Happy Mother’s Day to my wife and all of my sisters in Christ! Memories of mom on Mother’s Day are hard to avoid for those of us who have had them depart this life. My own mother, Bettie Kelley, left my siblings and me for glory ten years ago on the 14th of this month--a time post living through the current global Coronavirus pandemic has not caused me to forget. How glad I am she as an unwed nineteen-year-old surrendered to the Lord to have me; my father to step up and marry her! Whether Christian women realize it or not, they aspire to be great in the image of Jesus Christ to the extent they humbly submit to God’s assigned roles, responsibilities and order for them as females.
The Lord Jesus Christ was foretold by the angel, Gabriel, to His mother, Mary, that among other things, ‘“He will be great,’” (Luke 1:32, NKJV). Webster’s Dictionary defines great as an adjective in part to mean “Superior; outstanding, eminent; renowned.” Encarta Dictionary adds “important” and “powerful.” Defining great as a noun Encarta states, “Somebody whose fame or influence has proved to be long-lasting.” Beyond debate Jesus Christ fulfills all of these definitions of great whether one follows Him in a personal relationship or not as any history book documenting events of the past 2,000 years must affirm! Indeed, He is the greatest Man ever and forever!
In my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics,1 previous posts2 and still being edited The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study I endeavor as the Lord leads to restore the biblical worldview of womanhood for Christians and churches that have lost their way in the feminist rebellion underway near the end of this present mortal age (Psalm 2:1-3). The Lord Jesus has led me to call women that in His image passionately seek to please God and do His will great! For just as man is no freak accident of the cosmos, neither is woman; purposely, tenderly built by God from a rib He “had taken from man” and brought to him in the first marriage (Genesis 2:21-25, NKJV).
God created the woman to be the man’s lifelong wife, not just another human being he could choose to engage with or not! As the man’s wife, God expressly made the woman to be his companion and helper and said so (Genesis 2:18). The man’s intimate companion and helper, along with governing support the woman was to help him bring forth more of their kind in accord with God’s will (Genesis 1:27-28). Her role assignment in this by God’s purposeful design of her body was to receive her husband’s seed in their intimacy, conceive, carry in her womb, birth, nourish and nurture their offspring as a mother which is embodied in the descriptive name he gave her (Genesis 3:20).
Humbly submitting to God’s will for her in the image of Jesus Christ calls forth the Christian woman’s designation by Him as great as it did Christ when He submitted as “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” (Revelation 13:8, NKJV).3 For if it took complete humility and self-emptying denial to submit to God and do His will as Christ did in a sinless body (Matthew 26:36-44; Philippians 2:5-8), what about the godly woman with a sin nature and choice that does so (Luke 1:38)? The power of this reality is clearly seen when contrasted with the rebellious outcry of feminists in these latter days that so resent their divine assignment, they even murder their children in the womb!
How thoroughly deceived they are by the powers of darkness since a mother’s womb is a place of life; the only begotten Son of God even hearing from His Father who also mentions His name while He was in His mother’s womb (Isaiah 49:1; Matthew 1:18-25)! And though a wide swath of professing Christianity has gone blasphemously too far exalting Mary by making her equal to her Son, she is first in line among all godly women that are great in His image. She expressed understanding of this prophetically in her Holy Spirit inspired praise to God for what He had done in selecting her to be the mother of Christ (Luke 1:46-50). She was already going to be a wife and mother, but because of her humble submission to God long before and when He called, she became great in His sight!
Selfish and ungodly mothers that would murder your unborn on the altar of convenience: how do you know that the child conceived in you is unworthy of life and one that will not be used mightily of God (Psalm 22:9-10)? Indeed, every son and daughter with joy remembers for life their mother who in love bore them; mom, that taught and succored them (John 19:26-27). The destiny of all males after Christ and in Him if they are willing is to be strong--thank You, Lord, for saving me from death before birth; females, great because God eternally remembers and rewards your humble submission to Him in this life (1 Timothy 2:15)! Therefore, let every professed Christian woman aspire to be great in the sight God by humbly seeking to please Him and do His will in all submission.
1 Get a print copy or digital download of the book at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only). You can also
purchase a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
2 See for examples, my April 22, 2018 post, The Value Of Women To God and Weak Women Made Great posted May 13,, 2018 both under the category, God’s Creatures.
3 Read more about Christ’s display of submission in the February 12, 2017 post, Jesus, Son Of Man, Pt. 3, under the category, The Cause.
I wrote the following on my salary fundraising campaign platform back on March 19, 2020. “During this very difficult moment in our world and nation’s history, my heart goes out above all to those actually sickened in the Coronavirus global pandemic and laborers like myself facing layoff. I am doing as I urge you to do if you are a Christian: stand in confident assurance (faith) praying for God’s already prepared provision and protection during events such as this He has brought or permitted that will become common going forward until the Day of the Lord and Christ’s return (Psalm 33:18-22)!”1 Nothing in time with the Lord or Bible study since has convinced me of a need to repent.
The same goes for this statement I wrote at the time that followed: “Now, I know far too many that profess to be Christians do not want to hear talk like that because they are so deeply rooted in this world, their routines, life plans and dreams.” I get it. I was already walking and continue to walk by faith in God for my salary; layoff looming on the horizon without His provision (Philippians 4:19). Too, like everyone else I have had plans, engagements and commitments cancelled; my routines altered. Only my dreams of Him have been untouched since they are firmly rooted not in this world, but the Lord and His Kingdom; His calling, gifting and ministry!
As is popular, but not biblical today in much of professing Christianity, at no time during my surrender or after did I get to go to the Lord and dictate personal dreams I wanted His help to fulfill without rejection by Him. Instead, when I surrendered to the Lord, He began to speak His will to me in accord with the spiritual gifts He gave needed to do it as it is written in His Word (Luke 9:23; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:7-12).2 Because they have been built up on the false doctrine (whatever deviates from truth is false) Christ exists to fulfill all of their selfish desires and dreams, some professed Christians have become disillusioned with Christianity at this hour.
The Coronavirus pandemic has messed up a whole lot of folk’s theologies that were mere sinful human presuppositions, inventions and demonic deceit in the first place. Not so, the Lord’s faithful that objectively interpret and apply God’s Word as it is written in righteousness! For this reason, during the Coronavirus the faithful have continued walking by faith as always; having fear only of God as Scripture teaches which many that are so wise in these latter days have decided is no longer His will (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Luke 12:4-7; Hebrews 10:30-31). “Perfect (complete) love” for God in obedience “casts out fear” of His judgment (1 John 4:17-5:3, NKJV) and from the world!
So, why has the Lord brought His Coronavirus judgment upon the world at this moment in time? Several reasons are biblically clear to me. On April 5, 2020 He led me to write of His corner turn on “forbearance with mankind" and repost '"Time is about up!"'3 On April 19, 2020 I wrote about how this Coronavirus judgment is intended to be a painful wake up call to Christians and the churches that He means business about repentance from all of what He defines as and is plainly sin in disobedience to His Word! Soul deep repentance is to turn completely from, forsake and renounce what many are doing in sin however they have arrived at giving themselves permission.4
This past April 26, 2020 I wrote that the Lord’s Coronavirus judgment has initiated “another significant paradigm shift in His program for Christians and churches.”5 This shift birthed in repentance and true spiritual revival involves a return to the original doctrines of our faith “once for all delivered” (Jude 3, NKJV) and includes restoring men and women to their assigned roles and responsibilities in the divine order of mankind. The shift also redirects Christians and churches made spiritually leaner and intense through repentance and revival back to His commissioned Kingdom mission, messaging and work (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:17-25, 15:1-4) as priorities. Finally, the Lord has moved as He has now, staying on track with His prophetic calendar!
The foregoing is what is so troubling about any professed Christians being upset with God for ruining their plans. Supposedly, we with joyful anticipation await the coming of Christ and the open display of God’s Kingdom on earth which is infinitely better than any there is, have ever been or will be or do you not think so in unbelief (Psalm 145:10-13)? Too, as I also wrote on the fundraising platform: “God is not just concerned about us here on earth now, but there are innumerable saints in Heaven that have been and are waiting for the Day of the Lord and His Kingdom to come so, they might attain to the glory and rewards He has promised (Hebrews 11:8-16, 23-26, 39-40).”
The Day of the Lord and His Kingdom not only encompasses His wrath poured out on sinners and creation-wide reign from earth, but the fulfillment of all of His prophetic promises made to Israel--her Messiah come and restoration of the Davidic kingdom (Isaiah 2:1-4, 9:6-7, 11:1-10).6 After a millennium, God will destroy this present creation and its sinners and bring in His righteous eternal order restored where all the saints will live with Him forever in heavens and on a earth made new (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:7-21:8)! To these ends we are to be encouraged as I wrote again on the fundraising platform: “the Lord moves the world along toward His predetermined end in accord with His plans and schedule, not ours.”
1 For all references in this post to the fundraising platform hosting this Ministry’s campaign to raise my 2020 salary, go to https://fundrazr.com/salarycampaign1 and the
March 19, 2020 post I made there. While you are there, please prayerfully consider making a contribution as one who values the biblically grounded writing the Lord
leads me to present.
2 Read the February 17, 2019 post, Surrendering All To Jesus, under the category, Glory To God! Learn more about being an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ in my
book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. Get a print copy or digital download of the book at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble,
ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only). You can also get a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
3 See the April 5, 2020 post, God Is Speaking, under the category, Call To Repent.
4 See the April 19, 2020 post, Does Anybody Repent Anymore? under the category, Call To Repent.
5 See the April 26, 2020 post, There Is Only One..., under the category, Instruction.
6 Read my September 29, 2019 post, God Almighty In A 21st Century World, under the category, Bible Prophecy.
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