Prophetic voices around the world are confirming that now is the time to release women into ministry. We are experiencing a new move of God on the earth, and God is raising up women to play a key role. In fact, He is calling and anointing women today as never before. They are part of His plan to crush the enemy's head.
After Adam and Eve sinned, God told Satan, who had appeared to Eve in the form of a serpent and deceived her, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel" (Gen. 3:15, NIV). This is an incredible redemptive promise, foreshadowing the final victory of Jesus (the offspring of the woman) over the devil and his evil cohorts.
But many women lose sight of the fact that Christ in them will crush the enemy's head. They shrink back in fear that Satan will bruise their heels. They need to remember: A promise is different from a prophecy. A promise is a sure thing; it will be done. They can rest assured that God's redemptive promise will be fulfilled.
Women have nothing to fear from Satan, but he has reason to fear them! Why? Because in this "now" season, God is calling them to rise up as "now" women and help usher in the new thing He is doing.
"Now" Women Initiate the New Thing
What does a "now" woman look like? Studying the account of Jesus' first public miracle gives us a clue. John 2:1-3 says, "On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine'" (NKJV).
Notice Jesus' response to his mother: "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come" (v. 4).
Basically, He was saying, "Why are you telling me about the wine? It's not time for Me to display My glory." But look at Mary's reaction: She didn't pay any attention to Jesus' comment! Like all "now" women, she knew when it was time for something to happen, and she was prepared to initiate the new thing.
Mary told the attendants, "Whatever He says to you, do it" (v. 5). Here is an example of a woman initiating the new thing. In response to her initiation, Jesus gave instructions to the servants to fill the stone waterpots with water so He could create the needed wine. Many times, women initiate the next move of God on the earth, just as Mary initiated Jesus' ministry of miracles.
"Now" Women Conceive the New Thing
In Hebrews 11:11, Sarah is recognized as the first woman of faith: "By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised." Though she was old, she conceived the new thing God wanted to birth--Isaac, the child of promise. Like Sarah, "now" women conceive the new thing.
Such women are desperately needed in the church! If there is one thing wrong with us right now, it is that we've lost the passion to be able to conceive the new thing God wants to do on the earth.
"Now" Women Announce the New Thing
"Now" women not only initiate and conceive the new thing, they also announce it, as Mary Magdalene announced the resurrection of the Lord to the disciples. The Bible tells us that Jesus chose her—a woman—to appear to first (Mark 16:9).
Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that Jesus was alive. Jesus knew the others were too filled with fear and unbelief to announce His resurrection. In fact, they didn't believe Mary when she made the announcement, but she knew she had seen the Lord. Like Mary, women are about to become the next trumpeters of faith throughout this land.
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