Deborah was able to win a war by the inspiration of the Spirit of God! She was a Prophetess –one who was intimately acquainted with her Lord. After years of sin, the children of Israel found themselves in abusive bondage to a heathen King. They came to Deborah for prayer and counsel. Out of her personal devotions, she experienced visions of the Almighty and supernatural words of wisdom and knowledge concerning the way God wanted to deliver his people. Immediately, she began to execute a detailed plan for freedom that included a Hebrew General named Barak and 10,000 foot soldiers from the Israelite tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali. It is inspirational to hear how a male, seasoned, skilled warrior, refused to go to battle without Deborah at his side. Even when she told him that if she went, her fame and legend would overshadow his, he still insisted that she be there to watch him carry out the vision that God had revealed through her. And truly Deborah deserved the honor because not only did she get the plan from God, but she also had 100% faith that the plan would work! Barak’s faith was not quite as strong, and he was humble enough to admit that, in this particular battle, he was the hands and feet, but not the head. Take note: Deborah was not the only female that stood strong in this fight. Before the story ended, another woman arose as courageous and smart: Jael, a normal housewife, who was not a Hebrew, was crafty enough to outwit the enemy’s general and nail his head to the ground! Yay! Two more great women of the Bible; when they were finished, the entire Israelite nation had peace for 40 years! Wow!! Now that’s POWER in the spirit! Deborah also held the titles of Judge, Commander in Chief, Governor and Adjudicate! This discussion got real fiery.
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