Sisterhood is Supernatural
Sistah, you’ve been on my mind, Sistah, you are one of a kind.
I have one sister, who lives in another state, we don’t get the opportunity to see each other as much as we did at one time, we can talk on the phone, but even that has its limitations, and distance is our inequality, but the bonds of sisterhood were already established within the family structure and even distance can never subtract her from my heart or me from hers.
I am experiencing the revelation of how sisterhood is transcendent and is supernatural. I have so many sisters within the Body of Christ, I can’t even count them, and with every passing day more are added to the layer of sisterhood. God dwells in eternity and an aspect of our sisterhood dwells there as well, nevertheless we can experience sisterhood in the here and now. Distance can’t limit our relationships because it is through prayer we communicate and our hearts are intertwined forever. I encourage you to allow sisterhood to come out of the spirit realm and create the cords of love it is designed to establish. Sisterhood transcends racial and all barriers.
I would like to share with you my experience of having one natural sister and the harmony acquired, and why I feel that sisterhood is important to me, naturally and spiritually. I grew up in a household of two brothers and only one sister. My sister is a treasure whose value I can’t measure with words.
At this moment my focal point is my natural sister. I have come to realize and understand the importance and value of not merely having a sister, but being a sister as well. Emotional stability is essential for women and only God can provide it. We can’t depend on emotions apart from God because we are more than our emotions, we are spirits. God is a spirit and they that worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth.
This brings me to this fork in the road, what I am calling a supreme womandate. I know you’ve heard of a mandate which means a dictate or directive, but this is strictly addressed to women therefore it has to become a personal ideal and I have just created a pun and humor in semantics (a play on words.) A womandate because it is a personal directive aimed at women and for the prosperity of sisterhood.
My sister and I share a unique relationship and I thank God for it. I value her very much, she means so much to me and I love her. I thank God for my sister and for this revelation of sisterhood, both naturally and spiritually, which He is showing me through and by our relationship. We grew up under adverse conditions and we were raised by a single parent. God used this adversity for me to learn and bear positive fruits as well. My sister and I are 4 years apart; she is older than I am. What I have come to appreciate most is our sense of sisterhood. Of course we have differed with each other at one time or another, but we have never allowed anyone or anything to sever the bonds of our relationship. We are sisters! We have never bickered or had what you can call a real argument about anything. We have never broken the bonds of sisterhood by gossiping, backbiting about each other, nor were we the victims of sibling rivalry or envy.
I believe this is something for which to be thankful. The calm memories of sisterhood are soothing to my heart, as I endeavor to fulfill my call to sisterhood within the Body of Christ, or even just to be a sister to whoever needs and wants to be my sister in Christ Jesus experientially. We are called to be sisters in Christ.
I was ordained a sister within the Body of Christ the day I accepted Jesus Christ, as Savior and Lord, and God the Father became my Father, and I His child and all of you my sisters, strategically and purposely you all materialized in the spirit, as well as the flesh. You were ordained into sisterhood too. Is it experientially your reality?
There was no ordination service, we automatically became and received more sisters than we can ever count, in all colors, languages, races, and nations. You are there and I am cognizant of your presence, you are my sister in and through Christ Jesus.
Another plus as it pertains to the natural was growing up in the sixties, in a culture that promoted the awareness of sisterhood. There was a sisterhood connection within the old neighborhood that was real. We could identify with each other and the naturalness of our hair was symbolic of a sisterly bond.
I remember an incident with my natural sister that I would like to share with you. One day I called myself trying to get tough with her; I don’t really even remember the reason. She grabbed me in my collar and hemmed me up against the wall and told me, not to play those games with her, but to save them for my so-called friends on the outside. She never had to worry about me trying that maneuver again. I will always remember it, because her love was firm in admonishing me, and reminding me who she was, my elder sister.
I would like to apply this to sisterhood in Christ. Sometimes we can fall prey to this same scenario spiritually, instead of remembering we are not warring against flesh and blood, but the works of darkness. We may fall short and speak things about each other, whereas we should hold our peace/piece and ask the Father to help our sister instead. One of our sisters may have to hem us up with the Word of God and admonish us through the scriptures. Herein that we do not lose sight of the fact that we are sisters in Christ; and to save those defensive moves for spiritual wickedness, and the rulers of the darkness of this world which assail us; and that our sisters have our ultimate good at heart by giving us a timely Word and we may have to do the same.
We should love each other and want only God’s best. The one thing that I find practically applicable and this will speak for the truth we all seek; God’s Word is settled forever in heaven and we are establishing it in our lives in the earth to agree with heaven, it is a principle of the Lord’s Prayer, thy will and thy word be done in earth as it is in heaven.
Sisterhood is a call we as women have been given within the Body of Christ, we are connected like threads in the detailed work of a seamstress who carefully produces garments of excellence with her own hands, and we want to represent those finely sewn threads with our prayerful faith in God.
I can honestly say that I do not experientially know what it is like to be angry with my sister or to want to do her any harm. We have never clashed since that time I mentioned earlier. How much more is expected of me now that the incorruptible seed which is the Word of God has been sown in my heart? If it is that possible to have such a successful natural sisterhood, how much more is possible now that we have been translated into the Kingdom of Heaven and God, where love rules supremely?
This is why I am adamant about sisterhood, I have seen within other families the manner in which sisters treated each other, and it bothered me because it was alien to me. The bonds of sisterhood are precious, naturally and spiritually. I strongly believe that this is one of the things that contribute to the many attitudes that exist between women in general. Perhaps it was not with a sister that a problem existed, but with a mother, an aunt, or with just another woman period, it will generally manifest itself in other female-to-female relationship, unless you personally resolve it through God’s healing power of forgiveness. If it was a negative relationship, then it will manifest itself negativity in the next relationship. If it was positive it will generally carry over positive fruits in the next relationship. Always keep in mind that every woman is different even when certain similarities arise. Prayer for each other is the only path to take. Sisterhood is a precious bond. I always naturally wanted a bunch of sisters, and now within the Body of Christ I have soooooo…..many. Bless God!
The human nature in some women is marred and it needs the healing power of God to transform it and promote sisterhood. Instead of facing up to disagreements and making the necessary amends, hostility is allowed to sever precious bonds. Forgiveness is a must, usually by forgiving others you free yourself, so that you can move forward and form new and healthy bonds of sisterhood. I realize that there are many reasons why women don’t get along with one another, but I don’t believe there is a good enough reason. It is a common practice in the world system for women not to get along with other women, but it is not an acceptable excuse to carry that mentality or baggage over into our Christian walks. Healing is needed in this area and God is a healer. Personalities often differ and blend, at times we may disagree, but being disagreeable is not cool. What we must establish is that we will be a sister and not wait for sisters to be sisters to us. Be it naturally or spiritually, forgive and forget!
As I alluded to earlier, I have been in the presence of women who were actually natural sisters and the way they treated each other was really replusive. They gossiped and talked about each other behind their backs, they physically attacked each other, just as if they were not blood relations. If the natural relationship of sisterhood has not been successful, it is never to late to make amends with the breath of life is still flowing through the body. If animosity is carried over into new spiritual relationships it will defile many. Resolve the root of bitterness before it springs up and infects others. Scripture tells us that, if you don’t love your brother whom you have seen, how could you love God whom you have not seen? I will paraphrase it for this subject, mostly all scripture is written in the masculine, yet it is meant for woman as well, we just have to take it personally, in order to practically apply it. If women can’t love their own blood sister whom they have lived with a portion of their lives, I perceive a slim chance of them loving me. (James 3:4) But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Gossip, backbiting, tale bearing, jealousy, envy, strife, and confusion are all enemies to sisterhood. I know that I would not permit anyone to say unkind things about my natural sister, without having to rebuke them. I have come to realize that the same effort has to be applied to my Christianity as I endeavor to guard the bonds of sisterhood. I usually make myself loud and clear to anyone trying to tell me anything about someone else. I don’t want to talk about people, but I will pray with you for them. My earnest desire is if you find or see something about me which you can’t ignore, please present me before the Heavenly Father, take me with you into the prayer closet, I need your prayers and I will take you with me in prayer, this way we guard each other. We watch each other’s backs. My father used to have an adage he would say when something was done in the right spirit; he would say “good looking out.” Yep Dad, that is good looking out!
The same energy that is used to talk about someone to another person is energy which can be used to pray and ask God to help that person. I have discovered when a thought which is not in alignment for a person comes across my mind that this is a call to intercede for the person. This is my resolve for talking about the problem or situation and is the antidote for itching ears; naturally speaking when ears itch they need the right thing to be done for relief, spiritually speaking the answer to itching ears is the washing of the Word and prayer. Maturity is spelling out to me that I don’t want to hear it, but I do want to pray about it. Prayer is the solution, and if I am not part of the solution, I may be part of the problem. I can clearly see God’s handprint upon my relationship with my natural sister and I appreciate and thank Him for showing me the godly importance of sisterhood within the Body of Christ. We each have a very important part in keeping the unity of the Spirit and not allowing anything or anyone to sever the bonds of sisterhood in Christ Jesus. You are my sister in Christ Jesus and I love you! It is my intentional desire to protect and guard the bonds of sisterhood and speak blessings over and for you as we laborer together within God’s family. Happy sisterhood!
I ask that Your purposes be manifested and revealed, and that the bonds of sisterhood within the Body of Christ be sanctified and observed as a calling into Your royal family through Your Spirit and materializes in every women’s life by the power of Your Word and that Your love supersedes and overwhelms sisterhood into new spiritual heights and depths in Christ Jesus.