Soldiers of the Cross Women’s Ministry unites women worldwide for the purpose of building up our families, our churches and our communities without prejudice, judgment or condemnation. We encourage each other through the Word of God, standing on His promises and claiming the victory over every battle we could possibly face. We globally unite in prayer to defend our territories against the enemy because we know his plan is to divide and conquer since God’s Word tells us that he is here to seek, kill and destroy and he is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. As women warriors in battles of spiritual warfare, knowing that the fight is not against each other, we pick up our swords and fight the good fight of faith…together. Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” God has shown me an army of women rising up that are not afraid to fight through spiritual warfare.
In preparation for this battle, it is essential to go back to the beginning to gain an understanding of who we are and what we were created to be. Genesis 2:18 & 21 “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”
We live in a society that has perverted and twisted the Word of God. We must forget all of the ideas that have been put into our heads from a fallen flesh and see things from the perspective of a very loving God. As humans, we were created to worship God. Luke 4:8 “…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” As women, we were created from the man and for the man. I Corinthians 11:7-9 “…but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”
It is understandable that this is not popular with those favoring women’s liberation. Should women be allowed to vote and get the same pay for doing the same job as a man? Absolutely, yes. Women are not supposed to be the doormat a man walks upon or wipes his feet upon…but the glory he walks beside. Our role as women is not a “subservient” one as some would claim, though it is one of submission. Submission to her husband, yes, but more…submissive to God. This is not a demeaning position. On the contrary, it is one of honor, influence, and power.
Again, understanding that God is a God of love, it changes the perspective of how women are viewed in God’s eyes. I Corinthians 11:10 “For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.” All the way back to the Garden of Eden, women have had influence. We can influence for good or we can influence for evil. Do we use our influence to break men as Delilah did, or do we use our influence to save people like Esther? Do we use influence to build men up like the Proverbs 31 woman in verses 11-12? “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Do we go the extra mile like Ruth did when she honored her late husband’s memory to the extreme of following after HIS mother?! I don’t know a lot of women who would follow after their mother-in-law after their husband’s death – without even an opinion as to their destination. Ruth 1:16 “And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” Who does that?! But her humility and respect, the kindness in her heart and spirit of servanthood landed her the “happily ever after” that most of us can only dream of.
Women of influence, imagine what can happen when we practice Proverbs 31:26! “She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” We all know what it feels like to be hurt by gossip, lies, envy, jealousy, and mistrust. It is exciting to see the great works that God does when we throw off the destructive ways of the past to walk in holiness (I Peter 1:16 “…Be ye holy; for I am holy.”) and speak life into people, edify the Church and build Her up.
We all have a unique relationship and experience with God. Keeping our eyes on Him as we walk in the steps He has put before us (Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”) rather than comparing ourselves with each other, we can do amazing things to further the gospel and advance the Kingdom of God. 2 Corinthians 10:12 “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
It all starts with love. It is engulfed with love. It ends with love.
As we endeavor to love with godly love, we must add to that prayer and fasting. These are keys to victory. Mark 9:29 Referring to Jesus. “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Some battles can only be won through prayer and fasting. We support each other in both.
Please join us globally for Women’s Prayer on the first Friday of every month at 7 PM your local time. In each time zone across the globe, we cover the Earth with prayer. We pray for our families, our Churches, and our communities for just 1 hour together and encourage every woman makes it an appointment to pray individually beyond that, at a time that fits into her schedule. Please contact our Global Women’s Director if you desire prayer plans to use in your local church for this monthly prayer meeting.
May God go before you as you strive to be women of influence that strengthen and prosper the Kingdom of Heaven.
About Bishop Carla DeMerchant
Bishop Carla DeMerchant is a native of the sunny west coast of California. She attained spiritual maturity in the cooler New England climates of Vermont and Connecticut. She is fiercely possessive of her apostolic heritage. She believes in baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, in-filling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in a new language, and a strong commitment to scriptural holiness and demonstration of its standards. Bishop Carla is passionate about her faith. She is committed to being in Church whenever the doors are open. She is guided by careful adherence to the teachings of the under-shepherd. Bishop Carla is passionate, and having a careful eye for detail and a strong spirit of enterprise, she invests herself whole in her areas of gifting in Administration, teaching and Sunday School Ministry, and in Music and Worship Ministry. Sister Carla stands committed to fulfill whatever the Lord’s call requires of her at any given time and in any given place. She fully embraces her responsibility as an intercessor, and she speaks prophetically as the Holy Spirit inspires her. Sister Carla’s sunny personality readily warms the hearts of people and easily endears her to ‘her’ children. Without reservations, Sister Carla will minister the words “I love you” to any broken heart which needs to be healed.
Bishop Carla is a widow and is the mother of her only son Brandon.
Restoring My Brokenness By Mary Wilson
Raised in a pastor’s home, I was taught to always give thanks, trust God for everything, and pray about everything. Here is my personal story. While in my thirties, I suffered terrible depression. I didn’t realize at the time what it was or how bad it was. I didn’t want to go to church, not because I didn’t love God, but because I just didn’t want to face people. And I sure didn’t want to talk to anyone. That seems strange for someone who always loved people and loved any church activity I could attend. But something inside me just wouldn’t allow me to stay home. I went to every service anyway, I worshiped and I sang in the choir. Almost every morning at 6:00 AM I went to pray, although many times I would just lay on the altar and weep. Those times were preparing me for the years to come and things I could not face without prayer. Many things were stripped away from me, and I felt like I was being punished, I was broken. In 2014 I lost my precious father (my Pops) and within the following two weeks my husband lost his job due to having several mini strokes. We had to move from our beautiful farmhouse into a very small, unattractive house. During this difficult time, God began to deal with my heart about listening to Him, about resting, reading His Word, and praying like I’d never prayed before. “For I will restore health to you, and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 30:17). He began to slowly restore where I had lost strength. My vessel was cracked, and I was fading, I was broken and hurt. God took my brokenness and refreshed me. He turned my mourning into dancing. Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth.” There are several synonyms for restore: freshen, recharge, recreate, refresh, regenerate, rejuvenate, renew, repair, resuscitate, revitalize, revive. When I began to read these words, I immediately applied them to what Jesus does for us in our need. Oh, isn’t it a beautiful thing what He does for His daughters? I encourage you today, if you feel depleted let Him restore you. Speak life into your situation. Refresh your relationship with Him. And pray, pray, pray. Talk to Jesus and let Him refresh you, restore you. He will put the sunshine back in your life. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalms 30:5). The Lord enjoys taking our broken vessel and restoring it to its original condition.
Note: Mary Wilson attends River of Life Church, Muncie, Indiana. She is mom to two adult children and grandmother of three. Mary served as choir/drama director then music minister for thirty-five years and has also directed many youth camp choirs. She is now retired and enjoys having more family time. She loves working for the Lord