MORNING MEDITATIONS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
Most of our local assemblies/churches are made up of women. More women attend church than men, on the whole. I am sure that you are aware of this fact.
God, from the beginning created 'Woman' and wired her for certain purposes. He intended for her to be nurturing, gentle, loving, sensitive, understanding and caring. Her place in society, the home, local church and the body of Christ, was to have great significance with a godly influence upon all who would cross her path.
Satan, from the beginning, sought to change that picture by planting in Eve's head the notion that God wasn't out for her good. "Hath God Said" (Gen. 3:1)? Eve told the serpent what God said and he told her God lied to her. Satan in that moment and exchange introduced 'Women's Lib' to Eve and she bought into it. He introduced the independent spirit of the woman and made it seem as if it was alright to change her way of thinking.
Much has been borne out of that exchange in the garden of Eden between the serpent and Eve. Since then, we as women, even Christian women, have taken on different aspects of 'Women's Lib'. We may not even realize it. Each time we attack another female and exert our will over her, negatively, we have bought into Satan's lie.
God has placed each of us in the body of Christ to be dependent upon one another. Each member needs the other to exist and function properly. Satan has done a marvelous job within the church walls for many years. He has sought to destroy members and the role they play one to the other. He has key individuals that he uses all of the time.
So, if the majority of our churches are flanked by women, what should the over all morale, ora, and influential aroma be? From the time one enters the church doors up until they leave, what should they have received? Why is there so much hurt going on in our churches? Why has there been mass exits from those who once attended? Why do so many people have negative things to say about their experiences within the church walls? I leave you to answer those questions.
One thing that is clear to me is this; God has always been watching and keeping record of what goes on among His people. He sees, He knows and He cares. Let's not confuse what He allows with what He goes along with. "But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality" (Colossians:25).
What a wonderful, growing, thriving place our assemblies and churches could be when women are spirit filled, spirit led, humble, gentle, kind, understanding, nurturing, caring, sensitive and loving. Let you and I seek to make that happen despite all the damage that has been done and if per chance you have offended or hurt another, "Confess your trespass to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed" (James 5:16). It is not enough to confess it to God, He also says we owe it to one another to set things right by acknowledging our wrong. May the Lord help you and I to create a godly, loving environment within our church walls.