A prophetic word and encouragement by Glenice Mills, Australian coordinator of Women’s Apostolic Alliance
We recently held a WAA event called ‘Disruptive Women’ with Letitia Shelton, who is CEO of Toowoomba City Women.
Letitia challenged and inspired us to examine how we can be disruptive women in the areas of influence God has individually positioned us in. I did a bit of research about the word disruptive.
The meaning of disruptive is to cause trouble, and therefore stop something from continuing as usual.
So as you read this can I encourage you to stop and consider what your passion is, where you live, and work, and how you can be best used in Him to disrupt something wrong that is happening, and how you can be used to bring change.
If we consider the word disruptive there is good disruptive and bad disruptive.
Bad disruptive – for example: in the classroom where a child is unruly, taking time away from the other students as the teacher tries to sort out the disruptive child’s behavior.
Good disruptive – causing trouble so that something that is happening in our culture or society that is not good brings about awareness, so change can happen.
For us as Christians we have a responsibility to challenge what is happening as evil increases, so that people are educated with the correct facts and knowledge, in order to bring change.
This can be done in educating, providing finances, practical resources, speaking out against injustice by writing letters, signing petitions, meeting local council and Members Of Parliament to name a few. For example we at WAA confront the strongholds in spiritual warfare in prayer, doing exploits at sites where an injustice has taken place, or something needs to change in the spirit realm, and speaking into government and their laws.
We in the body of Christ need to take our spiritual authority and undo the lies and schemes of the enemy. We are in a battle, and we must speak up and disrupt as the Lord leads us.
The challenge for us all as Christians is we need to speak out about what can be uncomfortable subjects – pornography, prostitution, abortion, homosexuality, to name a few. Just recently there was a word put up by Dr. Brown about modesty. Discussion needs to happen about this in the church. Unless we openly discuss these topics they remain underground and the enemy has a win. Shame and guilt happen, that lead many to leave church and the Lord, because of the lies the enemy has sown.
Religion has us stuck – doing the same old again and again. It takes courage to speak out, to discuss, and to bring change. Sometimes prayer is not enough. It takes action as well.
There are many examples in Scripture of disruptive women. My favorite is Jael.
In Judges 4:17-21 we see a woman who saw an injustice and went and took on Sisera the army commander. She took a tent peg and hammer in her hand and softly went to him and drove the peg into his temple, and down into the ground. It took great courage as she stood over Sisera as he could easily have awoken. It would have been very messy – blood and brain splattered everywhere.
Judges 5:24 – 27 The song of Deborah where it is spoken of all that Jael did.
Most blessed among women is Jael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite;
Blessed is she among women in tents.
He asked for water, and she gave milk,
She brought out cream in a lordly bowl.
She stretched her hand to the tent peg,
Her right hand to the workmen’s hammer;
She pounded Sisera, she pierced his head,
She split and struck through his temple.
At her feet he sank, he fell;
Where he sank, there he fell dead.
As a result of all that Jael and Deborah did the land had rest for forty years. Disruptive women do bring change and we see many examples in Scripture.
To be disruptive means to stand strong against the flow of culture and society. We are meant to be the light and to do this means being different. It is uncomfortable, but it is walking in obedience to the Lord, and counting the cost.
So let’s arise and be disruptive women!