A Company of Deborahs
June 5, 2018
I personally have always felt a connection with Deborah, in the Bible, from Judges 4. She was a prophetess, and a powerful leader of the people of Israel, during a time when they desperately needed Godly leadership.
Many would have us to believe that Deborah was only used by God during that time because God couldn’t find a Godly man to lead. I find that extremely hard to believe considering God has never had a problem using flawed humans to lead. Meet King David who was a murderer and raped Bathsheba. Meet Moses, and so many more men who had done terrible things and yet somehow God used them to lead.
I don’t believe for one second that God used Deborah as a last resort.
Deborah Was God's Woman for the Job
Judges 4:4-9 Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”
Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”
“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.”
The story goes on that they did indeed go into battle and they pursued Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army. Sisera fled away on foot and ended up at the tent of Jael (another amazing woman for us to talk about another day), who lured him into a false sense of security and then killed Sisera with a tent spike by driving it through his temple.
Jael is the woman that the credit of victory went to, as prophesied by Deborah back in verse 9 of chapter 4 in Judges.
So here’s the deal, there is a movement happening within the body of Christ right now where God is raising up a modern-day company of Deborahs. These will be women who lead with fairness and wisdom. They are women who call a spade a spade, are straight shooters, and don’t like to beat around the bush, but they know how to GET THE JOB DONE.
Some of this women are/will be business owners, ministry founders, church planters, authors and even political leaders. They are trailblazers who are doing something new that’s never been done before.
According to scripture, Israel lived in peace for 40 years under the leadership of Deborah. I believe that this is symbolic of something we’re experiencing even now. A company of Deborahs is rising up in the world right now, and our generation (40 years = a generation) will rest in peace with their leadership.
God is not raising up women to lead because there are no good men, He is doing it because God has historically been using women to lead forever.
A company of Deborah-type women are being called by God to arise in this hour. Do not mistake them for “Jezebel” by assuming women cannot be strong, powerful and ready to lead with authority. Make no mistake, they are God’s women for the job. They are not here to disempower men, but rather to link arms with them like Deborah linked arms with Barak in Judges 4 (I have a prophetic word about modern-day Baraks that I will be releasing soon), to rule and reign together as co-heirs in Christ Jesus.
If you are one of these modern day Deborah women, I say this to you:
Take heart, be encouraged and emboldened. Withstand the criticism, and step forward into what God has called you to do. You do not need the approval of man to do what God has called you to do. Do not wait around for their approval because you’ll never get it.
You have been misunderstood, but remain at peace. Do not rise to your own defense. God is making a way for your gifting right now and each step you take is one into your calling as a Deborah for this hour.
Trust God, don’t listen to the criticizers and clamor. Tune your ears into Heaven’s frequency. Don’t worry if people are intimidated by you. The right people are going to be aligned to work with you to establish what God has called you to establish within the earth.
Amber Picota is a mother of 3, wife, an ordained pastor of a local church, published author, and a passionate preacher. She believes in you. She believes in the dreams that God has placed in your heart. She believes that you are truly a move of God in the Earth and that you’re about to release the glory of God like never before.
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