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Eyes Wide Open at some ‘God Encounters’
The moment when God reveals a truth to you about somebody’s story about Him and them! It’s eyes wide open!
You know when you get up in the morning and it’s cool and you live by the water, it creates a mist? Some of these people want to be so deep, but wouldn’t know when the real presence of God show up, if you ask them.
They sit in services and miss the move of God, every service, but they say their having all these God encounters that never cause any change whatsoever in them!
God’s presence is not going to be showing up, visiting you every morning, and you yet hate, lie, scheme, backbite, gossip and attack people!
How you having all these glory encounters, but yet are unholy and unrighteous?
Why do we have to try and make up an encounter, when we can be in a spiritual position to have one for real?
We don’t have to pretend, like God visits us when we can create an invitation for Him to come!
We always want something for nothing! Keep playing. He going to show up for real one day, but you may not like the reason He is visiting!
Sisters – Don’t Lose Your Identity!
For some odd reason, people seem to think that just because you dress and carry yourself as holy and feminine, that you are somewhat weak and not able to effectively carry out the spiritual duties that have been assigned to you.
Nothing irritates me more than somebody trying to put me in a box, just because I don’t act, dress, or do like others.
Contrary to popular opinion, God has uniquely fashioned and created each of us with our own distinct spiritual personality, to keep us from wanting to be become somebody’s clone or shadow.
Just because I don’t look manly, angry or hard, doesn’t mean that I’m some weak, whining person, incapable of making sound decision or operating in wisdom and authority.
People want respect, but will disrespect somebody who don’t fit their mode. Usually I fool people, because I’m very soft spoken and ladylike and most people in ministry feel like I don’t have revelation knowledge or a word in my mouth from The LORD, because I don’t come demanding, throwing my title around, or trying to be seen.
I’d rather sit quietly and observe and allow God to deal with me and give me the Word that is needed for the right now!
People, never allow anyone to take from you what God has given you, and who He has called you and made you to be. Always be yourself, no matter who you encounter or where you go.
Those who work with me in ministry know that I will laugh, talk and at the appropriate time, relax and have fun, but they understand that just because I sit among them, I yet expect respect from them for them, to maintain spiritual protocol concerning our relationship and to always carry themselves as becoming holiness, and to never disrespect another man or woman of God.
No matter how long a person works with me, if they cross the line, they know I will replace them when God says.
As leaders, we should know how to honor and esteem others in ministry. We have a serious problem with celebrating others and when we see them arising and emerging, instead of helping and encouraging, we become jealous, intimidated, and start attacking and fighting.
It’s one thing to have men fight you as a woman in ministry, but when we as women fight each other, it’s plain ludicrous. We should understand the fight and warfare a woman already goes through, for even being a woman in ministry. Unless you came through the ranks sleeping with all the preachers or backbiting and destroying, you had to encounter battles just to be accepted, and it didn’t matter how much God used you, how much revelation you had within you, how gifted you were, or how humble your walk, because you were a woman, you were fought and discouraged from obeying what God put you on earth to do.
One thing I was taught, was to never apologized for who God has called me to be, and never allow myself to be bullied into a place of fear, or keeping my mouth closed, when God has given me something to say.
It was pounded deep within me, to never let the faces of the people scare me, and to never let their opinion become greater than God’s.
People, keep your uniqueness. You don’t want to be anybody else, because then you won’t be effective in what God has called you to do.
Stand strong in your place in the Kingdom. Don’t be shaken by the adversity and warfare women that comes against you. Remain in your character as a woman of strength dignity power and authority.
One thing I was given by the Spirit of God in prayer, one day after I was ridiculed by some men who told me that a woman wasn’t suppose to walk in the kind of authority that God had placed upon my life, was this,
- Let people say what they want, just don’t become the same way they are.
- Never let another person’s insecurity make you bow down to their ego.
- Don’t change what I took My time and created.
Every since The LORD spoke those words to me, I have never cried another day about how a man treated me in ministry, but it took me a little longer with the women, because I thought they would be more sensitive to me. But nevertheless, I got victory over them too and though I love fellowship, and have made friends, I refuse to let anyone but God change me and He does it because He said we would go from glory to glory!
So women, don’t lose your identity trying to fit in with the people. Maintain who you are who you are called to be, because no matter what, you can’t complete your assignment if you are living somebody else’s life and image!
Much love my sisters. I just want to encourage you this day!
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
|Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and she is on a mission traveling the world proclaiming the Gospel for soul to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has a mandate on her life to help brings others to their divine purpose.|