Men who intend to control religion, and in the process people’s lives, (the very inner selves and consciences of others) were enemies of Jesus. They made up traditions and “doctrines” to suit themselves; drawn up because of their own lust for power.

They are still around.

At the time the New Testament was written, the Scribes and Pharisees enforced the doctrines and traditions. Their motives and abuse of power were so twisted that Jesus called them a “generation of vipers.”

Some leaders today intend to control our lives. They are embedded in industry, education and politics — they are still present in churches.

Through history, women have heard conflicting messages, enough to blur and distort the truth of who they are: their importance and significance. Fear of being controlled and fear of abuse still resonate in women. In some places slave trafficking, domestic violence and unfair workplace policies steal their self respect and excitement for life.

Every woman is significant by birth! Every woman can become strong and effective with wisdom from the Bible and persistent effort. Her courageous steps toward expressing it will work for her benefit her whole lifetime.

Sure, strong-minded political, cultural and religious “authorities” seek to have their way by strong over reaching messages, rules and regulations. They will not have their intended effect when women themselves do not even listen.

Girls and women as you focus on God, observing his commands, you have a power that is greater than the power of the world. Listen to the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit inside.

“And lo, I am with you all the days even to the end of the world.” Jesus. (Matthew 28:20)

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