Black Women Issues: 3 More Tips on Christian Women Strengthening One Another
By Daphene Baines
Black women issues, as it is referenced in this article, is African American females that are working through situations, including health issues. All women, and in particular African American women, need sisterhood to help strengthen them (men need brotherhood).
It is important that we, as a sisterhood, learn what it takes to help strengthen each other. Black women issues can be manage more effectively once Christian women learn to encourage themselves. In today’s article let’s look at receiving power, loving our selves, and minimizing game playing.
1. Receiving Power to Encourage Ourselves – Matthew 22:37-39, II Timothy 1:7, John 10:10 - Once connected to the power source, God, Christian women receive the power to first encourage themselves.
The scriptures teach that after the Holy Ghost has come upon you (after salvation) – you will receive power to be witnesses for God in several places. Also, we are to love God with all we have and our neighbors as ourselves.
As we handle our Black women issues, please remember that God has not given us the spirit of being timid but of power and self-discipline. The devil came to steal and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life and it more abundantly.
2. Christian women may be fearful of loving themselves - Acts 1:8 - Once connected to the power source Christian women must begin to take care of home first (Judea), the community (Samaria), and then the world (uttermost parts of the world).
The Bible teaches that women should love themselves. A good exercise is to look in the mirror and take a good look. Then turn away and take a moment to list the things you love about yourself.
God has not given us the spirit of fear; therefore, let’s be courageous and go for it – LOVE YOUR SELF. The enemy is taking this away by using others to steal the joyful life that Jesus came to give. Let’s not allow the devil to take away our joy.
3. What can Christian women do to minimize game playing? Black women issues are enhanced, when black women play games on each others. Rev. Sheron C. Patterson wrote an article in the July/August 2006 edition of the Trumpet Magazine (www.trumpetmag.com) entitled “Sistah Mess.”
The author suggests that Black women play games with each other in the following areas – hair, skin, facial features, attire, and education. Much can be said about each area, but that’s another article (smile).
If Christian women are going to minimize game playing, it is important to remember that true sisterhood is not a fairy tale, it is as simple as following the example of Naomi and Ruth in the book of Ruth. Ruth promised to support Naomi.
Many of our sisters today don’t believe this is possible, because there is so much “sistah mess” going on. The devil uses any instrument and situation he can to knock down Christian women.
The devil is very effective in using Black women issues and the lack of support from each other to destroy us. Trusting and obeying God is the only way to stomp out the enemy. Let’s learn to trust and obey God. We must receive power, love ourselves, and minimize game playing.
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