"Modern Deborah's Arising" Amber Picota

I personally have always felt a connection with Deborah in the Bible from Judges 4. She was a prophetess and a powerful leader of the people of Israel during a time when they desperately needed godly leadership.

Many would have us to believe that Deborah was only used by God during a specific time because God couldn't find a godly man to lead. I find that hard to believe, considering God has never had a problem using flawed humans. Consider King David who became a murderer. Meet Moses and so many more men who had done terrible things and yet somehow, God used them to lead. I don't believe that God used Deborah as a last resort.

Deborah was God's Woman for the Job

"Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, 'The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: "Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.' Barak said to her, 'If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go.'

"'Certainly I will go with you,' said Deborah. 'But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.'" (Judges 4:4-9)

The story goes on that they did indeed go into battle and they pursued Sisera, the general of Jabin's army. Sisera fled away on foot and ended up at the tent of Jael (another amazing woman for us to talk about another day), who lured him into a false sense of security and then killed Sisera with a tent spike by driving it through his temple. Jael is the woman who the credit of victory went to, as prophesied by Deborah back in verse 9 of chapter 4 in Judges.

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A Modern-Day Company of Deborahs

There is a movement happening within the Body of Christ right now, where God is raising up a modern-day company of Deborahs. These will be women who lead with fairness and wisdom. They are women who call a spade a spade, are straight shooters, and don't like to beat around the bush, but they know how to GET THE JOB DONE. Some of these women are and will be business owners, ministry founders, church planters, authors and even political leaders. They are trailblazers who are doing something new that's never been done before.

According to Scripture, Israel lived in peace for 40 years under the leadership of Deborah. I believe that this is symbolic of something we're experiencing even now. A company of Deborahs is rising up in the world right now and our generation (40 years = a generation) will rest in peace with their leadership.

God Likes to Use Women to Accomplish Kingdom Purposes

God is not raising up women to lead because there are no good men; He is doing it because God has historically been using women to lead! A company of Deborah-type women are being called by God to arise in this hour. Do not mistake them for "Jezebel" by assuming women cannot be strong, powerful and ready to lead with authority without being under the Jezebellic influence. Make no mistake, they are God's women for the job. They are not here to disempower men, but rather to link arms with them like Deborah linked arms with Barak in Judges 4 and to rule and reign together as co-heirs in Christ Jesus.

If You are One of these Modern-Day Deborahs, I Say this to You:

Take heart, be encouraged and emboldened. Withstand the criticism, and step forward into what God has called you to do. You do not need the approval of other people to do what God has called you to do. Do not wait around for their approval because you may never get it. You have been misunderstood, but remain at peace. Do not rise to your own defense. God is making a way for your gifting right now, and each step you take is one into your calling as a Deborah for this hour. Trust God, don't listen to the criticizers and clamor. Tune your ears into Heaven's frequency. Don't worry if people are intimidated by you. The right people are going to be aligned to work with you to establish what God has called you to establish within the earth.

Be blessed!

Amber Picota Co-Pastor Streams of Life Church Contact amazingamberpicota@gmail.com www.amberpicota.com

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