Focus of Thought:
I am an individual with guardianship over my life. My individuality transforms into unity when I allow God to have parental care over me. It is the prayer of salvation. A seemingly bad trade. Who would ever take upon your burdens, answer your request of care, in order to share an inheritance of power and authority?
Jesus is for everyone. Humankind was made in the image and likeness of God. That includes every male and female that was born and is to be born. We are more than flesh and bone. We are spirit beings just as God is a spirit. Our exterior is just a workmanship, that will decay after death. Our spirits will forever be alive. Where they will dwell in eternity, is the decision that everyone must make.
So what does this say about the female gender?
A prominent Apostle recently held an counseling session for his congregants. A constant topic within church and secularism is singleness, although the Bible preaches we are never alone. In trying to soothe a woman’s longing for a mate, the Apostle decided to give advice and she decided to be an example for the congregation. Within the presentation of how to get a mate, the Apostle ridiculed her body. She liked the response from her leader. I did not.
It is common for a woman within church to ask of herself “What can I do to fix it?”, knowing that the gospel we preach declares a covenant between our Creator who will lead us into all truth. We are with God, not independent from God and He wouldn’t have it any other way. That is the salvation that we believed for. Now, we are constantly treating our problems as if we are single, as if we are poor, as if we are sick, as if we are incapable of doing the possible, when all things are possible with God.
Many women feel ostracized, because they don’t seem to be a Ruth, an Esther or the figure of Proverbs 31, because they are not “hitting all the marks of the ideal Christian woman”. For those women, just know, through all your mess ups, downfalls and brokenness you too can be a David, a Paul and most importantly a Jesus. You are a spirit, you are not bound to the confinement of what society and traditionalism says you are. You can be anything that mirrors the likeness of God. The best thing about the figures of the Bible is that you see their spirit flourish, as they decreased God increased. Gender or any other physicality, was secondary or unimportant.
Expression of Thought:
A woman for 12 years had a prolonged menstrual. According to the CDC, “Women with bleeding disorders can experience anemia (low number of red blood cells in the blood) causing one to feel tired and weak, pain during a menstrual period, limitations in daily activities, and a reduced quality of life”. She had suffered “ under [the hand of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better, but instead grew worse” Mark 5:26 [AMPC]. Her disease was distressing, and by societal standard she was unclean. The woman with the issue of blood had incredible faith, because she decided that she needed God. By law, before she could get to God she had to be clean. Without faith, it makes perfect sense to think that way. If you think about it, it makes no sense. If you want anything, it makes no sense to have it, in order to get it.
She put all of traditionalism behind her and decided to get what she needed. “For she kept saying, If I only can touch His garments, I shall be restored to health” Mark 5:28 [AMPC]. To come before God takes bravery, “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]” Hebrews 4:16 [AMPC]. When she reached for God’s grace, His power met her where she was, not where society said she should be.
There is power when you stop asking “What can I do to fix it?”. Look for the place where you can meet God for whatever you desire. No one needs public ridicule to remind them what they lack. Just like the woman with the issue of blood did not need to be reminded that she was unclean. If we continue to believe what might seem true, we stop our greatest miracles from happening, and we will never see what we desire.
Just believe God will fix it and be obedient to what God tells you to do.
CDC Features. (2018, December 03). Retrieved April 30, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/features/bleedingdisorder/index.html