibly imagine.