I keep hearing in my spirit the words from the Lord, “I will define you”. Recently I had a new face book friend add me calling herself by the title of prophetess, and I’m thinking to myself, “I’m a prophetess” but I don’t announce it to people, I just leave that to the Lord to reveal himself, if he reveals it at all, it doesn’t matter either way. I also know that many people will scoff and attack, fueled by Satanic spirits and I don’t like being pressured to explain myself so I usually won’t, but I see it as an unneeded stressors so this is also why I don’t refer to myself by a title. However, I have not stopped thinking about this young lady and her title. I also recall another face book friend who goes by the title “apostle”. I have also been called an apostle by others and honestly I do operate in all the gifts of the spirit depending on the different needs as the Holy spirit leads, but then I hear many teach that an apostle establishes and is head over churches and the title is reserved for men because only men can by in leadership positions in the church… yada yada yada… here is the thing, I don’t know that man (and I mean humans, people) are equipped to question and define over God. I was just having a conversation with my husband last night about how both men and women are made in God’s image. He tried to argue that woman is made in man’s image, however that is not how the bible defines a woman. Even after having this discussion with him as I was led and understood it, I read more scriptures in Genesis about this. It says in Genesis 5 that God made both man and woman in his image, and he called man and woman man. You see, God first made a man, then he took a part of that man, his rib, and made a woman. It is not that a woman was made in man’s image, rather, it is that God considers both of them one person and called them both man. The woman is part of the mans body, Ephesians 5:28-30 explains exactly this concept. It is saying that a woman is part of man’s body, and a man is to love his wife as he loves his own body, otherwise he is hating himself (my paraphrase).
" In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body" Ephesians 5:28-30 ESV
Now the word does say that it is not a woman’s place to rule over man, however I do not agree that God doesn’t call women to leadership positions. I believe the context here is that in general it is not a woman’s nature to rule over a man, however the word also defines woman as man and Jesus Christ is living through a woman just as he is a male believer as Galatians 2:20 is not limited to the male gender but to the female gender as well.
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" Galatians 2:20 KJV
You see, when the word says that we are crucified with Christ, it is no longer us but him who lives, I believe this is referring to the living word. This takes into account that we are being spirit led, and not by our understanding as is referred to in Proverbs 3:4-5:
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" Proverbs 3:5-6
This means that we are to follow his lead and obey him according to our own faith. In order to truly trust that you are being led by the Holy spirit and not by your own evil desires is that first of all you must have a mind attitude of offering your body as a living sacrifice unto God. When we are not willing to completely surrender to his leading, then we become deceived. But this is not the same thing as relying on human understanding. You see, I’d rather be spirit led, and not ruled by man made rules that are confined to human reasoning. “But God never goes against his word” they say. Oh yeah he does, he has, and he will.. not because he contradicts himself, but because it is not the written word that we are to go by but it is the living word that is in charge. There is an example in which God told Peter to go against his written word.
“And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” Acts 10:28 KJV
This was after God gave a vision to Peter of many unclean animals that God had told his people in the past were unlawful to eat. This was the written law that the religious Jews adhered to because they wanted to be right by God. Yet God himself told him to pick and eat, and Peter said, “oh no God, I won’t touch anything unclean” and God said to Peter, “do not call unclean what I have called clean”. Now let me tell you I believe some modern day Christians would have told Peter that he was receiving a vision from Satan because God would never go against his written word. But here is what is biblical wisdom concerning the written law.
"Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace." Romans 6:14 NLT
It goes on to say in Romans chapter 7 that just as a woman is freed from the marital obligation of her husband when he dies, so we are freed from the obligation of the written law through the death and baptism of Christ:
"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter" Romans 7:6 KJV
I know these things by the spirit of Christ. His holy spirit has given me much revelation about these things. This is why I won’t ever say a woman cannot be in a leadership position, nor will I say she can’t be an anointed apostle, unless God himself teaches me that is the case, and I really don’t believe it is. I believe that God has and does equip women to be anointed leaders through his holy spirit and that no matter how many men and women yell “rebellion!”, “Jezabel!” and so forth, they still shouldn’t try to limit God nor can they stop him. These same men and women are still trying to obey God by limited human understanding and are walking out their salvation in the flesh, rather than by the freedom and power of God’s grace and being led by his living word.
But Jesus says that he did not come to abolish the law you say.. he also went on to say that he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law, which is by his spirit. Which is made clear elsewhere the newness of law is freedom and grace, and obedience by faith.. he says that we are no longer ruled by the written word, but rather the sons of God are to be led by his spirit, which gives meaning to the written word. The written word itself is rigid and does not have a mind of its own, but the living word Jesus is spirit and he fulfills the meaning and gives life to the written word by his spirit.
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" 1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:" Romans 3:20-22 KJV
I personally choose not to let man or their own rules define me, no matter how righteous and pious and holy it appears, because that is still flesh being in charge when it is limited to human reasoning. I would rather be led by the spirit. So who am I? How does Jesus define me? I am his daughter. I am both woman and man, taken from the rib of my husband who calls me a prophetess. Some call me an apostle simply because of my spiritual gifts, and I may be. I am also a teacher, a discerner of spirits and hearts of men and women, but none of that is from me, I cannot take the credit. I have spiritual gifts of revelation, knowledge, insight into all mysteries with great faith as the holy spirit leads. That is Jesus, he is living through me and Jenifer as she was aside from the spirit is sometimes sinful, but always dead. I think of myself as a prophetess though, because prophets are God’s chosen. He tells me his secrets. He reveals his will and his heart to me. God has chosen me to be his prophetess, so I will identify myself with prophetess. He said to me “old things are passed away, all things become new”. This is a new season of greener pastures. It is a season of abundance of his grace. Maybe I’ll call myself disciple, because that is what I am. Lord, who do you say I am? I’m still pondering this.
Prophetess Jenifer Gutowski-Vargas