June 9, 2022 Charlotte, North Carolina USA
There is a Lion Within You
“But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5, NKJV
I remember clearly the “Daughters of the Lion” conferences Bonnie and Mahesh Chavda put on during the 1990s after we had moved the ministry in 1994, then known as Mahesh Chavda Ministries, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina. I had been the Administrator on staff for five years by that time, around 1995, when the 3-day conferences began to make up a good portion of the workload annually. Oh, how I was thankful for the other solid staff members on our administration team at All Nations Church/MCM – Karen Johnston, Bob Lafferty, Gilbert Crespo, Leslie Adams, Bobby and Ginger Hussey, Ruth Maki and Marian Duffee.
Hosting conferences with 900 attendees is no small task, and only by the grace of the Lord, and the wonderful volunteers who helped, including Art Maki, Mike Adams, Bob and Mary Smith, Brian Johnston, Theresa Harper, Bill and Martha Doak, and so many more, helped make it possible.
We certainly do need each other for the ongoing work of the Lord! Our Lord made it that way purposely.
I can honestly say that these specific annual women’s conferences, Daughters of the Lion, usually done in February or March, held mostly for the encouragement of women in the Body of Christ, were the most powerful and anointed of the other 3-6 conferences that were held each year. That is not an exaggeration, hype, or “evangelistically speaking”. They were.
The Lord had given Bonnie a prophetic word earlier, most likely received during one of the weekly “Watch of the Lord” worship, prayer, and healing times we had each Friday night from 10 pm – 6 am in the previously converted horse barn, which we simply named “The Barn”.
“The daughter of a lion is a lion” was the word received from the Lord Jesus Christ to Bonnie.
Christian women, saved and set apart, had the same spirit that the Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, also had. They were not to be second-class, “good only for the Sunday morning nursery or the church food preparers for picnics” (though those tasks are so important too!), but ones who also had a mighty calling and purpose in the Church. Alongside the men.
At that time, it was quite a breakthrough in general church thinking, and I believe the Lord made it a pioneering thrust of that which was to come more fully.
Thank you, Bonnie and Mahesh Chavda.
And what was another great reason for this anointed time, at that time, in addition to the much-needed encouragement of these women?
As I prayed in tongues about what to share in this message, the Holy Spirit spoke to my inner being that He was preparing His full Bride for the warfare that was to come in the decades following those conferences. A sure and solid foundation needed to be established, with strong footings in place (construction guys know what that means when you build a house or any large building) for the spiritual battle that was yet to come.
Witchcraft would more prominently raise its ugly head. Women of the opposing side, led by Satan himself, would press hard in the areas of abortion, feminism, spiritual and natural control of populations…and the Lord needed His women to be prepared and fit for battle.
And thus, the intensity of the warfare today has increased to the highest-level mankind has ever seen. Men and women, called and anointed by the Commander of the Hosts of His Heavenly Army, have been made ready for this time, in our land. For such a time as this.’
Even as Esther (her Hebrew name being Hadassah!) was appointed and put in the pre-determined position by the God of Israel, in order to give wise and decisive advice to the king, who had previously been given satanically inspired counsel to kill the Jews in all his kingdom who failed to obey his governmental decree, was raised up for that hour.
This woman, now Queen Esther, a Jew, was the anointed and appointed stopping point of the powerful witchcraft coming against her people.
The Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, Who alone is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, has once again prepared His women, created in His image and likeness, to stand solid alongside godly and powerful men, to be positioned in the gap, praying on the wall, and able to move strongly against the forces of evil running rampant in this day and age, these end of days.
As Joan of Arc centuries before was raised up to battle the gates of hell, the powerful believing women today will do so too, and are doing, the same as she did.
As a man of God, I wholeheartedly welcome my sisters, both natural and spiritual, into the fight for our lives, our children, and our grandchildren. Without you, where would we be?
This spiritual battle we are in daily will not be won by the few faithful men of today’s Church only. If it hadn’t been for the FAITHFUL women doing what we men should have been doing for the last 2-3 decades, I again ask, where would the Church be now?!
Each one of us in the Body of Christ has been given the gifts and the high calling that are for the much-needed positions and assignments we have to do. It is our job to know what our part is and just do it. And no, that is not a commercial that the world has said. It is a command that our Lord speaks forth to be done.
King Solomon knew what the Lord had done in his time as he spoke these words to another king.
“Hiram king of Tyre sent ambassadors to Solomon when he heard that he had been crowned king in David’s place. Hiram had loved David his whole life. Solomon responded, saying, “You know that David my father was not able to build a temple in honor of God because of the wars he had to fight on all sides, until God finally put them down. But now God has provided peace all around — no one against us, nothing at odds with us.” 1 Kings 5:1-4, THE MESSAGE
The wars, the battles, we are engaged in today are being fought for the glorious home that the Lord is preparing for us, His family, in heaven. Let us not grow weary in doing that for which we have been prepared to do. Let us be as one, men and women, fighting His battles, for His Name will be established in all the earth.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People founder
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Message #84 in this series – in the year of our Lord 06.09.2022 – “Lion Within You” – Thursday, 5:33 am in Charlotte, NC USA