ALTAR CALL: Fired up for the walk
HER MESSAGE was Empowering Caribbean Women To Walk And Live In Their Purpose.
And Pastor Cheryl Trotman, in a fiery service last Sunday, told the women of Cox Road New Testament Church of God that it was time for them to arise and walk in the purpose and destiny to which God had called them.
Quoting from Joel 2:2 where God promised to pour out His spirit on all flesh, and Galatians 3:26-29 where she noted “we are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ” and there is neither male nor female, she encouraged women to move out of the shadows and be transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.
“Years ago women could not lead. As a child, I was accustomed to the saying ‘black, barefoot and pregnant’.” Even though times have changed, Satan lies to women and restricts them. He uses people to manipulate us and makes us think we are second-class citizens who need to develop careers.
“God has a plan for you,” she told the women, “not to be the tail but to be the head. God created us to reach our fullest potential.”
Trotman stressed that many churches “have not released women to fulfil their roles” and urged women not to become “wrapped up in what others want you to be”.
“Be what God created you to be. Be a God-serving woman,” she said.
She further admonished women not to walk in self-pity, but to use their past as stepping stones and allow God to guide them.
The young minister said many women “are hindered because of the baggage in their lives” but told those present that “God wants you to put aside every weight of sin, which so easily besets you”.
She added, “Too many of us have given up as women. Some of us have developed careers and forsaken our husbands and children.
“We give our children little love and attention, shower them with the latest gadgets, but refuse to commit to them.”
She urged women to walk in the authority they have in Christ, regardless of age, status or circumstances.
“God will see you through regardless of your circumstances. It’s time to soar like eagles. We have a role to play in every society. We must not give up and if we fall, we must get back up,” she said.
Trotman also called on women to set and maintain principles in the home, and return to the values and morals on which they were raised.
“We must not think we are our children’s best friends; we have to discipline them. And whether or not you gave birth, children in the society are yours to help nurture and train up in the right way.
The mid-morning service was filled with praise, worship and special music, with many young children gladly clapping their hands during what was a good time.
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