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DOUBLE PORTION OF EVERLASTING JOY

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STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM
DOUBLE PORTION OF EVERLASTING JOY
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Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of
disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a
double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. Isaiah 61:7
Yesterday we looked at some outcomes from Christian women’s conferences in
Central Asia. When deep issues are discussed and prayed for, and when barriers
of shame and dishonour are broken through, there are usually many tears. One
participant said, “In fact enough tears have been shed to make many trees grow
that we won’t have any desert places left!”
As a result of God’s healing movement new initiatives are born to bring
healing to abused and rejected women and children in society: ministry in
orphanages, to street children and abused children; outreach projects to women
in prostitution, safe havens for abused women; involvement in politics to stop
legislation on polygamy; preventive health care; teaching on HIV/Aids and
caring for patients; involvement in pastoral care, intercession and prayer
ministries; ministry to people in prison, etc.
There is a desire to not only participate in a conference, but also to use
what has been learned and to develop more skills. Three young Uzbek women who
had been to a conference before wanted to come back to be part of the prayer
team, so that they can learn, and take back the skills to minister to their
own women!
Others shared that they want to minister to other women when they go back
home. Some churches used to have women’s ministry but for some reasons it had
stopped. After this training the women wanted to revitalise the women’s
ministry in their churches.
A speaker at one of the conferences says:
“In other countries, we saw Priscilla’s—Christian wives who were standing
beside their husbands in loving and serving the Lord. In Central Asia, we not
only saw the Priscilla’s, we also saw Esther’s and Deborah’s—women who by
themselves are standing strong in their faith and for God. Whether they are
single or have an unbelieving husband does not stop them.
“The women we have met in that training seem to have Esther’s character: ‘If I
perish, I perish.’ They stand up despite the clear warnings of their husbands,
neighbours or the authorities. They know the cost. One knew very well that her
husband might lose his government job if a family member would be found
witnessing for Jesus. She was warned by her husband to tone down her
evangelistic zeal. But she could not keep herself from speaking of Jesus. Two
others have marriages about to fail if it were not for their enduring stand as
wives to keep the family intact. These participants are capable to lead other
women even after just the first training.
As the women penetrate the walls of shame and break the silence, God fulfils
His promise of Isaiah 61:7. Instead of shame and dishonour you shall have a
double portion of prosperity and everlasting joy!
RESPONSE: Today I want to receive a double portion of prosperity and
everlasting joy from the Lord.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord that You can turn shame and dishonor into everlasting
joy!

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