Lisa Bevere:Awakening to God's Purpose
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THE LIONESS ARISES
In 1994 Lisa was pregnant with her fourth child. One night she had a dream about a lioness on a platform etched with the Roman numeral 23. She heard a voice say, “With the birth of this child, you will awaken a lioness.” Lisa had no idea what this dream was about so she pulled out her Bible and looked up Numbers 23. It spoke of the faithfulness of God and His irreversible blessings. The verse also referred to a lioness. “These people rise up like a lioness, like a majestic lion rousing itself.”
After her son Arden’s birth, Lisa began to step out of her day to day activities as a mother and wife of a well-known minister. She wrote her first book, Out of Control and Loving It, which launched her into a successful ministry of her own. Ten years later. Lisa was at a women’s conference in New Zealand and the Lord gave her a vision of the lioness again. This time she felt compelled to study the ways of the lioness.
AN ARMY OF SHEEP LED BY A LION
After years of research, Lisa felt this vision was not meant for her alone. "More than any other creature, the lioness makes me proud to be a female," says Lisa. There are several reasons why this animal reveals strength and courage in women. She rises to gather strength, to greet others, to hunt, to be alongside other lionesses, to move her young to safety, to confront enemies that threaten the pride, and to walk with her king. This analogy of a lioness gives the image of a godly woman. “We are an army of sheep led by a lion. Since we follow a lion, we cannot be timid,” she says. Lisa says there is the time for a strong woman since there is an enormous amount of global wickedness and injustice. “It is up to the daughters to prepare to pounce,” says Lisa.
Lisa became aware of sex trafficking in 2007 when she partnered with Life Outreach. She travelled to Cambodia, Thailand and Mumbai. Her heart broke over the magnitude of social injustice. “Many of us are unaware of what goes on in the world. If our enemy can keep us sedated, the enemy can cause us to forget who we are...destined for triumph, victory and signs and wonders." It is important, like a lioness arising, to be fully awake. "When you are awakened, you cannot help but respond," says Lisa.
While working with a personal trainer in 2008, Lisa discovered her body fat percentage was high. Lisa says her trainer said she was “skinny fat.” Lisa didn't need to lose weight; she needed to gain strength. She says many Christians are skinny fat, not physically but spiritually. She says we need to raise the level of our passion, prayers and intelligence. "We are an army whose prayers ascend from earth to heaven as a mighty roar. It is high time we echo the lion’s roar."
Lisa is active in their outreach ministry, Pearl Alliance. It is an alliance of all who are willing to fight against human trafficking. Pearl Alliance connects individuals in supporting onsite organizations in Southeast Asia. Thousands of women and children have been exploited and it is the organization’s mission to rescue and restore.
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