Intro From Julie A. Smith:
Today we are posting two words about the women of God arising in this new season. I really enjoyed reading Joni Ames article below about this, as well as the "new paths" the Lord is calling His daughters to by Wanda Alger (click here to read Wanda's article).
One of the most powerful ways God will arise His daughters is letting your voices be heard. Last week, I received this revelation about the importance of our prophetic voices AND this includes the women of God being heard as your voice is a standard of the Lord:
"YOUR PROPHETIC VOICE IS A STANDARD OF THE LORD! The Lord gave me this Scripture in this hour: "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him" Isaiah 59:19. One of those ways God will rise up a standard against the enemy is through His PROPHETIC VOICES...I got that very strongly this morning. As God's prophetic voices rise up and make His decrees, it counter-attacks the enemy's plans. This is not a time to be silent but to speak up in His name. Your prophetic voice is a standard of the Lord!"
Women (and men) of God...let's arise, support, and pray for one another, as many of God's people "hidden in preparation" will be put on display in this new season and year. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
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"Godly Women Arise! It's Your Time to Be Seen and Heard!"
Our Current Battle
There truly has been a shifting of gears now that we, as a nation, have chosen a righteous president. Although the end results will be awesome, we are in the midst of a battle right now.
A few years ago, there were many prophecies saying that a civil war in the Church was coming. Even then, the Lord spoke to me that it would be a literal civil war in our nation. Basically, that is what we are now experiencing. We are at war with one another in our own nation.
We, as Conservative Christians, have had a victory with the election of Donald Trump. However, it is not a time to let pride or haughtiness creep in. We must maintain true in humility before God and in the sight of man.
As I watched the "million women march" on TV, my spirit was grieved. Truly those women do not represent me, nor the many godly women I know. I heard many reports say that they have only just begun and are setting up a plan to try to disrupt and destroy our new president and anything he tries to do.
I was actually embarrassed by seeing those women out there acting out. As a woman in ministry, I was also pained. We have come so far in seeing women brought forth in many arenas, and I saw what happened as an attempt of the enemy to cause us to lose ground.
Arise Godly Women!
As He often does, the Lord spoke in His small still voice, and downloaded the Scripture to me, "Do not fear. More are those that are for us than those against us" (2 Kings 6:16).
He began to speak to me, "It's time to call to the godly women of this nation to arise and be heard." The Scripture He gave is this, "For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth I cry out" (Isaiah 42:14).
ALL of creation is groaning. "For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now" (Romans 8:22).
But God is calling for the godly, interceding women to help birth a new type of women's movement and saying, "Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come; send for the most skillful of them" (Jeremiah 9:17).
In the Old Testament, they called for the weeping women to help mourn over the loss of lives and destruction of the land. Let's read that a bit further:
Jeremiah 9:17-21, So says the SOVEREIGN of Warriors:
Reason within yourselves, and call for the keening women to come; send for the wise, skilled women to come; let them quickly raise a wailing over us, so that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids flow with water. For a sound of wailing is heard from Zion:
"How we are ruined! We are completely ashamed, because we have forsaken the land, because they have cast down our dwellings." Hear, O women, the word of the HOLY ONE, and let your ears receive the word of God's mouth; teach to your daughters a wailing, and each woman her neighbor-woman a keening: "Death has come up into our windows, it has entered our palaces, to cut off the children from the streets and the young women and young men from the squares."
In this, I sense a call to the godly women of this nation to arise and pray, as well as to arise and have their voices be heard. There are more of what Ronald Reagan called, "the silent majority," than there are of those who are acting out right now. MANY more.
I know and understand that it is easier and more comfortable to quietly be in your prayer closets. But you must understand the times and the seasons and realize that was simply preparation time for now and not meant to be a "hiding from reality" place. There is a mandate from the Lord to, "Come forth!"
His Women Will Explode in Power
While walking my dogs recently, I heard a loud "BOOM!" I looked up and all around and there was nothing there. In fact, even on the Charlotte, NC news that night, it was reported that many calls had come in where people heard the same thing. I mulled over it a few days, and finally the Lord reminded me of something He'd told me several years ago.
He said that as other women have "come out of the closet," there was coming a time when HIS women would explode forth from their PRAYER CLOSETS in such power and anointing that it will set the rest free. I believe THIS is that time. The explosion we heard was that.
There is warning in this as well. We don't have to scream and holler, pound on pulpits, act aggressively, etc. That kind of stuff will not produce the type of fruit the Lord is after.
We must, like Esther, seek the Holy Spirit regarding how to obtain favor for the purposes for which we are called. If you read the book of Esther, you will see that she accomplished what she was called to do by totally dressing, looking, and acting like a lady. Esther studied and prepared herself in every way to be the type of woman that would find favor with the King.
We can't accomplish what God has called us to do by being like those who are out in the streets acting like a bunch of banshees. I use that term because a banshee is a demonic female spirit that calls forth death.
The Lord is calling to you, oh women, of the Most High God, to come forth in both intercession and action "for such a time as this." And to do so as the godly ladies He made you to be.
It's time to come forth from the prayer closets in the anointing that you obtained while in there, and now do and be what that has produced. Not to forsake praying. Never. But to realize the time and season for hiding in there has ended, and the time to be "seen and heard" is now.
What that means will be different for each one. But it's time to be heard. Maybe start with letters to the editor, your senators, and even the news media. He may perhaps send some of you onto the campuses of the nation and speak to the young women there. Or into any of the women's shelters where battered and abused women need a touch from the Lord. Maybe even into the women's prisons. He may have you start a ladies Bible Study in your home or the lunch room at work.
He may have you even covertly attend some of the meetings that are being launched against Trump and rescue some women out of that mess. Then again, you may well be one He instructs to establish or participate in some godly marches of your own. But seek the Lord and do what it is He has called you to do.
Again, not at all forsaking prayer. But let us not use the prayer closet as a place to hide from the reality of what's going on around us. Let us stop being the "silent majority" and arise to be and do what God has called us to for such a time as this. It's time to be seen and heard. Not herded and misrepresented by the enemy.
Prayer: Father, we hear You. Help us each individually to know and understand what that means individually for us. Help us to be ambassadors of Your making who represent You well. For such a time as this. In Jesus name. Amen. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
The Ministry of Joni Faith Ames
Joni Ames is an itinerant prophetic minister, writer, teacher, encourager, mentor, mother and grandma. Joni has taught in churches of many varied denominations including: conferences, government offices, Christian businesses, Women's Aglow groups, Full Gospel Businessmen groups, house groups, prisons, and wherever the Lord leads. Joni believes that the Lord wants to encourage and activate the Laborers as we continue to move into the harvest and does share specific types of teachings (activating others in personal prophetic ministry, intercession, etc.). Joni believes that the job of the five-fold ministry is "for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry," (Eph. 4:11) and that "...the whole Body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." (Eph. 4:16)
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