As it has always been, women are deeply etched in the redemptive purpose and plan of God, and this time is no different than any other. As the daughters of Zelophehad (Num 27:2-4) demanded their father’s inheritance so that they could preserve his name in the earth, let us stand and heed the call to be the “sons” of God and preserve our father’s name in the earth. The deliverance of the daughters of Zion is crucial and it’s time for us, as women, to make a vested interest in our own personal healing, understanding that there is nothing wrong with nurturing our own hearts and souls.
In a quest for my own deliverance the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and said, “Jesus bled for the people not on the people.” At that point I vowed to bind myself to the horns of the altar and not get up until I was clean. Partnering with the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to “thoroughly” clean out the threshing floor of our souls determines if the sacrifice of our lives that we offer to God is consumable by fire (acceptable), or better yet if the altar assigned to us is empty or occupied, knowing that God does not send fire on empty altars.
We can no longer allow our soulish wounds of rejection, un-forgiveness, bitterness offense, shame, guilt or abuse to become infected and run the risk of infecting the body of Christ where we serve or our homes. Be made whole! I asked God many years ago, “Why did the children of Israel keep going into bondage? And His response to me is something I have never forgotten. He said, “Because they never drove out all of the enemies.” You can be spiritually advancing and emotionally crippled. A weakness ignored is only given permission to grow.
There are many passages in the Gospel where Jesus freed his daughters from demonic oppression, like the woman in Luke 13: 10-17, she was infirmed by a spirit for 18 years. Then Jesus saw her, called her forward and said, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then He put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. The divine directive Jesus made to Lazarus from the tomb where he laid dead is a universal call that is not gender specific. Hear the clarion call to come forth! Hear the voice of Christ saying to you personally, “. . . Loose her and let her go.” (Luke 11:44). This is not a call to leave our divine position as wives and mothers vacant it is a call to step up into our rightful spiritual places and become viable soldiers in a spiritual war that ceases to rage.
Deliverance is an act, healing is a process. It is the act, by which the Spirit of God, with your permission, confronts demonic power, exerts His authority and removes him from the premises. Healing is the process by which you and the Spirit of God begin repairing the effects of demonic activity and sin. For example, if your house is infested with termites and the exterminator comes and rids your house the affects of termite infestation are still present. The same is with deliverance, the enemy is gone but the residue and damage is left behind. The effects of demonic oppression take place in your soul that is why the word says “Satan is the enemy of our souls” (psalms 143:3). God wants us to prosper as our souls prosper. The prosperity of the soul determines the longevity, effectiveness and magnitude in which we do ministry. When deliverance and healing are fully manifested you are no longer led by impulse or demonic coercion but your soul is at that moment subject to your spirit and you are now free to serve God and build the Kingdom free from “internal” resistance.
As women, now more than ever it is essential that we embrace the spirit of Hannah who offered her womb to God to do as He pleased. Let us again sanctify our spiritual wombs rejecting barrenness and sterility, becoming once again the vehicle God uses to birth deliverance and great revival. Brokenness from trauma has the capacity to reduce our self-worth, therefore I believe one of the distinctive keys to deliverance is accepting that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and believing that what has happened to you has in no way diminished your value. Celebrate the fact you are original work of art and not a cheap counterfeit.