“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…” Isaiah 61:1, ESV.
It’s hard to reach your hands out to help someone that bites your fingers off. Either you will put on iron-clad gloves to protect your hands or you will back off and leave the person alone. Some prefer the latter. This can be what it’s like ministering to the brokenhearted. Many times people don’t know the level at which they’re hurting, but they’re hurtful actions and words show it.
To every woman that is called to minister to the brokenhearted, be prepared to put on your iron-clad gloves. Be prepared to wear your breastplate of righteousness to protect your heart. Be prepared to grow tough skin and maintain a soft heart.
You will feel everything…yes I mean everything. But God will help your emotions while He strengthens your faith. The fact that you feel is what helps you in ministry. God will not take that away from you. He wants you to feel. He needs you to feel. Let God be your impenetrable shield. Let Him be your refuge. Know that no weapon, no accusation, no affliction, no missile formed against you will prosper. God is your protection and your strong bodyguard.
He called you for such a time as this and the calling isn’t going anywhere. Even on your worst day, it’s still there. Put on your armor my sister and deliver people from hell’s fire. Put on Christ my sister and receive the blessing of divine strength.
Stay the course.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking to me. I need you, and I thank you that I have you. Hide me in you. Cover me God. Be my shield. Protect my heart from the hurtful words and from the criticism. Help me to stay the course. Help me stay the course no matter what I face. Give me tough skin and a soft heart. Encourage your leaders throughout the world and those in ministry. It’s an honor to serve you. I armor up right now. I put on Christ. I put on love and humility. I put on the full armor and am determined to help those who can’t save themselves. In Jesus name, Amen.
Challenge: Read the entire book of 2 Timothy. Read it as though the Apostle Paul is writing his letter to you personally.