She integrated sacrifice in her struggle to bring victory not only for herself, but for her people. She entrusted her life to the Lord, in that she fasted and prayed showing the LORD her seriousness of sacrifice. In this way, she might live, by His power. The scripture also taught before her, that fasting is a day to afflict the soul of man that the captive be set free.
Esther 7:3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour
in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at m
y petition, and my people at my request:
As with any of God's servants, we must incorporate a life that Exemplifies Selflessness:
Esther 8:6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people?
Deborah was a God called servant of and first female officer of Israel. She was stationed under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah ad Bethel, and the people came up to her for judgment, or decisions. She was the leader of Israel at that time. Judges 4: 1-6
She was the foremost prophet who heard from the LORD. Israel at that time was overcome by their enemy Jabin, and especially by Sisera his commander , she was the one to receive the spoken word from the LORD to give the command for deliverance to come for the people of God.. As in times past Israel cried out to the LORD, and He spoke His word through Deborah to Israel's army commander, Barak.
In this story Barak, though told by Deborah that the Lord would give the enemy into his hands if he would gather the people and go forth, became something of a banner of the ark of the covenant to God's army.
Barak refused to lead the army unless Deborah would go also. Therefore she went out and led the army as proof of the power of God in her fearless manner, showing that the presence of the LORD was with his people.
Deborah was not a warrior, but the spiritual leader that was the encouragement and wisdom for the warrior of God. In Judges 4:14, Deborah gave the command to this man, Barak to go into battle.
"Then Deborah said to Barak, "Up! This the day on which the LORD will deliver Sisera into your hands; the LORD is marching before you. Barak then obeyed the voice of the woman of God. Thus the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots which was ten thousand men, into the hands of Barak and the Army of the LORD. The LORD put confusion upon Israel's enemy and Sis