Without a Word
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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This series is a collection of Martha's prophetic words on a range of topics, such as solitude, false salvation, zeal for the church, the Fatherhood of God, and the power of silence.
In Eden’s Garden the woman persuaded, using clever words to conquer Adam. By mere talk she tore him from his God and destroyed Paradise. Such is the force of words that spew from seductive conversations with Satan. To ponder is our creative joy. To question is no sin. But to make up answers apart from God…that is the potential evil of logic and the inevitable ruin it births.
God gave us a splendid mind so that He would have a volitional companion. He is a “speaking Father” and relishes conversation. He delights to be the answer to our questions. And He Himself is the answer. I AM knows everything.
Eve ingested a forbidden fruit—the sweet juice of mental independence. It turned within her to a poison of forceful domination and her daughters have inherited its addictive taste. It was woman vying for God’s position over man. And the horror is that she won, by the use of mere words!
But she who wins by persuasion has no victory. Though she gains God’s throne, she loses her own position…and earns her husband’s secret contempt.
Now the inherent power to dominate by the pressure of wearing talk resides in the female soul. So in Christ, the woman is called to abstain from her power to help God with an unbelieving husband. “…Without a word, (the husband) may be won” (1 Pet. 3:1).
Her drive to persuade is so insistent that silence is a terrible sentence, an angry prison and her worst nightmare. Silence is death to her throne and the end of her hope to take God’s place as Master of the man. Without her words, how can she recreate the man into her own image? More…it is not merely a cessation of words God requires, but a “meek and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4).
Only an internal hush will quell her insistent words. For woman to be silent within is a drastic relinquishment of her only power to the God she cannot rule. It leaves her bereft of strength and is the perfect cast of her life onto the Original God whose tender desire is simply…to protect her.
The overthrow of opinion, the loss of presumption, this is the secret humility of heart that ushers a woman into the rest of an unambitious quiet that relies solely on faith in her Personal God. The quiet spirit is a heart of trust that lays its peace…at last…on the Divine Words of Another. Mary of Bethany used no words for her defense, nor any explanation that might have won her critics. Jesus spoke for her. His assessment is unassailable and His Word is the last word.
God is the fervent advocate of a vulnerable woman. She who has God, has no need for selfish words. Silence is her friend and her beauty. But remember, sheep, that what is said to the wife is an inclusive command to the Church of male and female, for she is the Bride and Wife to the Son.
All are gathered into this mandate of the quiet spirit.
Copyright © 1999 Martha Blaney Kilpatrick, Prophetic Writings