Are you ready for change! A major change in your life can be the most wonderful thing that ever happens to you! It will mean a shift in how you conduct yourself each day. It may also mean moving to a different location or changing the atmosphere around you. Moving outside of what is familiar may be scary, but do not let apprehension cause you to miss your opportunity to experience the best days of your life!
Rouse yourself and wake up to the limitless possibilities ahead. Get inspired by examining the lives of two women in biblical times that conquered their fears and changed their lives! Their examples of faith in GOD, fearlessness of the unknown and strength of character show that women have been and continue to be chosen for GOD'S service!
First, examine the story of Deborah in the Old Testament. She was a wife, a prophet and a leader in Israel during turbulent times of war and unrest. Deborah sent for Barak so that she could deliver a message from GOD. She told him to gather an army of ten thousand men to fight against their enemy. She also disclosed to Barak GOD'S promise to bring them victory.
Even with the reassurance of GOD'S presence to defeat the enemy, Barak declared that he would not go to battle without Deborah went with him. At this point, Deborah had a decision to make because it was not customary for women to go forth with the troops to battle. She was already in an unusual leadership position for women. Although she made the decision to go forth, she warned Barak that he would receive no honor for winning the battle. GOD would indeed bring the enemy's defeat through a woman. (Read entire account in Judges Chapter 4)
Now, Deborah is among those mentioned as a great woman in the Bible. She was a trailblazer, since her bravery coupled with valiant leadership changed a nation. Deborah's willingness to face opposition head on is a trait that still encourages women today.
Next, we go to the New Testament to look at the life of Mary, Mother of JESUS. Mary was a virgin and a very young woman engaged to marry when GOD sent the angel Gabriel to visit her.
"Do not be afraid, Mary," the angel told her, "for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the Throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end! " (Luke 1: 30-33, NLT)
Mary asked how such a thing could happen to her since she was a virgin and had never lain with a man. Gabriel declared that the HOLY SPIRIT would impregnate her with the SON of GOD. Although this was something this young woman had never heard of before, she was willing to be used of the LORD. It could mean ridicule and possible speculation about her virtue or sanity, yet Mary decided to do things GOD'S way. What makes Mary's actions noteworthy is her reverence for GOD and absolute acceptance of HIS will for her life. Her actions not only changed her life but also brought redemption to the world for generations to come. The Magnificat or Mary's Song of Praise Illustrates her posture of adoration, humility and obedience to GOD.
Mary responded, "Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! He has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. His mighty arm has done wonderful things! He has scratched the proud and haughty ones. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever. " "(Luke 1: 46-55, NLT)