Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Women set Free (pt 3) by Molly Manhanga

We have looked at the Samaritan woman at the well and Esther. Today we will focus on the crippled woman whom Jesus healed on the sabbath.

The crippled woman healed Luke 13: 10 – 17
Jesus was teaching in one of the Synagogues on the Sabbath and a woman was there who had a disabling spirit which crippled her for 18years. She was bent over and could not straighten up. It is said that the bones of her spine were rigidly fused together.
What she didn’t realize was that it was her moment to be set free.
Jesus saw her and called her forward. Amazing how Jesus took NOTICE of her and he too Notices us…..everything about us!
Like the woman at the well, Jesus spoke first, “Woman, you are SET FREE from your infirmity.”  He put his hand on her and IMMEDIATELY she straightened up and praised God.
Woman, you are set free. He laid hands on her and IMMEDIATELY she straightened up and praised God. The woman was freed from her physical handicap.

To Conclude:
In order to be a woman or man that is set free, we need to come to Jesus.
When we are set free, we have a testimony.
Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s workmanship, (we are His work of art, His Masterpiece) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” We are a work of art, not something to be crumpled up and thrown away. We are a Masterpiece!
The truth of your value is that God loves you. It’s not determined by the clothes you wear, the car you drive, your job, the house you live in, titles etc. God loves you!
When you understand this truth and know this truth, it will set you free. When you are free, you are free indeed!
The woman at the well told the town “I met a man who told me everything about myself”. Her testimony got many people saved.
 Esther had her Supernatural response and the Jewish people were saved.
After 18 years, this crippled woman had her life-changing encounter with Jesus. From being bent, she was set FREE and straightened up and praised God.
What is holding you back today? Are you bound and want to be set free? Jesus is here today and we will pray for you.       

AMEN & God Bless You.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Women set Free (pt 2) by Molly Manhanga

The second woman we will be looking at is Esther

Esther 4:12 - 17
When Vashti was deposed as Queen, Esther became Queen. King Xerxes was Darius son and he ruled over 127 provinces.
It was 4 years after Esther became Queen that King Xerxes honoured Haman in Esther 3:1 – 2. King Xerxes elevated him and gave him a seat of honour higher than all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the Kings gate  knelt down and paid honour to Haman, for the King had commanded this of him.
There was a man who didn’t kneel down and honour him – Mordecai. Why? Obedience to bowing down to Haman was not Mordecai’s issue. The Jews were willing to bow down to Kings and other people. According to the history, It was the long standing enmity between the Jews and the Amalikites that can explain Mordecai’s refusal and Haman’s intent to destroy all the Jews throughout the whole Kingdom.
Listen to what Haman says to King Xerxes in Esther 3 v 8 – 9 “There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from all other people and who do not obey the King’s laws; it is not in the Kings best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the King, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put 10,000 talents of silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out the business. The King replied: “Keep your money……and do with the people as you please.”
When you have the backing of your leaders to do something, you will do it with energy. Haman wrote to the governors and nobles in the various provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate. This was to happen in one day and not only that, they should plunder the goods.

The Couriers were spurred on seeing as it came from the King himself.
Mordecai tore his clothes and cried loudly and bitterly.
How would we react if we were given instructions to destroy people. Would you be spurred on or would you tear your clothes and cry loudly?
Mordecai sent word to Esther of the plot to kill the Jews and suggested she speak to the King.
This was no easy task because anyone who entered the Kings inner court without being summoned was by law, put to death unless the King held out the scepter. So Esther’s response to Mordecai’s message was NATURAL.
What she didn’t realize was that she needed a SUPERNATURAL response. She needed to be a fearless woman, A FREE woman who carries out her responsibility fearlessly - One whose faith is in God.
Mordecai reminded her that if she kept silent, relief and deliverance for the Jews would come from somewhere else.
Esther had her ‘God moment!” – Gather together all the Jews and fast for me for 3 days. After that, I WILL go to the King even if it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish!”Esther realized that God cannot be manipulated by fasting. Despite that realization she exercised her individual responsibility and God empowered her to do the supernatural.
We need SUPERNATURAL RESPONSES in our situations because Natural ones at times, won’t work.

Read on for pt 3 on Women set FREE

Monday, September 8, 2014

Women set Free (pt 1) by Molly Manhanga

It was a privilege sharing God's word with folk at Hope City Church in Bulawayo at the end of August. 

Title: Women set FREE
Main Text : John 4: 4 – 26
·         What connotations do you have when you hear the word FREE? Excitement, Joy, Relief, Belief and so on.
·         The opposite of being FREE is being BOUND. In chains, in prison, physical, mental, spiritual ailment.
·         Are you free this morning? If not, what has you bound? In this digital age we are living in, technology has become an addiction for many people. We are bound by it. Many of us cannot do without the mobile phone. But what is it that has you bound?
*      Today we are focusing on 3 women:
                                i.            The woman at the well from John 4: 4 – 26
                              ii.            Esther 4: 12 – 17
                            iii.            A crippled woman who was healed on the Sabbath Luke 13:10 – 17
The woman at the well John 4: 4 - 26
 v 4 states “Now he had to go through Samaria”  Although this was the shortest route, these words indicate that Jesus was on a Mission and this mission was more important than the geography (Samaria)
The Jewish people often avoided Samaria by crossing the Jordan and travelling on the East Side. Jews did not ‘mix’/ associate themselves with the Samaritans. They were seen as ‘unclean’ because they were a racially mixed group of partly Jewish and partly Gentile ancestry. And yet Jesus – a Jew, HAD TO go through Samaria.
He had travelled a distance and came to a well where he sat down at the sixth hour – approximately 12 O’clock noon. A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water.
Women normally drew water in the morning or at the end of the day rather than in the heat of the day and this Samaritan woman considered immoral, came when it was hot and there was no-one else at the well.
Jesus took the initiative and spoke to the woman first and said: “Will you give me a drink?” This is a break from culture and tradition. It was not common practice for Jewish leaders to speak to women in public. This also shows Jesus desire to save the lost.
What this woman didn’t realize was that this was her “GOD MOMENT”. Her life would NEVER be the same again after this conversation. We all get those “aha moments or an epiphany when we realize that something has changed. I am not the same anymore!
The Samaritan woman didn’t realize WHO she was speaking to. She recognized him as being Jewish. Her level of conversation was superficial as we see in John 4:9 “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” He is British and I am Zimbabwean. What have we got to speak about? He is CEO and he is a farmer – surely not! Surely – YES! We need to get passed this level of communication. Remember Jesus HAD TO go through Samaria and with GOD, ALL things are possible.
V 10, Jesus says: “If you knew the gift of God and Who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you LIVING WATER.” – eternal life  - The gift of God is God’s grace through Christ. Jesus gives life and gives it freely.
What is Jesus asking of you this morning?
The conversation levels that ensue is interesting because it moves from superficial, to real – “Go and call your husband?” v 17 to Spiritual - worshipping God in spirit and truth. The place of worship is irrelevant but true worship is in keeping with God’s nature, which is spirit.
The Samaritan woman’s epiphany came in v 25 “I know the Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  V 26 “Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”
This was the Samaritan woman’s transforming moment. The woman left her jar, went into town and told people, “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did!” That is the impact that Jesus had on her. Many Samaritan’s believed because of her testimony.
Has your testimony made many people believe? By all standards, this woman was seen as an immoral woman – she had 5 husbands and the man she was with wasn’t her husband. You see, Jesus knows everything about us including our thoughts and speech even before we say anything. He knows the number of hairs on our head and the days we have on this earth.
Jesus had to go through Samaria to set this woman free. That is the God we serve and He is here today.
Where were the disciples? The Bible tells us that the disciples had gone into town to buy food. Sometimes that is exactly what we need - A one-on-one with the Saviour and not have the distraction of others around or their opinions. When the disciples returned, they were surprised to see Jesus speaking to a woman. 

Stay with us for pt 2 on Women set FREE