Some of My Best Men Are Women

This article is taken from Charismamag.com and was written by Carol McLeod. I hope it bless you like it blessed me.

 

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, is known to have said, “Some of my best men are women!”

Isn’t that an interesting quote spoken by one of the most powerful Christian leaders of the 19th century?

“Some of my best men are women!” Just let those profound words soak into your heart for a minute and then let me stretch you just a bit farther …

I wonder if these words are not also in the heart and mind of God at this moment in history? I wonder if when the Father looks down from His bird’s eye view of all that is happening on the earth today, if He turns to His Son seated on His right side and with a twinkle in His eye echoes the words of William Booth, “Some of my best men are women”! And, I wonder if the Holy Spirit, who is most certainly eavesdropping on the conversation, raises His fist in the air in complete agreement with the Father. I wonder.

God is looking for a few good men and a few good women to make a difference in His kingdom at every juncture in history. Perhaps the Father who created all of us in His heart of love is not so concerned with the gender on our birth certificate as He is with the condition of our hearts.

“I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;

And your sons and daughters will prophesy …

… Even on the male and female servants

Now, more, than ever, women need to understand their important role and their significance to the call and intent of God. God has a Holy Spirit that is meant to endue humanity, male and female, with power from on high. Men and women receive the same power in the same measure.

The power that both men and women receive from the same Holy Spirit gives to them the power to be courageous witnesses and to fulfill the God-given mandate that is particular to each generation.

What is it that God is calling you to do with the power of His Holy Spirit? The days of cowering in fear, hiding behind insignificance and wallowing in lack of opportunities are over. God is blowing doors wide open for women as never before. It is time for women to march forward in grand anticipation of all that God can do through one woman submitted to the call of God and filled with His Holy Spirit.

His Spirit, the Holy Spirit of Pentecost, has been poured out upon your life! What will you do with it? Don’t waste these days of power and of open doors! When Peter received the Holy Spirit, thousands of people were saved … when John received the Holy Spirit, lame men walked … when Paul received the Holy Spirit, prison walls fell down.

What will you do with the Holy Spirit that has been poured out on your life? I believe that God is looking at your life this very day, with a twinkle in His eye, and is reminding you that some of His very best men, indeed, are women!

Carol McLeod is an author and popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. She has written five books, No More Ordinary, Holy Estrogen!, The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart and Defiant Joy! Her most recent book, Refined: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Fire, will be released on August 1. Her teaching DVD, The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart, won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry award for excellence in religious programming.

 

Whomever you yield…

forbiddenThere was a movie back in the 80’s about a young girl who lived in the ocean who was fascinated with life above the water. This young girl also took a specific interest in a young man who was a prince. Now there was a seagull giving this young girl information that was incorrect about the life above the sea. See, the young girl is like most of us today, dissatisfied with what we have, and hoping for greener grass on the other side of the fence, and we will listen to others that will lure us in the wrong direction. Her father instructed her concerning the dangers of people who live above the water, and she was to have no contact with the land dwellers. This young girl can be a representation of us because we receive warning after warning concerning the dangers of dealing with people who do not share the same beliefs as we do, and yet we continue to go pass the barrier of safety and go after what we are not to have. 2 Corinthians 6:14

Now I will skip along to the main part I am desiring to focus on…yielding. Romans 6:16 says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” This young lady was so focused on being with the young prince until she yielded herself to the sea witch that was banned by the king of the sea. The sea witch made a deal with the young girl, to turn her into a human for three days in exchange for her voice. In order for her to stay a human she must receive “true love’s kiss.”deal-with-the-devil

What the girl did not know, just like some of us, the sea witch would use the gift against her. The young prince fell in love with the young girls voice because she saved him from drowning and sang to him before he came to himself. The sea witch knew this and saw this as another opportunity to enslave others that were in the kingdom, and to take a jab at the king. What we fail to see is each time we yield ourselves over to the devil, we become his servant. The young girl was the sea witch’s servant because she gave up her gift in order to have something she was banned from. The devil has been banned to the chains of hell by the KING of Kings, and yet we still yield ourselves to satan’s devices.

giftThe gift (the young girl’s voice) is what caused the young man to fall in love. It wasn’t the girl that he loved because he had never saw her, but it was the gift of her voice. The devil is coming after the gift that God has placed in each and every one of us. The gifts are without repentance, but when we yield ourselves over to the devil, we give him permission to use our gifts against us. The sea witch used the young girl’s gift against her because she surrendered it over to the sea witch in order to be a human for three days, and the sea witch used the young girl’s voice to hypnotize the young man into loving her instead of the young girl.

The deal falls through and the young girl does not get the kiss she so longed for. The king goes and vows for his daughter, but the sea witch reminds the king the deal is solid between her and his daughter. The king chooses to give up his authority in order to save his daughter. Doesn’t this sound familiar? God gave His Son to take our place even though we made a deal with the devil through the sin of Adam.stop-self-sabotage-behaviour

With the sea witch thinking she has full control over the kingdom, and using the kings power, she attempts to triumph over everyone, but it was short lived, and she was destroyed. The king receives his authority back, and all of those that were once enslaved by the sea witch are now free. Jesus has destroyed the workings of satan from all of our lives, and HE has set all of us free from the bondage of sin and death.

Our Heavenly Father loves each of us in a very special way. The chastisement that we receive is for our benefit, and never for our hurt. When the young girl was chastised earlier in the movie, she was offended and hurt behind it, and it caused her to make a deal that was destined to ruin her life forever. We must be careful to handle correction properly because it is in that time of correction that our character is tested.

12_jesus-breaks-chainsI know I talked more about the movie than scripture, but Jesus talked In parables to give people a meaning to spiritual things. This movie was used because so many of us have yielded ourselves over to the workings of darkness for a temporary relief from some sort of offense we have suffered, or because of a particular lust we wanted fulfilled. My brothers and my sisters, please be careful with the gift the Lord has blessed you with, and always strive to yield and submit yourself to the Lord, so HE can exalt you in due season.

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Whoever…Must Be Your Servant

But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

-Mark 10:43

The two questions that we should constantly ask ourselves are:

1) Am I willing to serve others?

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2) Am I doing what I am called to do?

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Question #1 – You say you want to be a leader? Why? Until you answer that question with the right motives, God can’t promote you. Sometimes we desire the position of a leader because we want to be in control. We want to have success without paying the price for it. We just want the perks of being a leader; a big office, nice salary, a title others will respect, and to be praised and admired by others. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be great among you must become your servant.” With the wrong motives and a prideful heart, a position of authority/leadership will always cause you to put your needs, your desires, your wants, and your need to set yourself up comfortably before someone else first. These things are always a temptation, and they must be avoided! You must genuinely care about people and help them reach their potential. When you put the needs of others before your own, you’re honoring God, and He will honor you.

Question #2 – We have different gifts, according to the grace that is given to us (Romans 12:6). Samuel Johnson said, “Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities in which he does not possess…and gain applause which he cannot keep.” If you’re harboring a mental image of the qualities talented people are supposed to have and you don’t possess, you will have a hard time finding your true strengths. Henry Ford remarked, “The question, Who ought to be the boss? is like asking, Who is going to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously the man who can sing tenor.” To succeed in life, you must know what God gifted you to do.

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Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him

 

We Must Learn How to Serve Before We can Lead

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn order to be a successful leader, one must learn how to be a servant to those that he/she is leading. The word serve is not a bad thing, but in fact it describes what leaders should do: to furnish or supply with something needed or desired. A leader should be able to supply his/her people with what they need in order to accomplish the task at hand. A leader should also answer the needs of his/her people. This is very important because without this the people will dry up and wither away, and feel as if they are being short changed. Finally, a leader should provide services that benefit or help. A leader should never do anything to benefit or help themselves, but they should do all that they can to help and benefit their workers, their community, or those that they provide services to. Luke 22:26 But ye [shall] not [be] so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

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The Bible gives many examples of those that have served before they ever reached the office that the Lord had for them. The best example of this is David. David was anointed as king during a time that King Saul was operating as the king. When David was anointed he went back to doing what he was doing. He served his father Jesse by tending to his sheep. David did not storm the kings court, nor did he brag and boast to his father or brothers about the anointing that was poured over his life. Instead he just waited until he was called forth during the season that the Lord had appointed for him. When it came time for David to enter the palace, it wasn’t for him to rule, but it was a time of proving and testing. One must first know how to operate under the anointing for the position that the Lord has for him in order to occupy that place. It is said (by some Bible scholars) that David served in King Saul’s court approximately seven years. During this time David was learning humility, patience, strength, faith, and other characteristic traits in order to be fit for the destiny that the Lord has placed upon his life. Not once did the scripture mention that David tried to usurp King Saul’s authority by letting him know that he was anointed as king, and neither did David disrespect King Saul.

In the church today we have so many ministers/leaders that believe that they are suppose to tell the pastor what to do, and how often they should do it. So many leaders today are defiant to those that have the rule over them. They forget that they are suppose to submit themselves to those leaders in a manner of service, and not standing equal with those that are over them to watch their souls. (Hebrews 13:17)
One thing that David did for King Saul was that he ministered to him when he was troubled. It did not matter that king Saul had an evil spirit on him, David still ministered to him in a manner that refreshed Saul. (1 Samuel 16:23) The Lord wants to know how we will minister to those that he has placed over us before we move into a position of authority. Remember, we are being tested during this time.

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There is a level of confidentiality that we must maintain when we are learning from our leaders. We will see their good and their bad, but the Lord wants to know how well we will hold some things in our hearts, and offer what we see to the Lord. The reason why the Lord is allowing us to see certain things is because he wants to know how well we can cover the anointing that is on the lives of our leaders. We know that love covers all sins and gossipers destroy bonds that the Lord has made (Proverbs 17:9), but this doesn’t give us a reason to cover those that blatantly sin before the Lord and continue to operate through deception. Because if we allow people to operate in sins that our Bible speaks against then the ministry isn’t blameless, and the Gospel has become of no effect. (2 Corinthians 4:3, 6:3).boy-shh


The reason that we go through this is because the Lord wants to make sure that we are not trying to take what is ours instead of waiting for the Lord to place us where we need to be. We must be like Joseph and John when they said, “it is not in me, and I must decrease that he may increase” (Genesis 41:16; John 3:30). As you read though 1 Samuel 16 – 31 you will see that David had many opportunities to take King Saul’s life, but he respected the anointing that was once upon his life, and he respected the position that he was still occupying at the time. Each one of us as leaders will be tested with seeing will we try to kill our leaders when the Lord shows us their weaknesses, or will we humble ourselves, and continue to stay humble before the Lord by keeping them before us as our leaders. Now in today’s world we kill one another with our mouths by trying to defame one another, destroy one another character, and making ourselves look better than the other.


Through all of this David never sinned against King Saul nor the Lord. As a matter of fact, in 2 Samuel a soldier came to David to give him a report after King Saul, Jonathan, and their men were killed that David questioned him concerning how he knew this information. The man was an Amalekite, and he stated that he killed King Saul because he asked him to, and afterwards he stripped king Saul of his crown, and his bracelet and brought it to David. When David heard the news he fasted until evening for the people of God, but David was not pleased with the Amalekite’s eagerness to kill King Saul. This is what David said, “How wast though not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord’s Anointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, thy blood be upon thy head; for though mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord’s anointed.” (2 Samuel 2:14-16) In all of this David still honored the man of God regardless of the state that he was in. People of the Lord lets make sure that we are allowing the Lord to establish us, and not we ourselves. Keep a heart of a servant at all times, and the Lord will exalt you in due season. 1 Peter 5:6

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