A Word about God's Heart for Women on INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Tomorrow is March 8th - International Women's Day. Though we in the US don't really celebrate it - it is a huge, huge day overseas. Flowers are generously handed out with well wishes and women are really celebrated. But think of it with me, who hates women the most? Satan hates women the most. We see that a woman was the first target of the Devil in the Garden of Eden. Backwards religions in the world diminish, cover and shun them shamefully where they function practically as slaves in the home. Yet in sophisticated society they are abused as well by their elevation via culture and entertainment to be objects to stare at and satisfy creepy people's desires. Who really loves women the way they ought to be loved and valued honorably the way they desire to be loved? Who really recognizes their value and importance? The answer to that question can be found at the Resurrection Morning of Jesus. Who was the first person Jesus appeared to? No, not to His Disciples or the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb. But to a woman. Mary Madeline. 

Women's status in the middle east those day was not much different than it is today. Women could not even be witnesses in a court case - yet Jesus appears FIRST to a woman and calls her by name. Just the way He says her name causes her to recognize who He really was, that He was not just the gardener she mistaken him for at the beginning. She is the first witness of the resurrection and goes and calls Jesus's disciples to tell the wonderful news. It was a woman that God choose to bear His Son into the world. 

So as we celebrate International Woman's Day, let's remember God's honorable and virtuous heart for women. True love is honorable love that finds tremendous value in what it loves that is followed up by care and protection. That is what we wish for all of our wives, sisters, mothers and godly friends in the Lord tomorrow!

7 Stages of Joshua's Preparation to Lead the Hebrews into the Promised Land

This past Sunday we began a series on Joshua. We covered the 7 stages of preparation of Joshua before God could use him. Many have asked me for the notes so here they are. 

Joshua 1.1-9 
The great promise to enter the promised land came after years of preparation - preparation of heart and inner discipline 

Joshua wasn’t chosen then prepared but rather prepared then chosen. Many fail to enter into the land God has for them because they resist the preparation process. 


1. Learned how Moses interceded for Israel in battle with Amalek - Ex 17.8,9  - The battle was won through intercession and the holding up of Moses’ arms.
2. Learned how Moses received from God - the Tablets - Ex 24 - Joshua though he was invited to go up with Moses, could not go all the way up because what Moses was to receive for Israel, came by intimacy and a relationship with God that Moses cost Moses much.
3. Learned how Moses dealt with the fallen hearts & failure of God’s people. - Ex 32.
4. How to dwell in the Presence of the Lord in prayer - Ex 33.11
5. How to deal with jealousy & God using other people - Num 11.26-29
6. How to walk by faith into God’s will despite discouraging circumstances - Num 13.16, (Num 13 is where Joshua’s name is changed from “helper” to Yehoshua - “Jehovah is Help”) Num 14.
7. Joshua is promoted with little fanfare & paired with Eleazar the priest  - Num 27.12-23, 34.17

Integrity in Leadership - The Heart of the Art

Psalms 78:72 - So he [David] shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Jesus, the True Shepherd, raised up David, a shepherd after God's own Heart, to lead Israel into God's Plan. David is given two characteristics in this verse: integrity of heart and skillful was of hand. He had "heart with his art".

A Godly leader must have these two qualities to be utilitized by God in the lives of His people. There must be Truth on the inner man, Ps 51.6 as well as wisdom from Him in what a leader is doing - skill.

Today there is too much development of talent without the inner character of integrity. A heart of integrity is the inner momentum of balance in the gyroscope of leadership. Without inner integrity and the discipline of personal sanctification there is a loss of balance resulting in the inevitable tipping and failing of the endeavor.

Walk before God in your inner secret life and see God promote you in your ministry and call as it was with Abraham, Gen 17.1. He will use that kind of leader to guide His People into possessing their possessions in God's Promised Land for them.

We can't cut corners with integrity, because in the end, what's in a leader's heart is always revealed.