By Pastor Shana Wise
Acts 9:36-43 (NKJV), At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. 37 But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. 43 So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner.
Scriptures from Chief Women Part 1 and 2 Discussion:
Acts 17:4 (KJV) And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
Acts 17:12 (KJV) Therefore many of them believed; also, of honorable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
Acts 17:34 (NIV) Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others. Men, not a few.
· Women in 2021 have a strong influence in their homes, communities, the workforce, and globally. God still wants his daughters to use their influence for His Glory.
· Tabitha was a disciple of Jesus Christ. The bible also states that she was full of good works and charitable deeds. These good works were not unnoticed in the community where she lived, especially amongst the believers. Like the disciple Tabitha, we also need to be known not for our titles, or that we are a “Christian”, but people should remember us by how we treat and make them feel.
· If someone were to ask about your character in the community, what would be their feedback? Would they only know you for your title and position, or would they speak about your good works?
· I believe Tabitha was one of the chief women the book of Acts talked about, she was a believer whose influence impacted those around her.
· The book of Acts represents the acts of the Holy Spirit shortly after Christ died. It is so interesting that these Chief Women were strategically written about in the book of the actions of the Holy Spirit, through the believers (church) of Christ.
· Chief Women's actions are influenced by the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe, more than ever, chief women need to arise with the power that has been given to them, by the Holy Spirit, and be the change in their communities.
· There is so much hate, division, and evil going on in the world today, and Chief Women are part of the solution to this problem. We have the power of the Holy Spirit residing in us and we need to activate it, in our everyday lives, to dispel the turmoil going on all around us.
· The disciple Tabitha showed us that just because we are believers doesn’t mean that we are not going to suffer. Tabitha died, but the power of the Holy Spirit rose her back to life! Now the town did not just know her as only a disciple of Christ, but they saw her as a miracle, a living testimony to the power of God in the midst of them.
· Chief Women, you are a witness for Christ. The bible declares that we are the light of the world and we cannot be hidden. What does God have for you to do this year? What good works and deeds will come forth? What miracles will happen through you? What obstacles will you overcome? How will your community be affected by your work for the Lord? How many will believe in God and come to Christ through your testimony?
· Chief Women Arise!!
Video from Thew Well Christian Women's Network and Women Alive meeting January 2021. Pastor Shana Wise sharing on Chief Women Arise Part 3.
About the Author
Dr. Shana Wise is an ordained Pastor and CEO of Wise Choice Ministries (est. 2016). She is the founder of The Well Christian Women’s Network formally known as Christian Women Preachers United. Dr. Wise is the author of women’s devotional, Acts of Intercession, and The Impact of Your Election (available on Amazon). She received a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2019 from St. Thomas Christian University. Her passion is to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, equip others to apply the Word to their lives, and demonstrate the Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. She is a televangelist that appears on social media outlets and television. Shana is married to Ron Wise and is the mother of four children.
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