When you think of someone powerful, who do you think of? Is it a politician, a CEO, a Pastor, a teacher? What makes them powerful? Is it their position, their leadership skills, their ethics, their wealth, their influence?
The Bible is filled with stories of incredibly powerful women; both those who lead from the front and those in the background. The Bible bears testimony of women who served God wholeheartedly and took risks that you and I would never dare to attempt. But of all the wonderful girl-power stories in the Bible, Deborah’s stands out to me. Perhaps it’s what missing in her story that makes it so interesting...prior to her appearance in Judges 4, there is no mention of her. We do not know where she came from or how she became the ruler of Israel at the time. While there may have been other women rulers, she is the only one recorded in the Bible, and she was recorded for good reason. This incredible prophetess brought an end to years of oppression and created 40 years of peace for her people!
If you haven't read the story, make it a priority. In my mind Deborah embraces everything I believe a powerful leader should be...in fact, she sets aside her "power" for the power of God. She does nothing without prayer, seeking the face of God and listening. She understood that being powerful doesn't have anything to do with a skill set, training, or wealth. Power comes through humility. Power is being a vessel through which God can move in your life, in your circumstances, and in those around you. Apart from him you can do nothing (John 15:5).
But how did she get there? Here’s what we do know:
Throughout her story, Deborah sought God’s voice and was obedient to do and say the things he told her to. She was confident in what she heard him say and was confident in speaking it out. Would you like to live your life with that kind of confidence? I know I would. So how can we become like Deborah? How can we become women who hear God’s voice clearly and respond in obedience confidently? We must spend time in preparation. It is essential to set aside uninterrupted prayer and conversation time with God. The scripture tells us Deborah went up from her tent to the Palm of Deborah where she ruled. “She WENT” from her place of preparation to the place where she ruled. This is the key to being a woman of God, to being a woman filled with grace, confidence, and power; it’s the time you spend in preparation with the Lord before you go and rule.
Like many of you, I spend a lot of time “doing,” always busy, always excited about what’s next, begging God to tell me what he wants me to do next. Often times I’m so busy actually doing that I don’t take time to prepare. But God won’t give me the “next” thing until I have allowed him to prepare me for it. And preparing to fulfill his will requires spending time with him. How can we fulfill the call of God in our lives if we fail to spend time with the one who calls? If you want to be powerful, spend time at the feet of Jesus, communing with the one who empowers you.
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Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.