I give honor to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the head of my life and the love of my life.To my Pastor Dr. Shelby,his wonderful family in their absence, and to all the blood purchased children of the most High
God, I thank the Lord for this awesome charge to speak a word from Him to His precious children and thank you to my Pastor for the opportunity. The topic for today is A woman’s place, my scriptures will be Luke 2:36-38, 2 Timothy 2:3-4, Deuteronomy 20:2-4. This is a very touchy subject for today, but it is a very needed conversation in the Church. I am not coming with a traditional message on today, but I want to expand your mind, I want to deposit some rich revelation into your minds on today. There are many diffrent perceptions from people on what a woman’s place is in any area, so we don’t all have the same definition of that, but as Christians we should. I am not going to talk about the typical place of where we think her place should be, but I want this message to stir up all, eventhough it’s geared toward women, but I want it to provoke, stir, and encourage all to find their place in God,to think outside the box, to dare to be unique, different, yet remaining in God’s Word, so that is what I will discuss, a woman’s place in God.
I have studied many powerful women in the Bible but Anna really sticks out to me. Luke 2:36-38.(36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.) This woman served God with all of her heart, she gave God her life, her service, and was at the divine appointed PLACE where God had positioned her. Touch your neighbor and tell em God placed me here!
Anna in the Bible was a Prophetess who had been a widow for several decades and lived at the Temple; the Bible tells us that she worshiped God with prayer and fasting day and night. She appeared at the temple when Jesus was brought in, and immediately gave thanks to God for Him. God used her to proclaim that this Jesus was the Redeemer, the promised Messiah. lk 2:36- 38 (kjv)Even though Anna in the Bible was aged in years, she understood correctly that God still had work for her to do. Because she spent time in prayer and fasting, she was ready, spiritually, to do the work that God had given her when the time arrived.
It is easy for us to develop that “retirement” philosophy in our spiritual life and our work for Christ when we reach the age of retirement from our normal daily work. Retirement is a wonderful thing, but when it comes to our Christian walk and worship of the Lord, there is no retirement! It is true that as our abilities change, the duties we are called upon to do for the Lord often change as well. In reality we are never too old, never too disabled, never too poor or too lowly to work for the Lord.
Most of us are not called to a prominent position in the work of the Lord, but all of us are equipped by God to serve Him in whatever capacity we are able. We worship God in everything we do in our daily lives: doing a great job at work, keeping our houses clean spiritually and naturally, taking meals to the needy, helping the elderly, mowing the lawn or shoveling the snow for our neighbors, praying for others, visiting the sick, sending cards or letters to the sick or grieving, visiting nursing home residents. Most of all staying ready in our place where we are positioned and placed.God will equipp you and empower you to do what He has called you to do, He is the Master teacher. Deuternonomy 20:4 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.2 And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.Everybody is not called in place to be on the front line of battle, but there are still places and positions that only you can fill with your name on it, you may not lay hands on people at the altar, but you can lay hands on them in the spirit during prayer.if you see trash on the floor in church, don’t wait for the Usher to pick it up, you do it, He put you there to see the paper on the floor.
Definition of place: (topos in the greek, makom in the hebrew, lugar in spanish)
a. An area with definite or indefinite boundaries; a portion of space.
b. Room or space, especially adequate space: There is place for everyone at the back of the room.
a. The particular portion of space occupied by or allocated to a person or thing.
b. A building or an area set aside for a specified purpose: a place of worship.
I challenge every woman, man, youth, child,Senior, believer today to petition God about their place in the Kingdom of God,and when you find your God given place get busy! Be about God’s business, be about loving people into the
Kingdom not judging, be about living a life of sanctification, purity,integrity,obedience, loyalty, hard working citizens of God, solemn ambassadors for Jesus. Be ready to war against the forces of the enemy! But if we are not in our rightful place we cannot effectively war, 2 Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.3 You therefore must endure[a] hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (nkjv)
When I think of Anna in the Bible, I realize that all of the excuses we use for not being more involved in the work of the Lord are really not true. Quite simply, serving the Lord is just living each day as a Christian and taking the opportunities that come our way for service to others and for proclaiming Christ to those around us.
We have been chosen by God, charged by the Holy Ghost, we must take our places in His Kingdom. Touch your neighbor and say take your place! Your place is not my place my place is not your place, everyone have a designated place where God is taking them and placing them, I can’t tell you what it is but God can, ask Him and when He show you give it your all with a excellent spirit with all your heart. Colossians 3:23. And when He positions you, maintain that place. Stay ready, stay obedient, stay on task! ( Here are some pictures of women in place and positioned by God)