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A word for women: ‘Arise, rest and eat, then go’


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Sometimes, it takes awhile for the smoke to clear, after you walked by faith through a fear wall.  The smoke stings and your eyesight is still a bit blurry.

But you made it and came through the other side not quite aware of what you have just done. Then you wait and rest, and wait and rest again, until clarity comes.

Lana Vawser is a prophetic teacher that I follow and recently she gave a word about what is coming:

“You were not sure because of  the attack of the enemy, because of fear and intimidation, but now  clarity is coming like never before and that clarity from the Lord’s heart and the Spirit of God is giving you your wings to fly!  .

So what is this clarity?

Sometimes as women, we have the idea that it is un-spiritual to look after ourselves, but this is wrong.

I have been looking at the story of Elijah when he fled for his life after Jezebel threatened to kill him. Elijah had just slain the 450 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel and Jezebel was furious (1 Kings 19).

So Elijah fled for his life and finally stopped to rest under a Juniper tree and fell asleep.  He was physically exhausted and emotionally distressed. So what did God command him to do, to rise up and continue the fight?

No, an angel of the Lord touched him and told him to rise up and eat what the angel had provided and then Elijah laid down to rest again.

And after Elijah had rested, the angel came a second time and said arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you. Then Elijah arose ate and drank and went in the strength of that food for forty days (1 Kings 19:5-8).

What I love about this portion of scripture is that the angel told God’s prophet that the journey was to great and Elijah needed to rest, eat and nourish his body. The Angel then repeated this message a second time, because if Elijah didn’t look after his physical body, he would not be able to complete the tasks God had for him.

As women, we must take note of these directives the angel gave Elijah.  We must take time to rest, eat well and nourish ourselves not only emotionally and spiritually, but physically as well, if we want to fulfill our purpose on earth.

God is concerned about your physical well-being as much as our spiritual.

Depriving our bodies of the physical care we need will not serve us or God in the long-term.   How will we do His work if our bodies fail us before we can complete the tasks the Lord called us to do?

I know what its like to get caught up in the here and now and the distractions that come and forget that my personal well-being matters to God too.

When flying on a plane and listening to the safety instructions, the first thing you hear before take off is , ‘in case of an emergency please apply the oxygen mask to yourself first, before your children.”

Why would that be I wonder? That is because, if we get into trouble, we won’t be able to take care of ourselves or those who rely on us for help.

It’s not about the short-term, but the long-term.

This is when clarity comes:

“Can you hear the sound of clarity? Clarity is resounding all around you.” — Lana Vawser

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