Happy Mother’s Day! I dedicate this post to all mothers, and women of integrity all over the world.
We thank God for women of purpose, women that make a difference, and women of honor.
Whilst studying the book of John and Luke, I noticed how precious, valuable, and worthy women are in the sight of God.
Throughout the life of Jesus Christ ministry you will notice that it was not only men that followed Jesus, but also women, and these women made a difference.
“And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid.”
“Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.”
In order to make a difference in ministry, one must understand the importance of discerning and preparing, one must understand the times, and be a sensitive in Spirit.
Mary the mother of Jesus, is the perfect example of a woman of integrity, she discerned and understood the voice of God, and because she discerned and understood the voice of God she was willing to yield to His perfect will, her yielding to His perfect will is what empowered her to prepare for that which she was due to receive, Jesus the One and Only True Living Word.
“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.”
Mother’s rise up early ensuring their home is in check, it’s this strength that we see in proverbs 31, this strength to rise and prepare a good home comes from God alone.
It is the wisdom of God that empowers women to nurture, and uphold that which God has entrusted to them.
Women of integrity seek Jesus first whilst He still may be found.
“But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.”
Women of integrity are bold.
“Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.”
Women of integrity encounter the glorious presence of God.
“And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.”
“Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”
“He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,”
“saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ””
Women of integrity are quick in the Spirit because of the time they spend with the Lord in the secret place.
The more you spend time with the Lord in the secret place, the more He will open your eyes of understanding, and reveal Himself to you.
The key to seeing more of Jesus is the willingness/readiness to receive from Him, and again we see this in the life of Mary.
Woman of God how much do you need/want Jesus?
The more of Jesus that you want the more you will have.
Catch the revelation, and go with His flow.
“And they remembered His words.”
“Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.”
“It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.”
“And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.”
Women of integrity are great evangelists, they are not afraid of testifying of the goodness of The Lord no matter how crazy it may sound.
I believe God is raising up many evangelists in our generation, evangelists that are unashamed and I afraid.
Certain women, women that have the eyes and the ears of faith women that have the tenacity to follow Jesus Christ women that are on fire for Him
Women of integrity are distinguishable, many are called but only few are chosen.
“Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.”
“Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.”
Women of integrity are blessed.
Jesus breaks and restores, He heals and forgives, He closes and He opens, He reveals and He redeems.
“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.”
“And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?””
Women of integrity are still and know that Jesus is Lord, and understand that Jesus is the giver of life and perfect peace.
“Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.””
“And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”
Women of integrity are women of promise, and are filled with the raw and undiluted fire of God.
“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.””
Most importantly women of integrity understand the important of worship, and worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.
“And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,”
Another example of a woman of integrity is Ruth.
Ruth was an unlikely candidate among men to receive God’s uncommon favor, because of her cultural background, but when it comes to the ways of God He uses whomever He pleases, and the hearts of the humble are the hearts that please Him most.
Below is an extract taken from the Maxwell Leadership Bible commentary:
Ruth illustrates that when leaders focus on doing what is right, God will bless the fruit of their laboratory. To qualify for such a blessing means placing responsibilities before results. Character must precede conduct. Faithfulness must precede fruitfulness.Jesus taught that if you get the tree right, the fruit will be right. Jesus prioritizes being before doing.God says that when we work on the depth of our ministry, He’ll work on its breadth.God does indeed reward characterGod will accomplish His purposes in the end even if He has to use a Moabite woman to do it.
God rewards the integrity and loyalty of leaders.God will sovereignty accomplish His purposes through unlikely people,Leaders must place character and spiritual formation before conduct and skill formation.
“And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?””
“The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,”
““Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?””
“Then they went out of the city and came to Him.”
Women of integrity are great listeners and receivers of God, they desire Truth and understanding, and they hear Him clearly when He speaks. Women of integrity and are not afraid to go tell it on the mountain like the Samaritan woman whom after having her inner most being dissected by the King of kings, encountered a true revelation of whom Jesus Christ truly is, and she testified of His goodness over the hills and everywhere that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Women of God, mothers, sisters, wives, whatever your position is as a woman remember that your greatest position is in Christ, and not man, never allow a man to define you.
Be a woman of great integrity, a women that follows Jesus and makes a difference.
Woman of God do not be afraid, God is in you.
Woman of God remember that you are precious in the sight of God, therefore the man that God entrusts to find you, must uphold you with dignity and integrity, he must not make you fall.
“Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.””
“And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.”
God bless, and Happy Mother’s Day. 🙂