Last year, I was blessed with the opportunity to speak at a two-day women’s conference in Pennsylvania called “Standing Strong!”
On Friday night, I shared from Luke chapter 7 regarding a “Sinner Woman” who was desperate enough to move beyond the crowd and get to the front of the room where Jesus was seated. Among all the religious people and those gathered among the crowd to see Jesus, Jesus saw the faith demonstrated by one woman who the Bible calls, “a sinner woman.” Her faith was profoundly shown as she washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and then anointed them with oil. Not just any oil, but oil the oil representing the sale of her body many times over, was poured out at the feet of Jesus. As a result, she who was lost in sin was made whole in Christ.
(Side note: Simon had Jesus in his house, sitting at his dinner table and yet he missed what this woman captured, Jesus Himself)
On Saturday morning, we learned that it wasn’t enough to get to the front of the room where Jesus is seated, but we must also move into the promises He has for us. We must take hold of and step into the promises and the blessings that God has assigned to our lives. Unfortunately, what we discovered is, just as the children of Israel had an enemy named Pharaoh, we too have “Pharaohs” that show up to block us from entering the promises God has for us. Pharaoh comes to rob us of our blessings, hopes, and God’s divine purposes for our lives. However, the one within us is still greater than a slew of Pharaohs against us. In the books of Exodus and Numbers, we learned that Pharaoh and pharaoh type situations could be defeated when we have the right perspective of God, ourselves, and the right perspective of our situations. When we choose to see our circumstances from the standpoint of who our God is and who we are in Him, our situations and the enemy of our promise must take their rightful place at the bottom of a Red Sea!
The ladies at the conference were empowered, enlightened, and encouraged! So was I. We all left, Standing Stronger!
“Get over your disappointments and get on with your God appointments!”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the enemy.”