Archive for June, 2016

Fact: Mature men and women in the Lord cannot be confused about their identity.  If we do anything for God, then we have to know who we are.  It was God’s plan that His men and women rule over the earth.
Genesis 1:26 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                               God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
Do You Know Your Role?
The Lord created us to rule over the earth and to subdue it.  The fruit of our faith and productivity should last for generations.  We should be actively working to build the kingdom of the Lord.  Men and women of God should operate in their roles and know what their assignment is.
A Call Out for the Men of God
Satan wants to get rid of the godly man. He wants to make men of God extinct. However, the Lord is looking for men who will pray, have a heart for winning souls and are willing to invest in His kingdom (without looking for pay).  He is looking for men that will willingly provide (Genesis 2:16).  In Jesus’ day, men ran to the church!  And today, the Father needs men to have that same zeal.  Simply put, God needs men in position (in His church, in the home and in their divine purpose).
Male Leaders in the Church                                                                            
2 Samuel 5:1-3 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                       
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.  2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord told you, you shall feed My people Israel and be prince over [them].3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them [there] before the Lord, and they anointed [him] king over Israel.
Let’s look at King David. A warrior, worshiper and leader, David was promoted to be king because he was already leading.  The Lord is looking for men to lead in His church.  Men are effective leaders when they follow God’s instruction.  Strong male leadership doesn’t mean that men should be macho, tyrannical and harsh.  In fact, when men lead that way, it reflects their insecurity.   Godly male leaders should be able to speak the truth in love and not fear.
The Role of Godly Women
The Lord has a divine plan for women in the family, in the home, His church, and in the earth. Below are respective categories that involve godly women as productive leaders.
Wives & Mothers
The story of Esther (Esther 1) provides examples of the godly and ungodly wife.  Queen Vashti was disrespectful to her husband and let pride fill her heart.  She brought shame to her husband, King Ahasuerus, by publicly disrespecting him. When women bring discord, it causes a division of the heart.  Queen Vashti’s actions ultimately cost her her marriage and position as queen.  Nevertheless, that opened a door for Esther to take Queen Vashti’s place. Esther turned out to be a woman of God as well as a wise and trusted confidant to her husband. Wives lead through helping their husbands.  When a husband and wife are in unity, they respect each other and listen to each other. “Helping” is not a lowly position.  In fact, if women help their husbands the right way, it is just as influential as being the leader. Godly women are submissive (accommodating) to their husbands.  Submission is a choice and is scriptural (Ephesians 5:21).  Finally as providers, wives should freely give their bodies to their husbands.  And as mothers, women should nurture and love their children.
Women Walking in Their Purpose
Whether married or single, godly women are supposed to provide, and be productive.  When you look closely at the woman of Proverbs 31, you’ll observe that she had many roles that included being a wife, mother, saleswoman, trader, seamstress, property owner etc. She was practical, industrious and creative! Men appreciate when women are productive and can contribute to the home. Finally, women should be providers to the church through their service and lending of their skills and talents.
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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Walking in Godly Authority

As Christians, we have been adopted into the family of God (Galatians 3:26 and 4:6). As His children, we are entitled to all kingdom rights and privileges. The Lord is our Daddy; we have rights to everything He owns and—just for the record—He is not poor. One of the most important things we inherited from Him is authority.

Change Your Vision

Your duty as a child of God is to destroy the works of the devil in the earth. This power is a part of the total salvation package that Jesus died for you to have. You need to get a clear picture of yourself and understand that you are a royal ruler. See yourself as the leader that you are; the Lord has graced you to do so. Remember that mature children of God walk are not doormats; they graciously walk in their authority because they are authorized by divine power (1 John 4:4).

Exert Your Power in a Godly Way

Start commanding challenges in your life to line up with the Word of God. Do not tolerate foolishness from the enemy. You have to exercise your authority because it is preparation for Heaven (Genesis 1:26, John 5:19). Through salvation, we have been positioned to rule over darkness and demons. God expects us to be firm with the devil because his agenda is to destroy us. However, we must have a balance and be sure to display the love of God to those around us. Our authority should not be used to humiliate or belittle people. We are trying to draw people to Christ not push them away.

As a mature Christian, use your leadership to inspire by example. In Ephesians 2:1-6 of the Message Bible, says that:

1 -6It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Dominion Belongs to God

When you come across the spirits of drama and adversity, let your godly authority rise up in you. That’s why it is important to stay steeped in the Word so that your flesh won’t get in the way. Your authority is limitless and has the ability to move mountains in your life. Your job is to secure the land with your confession and faith and to not succumb to the devil’s attacks (Mark 11:22, Hebrews 11:6, Psalms 8:3).

You should never want for anything in Christ because He has already given you everything you need for life and godliness. The challenges are coming, so you have to be ready. Your power to rule is inside of you so begin to develop it. Your power grows when you refuse to give in t emotions and pain. Make your choices up on the Word of God—not how you feel. Remember that you reign as a believer and that you have the victory in every situation. Keep your thoughts in line with the Word!

Dr. Joyce Oliver

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