Called for Such a Time as This
Ester 4:14 (b) …” Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Born For Such a Time As This
Esther 4:14 (b)
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
TestimonyLinda Chuter – CEO and Founder
The King loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so, he set a royal crown upon her head and made her queen.
A few years ago, God placed the desire in my heart to have my own magazine. I didn’t think much of it at first and shared it lightly with a friend. Over time the desire grew, and I started receiving prophetic word from prophets who didn’t know the desire I carried in my spirit. One of them said that God was going to give me an influence in the media in a new way. I had no knowledge of the media or magazine industry. To be honest, I did not really make much of that word at the time and I left it with God.
God took me on a journey for seven years after giving this desire to me. He first had to take me through the process of purification and finding my identity in Him, before He could release me to impart it to other women through the pages of a magazine, or in any other way, He decided to use me. I was broken and had no identity or sense of purpose when He first called me. He took me on a seven-year journey where I walked with Him and the Holy Spirit led me on the road to wholeness.
Today I realise that to be made whole is not the same as to be healed. To be healed is when you carry a sickness in your body and you see that sickness being healed and disappear, but you still carry the ‘scars’. To be made whole is when Jesus touches your life in such a way that you are changed from the inside out, no scars remain, no evidence of your broken past remains. You are a whole vessel in Him. On this journey with Jesus I was not healed, but made whole in Him.
Meaning of whole:
All of, entire, complete, full, total, in an unbroken or undamaged state; in one piece;
To be made whole is to be transformed from the inside – out. God doesn’t just want a part of you, He wants to make you whole, inside and out.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify[a] you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It wasn’t an easy journey, but today I can say it was most certainly worth it! I look at women across the world and I see the hurt, rejection and utter brokenness that 99% of women carry in secret. I see women searching for who they are in diets, the latest fashion trends or friends. I see women who have been abused physically and emotionally. I see women destroying their bodies because they want to be thin and beautiful according to what the world portrays as beauty. Most of all, I see women crying on the inside because they feel lost and broken. I see them because I was one of them. This is why I share my story and why Abba led me to start this ministry and magazine, He can and wants to make you whole! He did it for me so He can do it for you.
All of these women and many more are the ones who God wants to use, but satan is keeping them bound in all these things. They wear masks on the outside but inside they are broken. When I look at women God opens their hearts to me. I don’t see the outside but the inside. Whenever I go and minister I always tell the women, “I know what pain is, I have been there, I know rejection and I know how it feels not to know who I am or where I fit in. But God made me whole and now I can help others and teach them through the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit how to overcome – over the years Abba taught me that. He is not concerned about how you look, or whether you wear the most expensive makeup or clothes. He is interested in what lies behind all these things. He is interested in your HEART. He is interested in a relationship with you where the real you will be exposed. He wants to use you, but you first need to find yourself in Him. He wants to make you whole.”
In my journey God started revealing His heart to me concerning my calling and place, as well as where He wants to use me as a vessel in His Kingdom. My mom-in-law, Isabel, and I were driving in the car on two separate occasions; the first one was on our way back from a cell group. As I looked up I saw a perfect high heel shoe in the clouds. I was amazed that the clouds could form such a perfect image. It wasn’t a case of ‘I thought it was a high heel shoe’. I knew it was a high heel shoe. The second time we were also driving in the car and we saw the same perfectly formed high heel shoe in the clouds. I think God allowed Isabel to be with me both times so that I wouldn’t think that I imagined it all. He made sure that there was a witness with me. Don’t you just love Him? He knows us better than we know ourselves.
I knew God wanted to tell me something. One afternoon, after seeing these images in the clouds, I went to lie on my bed to rest. As I laid my head down on the pillow, I heard God’s voice so loud in my spirit. He said: “It is time for the Cinderella’s who have been pushed aside and who are hiding in the back, to step out and take their place”. I realised that this is what He showed me in the clouds and that it had to be shown in the clouds, because the Cinderella’s need to rise up, look up and take their place. At that time I wasn’t in my place yet, so God started working with me first. I was insecure and broken inside. I was searching and sometimes in the wrong places.
Not knowing what God was busy with, I started walking the journey to wholeness and finding my place and identity in Him.
I can’t go into all the details of my journey, but I will share it as the Spirit leads. I had many ups and downs. I made mistakes and got hurt, I even hurt others. But in the end Romans 8:28 became such a reality in my life. God used all the hurt for His good and His glory and divine purpose.
Romans 8:28 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
I wanted to move from Cinderella to queen. It is the same story as Esther in the Word. Personally, I think that is where they got the idea.
In both stories they were orphans, they were rejected and misunderstood by many but in the end, they found favour with the king. Their positions shifted from orphans to queens and from slaves to rulers with authority. Esther saved a nation. The life of Esther was preordained by God. Everything counted against her becoming queen, but she found favour in the sight of man and God, and was positioned as queen.
God’s heart is for His people and He only needs one to save a nation, to save His people. He gave His Son Jesus Christ to save the world, and Jesus gave us authority to rule on earth. Why are you still hiding and allowing the world and people to push you down? Rise up and take your place, mighty woman of God!
God took me through a season of purification and sanctification and in my walk I have learnt to just follow and obey Him. He gave me many instructions which I didn’t understand at the time, but looking back I can see the whole picture and how He orchestrated my life to the point of releasing my ministry with women and this magazine.
We went through the test where Abba asked my family and I if we were willing to give up everything for Him. We gave up our home and gave away all our stuff; I call it stuff because today it is the value of earthly riches and things to me. It is just stuff, and it does not define who I am. We blessed three families with all our furniture. We sold our bigger stuff like caravans and motorbikes and used that money in God’s Kingdom. We moved with our three children into a small furnished apartment. The children shared a room and it was there in that apartment that we had the most amazing eighteen months when Abba worked on our characters to prepare us for what He wants to do through us. We allowed Abba to strip us, physically and spiritually, of ALL things that didn’t glorify Him. It wasn’t easy but going through that purification fire was so worth it. I want to encourage you go through the fire. The end result is entering His glory and divine purpose.
I remember one morning sitting on my bed and having quiet time with the Lord. I was crying and felt that I couldn’t go any further, but His words to me were that I was in the bluest part of His fire, the hottest part of His fire. He said to me: “Just don’t get out, go through”. That is where my new book “Purified Seven Times Over” was born. Our lives are an example of purification, of a bride sanctified and set apart for His glory, and out of this journey our desire grew to impart and train the body on sanctification and holiness. The Word says:
1 Peter 1:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
To by holy is to die to self, to be willing to give up everything for Him so that He can make you whole and use you as a pure vessel. Surrender unto Him to preach the gospel, heal the sick and make disciples of all man. You cannot impart into the lives of others what you are not willing to give up for Him and are walking in yourself, you cannot give what you do not have.
During the eighteen-month period, I stood in front of the mirror one morning and Abba told me to stop using all my beauty products. This was one of the times where I didn’t understand and just obeyed. I used expensive products at that time. I stopped using it and gave it all to a friend of mine. That night Abba gave me a mix of essential oils in a dream, and one of the ingredients was myrrh. I mixed it and used that. I tried sharing this with friends, but just like I didn’t understand, they also didn’t. Nevertheless, I want to encourage you to just obey Him! The Word of God says: “Those who walk according to the flesh find the things of the Spirit as foolishness”. It seemed foolish to the flesh, but God had a plan… In that time the Holy Spirit started teaching me about false beauty and the way the world portrays beauty. He showed me what real beauty is, which you will find in the pages of this magazine. It is truly what is on the inside that counts in Abba’s eyes, not the outside. Getting back to the oil I mixed, a few months later I stood in front of the mirror again, still just using the oil and mixture the Holy Spirit gave me, and I heard Abba’s voice saying it is complete. He then released me to use other products again.
A few weeks after Abba told me that it is complete, I received prophetic word concerning Esther and how she had to go through physical preparation to meet the king. One of the oils that were used in her preparation time was myrrh. The prophet told me that he saw that I went through a six-month preparation, just like Esther, with myrrh and that the Lord is saying it is now time to prepare “to enter”. He also said that God is going to send me seven ladies to whom I must impart what I received. God sent them. I didn’t choose them and they are all part of this magazine. I was absolutely stunned at that time. It was someone who didn’t know me and when I counted the months from the day Abba told me to use the oil mixture to the day He said it was complete, it was six months. I didn’t realise it at that time, I just obeyed. I then realised that physically He took me through the same process as Esther, the process of sanctification and being made whole, before I could be placed in a position of authority / ministry. Esther she went through a 12 month preparation period before she became Queen. This process, as mentioned before, is the dying to self process so that we can be resurrected in Him. If Esther did not go through this process she would not have been able to fulfill her destiny. She faced death to save her people.
Esther 4:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
Ministry is about the people. It is not about you. It is not about the platform or the ‘fame’ that comes with it. That is why a process of sanctification and dying to self is needed. When you are dead to self and alive in Him, all honor and glory will go to Him because of your love for Him. You will be secure in Him because it is no longer you who lives but Christ who lives in you.
Galations 9:20 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
What if I hadn’t obeyed and thought that it was my own imagination? Or listened to the opinion of people and friends? I would have missed the whole process and I would not have been able to share this experience and the magazine with you. I want to encourage you to obey blindly and follow Him. I call it ‘blind obedience’, because He will give instructions and just enough light for the next step. But when you look back, you will see that your obedience opened up a road for others to walk on.
For the next six months, Abba started preparing me ‘to enter’. We need to understand that He is a Holy God. To abide in His presence in the secret place will require your fleshly desires to be crucified and nailed to the cross. You can’t abide in the secret place (His presence) and in the world at the same time. To abide means to dwell and to live. The Word of God says that you cannot serve two masters.
Out of this 12 month period of preparation I went through concerning beauty products and perfumes, our range of beauty products and perfumes was birthed. God gave me a formula of oils to mix in a dream, that I started using instead of all the expensive beauty products I used at that stage. I had also been working on a range of perfumes which Abba also gave me through dreams. After we started the magazine, Abba gave me instruction to formulate the beauty products and the perfumes and take back the Media and Beauty industry for His Kingdom. To this day we have grown and we are currently distributing in America and South Africa. My heart with these fragrances and beauty products is to come in from a different angle – beauty from the inside out. We carry the beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ and we carry His fragrance in this world. Rise up Esthers and take your positions as Queens! Allow God to make you whole from the inside out.
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money (world). You must be completely surrendered to the one you choose to serve. I had to completely give up all the things that I had placed before Him, even friends. But in your giving up He gives more back to you in due season, than what you had to give up. He is a jealous God, and He wants ALL of us, not just a part. The reward of living a life completely surrendered to Him is immense. No words can describe the peace and abundance I find in Him. I want to encourage you to search for Him with all your hearts and I promise you HE will meet you there and lead you into that secret place of abiding with Him (Psalm 91).
All you need is a willing heart!
Lady Rose – Gift from God
The Symbol and Theme of the Rose
A rose prophetically means “Gift from God”. Jesus was the Rose of Sharon. The perfect Gift from God to us was His Son Jesus Christ.
Why I chose the rose…
After I had my firstborn Justin (who was a gift from God on his own – my little thorn among the roses whom I know is going to become a mighty man of God!) I desperately longed to have a little girl. Abba knew to give me a son first. Like thorns protect roses, he protects his sisters. In this way his life was preordained by Abba Father. I struggled to fall pregnant after my son was born, but after 3 years and a miscarriage, I eventually fell pregnant with my long awaited little girl.
The night before I discovered I was pregnant again, my mother-in-law Isabel, had a dream. She dreamed that I had a baby girl and I named her “Rose”. I looked up the prophetic meaning of Rose and it was “Gift from God”.
Kirsten was born 9 months later. I fell pregnant again 3 years after that. Before I knew that I was pregnant I dreamed that I redecorated Kirsten’s room and I bought two pink roses to put in her room. When I woke up I knew that I was pregnant with another girl. Nine months after that Mikayla was born.
The greatest gift Abba Father can give us is our children and mine are an absolute “Gift from God” to Quinton and I. Through this, the name “Lady Rose” was born.
My heart’s desire is that this gift, in the form of this magazine, will touch and change the lives of many women and bring healing to them as well as many other girls. In whole, our ministry as a family is to bring restoration to families across the nations. Lady Rose is a Gift from God to families.
Called for Such a Time as This
Ester 4:14 (b) …” Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Linda ChuterCEO and Founder
Niki van Zyl