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Women: Pioneers in the Faith

In a message that I delivered earlier, I stated that women have always been God’s secret weapon. It seems that whenever Satan thinks that he has man down, God uses a woman to fix the problem. Adam fell but God used Eve to fix the problem (Genesis 3:15). The Romans didn’t feel threatened by a group of crying women who gathered at the cross (Luke 23:49) but they were able to give the details of the crucifixion to the disciples who fled. Had they not gone to the tomb Sunday morning there would have been no witnesses to the resurrection. It was because of the women that the men came back together and assembled in the upper room.

I would hate to think of what Sunday morning services would be like if the women would stay home. On Paul’s first visit to Philippi he found women worshiping by the river side (Acts 16:13). Their gathering was considered a cult and they were not allowed to worship in the city, so they met by the river. Lydia was Paul’s first convert. The Philippian Church became one of the greatest assets to the Christian faith (2 Cor. 8:1-5) and it all started with a group of women.

Surviving Life’s Catastrophes

If you haven’t experienced one of life’s catastrophes, be prepared. Sooner or later one will come. The advice that I will give to you today is not to allow yourself to be a victim. The difference between a victim and a survivor is how you react. When life knocks you down, the victim lays there in defeat but the survivor gets up in hope. Winners are those who can learn to handle defeat.

Depression can prey upon those whose life has inflicted emotional wounds. It can quickly become fatal to those who are weak in faith. David gives believers two techniques to use against depression. The first can be found in 1 Samuel (30:6,10) “..David encouraged himself in the LORD his God…. David pursued, he and four hundred men:”If you trust in the Lord He will give you the strength to get up and fight with whatever you have left.

The second can be found in 2 Samuel (12:20) “..David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.” Admit to what can’t be changed and undertake what you can change. Arise to your feet, change your environment and begin to take your life back.

Be a survivor!