I wanted to share a sermon I preached a couple of weeks ago at a Church for their women’s event. Even though this was focusing on women, the men can surely apply the same principles and be blessed.
As I was asked to speak at this event, the Lord immediately spoke to me in regards to “the power of the woman – the influencer.” It was proceeded by steps to either get us there or strengthen those areas we need to focus on.
As I share these steps with you, I pray that the Lord will impress upon what area in your life needs to be worked on and that you will be open to improving.
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A woman has many facets in her life. God created her to be an emotional creature, but yet strong in her own right. He created her to love unconditionally, be a nurturer, influencer, and juggle multiple tasks without thinking about it. He’s created a mean machine with all the frills in it.
What follows is a poem. As you read it, I want you to ask yourselves if there are still women today with these characteristics:
Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have the compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give.
Do we have any women in the house today with these characteristics and know her true worth?
Let’s pray: My dear wonderful and gracious father, we come before you for this women’s day Lord with praise and thanksgiving. Lord, I pray for the Holy Spirit to fall upon me as I speak to these beautiful women today. Father, I ask that I decrease so that you can increase; this is all for your glory and honor as you use me as your vessel to speak your Word. Let the Words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer. Amen
What does it take to be a woman of power, the influencer, where ever she goes? Are we going by the standards of a worldly or a Godly woman; there’s a difference.
A worldly woman will use her power to manipulate, strategize, and use it for her advantage and success for self.
A godly woman of power will influence others to lift them up, nurture, and mold for others to succeed and excel. When we portray these characters, God takes note and He will allow us to be powerful women for Christ.
But how do we get there? What do I need as a woman to be a positive influencer in life? From the moment I wake up to the moment I lay my head down on my pillow at night!
I recall a preacher making a statement one time and he said; “If you hate your life, take a look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What am I doing for others?” Those who hate themselves are caught up in self mode. An influencer; a powerful woman of God is concerned of others, not of self.
The Lord has given me 13 steps on what it takes to be that type of woman. I want you to ask yourself which step do I need to strengthen, to become a powerful woman of God.
To be a powerful Godly woman; the influencer, we have to spend time with the one that has all the resources to get us there.
1) Spend Time With Jesus
Wake up a little earlier every morning & go to a quiet place. Before starting your day, invite the Holy Spirit into your midst, open your Bible, and read something that is meaningful to you. You can read it by
Topic – if you’re struggling with something, study about it
Story – if you’re in the mood to read a love story, read the Song of Solomon
Want to read about how God used the women of the Bible, read about Eve and how she struggled with temptation and her consequences; Noah’s wife who was obedient and assisted her husband to get the Ark built; Sarah’s impatience, that turned her into a bitter and jealous woman; Rebekah’s faithfulness and faithlessness circumstances in her life; and many more. There’s nothing in the Bible already written that we haven’t experienced.
Remember this special time is all about God; no one else. Shut your mind to only HIM. Start your day putting Him first, and He will order your path for the rest of the day.
Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
So, when someone gets nasty with you about something, don’t respond with attacks; smile and respond with love. I’m not going to stand up here and tell you it’s always easy. We all know it can be challenging dealing with some people in our lives, regardless of how loving we’re towards them. But what I have experienced is that my once normal hot fiery temper that is always ready to combat those negative words towards me, has changed to; “I don’t know what this person is going through, I need to bring it down a notch and be compassionate.”
We don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives. Their whole being can be crumbling down. Our response to their negativity can either break them down further or uplift them further. What path do you prefer to take?