Cup of Empowerment 3/12/12

By on March 12, 2012

Early the other morning, I awoke from a vivid dream. In the dream, someone had come up behind me, put their arms around me and held me close. Not knowing who it was, I moved away quickly. Once again they came up behind me and wrapped me in an embrace. I turned to see who it was, and I immediately knew their name was “Srikukalam,” the city in India where our team is preparing to minister in April. It was not a person trying to embrace me, but rather the people of Srikukalam. As I, and others, prayed into the meaning; the Lord revealed that Srikukalam was welcoming us to their city, and that the people there need and want what we carry! What an amazing confirmation!  

It was pointed out that Srikukalam came up from behind, just like the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:43-48. Most likely she came up from behind because she felt shame. Her ailment, according to law, made her “unclean,” and anyone who touched her would have been considered unclean also, (Lev 15:25-30). Her condition was grounds to be divorced, and so she, likely a widow and alone, felt the accompanying shame. She came up from behind, “trembling” touching the tassels of His tillet representing who God was and who she needed Him to be in her life! The dream confirmed Srikukalam is feeling shame, and is reaching out as well. 

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Jesus’ response to the woman is the same as His response to us and Srikukalam. His virtue had gone from Him to her, and He desires that it flow to us and to nations also. “Virtue” can be translated “ability” and “miracle working power.” It is the same word used in Matthew 25:15 when the Master gave out the talents according to the “ability” or virtue within them! There was a certain amount of virtue or ability they received from the Master to use in their individual assignments. It was activated by their faith or agreement with Him.  

Jesus was moved by compassion for this woman. He spoke words of comfort to her for she had put her life at risk by admitting that she had touched Him. Considered unclean, she was cast out of the city walls. And yet Jesus honored her by speaking to her and telling her that her faith had made her whole. And He released her to go in His Shalom! Shalom means “wholeness, peace, prosperity, health, completeness.” He redeemed her life, established her back into her community by healing her, and affirming her value and purpose! We too are called to do that, by following His example!  

In India’s culture, widows are blamed for the death of their husbands, regardless of the cause. They feel tremendous, often unbearable, shame. Many lose their homes, jobs, livelihood and become society’s outcasts. In a nation of false gods and false religions, anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior pays a tremendous price and also experience similar shame. Precious warrior, India needs our prayers and the virtue of Christ within us! 

As I pray for India I also commit to pray for the team going along with me and for you. As Jesus agreed with this woman’s assignment of purpose and value releasing virtue; I too come into agreement with your heavenly purpose and assignment! I speak comfort into the places of woundedness and pain, and I release the amazing Shalom of God into your life!   

Please stand with me in prayer for India, praying that God will lift off the shame and reproach of these precious ones. Stand in agreement that He continues to open the door of hope to men, women and children there who so desperately need the embrace of God! (Read more about India here. 

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About CarolMarie Smith

CarolMarie is an international speaker and writer, she inspires audiences worldwide to bring widows into their place of power. She is the co-author of the "Widows Ministry Leadership Training" manual that has been translated into six languages and used around the world. The teachings and revelations lift off hopelessness and move the widow into their unique place of purpose as well as help leaders and ministries move into a place of greater power and blessing. A Bible teacher for over 30 years, a radio and television personality, as well as a featured writer for magazines and newspapers, CarolMarie often incorporates humor with her passion to call us to our special place in the heart of God. A widow since 1999, CarolMarie relates to the plight widows face and yet has experienced first hand the transforming presence of God that lifts off shame and moves all types of widows into intimate relationship with Him. CarolMarie is the founder of He's My Husband International, a ministry based out of Knoxville, TN. She also serves with several global ministries that have outreaches to orphans and widows, including Widows International, Matthew 10 International, and Abiding Glory.

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Cup of Empowerment 3/12/12