RISE UP

Holy women it is time to rise up and listen.  We are influencers and leaders.  The Lord led me this morning to Isaiah 32: 9-20.  This is a timely and relevant message for women today that we need to listen and heed. In the Name of Jesus, I pray that your eyes, ears and heart are opened to allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you through these words for the glory of the Kingdom of God.  

Isaiah holds nothing back in his very direct and strong message to whom he calls complacent women.  He says, rise up and listen you daughters who feel secure (v. 9).  Complacent women could be defined as women who are proud, self-satisfying, lazy, stuck up, careless, gloating and content.  Those words sound harsh but if we are honest before God and ask, I believe he would reveal to us areas in our souls that he would define as complacent.  We have all areas within us that need his loving touch.  

Isaiah goes on to say that all of you who feel secure will begin to tremble.  All the things in life that have provided you security will be no more.  Everything that you have depended on for fulfillment and satisfaction will no longer exist (v. 10-11).  How relevant is this to our current lives right now with COVID19?  This is another great opportunity for honesty before God.  How many of us are dependent on the accumulation of money, gatherings with people, shopping, eating out and other experiences for fulfillment and satisfaction?  Depending on your circumstances, some or all of these things that you rely on have been temporarily or indefinitely removed.  The result may have you feeling insecure and uncertain about your future.  You may be trembling right now with fear and anxiety.  

Hang tight, because Isaiah gives us direction on what to do when we feel insecure and uncertain.  He says, “Strip off your clothes, put sackcloth around your waists (v. 11).”  The nakedness represents vulnerability and the sackcloth represents servitude.  In times like these, we are to do just as King Jesus did and become a humble servant to the Lord.  Women, we are to bring our insecurities and weaknesses to the Lord.  Isaiah instructs, “Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers- yes mourn for all the houses of merriment and for this city (v. 12-13).  When Isaiah says beat your breasts I think of Tarzan and his loud jungle cry.  It’s funny to imagine but we can pray with the same boldness and confidence just like Tarzan.  We are to pray loud.  We need to get down on our knees and cry out to God for everyone who is suffering right now. For everyone, who is experiencing the effects of the thorns and briers in the land.  We need to pray for blessing and favor over the land and for all people.  Not just for ourselves and our circumstances but for everyone.   We need to pray for a lasting change.  We need to pray because everything that has given us security and protection in the past will no longer be present moving forward.   It will not be the same.  We will not be the same.  

Fortunately, Isaiah’s message is not over.  This is the best part.  Isaiah says everything will be abandoned and uncertain, “till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert will become a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest (v. 15).  It is the Holy Spirit alone in all his glory and power, who can take something that is dead and restore it to life.  Not only can he restore it but he can make it better than you could have ever dreamed or imagined.     It is only the Holy Spirit that can heal our land and bring us real peace and security.  “Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness lives in the fertile field.  The fruit of righteousness will be peace, the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever (v. 16-17)  The effects of your praying to God, the choice of getting vulnerable and humbling yourself before him will result in peace, justice, righteousness and confidence!  That is the power of prayer.  The Holy Spirit can do amazing works through you when you allow him.  It is amazing how prayer can replace anxiety, worry, doubt and fears and replace it with confidence and boldness that lasts forever.  It is not dependent on circumstances.  Isaiah continues, “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.  Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely, how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream and letting your cattle and donkeys range free (18-20).  No matter what happens you have the protection and security of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit through you will continue to sow peace, righteousness, justice, confidence, security and protection all the days of your life and as a result everything that has life that you touch will repeat the benefits.  There will be freedom in the presence of the Lord.  The Spirit of God is the only source that will bring the lasting changes we long to see in our homes, communities and government. 

It is time we take our uncertainties, insecurities, worries, fears and doubts about our future to the Lord in prayer and allow him to work in and through us.  Let us empty the complacent compartments in our souls and let them be filled with the Spirit.  It is time that we return to God and restore prayer in our lives.  It is time to let God lead in our homes, communities and government.  Holy women, it is time we access our full power and authority through the Spirit.  Let us lead with boldness and confidence.  Daughters of God it is time to rise up for our children and future generations. 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. “ Ephesians 3:20

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

For the One forever and always, 

Wynter 

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