It’s All About Life!
There are only two kingdoms in this world—the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of Satan. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of life. He is the author and initiator of life. He loves life. Conversely, Satan’s kingdom is a kingdom of death. He hates life and seeks to destroy it in whatever way he can. He is the mastermind behind abortion and all abortifacient contraceptives.*
If we belong to the kingdom of God, we will be on the side of life, because God is life. We will embrace life from conception to the grave. Adam named his wife Eve meaning “the life-giving one.” Eve was the prototype of all women to come—the first of her kind. Because she was a life-giver, we are life-givers! We have the privilege of conceiving, nurturing, and bringing forth miracles of life from the womb.
The Hebrew word for Eve is Chavvah and yes, it simply means “Life-giver”! However, we can understand a little more of the fullness of this word as we look at the root words from which it comes.
Chavah looks very like Chavvah, doesn’t it? This word means “to live, to declare,
to show.” I think this is wonderful. Because we are created in the image of God, He wants
us to reveal His image in the earth. He wants us to show our families and the world around
us whom He created us to be. As we embrace, nurture, and bring forth life from the womb, we declare to the world that we are life-givers.
We are not ashamed to be whom God created us to be. We are not ashamed to embrace life in our womb. We are not ashamed to nurture a baby at our breasts. We glorify God by embracing the way He created us.
Chayah means “to live, give life, revive, preserve alive, nourish, recover, repair, restore, save alive, and to be whole.” This gives us a fuller understanding of what it means to be a life-giver. It is the all-encompassing picture of motherhood.
Some commentators believe that Chavvah is abbreviated from the Hebrew word Mechavvah meaning, “the sustenance, the propagation of life.”
What about the Septuagint? When they translated the Old Testament into Greek, they changed Chavvah to Zoë meaning “life-giver, life-producer, life-preserver, and life-spring.”
It’s all about life, ladies. LIFE. LIFE. LIFE. Every single part of your life.
1. Embrace life in the womb
The Divine Life-giver created you to be a life-giver. Anything less negates God’s original purpose for your life. Isn’t it sad how many women would rather be life-stoppers when they were created to be life-givers?
2. Pour out life-giving nourishment from the breast
God not only gives us a womb where He initiates life--planned before the foundation of the world, but He also gives us breasts to nourish the babies He graciously gives. Embrace your beautiful nurturing anointing. Delight in nursing your baby. Don’t hurry to wean your baby, but enjoy this life-giving ministry for which God created you.
3. Live the abundant life Jesus died to give you
Jesus said in John 10:10: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” When Christ comes into our lives, He comes with His divine life. It’s not ordinary life. How can we ever be ordinary again when Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe, dwells within us by His Spirit? We are not meant to live status quo, boring, middle-of-the-road, normal lives. Jesus came to give abundant life.
The word abundant in the Greek is perissos. Do you want to know what it means? Look out! It means “more exceedingly, above the greatest abundance, superabundantly, over and above, extraordinary, above measure.” This is the life Jesus gives you. This is the life He wants you to live in your home—in your kitchen with your little ones around you, cooking, cleaning, and managing all that goes on in your home and family. You cannot be an ordinary mother when Christ is in you. You are a superabundant mother. Everything you do is above the normal.
You can never be a normal wife. Christ in you makes you an extraordinary wife. You are not boring. You are life-giving, exciting, and ravishing.
4. Speak life-giving words to your husband and family
Every time you open your mouth, you have the power to fill your home with life or a spirit of death. Perhaps this is our biggest challenge of all. It’s easy for our mind to receive negative, self-pitying, depressing, and despairing thoughts--then mouth them off. However, if these thoughts come to our minds, we dare not verbalize them. Get into the habit of speaking only positive and life-giving words.
5. Teach a life-giving lifestyle
God says in Deuteronomy 30:15-20: “I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; . . . therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live.” It is important that we teach our children “the way of life” (Jeremiah 21:8). In doing so, we must seek God for discernment to teach them discernment.
There is much in this life that looks good, yet, it is not God’s way. Even Eve (who walked with God each day), was deceived by that which looked good (Genesis 3:6). If Eve could be deceived, how easily we can! We must discern and lead our children into that which is best! Good is not always the best. I believe everything from God is good, but not everything that looks good is from God!
6. Declare life-giving healing to your family
What power we have as mothers to bring healing to our husbands and children, not only physically, but to their souls and spirits. Proverbs 16:24 says: “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Imagine speaking health into the bones of all your children! That’s powerful, isn’t it?
Proverbs 15:4 (TLV) says: “A healing tongue is a tree of life.” Don’t speak sickness and disease in your home. Instead, when your children have an ailment, encourage them to take hold of the truth that God is “Jehovah Rapha, I am the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26).
Apart from emergencies and accidents when medical attention and surgery are needed, I think we should give God more time to show His healing power. He created our bodies to heal. You notice that when you cut yourself, the cut doesn’t stay a gaping wound. It begins to heal. That’s the wonder of the way God created us. He heals the inward parts of our bodies too.
I like to confess, “Things come and things go.” I’ve proved this many times. When I notice some infirmity in my body, rather than getting worried and rushing to the doctor, I take it to the Lord, give Him time to reveal His healing power, and confess my affirmation: “Things come and things go.” I am totally amazed when a few weeks or a few months later, I am no longer plagued with the problem.
I was most interested to read Young’s Literal Translation of Proverbs 15:4 (the same Robert Young who compiled “Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible”): “A HEALED tongue is a tree of life, and perverseness in it–a breach in the spirit.” I love this. I think we all need our tongue to be healed, don’t we? It’s all very well to have a “healing tongue,” but our tongue often needs to be healed before it can bring healing to those around us.
We need the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit to touch our lips each day, don’t we? Just as when Isaiah saw the LORD and exclaimed: “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.” Then the seraphim took a coal from the altar and laid it on his mouth and said, “Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged” (Isaiah 6).
Let’s pray: “Dear Father God, please touch my lips with your holy fire and heal them from all perverseness. I want to be a healing tongue in my home—to my husband and to my children. Amen.”
7. Fill your mind and heart with God’s life-giving words
Jesus said: “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). The more we fill ourselves with God’s living Word, the more we give life to others.
8. Diligently pour God’s life-giving words into your children
God’s plan for parents is to fill our children with His life-giving words. This is one of the most powerful things you accomplish in your career as a life-giver. It’s not an option, it’s a mandate from God. We do it as part of our daily lifestyle (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
I am always challenged by Isaiah 59:21 (HCSB): “’As for Me, this is My covenant with them,’ says the LORD: ‘My Spirit who is on you, and My words that I have put in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouth of your children, or from the mouth of your children’s children, from now on and forever,’ says the LORD.” Do God’s words continually come out of your mouth? What about your children? Are you implanting it not only into their hearts, but their mouths? It’s only when the Word is in their mouths that they will pass it on to the next generation.
9. Accept life-giving reproof
I beg your pardon! Is it life-giving to receive reproof? It doesn’t feel like it, does it? However, Proverbs 4:13 says: “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her, for she is thy life.” Here is another one: “The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise” (Proverbs 15:31 CEB).
In the context of a mother teaching her children, Proverbs 6:23 states: “Reproofs of instructions are the way of life.” None of us like to be reproved and rebuked, but if we receive it with humility, we’ll be blessed in the end. I’ve proved that many times.
We must teach our children that through training, instruction, discipline, and correction, they will grow in wisdom, maturity, and all the blessings of life.
10. Feed your family life-giving foods
Our career of life-giving also includes feeding life-giving foods to our children. We are not victims of the Standard American Diet. Rather, we study and research to make life-giving foods exciting and palatable to our husbands and children. I am sure you have thrown out of your kitchen all the dead foods—refined white flour, white pasta, white rice, and especially white sugar which is a poison to your body. I am sure that no educated mother feeds these inferior foods to her children.
Let’s be life-givers from conception to the grave. We will never give into euthanasia. We will never be on the side of medical assisted suicide. It is only God who gave life and He is the only One who has the authority to take life when it is His perfect time. We will stand for life to the very end.
* Go to http://www.abortionno.org/birth-control/ to check out which birth control methods abort babies.