A Great Company of Women
In the New King James Version, Psalm 68:11 says, "The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those who proclaimed it."
As powerful as this is, the New American Standard Version 1995 (as well as the Amplified Bible), provide a different rendering of this verse: "The Lord gives the command; the women who proclaim the good news are a great host."
"The Lord gives the command; the women who proclaim..." (Psalm 68:11, emphasis mine). This is not just any company. The verse is describing, in detail, who this company is. This is a more accurate translation. "The Lord gives the command; the women who proclaim the good news [the good tidings] are a great host."
Father, thank You for the days in which we live. I am asking You to breathe upon Psalm 68:11 so it will be an encouragement and a word of inspiration—that it will empower men and women, old and young, to be a part of the great company that will bring in the Great Harvest, in Jesus' name, amen.
Kansas City History
Forty years ago, back in 1983, Mike Bickle called a "Joel's Army Fast" for 21 days on May 7th to May 28th. As a young pastor of around 30 years old, my little team and I led 21 nights of worship and prayer at our church called Harvest Fellowship Church. I was touched by an angel on the 19th night in worship, and Michal Ann (my wife) was standing by me and singing on the platform. I got words of knowledge and the beginning of some supernatural activity.
During that week, Michal Ann and I went to Kansas City for a leaders' meeting that Mike Bickle called. While there, we met a senior prophet named Bob Jones, and he laid hands upon Michal Ann, who was now expecting our first child miraculously, because it was impossible for us have children. From that day forward, I started walking in ministry with Bob Jones.
Forty years later, we are moving into the fulfillment of many of the prophetic words that got released during that period. We are stepping over into the beginning of the Great Harvest. (Photo via Wallpaper Flare)
Empowering Women Today
Today I want to build on that. For decades, I studied on the topic of whether women should speak in church or be in ministry. And I know there are a lot of doctrinal and theological differences in the Body of Christ out there. I have read so many books on this subject. And here is a basic conclusion I found: When it's harvest time, the arguments cease.
You need to hear this. When it's harvest time, the arguments cease on who God can use—because we need all the laborers we can get. If we do not use all the laborers we can get, the harvest can rot in the fields.
I make an appeal, right now. Let's empower whoever will volunteer freely. Around sixty percent of the members of the Body of Christ are women. Approximately eighty percent of the intercessors in the Body of Christ are women. So let's empower the women, because they are a great company.
Run, Women of God, Run!
In the 1920s, it was harvest time, and out came Aimee Semple McPherson. I don't believe she had a goal of starting a denomination—the Foursquare Gospel Church—but guess what? The Foursquare Gospel denomination is glad she did. I'm sure Jack Hayford, who just went home to be with the Lord, was glad she stepped up to the plate. As a Pentecostal denomination, I believe the Foursquare Gospel Church is one of the most integrous, with one of the most solid doctrinal stances, and it was founded by a woman. I don't know if Amy's goal was to be an apostle, but I believe she was one. Her life and legacy are a reminder that when its harvest time, people don't argue.
When it was harvest time in the late 1960s, people really didn't argue much about Kathryn Kuhlman. They argued about her style, but they didn't argue much about her fruit—about her miracles.
When Joan Hunter steps up to the plate and heals the root of trauma others have experienced, people don't argue about the fruit because she heals the root of trauma so fast. I've never seen anything like the way she does it. And then healings happen.
I could give you so many great examples today of empowered women.
Go, Faytene Grasseschi! Take the political mountain as well as the media mountain!
Run, Cindy Jacobs—who ministers to more people of influence than almost any leader in the Body of Christ today!
Run, Patricia King, and make influence in the media mountain!
Go, go, go, CeCe Winans, and win every godly award in music! (Photo via Unsplash)
You can run, run, run, next generation leaders! Jessi Green and Ana Werner, run, run, run, run! Alex Seeley, run, run, run! Lisa Bevere—a hot, fiery brand of God—run, run!
All these new brands of singers, run for God. Run for purity. Run, empowered women, run!
The point is, when it's harvest time, there is no argument on a woman's right to preach the Gospel. Look for the arguments in history, there aren't any.
I'm here to say it's harvest time. I'm not here to say anything about violating Scripture, but I am here to say it's harvest time, so let's empower women to preach the Gospel in Jesus' name.
Prayer of Empowerment
Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You this day, volunteering myself to be Your arms, Your feet and Your hands to hurting and needy people. I want to embrace Your heart for the poor, the orphan and the widow. I want to offer to You the field You have given me, so that You would show me how to help provide for those who are less fortunate.
Lord, I ask You to speak to me. Lead me into the avenues of service that I am to engage in. Lord, according to James 1:5, give me the wisdom I need to move forward; connect me with the people I need to network with. Today, I make a commitment in my heart, with my mouth, to show You and the world my faith, by my works—because I love You, and I know that You so love me! In Jesus' name, amen!
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Dr. James W. Goll
Founder of Encounters Network â€˘ God Encounters Training e-School â€˘ Prayer Storm
JAMES W. GOLLÂ is the founder of God Encounters Ministries, formerly known as Encounters Network. He is an international bestselling author, a certified Life Language Coach, an adviser to leaders and ministries, and a recording artist. With great joy James has traveled around the world ministering in more than 50 nations sharing the love of Jesus, imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. He has recorded numerous classes with corresponding curriculum kits and is the author of more than fifty books, includingÂ The Seer,Â The Prophet,Â The Discerner,Â The Lost Art of IntercessionÂ andÂ Praying with God's Heart. James is also the founder of GOLL Ideation LLC, where creativity, consulting, and leadership training come together. James was married to Michal Ann for thirty-two years before her graduation to heaven in the fall of 2008. He has four adult married children and a growing number of grandchildren. James continues to make his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
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