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Kingdom Woman Devotional
DAILY INSPIRATION FOR EMBRACING YOUR PURPOSE, POWER, AND POSSIBILITIES
By Tony Evans, Chrystal Evans Hurst
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2013 Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst
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Kingdom Women Listen to God
Listening to God's voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. —Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer
Do you feel as if a kingdom woman was someone else? Have you wanted to be her but felt you weren't faithful enough or determined enough? Take heart! That voice in your head whispering, "You're not enough ..." is not God's voice! Rather, your heavenly Father encourages, "You can do this." He confirms, "You're not alone." And He offers, "Let's do it together." Like the father who smiles on his daughter, who prepares her to be all she's been made to be, God is encouraging and equipping you to thrive. As you begin this series of devotions, listen for that voice.
Listening to God's voice mutes the lies that disparage the value of kingdom women. Listening to God rejects a culture that says, "Women are weak and powerless." It contradicts the thought that women are second-class. It refutes the misconception that women must be subservient to men. The kingdom woman recognizes the devil's lies and deactivates them with the truth of God's Word.
1. What specific ways has the enemy tried to convince you that you're not enough? In contrast, what does the voice of God say about your value and your mission?
2. Today, what Scripture will you hold in your heart to prepare you to face the challenges of this day?
God, today I disagree with the enemy's lie that I'm inferior, that I'm not enough. I stand on the truth that You have equipped me with everything I need to be a kingdom woman. Amen.CHAPTER 2
Kingdom Women Are Created in God's Image
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt
A kingdom woman is created in the very image of God (Genesis 1:27). You were tenderly fashioned by God and are entirely worthy. Though the enemy will tell you that you are not enough, you are already enough in Christ. As you grow to become the kingdom woman God made you to be, the most important accessory in your spiritual purse is the truth about who God says you are. This truth is the deepest reality about who you are and dispels the enemy's lies.
This isn't to say that the kingdom woman is perfect. She doesn't live a life free of cares and concerns. She still faces the same challenges and temptations as other women. She still puts on her cute red stilettos one at a time! But by agreeing with God's vision of her, she lives in the reality of who God has made her to be. Each morning she chooses to fulfill her role as a woman of purpose. Satan has no power over a woman who disagrees with his schemes. He cannot make her feel inferior. In fact today, kingdom woman, he'd better watch his back.
1. In what ways have you felt you don't measure up as a kingdom woman?
2. How does God see you and every kingdom woman? How are you made in His image?
God, this day I will see myself as You see me—a kingdom woman formed in Your image. Help me to understand fully what that means, and empower me to fulfill Your purpose. Amen.CHAPTER 3
The Story That Is True
Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers. —Hans Christian Andersen
Some of the earliest stories our parents read to us, as children, were fairy tales. Whether the nineteenth-century Grimm brothers' versions or the twenty-first-century Disney versions, stories of noble princes and princesses who battle evil captured our hearts and minds and imaginations. They touched something inside us that longed for our lives to make a difference, to matter.
In the kingdom Jesus ushered in, we have become players in the story that continues to unfold. We aren't laboring mice who stitch a dress for a princess. We aren't the small underground diamond miners who keep house with an undercover princess. No, in the kingdom of God, we're the actors. The movers. We are the ones who exercise authority in the name of the King.
When we pursue justice on behalf of the poor and marginalized, we exercise dominion. We do it when we welcome a stranger or befriend a sinner. We do it when we teach others what God is like.
Allow your life to be written by the fingers of God, confident that you've been created and called to rule with Him. There is one Lord God, Yahweh, Master and Ruler. As you position yourself under His authority, you are equipped to live out your unique purpose as a kingdom woman.
1. When you were a girl, or now as a woman, what was your favorite fairy tale? In it do you hear echoes of God's story?
2. How will you, as a kingdom woman, exercise dominion this week by serving as an agent of God's rule?
God, You are the one true Ruler of all. Help me hear Your voice that calls me to partner with You, and give me courage to respond faithfully. Amen.
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