Where are They?

I was praying the other day, asking God, “Where are the women who stood for You no matter the cost? Where are the women that forsake what society expects of them to pursue You?”

The truth is I know very few women who are fully pursuing God. Most women are using their time to find a mate. The women I see who are prominent in the Body of Christ, meaning you hear and see them often, are so fake. Women like Kathryn Kuhlman, Maria Woodworth Etter, and Aimee Simple McPherson knew what it meant to walk in the power and glory of God. They certainly weren’t out making a name for themselves or wanting fancy cars and houses. All they cared about was glorifying God. Why has the Body of Christ gotten away from that? When did material things and money become more important than God?

Apostle David said something in last Sunday’s message about, “Everything is going to turn back to ashes and dust.” He is absolutely right.~ Matthew 6:19 says, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (NIV). 

Just as I had been pondering this question, “Where are the women of God?” my mom laid a book on the bathroom counter entitled, And He Sent Them Forth by Pearl Ballew Jenkins. I’ve heard about her from Apostle David and Apostle Bobbie Jean Merck, but never read her book. In just reading the first few pages, I thought, “Finally! Here is a woman who completely sold out to God and unashamedly followed after God no matter the cost.”

I am now about to start chapter nine. This book gives me hope that there are more women like Pearl Ballew Jenkins. There are those who are hungering after God. I am one of those. I am sick and tired of what I am seeing with Christianity, and it’s up to the other Christians to seek God long enough to get sick and tired as well! If we don’t pray and seek God’s face, NOTHING will ever change!

I challenge everyone reading this, whether you are a man or woman, to examine yourself. What are your priorities? Has God fallen off your list? Has a relationship started to come before the time you used to set aside and pray? Only you can answer those questions. I don’t know about anyone else, but I want God more than anything else. I told God recently that if He didn’t want me to pursue my online disability magazine right now, I won’t. My flesh didn’t like that, but I am smart enough to recognize that God is doing something BIG, something new in the Body of Christ at this moment, this season, and I don’t want to miss it. At the end of my life, I don’t want to tell God, “My magazine was more important than the work You had for me. I could have done more, but I didn’t.”

Rise up, people of God! He has need of you!

 

~Madison Sanders

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