THE HANDMAIDEN’S MANTLE

A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman — who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value if far above rubies and pearls. Proverbs 31:10

Although I am not a woman, I believe that the hour is at hand for women of God to arise and shine as the days grow darker. Years of sacrifice and service that may have felt like bondage will be redeemed and unleashed in righteousness and power. Your legacy is quickly unfolding and the events and conversations that lay before you must be seized with humility and the heart of a handmaiden. I will provide a true short story below from 2 Kings 5:2-14 that will reflect the mantle and anointing that is awaiting for you to come under. Remember, this is a personal choice that will not come over you….You must choose to come under it.

“Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria, ‘For he would heal him of his leprosy.’”

If we really take the time to look at his account a little closer, it is truly a dramatic and compelling story. The story reflects a Syrian decorated general who is held in great esteem but at some time in his life, he had contacted leprosy. He obviously was able to hide it for awhile, but as time went on, it became a life-changing trauma that medically speaking would eventually lead to his death. He was also and most likely at a time in his life where it was becoming difficult to hide his ‘issue’ and infirmity.

Your time is at hand in which the Lord is bringing deep issues, suppression, and hurt in the hearts of women to the surface. This ‘surfacing’ must happen or take place before you are able to come into spiritual and mental maturity. It will become increasingly harder to continue hiding the issues and hurts of insecurity and rejection. The Spirit is speaking in love and gentleness for the need to simply let it come to the surface regardless of how complex and difficult it may seem. The Lord can only shine the light of his love upon us when we allow what is buried deep and hurtful within us to surface before Him. Like Naaman, it will be very difficult because of the fear of being exposed. The Lord will not embarrass us – but we must come to him and even to one another exposed with our personal issues or ‘leprosies’ if we desire true freedom and inner healing as we move into our preordained destiny.

We also notice that in one of Naaman’s campaigns or raids into Israel, he captured a young Jewish girl whom would become a slave or servant. In this story we always seem to focus on either Naaman or the prophet Elisha. But I would like to share a little about this young lady and share a few things prophetically which will unfold throughout the remainder of the year 2016 in those women who will embrace rather than hide the pain that leads to gain.

What really strikes me was her conscious willingness to help Naaman. It’s important to remember that this girl was taken captive by Naaman and given to his wife as a slave. She was torn from her family and all whom she knew and dragged into a foreign and strange land. She must have been extremely lonely and felt isolated. Many of us, (men included) are lonely even though many people may be constantly around us. I spoke a prophetic word once in a congregation that I attended several years ago concerning women who were lonely. The front of the church was immediately full with broken and tender hearts as well as lonely hearts. Much of this was easily discerned due to the lack of tender and compassionate love from husbands, relatives, and friends. Our modern era has produced a busyness whose offspring is superficiality. The Lord desires to remove the spiritual paralysis of loneliness today. Not only is the Lord supplying a deep work in the lives and hearts of women, He is also performing a supernatural work in the hearts of husbands, friendships, and past separations to understand the value of genuine care. Like Naaman, the most unpredictable people will begin speaking life and love into our souls and spirit. .

“And it shall be in that day, Says the Lord, that you will call Me: ‘My Husband’ And no longer call Me ‘my Master.’ I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving-kindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know Me.”

You may be living in a situation like the servant girl who was without hope for a husband, motherhood, or meaningful relationships. You may be single and wondering if a godly and loving-kind man even exists! On the other hand, you may be married and have everything you could ever ask for in a family, but have a deep spiritual loneliness. One of the deepest  hurts is to have a vision from God that nobody else shares, believes in, and supports. But take note that your prayers have been heard and lives will be changed because your Bridegroom has become the apple of your eye and your greatest treasure. Yes, you will be rich with contentment, purpose, destiny, and know that he will work all things out together for your good. He desires that not only you be rich in relationship with Him, but that this relationship becomes the seedbed of relationship with others.

As time would go on, this young lady was lonely and certainly hurt. However, her commitment to the Lord birthed a supernatural compassion in her – even for her captor and unjust authority. Her job as a servant did not afford her the freedoms and comforts of many others she saw in her life. She had the mundane job of a house servant and on the surface would seem that she had little to nothing to offer anybody except a “yes mam” or “yes sir.” She may felt that her only words that were heard were, “I’ll get right to it”, “It’s almost done” or “I’ll be right there.” Sound familiar?

Most homemakers or stay at home moms realize the value they are to their families and especially if you have children. However, I know many who also feel spiritually mundane and a feeling that they have little to offer the kingdom within the burden of their busy day. The Lord is going to pour out a tremendous anointing upon homemakers and moms in this hour and under this anointing to not only impact their families, but also to build his kingdom. Divine strategies and purpose will come into clarity. Devine time-management will manifest.Your unique gifts and talents will come into full bloom and he will give you the courage and strength to activate your dreams and destiny. Many of you have a mundane job in the marketplace just like this servant girl. But because of her commitment and love for the Lord – she would bring something to pass so inspiring that the Lord would choose to put her acts and words in “His Word.” Wow!

Naaman would never have been healed and the testimony of God’s mercy and compassion spoken through the prophet Elisha would have never happened if not for this no-name – unheard of – and very unlikely servant girl. I am sure that she had no idea of how the Lord would use her in such a circumstance. Please understand that you are not reading this by mistake or happenstance. The Lord’s hand is upon your life and regardless of your circumstances, He is going to anoint, empower, and bless you for the glory of his name and kingdom. You may not understand everything this side of heaven, but one thing is sure in that He loves you with an everlasting love and has a destiny and a purpose for your life that has eternal benefits in changing peoples lives and even bringing healing to the Naaman’s in your life. How do I know this? Because this servant girl with no name ever mentioned and with no reputation is being talked about today – thousands of years later! Would she have ever thought it? Truly, God is talking to and about “you” today as well.

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