The enemy wants to literally kill you. You can feel it when he uses other women to come for you to annihilate you with their words or in their attempts to take your husband. We can feel it in retrospect when we think about the abusive relationships we survived. We can feel it in every attack against our finances, living from check to check or no check at all. In spite of every attack, the devil is powerless. But you have to fight mighty woman of God. You are a warrior. Push. Keep going. Keep pressing. Do. Not. Give. Up. Fight.
What names are you calling your husband? What is your attitude when you address him? What is holding you back from humbling yourself in order to show honor to him in this season? What are you afraid of? Why aren’t you able to prostrate yourself in order to esteem or to value your husband to the highest degree? We won’t be able to escape having this characteristic as wives and still live in kingdom order.
1 Samuel 25:21-24 21 Now David had said, ‘Surely in vain I have protected andguarded all that this man has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missing of all that belonged to him; and he has repaid me evil for good. 22 May God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if by morning I leave [alive] even one male of any who belong to him.’ 23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from the donkey, and kneeled face downward before David and bowed down to the ground [in respect]. 24 Kneeling at his feet she said, ‘My lord, let the blame and guilt be on me alone. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant.'”
Abigail wanted to save her family from destruction. She rushed to confront the king to keep him from killing her household. When she reached him, she hurried and got off her donkey and “fell down” before the king. “Fell down” is the Hebrew translation which means she fell prostrate before the king; she bowed down before her superior in homage to him. Abigail knew to whom to show honor. She honored the king in how she addressed him as “my lord.” 1 Peter 3 says that “Even Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.”
Amazing woman of God, there is so much power in your ability and even willingness to humble yourself. When you can lower yourself, lessen your opinion of yourself, and stop thinking more highly of yourself than you ought to, power begins to permeate your whole being. Humility is a quality that distinguishes you from every other woman and you have to have it to show honor. Honor works well with obedience. Honor is related to submission. Honor prevents you from acting in your flesh. When your husband wants to move into another place to save money, will you “honor” his decision? When your husband reveals the financial plan for the family detailing what you have to save, spend, consolidate, and give away, will you honor him in obedience? When your husband gives you the new direction for the ministry and business, will you honor his vision? Even when he is about to make a decision that Holy Spirit revealed to you as an unwise decision, will you honor his authority?
The opposite of being prostrate is being prideful and pride goes before destruction. Listen to me you powerful woman of God, you have the spiritual capacity to humble yourself to show honor. You can impact the life of your husband, children, and family lineage with a decision to show honor and even be still until Holy Spirit tells you to move. You, queen, are an asset to the king, a manager, and the superintendent for your household. You are a gatekeeper and prophet. You are worth far more than rubies. To be continued…
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Genesis 30:1-8 (NIV) 1 “When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” 2 Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” 3 Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.” 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan. 7 Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.”
SHE BECAME JEALOUS OF HER SISTER (verse 1)!
When we look at our sister’s situation sometimes, that old ugly, evil, vicious spirit of jealousy will rise up out of seemingly nowhere. But the origin of it is our flesh and we have to cut it off at the root because jealousy can fester in something even uglier. But even deeper than ourselves, the enemy has established a world system (Jesus called Satan the prince of this world because this is his domain). In the system, the media, movies, and public figures do worldly things to push the enemy’s agenda – to include pitting us against each other. How? Depicting certain sizes and complexions. Creating shows in which cheating with someone’s husband is not just ok but promoted. We allow all these things to go in our spirit and it causes dissension and even strife between us. The bottom line is that we have to know our worth. We have to realize that we are worth far more than rubies. Period.
These are some lessons to consider and confessions to speak over our lives to bind the spirit of jealousy, competition, covetousness, and vanity in the name of Yeshua!
LESSON ONE: COVET NOT YOUR SISTER’S BLESSINGS
1. I am in the world but I am not of the world; I renounce the spirit of jealousy and quarreling and conflict against my sisters in the name of Yeshua (1 Corinthians 3:3).
2. I have Holy Ghost power on the inside of me to cast down thoughts about other women and cast out spirits of jealousy and envy and covetousness. I will cast my cares, my flesh, my desires, and insecurities on Yeshua.
3. I know that a man can’t give me what only God Himself can give. Only God can fill my void. Only Jehovah can make me whole. Only Jehovah can satisfy my soul, my thirst, and my desires. I depend on Jehovah.
4. I will not go into my marriage thinking my husband can fix what’s broken in me. I will not try to make my husband give me things to compete with another woman. I receive my healing from Yeshua (Jesus) now.
LESSON TWO: DO NOT TAKE MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS.
5. I will test my spirit by the Spirit of God and check the motives of my own heart. Why do I want the things I’m vying for and dying to have? My heart is fixed in Jesus’s name.
6. I will not get involved in another counterfeit relationship; I will not rush God in connecting me with my husband; I will not take matters into my own hands trying to manipulate a man to marry me.
7. I will not allow my body to be used as a punching bag for sex or for fists; I am worth far more than rubies.
LESSON THREE: STOP COMPETING WITH YOUR SISTER.
8. I rebuke the competitive spirit that causes me to try to make something happen for myself that isn’t God’s plan for me at this time. I will wait on His set and appointed (Kairos) time.
9. I rebuke the competitive spirit that makes me say ugly things about my sister; makes me judge my sister; and makes me criticize my sister.
10. I rebuke the competitive spirit that makes me try to take my sister’s man or sleep with her husband.
Do you know your worth? You and your sisters are worth far more than rubies. You are not her competition and she isn’t yours. We are all so worthy to our Lord and Savior Yeshua! Know your worth! Order your tee now! Click Here:
He won’t see your worth until you do. Will it be too late? Sometimes, devaluing you goes past the point of no return; it does irreparable damage to the relationship. But the moment you grasp in your belly how valuable and worthy you are, your whole life will change. Hold on to Yeshua (Jesus). He wants to tell you something so sweet and special about you, something that will change your self-perception forever. Won’t you listen so that you can get the revelation? You are worth far more than rubies.
The devil still tries to make you look in the natural for things to validate your worth. If we continue to look at our lives and our credentials and our looks and our status for worth, the enemy can always make us feel unworthy. There will always be someone else whose life appears to be better than yours. There will always be a prettier woman. There will always be someone with a higher or deeper status that us. The devil knows what to get us to focus on to keep us oppressed. The enemy keeps reminding you that you have a disease and he lies and tells you no one will want you with that disease. So you feel unworthy. You begin to do things to get and keep a man that are beneath you. You begin to debase yourself to get him to love you and want you because you don’t even value you. He tells you that because you’ve been raped or molested or someone performed homosexual acts on you that you’re irreparably damaged goods. He tells you that because your money is low and your credit is bad that you’re a liability. Let’s expose every lie of the devil right now. Rebuke the devil and send every lie back to hell. Our worth isn’t determined by what happened to us, what we did, or what we have. Because we are in Yeshua (Christ Jesus), we are worthy. We are worthy to be praised because we fear Jehovah. We are worthy to be cherished and valued and loved. You are worth far more than rubies. But you’ve got to know your worth for yourself!
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Do you know who you are? Do you know whose you are? Do you know how valuable you are? Do you know how strong you are? Do you know how influential you are? Do you know the power on the inside of you? Do you know what you bring to the table? You are worth far more than rubies.
I researched the value of rubies using the International Gem Society (IGS) to get an idea of the value of rubies today. Rubies are some of the most popular gems for good reasons. “As gem-quality examples of the mineral corundum, [rubies] are exceptionally durable and one of the few gem species whose color reaches vivid saturation levels. Fine quality rubies are some of the most expensive gems, with record prices over $100,000 per carat…As of May 2015, the record price for a ruby is approximately 2 million per carat,” according to IGS. A ruby is a valuable gem!
The revelation I got about the scripture, Proverbs 31:10 is that the queen, King Lemuel’s mother, from whose perspective this scripture was written understood the value of rubies. More importantly, the queen understood the value of a virtuous and noble woman for her son the king (prince). The queen asks who can find a virtuous woman for she is worth far more than rubies. There is no question about whether or not a woman worth far more than rubies can be found. You, virtuous woman, are worth far more than rubies waiting to be seen for who you are and to be found, valued, cherished, and appreciated. Do you know your own worth?
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King, what has crippled you? At no fault of your own, did something happen to you that changed the course of your life and crippled you? Were you born to a mother who was addicted to crack, drugs or alcohol and it changed the course of your life? It impacted your entire educational journey. You were labeled from the moment they read your files. They tested you and of course they said that you were eligible for special education because you processed things more slowly than your peers the same age as you. This crippled you because your perception of yourself was that you would never be able to read eloquently or speak articulately so you lost your crown. Or maybe it was that you were given up for adoption and passed along from foster care to foster care. Unimaginable things happened to you and those things crippled you from ever being able to trust people. You still wake up in cold sweats from nightmares about the things that you suffered through then. Maybe you literally became crippled from some physical ailment or being dropped or being burned or being abused. And because of your disability, you cowered away from some of the positions and other blessings God had for you with your name on it. Jehovah wants you to know that there is still a crown for you. You are restored now. Everything that the locusts stole from you will be given back to you in this season. Shift your perception of yourself and recognize who you are in Yeshua now. Remember who you truly are – royalty.
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Isaiah 4:1 “In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, ‘We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!’”
Read Isaiah 3:16-26 at the end of the article (or in your own Bible) for background information for this lesson.
When prophets speak of “that day,” “in that day” or “the day of the Lord” it typically refers to the end times or the worldwide judgment to come. However, some events occur in a prophetic continuum -meaning, they occur more than once throughout time. For example, judgments have occurred against Israel since they first became a nation such as oppression. The prophets may speak of judgment that happens during the cultural context of the text but then again during our time, and then again during the end times. Prophetic continuum means that the prophecy continues and is carried on until the final revelation.
“Who are the Daughters of Zion? We are!”
Zion is also Jerusalem, the city of David or the city of God. Zion refers to Israel, the people of God. The daughters of Zion are the Hebrew Israelite women. Unfortunately, in the pericope of our text, the daughters of Zion too are being judged for the moral decay that is taking place in Israel (See Isaiah 3:1-15). As a result, God would remove everything that Israel depended on (Does this parallel where we are right now?). God would remove the pillar or foundation of Israel’s support such as the military, the government, religious leaders, and businessmen (Does this parallel where we are right now?). As a result, the nation began to fall apart. This judgment was because God’s chosen people rebelled against Him (Does this parallel where we are right now)? It sickens God, that Zion, the beautiful city of God, the city of David, and the holy mountain is filled with moral decay.
Finally, God, through the prophet Isaiah, depicts how immoral the women of Zion had become. There are several actions that we have to take in order to ensure that we don’t fall into judgment for the same sin as the daughters of Zion:
1) Cast out pride
2) Cast out lasciviousness
3) Cast out idolatry or, we will
4) Continue to suffer the consequences
Women of God, cast out pride. Beginning with verse 16 of Isaiah Chapter 3, we see that the daughters of Zion are haughty. Haughty is exalted, high, above, and proud. God tells us in several passages of scripture that He hates the proud. In 1 Peter 5:5b-6, Peter says, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” Women of God, daughters of Zion, when we try to elevate ourselves, God will humble us. When we exalt ourselves, we will be brought down. If we have strongholds of pride, arrogance, or haughtiness in our spirits, we need to cast it out in the name of Jesus. God says for not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to (See Romans 12.). An outward expression of pride was when the women extended their necks and walked along with their necks stretched out, and heads in the air. See, we must always reject the world’s standards. We cannot do what the world – or even our grandmothers say when it contradicts what the word of God says. “Baby keep your head up!” We must be careful about the spirit behind perched heads and stretched necks. God detested it and the women were punished.
Women of God, cast out lasciviousness. Lasciviousness means “inclined to lustfulness; wanton; and lewd.”1 The phrase “flirting with their eyes” in the Hebrew translation is defined at “coquettish.” So, the women used their eyes to suggest a playful, sexual attraction; they were flirtatious. These women also “strutted” with “swaying” hips. Walking with dainty steps which is so much pretentiousness. Have you seen it or even done it in church? You always seem to have to walk around when everyone else is still and quiet during the service. Some of us have layers and layers of spirits from which we need to be delivered. A “marine spirit” is known as a lustful seductive spirit. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal it to you each time you are being charming (which is seductive), flirtatious, and manipulative with your eyes, in the way you walk, your speech, or in your dress.
Proverbs 31:30a says, “Charm is deceptive.” Charm is just as much about our “intentions” as it is our actions. We use charm when we think the real “me” won’t get the guy’s attention. Satan himself uses charm or seduction to get us to sin (Think of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jesus in the wilderness, and even us to charm boys and men to get them to like us.). Even though charm may get you temporary attention and even affection, charm will not get you 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love. Do we want to continue to use the enemy’s devices?
Women who focus on beauty are narcissistic. Narcissistic is having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance. Look at the world of social media and how it is flooded with “selfies.” When you look at the work selfie, “self” is the root word. The focus is on “self” so much today. Holy Spirit still puts me on “selfie” restriction sometimes now. We have to begin to discern when the enemy is tempting us in this area. Ask Holy Spirit to help you (me too) to get to the root of the stronghold. “Why do I feel that I need to seduce someone which is a form of manipulation to get what I need? What is missing on the inside of me? What tragic event triggered my need for attention or power or manipulation? Why is my focus on me so much?” Holy Spirit will reveal it to you; He does it for me. Then cast out that spirit of lasciviousness. It has to go.
Women of God, cast out the spirit of idolatry. Idolatry is anything that you allow to take the place of God. These women focused on outward appearances to make themselves beautiful. They “adorned” themselves with so many extra accessories and God hated it: ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and veils; scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms; rings, jewels, party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses; mirrors, fine linen garments, head ornaments, and shawls. Are some of you imagining your closets now? I know I’m praying hard and reflecting right now. The enemy uses these idols to keep us in financial bondage too. I think of how I fight against an insatiable appetite for accessories and clothes and shoes. This word is confirmation that we have to fight lest we become seduced by the enemy and become victims to worldly sinful excess of these things.
We buy all these things and idolize them because we want to be “beautiful.” Proverbs 31:30b also says, “beauty is fleeting.” Beauty fades away. Anything could happen to cause what the world defines as beauty to fade: a cultural perception of beauty changes such conflicting opinions about light skin vs. dark, natural vs. permed, and bold features vs. keen features; genetics, an accident that causes disfiguration such as the woman whose boyfriend threw acid in her face a couple of years ago; or old age.
Finally, in Proverbs 31:30, “but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” At the end of the day, what women want is to be praise worthy. We won’t be however if we don’t allow God to be first in our lives. When He is, we are subject to Him. We fear Him and then we become praiseworthy. Cast off the spirit of idolatry. Women, if we don’t get delivered right now through the power of Holy Spirit, we will continue to suffer the consequences for our sin: an odor, baldness, garments of shame which is an indication of poverty, our men killed (incarcerated today), mourning, and finally, we will share a men with seven other women which implies a statistically shortage of men.
Isaiah 3:24-26 “Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink. She will wear a rope for a sash, and her elegant hair will fall out. She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes. Shame will replace her beauty. The men of the city will be killed with the sword, and her warriors will die in battle. The gates of Zion will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.
Isaiah 4:1 “In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, ‘We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!’” To ensure that we don’t fall into judgment, we must do the following:
1)Cast out pride
2)Cast out lasciviousness
3)Cast out idolatry or
4)Continue to suffer the consequences
Isaiah 16-26 “The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion is haughty: craning her elegant neck, flirting with her eyes, walking with dainty steps, tinkling her ankle bracelets. So the Lord will send scabs on her head; the Lord will make beautiful Zion bald. On that day of judgment the Lord will strip away everything that makes her beautiful: ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and veils; scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms; rings, jewels, party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses; mirrors, fine linen garments, head ornaments, and shawls. Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink. She will wear a rope for a sash, and her elegant hair will fall out. She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes. Shame will replace her beauty. The men of the city will be killed with the sword, and her warriors will die in battle. The gates of Zion will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.”
Isaiah 4:2-4 “In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.”
1 Dictionary.com, s.v.“lasciviousness,” accessed March 27, 2017, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/lasciviousness.
©March 2017 Dr. Jené Walker