- Published: Wednesday, 23 October 2019 12:43
- Written by Bethany Elle
Dear Girl Preacher, You will have to decide if man called you or God called you.
(Seen on Havilah Cunnington Instagram)
I'm just going to praise God today for all the women that answer the call of God, even when there is resistance. Rise up, women of God, rise up above the dishonor, the pain, the blame. Rise up and speak to all women and men!
As a woman that loves God and is called by God to speak of Who He Is, it is discouraging to hear that we are still stuck on this issue in the Body of Christ. We are not hearing that men and women are equal in the sight of God. "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27 We are not acknowledging that men can actually gain wisdom from a woman preaching and teaching from the pulpit. We are saying unkind and dishonoring words in an effort to prove a point. Some bodies refuse to learn truth from women because they have a belief that women cannot teach men. Really?
Paul was an advocate for women, just like Jesus. He was friends with many women, they worked alongside with him and their husbands, they taught about Jesus to both men and women. Just as many women do today. Women are throughout the Bible, and are an example of the Bride! God created women after his very own image. God commissions them to walk in that manner. If the church is the BRIDE of Christ, then when will it learn to honor them? When will the male leaders demonstrate the same tender devotion for the females within the church walls as Christ does for His Bride?
If you are a woman and you feel that God is calling you to speak, don't be fooled into believing that you can only speak to women. Your God given voice can be used for all! In God's eyes there is a message you can present that will enable men and women to grow in Him. The Holy Spirit does speak through you too.
I'm praising God for each woman that answers the call of God, and is still able to honor the men that resist her. I praise God for giving women a heart of love and empathy, and the ability to persevere in their callings. I praise God for the men that willingly come alongside them and cheer them on, because they know God speaks through them. I praise God that He is using women today to speak life, hope, joy, and a bright future to all people!
Holy Spirit calls us all to be disciples, to preach to the nations, to love one another. There is no seperation in the calling based on gender.
If you are called today to speak out to others, listen to that call. Your voice, Dear Girl, is of great value!