Saturday, May 21, 2011

Who Has The Keys?

I find it utterly fascinating to see the relationships between men and women. Drawing the conclusions that women are so much more different then men and vice versa went out with the old passing away. Being of one  body in Christ, we know that we are all the same and the only difference is that half of us have a womb. We all love the Lord and are aware of what He has done for us (Romans 5 AMP). So while we are living that abundant life in this one body, let us come to an agreement about this other difference between the sexes that has been going on all of this time and can only come together when the will of man has been yielded for God to do what He does best - love (1 Corinthians 13:13 AMP).

No, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with sex; nevertheless, it is a tiny facet of the subject matter. It has to do with primarily men having a specific role and women doing what they are called to do so men can do what they are to do. It is such a cyclical function, much like a machine. But when the will of men gets into the mix, its as if someone threw a wrench into the wash cycle and the entire operation is at a freeze until the appropriate tools are available to be used to find the problem, fix the broken part, oil it, manually rotate it to be sure that when plugged in, all of the parts are working efficiently. It is such a long process when that will isn't yielded over. You can't imagine how many storms didn't fair well, how many people woke in the wee hours of the morning to stand in the gap with prayer, and how many missed out on their blessing because they weren't at the right place at the right time and the divine connections weren't made because of one man.

Consider the patience of God when He heard the complaints of the children of Israel initially to be saved from how the Egyptians were oppressing them. God heard their cries and found a man to lead them out of the oppressive environment (Exodus 3:9-15 KJV). You would think after all of that and having their time managed for them and told what to do at every hour of the day, when they were delivered from that - finally been made free that they would be in a rejoicing state forever more, yet no sooner then had they been let go from Pharaoh and his army did they start complaining of the most mundane tedious of things. God heard their cries and delivered them from all of what they whined about. With all of that, He still was looking for them to be satisfied with more then they asked for. He let them know that there is a land waiting for them that will flow with milk and honey. It is good news, something to look forward to and motivation to keep on going to obtain this land having freedom to do as they pleased. With the gift practically in hand, they still complained. How patient was God before stating that He won't hear any more of it? That generation had to go or there would be scores of people doing nothing but complaining. How pleased would any father be to hear his children not satisfied with anything that he provides for his family? The patience of God is much more than that.

Now consider the time it has been from the fall of man to the time Jesus arrived, went into ministry, the crucifixion, and the resurrection for all of man to gain the life he once had. He descended to retrieve keys that were given to man in having dominion over all of the world so man can do what he was created for (Ephesians4:7-17 KJV) . In so doing, we have seen so much torment with man and all of the atrocities of the world. He has blamed, complained, oppressed, and was depressed. When he was provided for he rejoiced and when he didn't get what he wanted when he wanted it, he went back to blame, complain, oppress, and be depressed. It just sounds so much like the children of Israel and I can't help but to wonder how pleased is God to see such things when we know He changes not (Hebrews 13:8 AMP).

So these keys that I recall. It isn't brought up much in the Word of God; however, it does have some importance as to why men are in the state that they are in and women seem to be following right behind. I  watched this morning an episode of Independent Lens aired on PBS entitled Pushing the Elephant. It was showing the African woman from the Congo receiving the Humanitarian Award for the year. She lives in the Untied States but has such a passion to help the oppressed people of her home land. She cries and prays over the people they have lost and goes through the tribes of women who have lost their husbands. These women without husbands are considered less then citizens. They are told to keep quiet and manage the house. If they need to know anything their husbands will tell them. Only the men don't. So they get together with this woman who received the Humanitarian Award and she teaches them so they can have affirmation on how well they have done in the midst of all of their troubles. She encourages them to know that they have all of the keys they need to improve their situations. When she finishes, the women speak of how they would like for her to run for political office there if they were allowed. They continue that they need someone like her to speak for them and to them. Yes, I agreed. Their faith needed to be encouraged for them to see that they had all of the keys that they needed. Jesus made that provision. Now it was up to them to see it .

This is easy to write...would that it be true if living there? When oppression has weighed heavy on people, it takes a process for them to get out of it and stay out of it. With this woman living in the same condition as all of those people, how did she realize what they didn't. She told those listening to the program, it was her father teaching them with a rope and prayer. He tied the rope around his entire family to illustrate before he prayed that it was forgiveness and love that will keep them together. She knew if she didn't teach her children the same thing, it would have been futile for her to teach these things to the people of Congo. Where did her father learn this from?

I have been drawing illustrations of these women with keys and explaining in the description part that women have all that God has given to her to be successful. It is the men who need the help. God intends for us all to be patient and content in whatever state that we are in. If you choose not to be patient, then you get what you get but you will find later in the relationship that regret found a place and the attitude from the children of Israel begins to form. Paul called it trouble (1 Corinthians 7:27 KJV). Its when patience (along with the other fruits of the Holy Spirit) is in full operation, things are learned, skills are honed in on, and experience and knowledge become factors that are precious to anyone who doesn't have it. Women are naturally multi-taskers. We obtain a goal and a vision and have already mapped a time line and how to celebrate the end result. Put those skills with women who love the Lord and that is treasure that only God can define. This is what He has given to men that love Him. Men must hear God to be able to find that specific woman with those specific keys. She has seen the same vision given to him by God. She has been cultivating it as her own; however, with the right man in the right place, she knows what to do and how to get it done. This is his help. This is what God meant in Genesis (2:18 KJV).

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