My friends, greetings to you!
God is worthy to the praise. As I cleared my mind for today's message, I reviewed my journal and came upon some notes from January of 2008. They are notes from one of the sermons of Senior Pastor Jon Weece of Southland Christian Church. He was preaching to women that day, and he said that real women have four distinct characteristics:
1) Real Women follow Jesus. These women follow Jesus in their attitude and actions. Real women get other women together in prayer and fellowship. They pray steadfastly, they have faith and they encourage other women.
As I read this first statement of what a real woman is, from Pastor Weece‘s perspective, I remembered Rev. Dr. Cecilia Williams-Bryant message, And She Shall Be Called Woman. Rev. Williams-Bryant said that God’s women will not substitute conference for action. God’s women must not sanitize sin just to satisfy our own discrepancies; God’s women are resilience, have vision and courage. My friends, bottom line is that if we are truly God’s women, we must speak what God wants us to speak, we must speak with love, our action must be of love and out of love. We must be sincere in our actions and with our words and we must encourage other women.
2) Real Women are modest. To be modest means that one is free from vanity or conceit. Women who are modest have inside beauty and they are mysterious. Women who are modest know how to evangelize and speak life over others. My grandmother used to tell me all the time, it does not matter how ugly you are on the outside, what’s important is how beautiful your inside is. When your inside is beautiful it outshines the outside’s ugliness. Rev. Williams-Bryant said a God’s woman who is modest is free from oppression and does not oppress her neighbor and the environment; she practices prophetic intervention. Rev. Williams-Bryant said that prophetic intervention is an at-risk procedure but it will open the gates of heaven.
3) Real Women are content. Contented women are not jealous, not competitive, not prone to gossip, not materialistic, don’t hold grudges. Women who are contented have a joy in them. Contented women will walk away from situations that would cause them to question their integrity and character.
4) Real Women want to be romanced. Women want to be cuddled, held, kissed, listen to; learn about them from them; a woman’s well-being is fueled by conversation.
My friends, are you real women? If you are not, then get on board, give up the things of this world, be one with God and start doing what God wants you to do. Be a woman of God and intercede, pray, fast, read the Word, run this race and do not give up, lean unto the Lord for understanding; trust and depend on the Lord in all you say and do. Real women bring other women to the kingdom of God. Real women are not ashamed to speak of God's goodness and grace and mercy over their lives. I pray that if you have been fence hopping that you get in agreement and become a woman of God, become that woman that God wants you to be.
Therese from Belize