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You Must Be Healed Sexually: Part 1


Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Daughters!


“When Jesus [Yeshua] saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

Luke 13:12,16 New Living Translation


In a dream, I heard the words “you must be healed sexually,” and then appeared the face of well-known, female R & B singer, Avery Sunshine. At first, I thought this was a rather odd dream. However, through prayer, I endeavored to know what was being revealed. Here’s what I received to share with daughters.

Avery Sunshine is a pseudonym which comprises a blend of two female movie characters, Shug Avery and Sunshine. Shug Avery (“Shug”) is a character from the movie “The Color Purple,” and Sunshine is a character from the movie “Harlem Nights.” The premise behind the name The Color Purple is that the color purple is such a beautiful and powerful color it cannot be ignored, and Harlem Nights illustrates that sex is still the most effective distraction tactic against opponents at war.


 “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.” 

The Color Purple (Film), Shug Avery (Margaret Avery) 1985


How can one walk past a purple flower and not acknowledge its beauty? The beauty of the color is, in fact, a call to be seen and loved. Beauty is a call. It is a form of communication. We see this idea play out in the biblical narrative of Esther


“This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter.”

Esther 2:7 New Living Translation


Esther is the Hebrew word ʼEçtêr which means “star.” Esther’s beauty caused her to stand out and be selected as King Ahasuerus’ wife. Esther becomes a heroine that intercepts the adversary's plot to destroy the chosen people. Esther’s people were targeted because of their adherence to Yahweh’s commands. Esther’s husband King Ahasuerus had given a decree to exterminate all Jews. However, when he married Esther, her Jewish nationality and family background was not disclosed to him under advisement from her cousin Mordecai. Consequently, being selected as King Ahasuerus' wife was going to place Esther in an uncomfortable position where her cousin Mordecai would ask her to risk her life to save her people. In God’s hands, Esther’s beauty was going to be the tool He would use to cause King Ahasuerus to rescind his orders to exterminate the Jews.


“And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen…”

Esther 2:17 New Living Translation


Ironically, like Esther, Shug also became a heroine. Shug was a prodigal daughter; a famous juke-joint singer with seemingly lesbian tendencies, and estranged from her preacher father. It appeared her father disowned her because of her lifestyle. She was rumored to have a promiscuous lifestyle being referred to as having “that dirty woman’s” disease.” She would also drink and cuss. Although she had various sexual experiences, she got married to a man hoping it would make her father accept her. It did not. Amidst a series of interwoven themes, we see the beauty of this story come alive in Shug’s relationship with Ms. Celie. Shug is the character that connects us to Ms. Celie. Celie had low self-esteem generating from years of sexual abuse at the hands of her step-father and husband. Celie was married to Mister, also known as Albert; a man who didn’t have any natural affections for Celie. Albert actually desired Celie’s sister, Nettie. He thought Celie was unattractive and treated her badly. He often abused and disrespected her. Shug was actually one of Albert’s old flings who was performing in town. Albert invited Shug to stay with him at his home with him and his wife, Celie. However, he failed to mention to Celie that Shug was more than a friend. Under “normal” circumstances, Shug and Celie would have been adversaries. However, Shug and Celie became more than friends and developed a relationship that bordered on slightly romantic, thus introducing Celie to her first encounter of “falling in love.” Shug helped Celie find her voice, and ultimately, the courage to leave Mister.

Control, manipulation, fear, insults, and self-hatred are a few behavior traits that describe narcissists. I’d definitely characterize Mister (Albert) as a narcissist. Albert was still seething over the fact that he wasn’t able to marry Celie’s sister, Nettie. When Albert asked Nettie’s father for her hand in marriage, Nettie’s father declined his offer and offered him, Celie. Celie’s father had already abused her body, stolen her innocence, and impregnated her with several children. He had already defiled Celie, so he was happy to give her away. Mister was still angry about being given Celie to marry. So much so, that he instilled fear in Celie so she would never check the mailbox. Shortly after Celie married Mister, Nettie left town and promised Celie that she would write to her every day and that “nothing could keep her from it.” Mister knew Celie and Nettie had a close relationship, so he devised a plot to intercept Nettie’s letters to Celie. He told her he rigged the mailbox, threatened her, and told her he’d know if she tried to check the mailbox. Albert knew Nettie loved Celie. Although he didn’t love Celie, apparently he didn’t want anyone else to love her either. Later in the story, we find out that the man that gave Celie away in marriage to Mister was not Celie’s biological father. Her “real” father passed away years prior and left an inheritance to Celie’s mother. However, Celie's mother must have gotten remarried to the man that Celie thought was her father. Upon Celie’s step-father’s death, she discovered an inheritance was awaiting her.

An inheritance was waiting, but she was unaware. It was always there. She endured years of mistreatment and abuse because she didn’t know the truth. She didn’t know the truth.

An inheritance was waiting, but she was unaware. It was always there. She endured years of mistreatment and abuse because she didn’t know the truth. She didn’t know the truth.

An inheritance was waiting, but she was unaware. It was always there. She endured years of mistreatment and abuse because she didn’t know the truth. She didn’t know the truth.

Daughters, The Father has an inheritance waiting for you.


Many years passed before Celie’s circumstances would reveal the truth. Following Celie’s divorce from Mister, Celie inherited a house and a tailor shop. She finally had her own home and a means of earning income outside of being used by Mister for sex, restoring his status, and serving as his maid. Like Celie, our beloved protagonist in this story, Albert also has a back story worth mentioning. Insight into the mind of an adversary is worth unveiling in an attempt to further understand the full landscape by which darkness operates. Everyone is at risk until the truth is revealed. Celie was given to Albert, a man was still mourning the loss of his wife. I suspect Mister went looking for a wife in Celie's sister, Nettie because his father told him that's what he "should" do because he needed a woman to help him take care of his house, cook his meals, and care for his children. Though he secretly longed in his heart for Shug, I suspect he got married out of obligation, and when he saw how beautiful Nettie was he figured she’d fit the bill, but ended up “settling” for Celie instead. He didn’t take on a wife out of love, but out of obligation, and lust. I believe grief and lust were at the root of what caused Albert to marry. His wife was deceased. His mistress Shug was living her life as a juke-joint singer and wasn’t interested in becoming his wife. Now, the stage was set for an adversarial spirit to use Albert's grief to do his bidding for darkness. Albert was sexually attracted to Nettie. However, Nettie rejected him. He knew he couldn’t have sex with Nettie unless he married her. So he made plans to ask Nettie’s father for her hand in marriage. The father declines Albert’s offer stating that she’s the pretty, smart daughter. He would not let Albert have her. The father moves forward with "selling off" the least attractive daughter to Albert, a grieving, lustful man with no genuine love in his heart for Celie. What I find interesting is that Albert was asking a man that wasn’t Celie’s biological father for her hand in marriage. Only a father can give permission to a man to marry his daughter. Only a father is authorized to enact covenants. This man who was “playing” the role of a father was not authorized and therefore was out of order in giving away Celie to Mister. Celie didn’t belong to him. This is the first lie that is revealed. A real father does not give away his daughter to a stranger. I see the name “Mister” as an allusion to the idea this man was, in fact, a stranger to both he and Celie. Celie’s step-father did not love her. Albert did not love Celie. He did not know her, nor did he desire to know her. The next truth that is unveiled is that Celie’s mother never disclosed to her daughter the truth of her origins. Celie’s mother kept the true identity of Celie’s father a secret. This secret caused Celie to believe that the man that sexually abused her was her biological father. He was not. So what we uncover here is the exchange of one lie for another. Celie is no longer a victim of incest but is actually a victim of deception committed by her mother and step-father. The tragedy is that Celie carried within her the guilt of believing the children she bore with her step-father were also her brothers and sisters. 


“…Then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?”

Genesis 27:45 King James Version


Deception, like every other sin, finds its origins in families where someone violated The Creator’s instructions and attempted to disguise the infraction in an effort to save oneself from loss. Herein lies the temptation of sin. As my friend, Kimberly Johnson would say, “people do things for two reasons: either to obtain pleasure or to avoid pain.”


“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.”

Hebrews 4:13 New Living Translation


This sordid tale reminds me of a similar story in the book of Genesis, where Jacob’s mother, Rebekah wanted to ensure the birth rite blessing for her youngest son Jacob. So, Jacob’s mom orchestrated a coverup to present Jacob to his father Issac as if he was the eldest son Esau. Jacob and Esau were twins. Jacob’s name means deceiver; one who undermines. The wife deceived her husband by using the children as pawns. Through this plot, Jacob’s mother creates a hostile and deceptive environment. Sin affects everyone, and cannot be compartmentalized. We are all connected!  If Jacob grew up seeing this behavior in his home, it’s safe to assume he made choices as an adult out of the wounds of his environment. A deceptive spirit can run in families. Jacob’s father Issac also had a bout with deception just like Issac’s father Abraham. Jacob also experienced the fruit of deception at the hands of his mother’s brother Laban who deceived him. Laban tricked Jacob into working for him for seven years to obtain Rachel, the woman he loved. However, Laban tricked him and offered him his least attractive daughter Leah. Jacob ultimately worked for Laban for fourteen years and “settled” for a woman he did not love. Albert and Jacob are two peas from the same pod. They both agreed to something foolish out of lust and obligation. Deception appeared to be an ongoing theme on both sides of the family tree. Could it be that a deceptive spirit was the generational curse both sides of the family needed to reveal for the family to be fully healed?  The Color Purple along with all biblical narratives interestingly points to Yeshua/Jesus delivering people from lives of bondage. 

Furthermore, we see an intricate strategy God used to turn these very wrong situations right-side up. Shug is the conduit linking us to the climax of deliverance and redemption. Mister loved Shug and everyone knew it, even Celie. However, Shug knew the truth about Albert. She knew Albert loved her. But she lacked respect for him. This man had two women living in his home in deception, and he was okay with it. Shug used him to meet her needs, just like Albert used Celie to meet his. We all know this situation was not appropriate on many levels. But this inappropriate situation became the class by which both Celie and Shug would learn what they needed to know. Celie admired Shug and fell in love with her. Shug and Celie's friendship helped each other heal. Both Shug and Celie entered marriages that helped them unravel years of lies to arrive at the truth. Ultimately, Shug’s failed marriage reunited her with her father. Celie’s failed marriage prepared the way for her to know the truth about her biological father and her inheritance.  When Shug uncovered Albert’s deception of hiding Nettie’s letters, Celie realized Mister had been strategic in his plot to rob her of her sister’s love even through Nettie's letters. Celie got angry and wanted revenge. But Shug helped Celie find a better way to handle Mister’s deception. She helped Celie with an exit strategy.  Celie "came to herself" and received the courage to leave what should have never been. The marriage to Mister was unlawful from the beginning. How can you give away that which didn’t belong to you in the first place? Also, what father gives away his daughter to a man that initially asked for another woman, and then agreed to “settle” on another daughter? Again, what father gives away his daughter to a man that doesn’t love her? Not a real father. This entire narrative brings to light the idea that a title does not guarantee fulfillment. It’s also worth noting, not every person who birthed a child was authorized to be a parent at the time the child was conceived. However, God is sovereign. Nothing goes to waste. He uses everything to bring his sons and daughters into the knowledge of the truth.


“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Romans 8:28 New Living Translation


Upon uncovering Mister’s deception, Celie warned Mister that anything to which he put his hands would ultimately fail. Until he corrected his wrong, he would experience loss, lack, and failure. Celie was warning him to repent. After Mister witnessed the effects of Celie’s admonition his heart softened and he was allowed to see the error of his ways. Time and a softened heart moved Mister to make arrangements for Celie and Nettie to be together again. God had moved Mister’s heart to release the anger he was harboring to allow Celie to be reunited with real love.

Daughter, woman, wife, it is not in The Father’s character to have you spiritually bound, begging for affection, tied-up in cycles of abuse, disrespected, deceived, pimped, dishonored, fearful, a nervous wreck, used, manipulated, or controlled. The spirit that is at the root of this binding is not from the kingdom of the Father of Lights. That spirit is from the kingdom of darkness; an adversary against the light. You can tell a tree by its fruit. What fruit is on display in that situation? Be honest. Tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Don’t ignore it. This day you can choose. Be healed of the act. Be loosed.


“…He saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God! When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did. He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.

Luke 13:11-13,16-17,20-21 New Living Translation


Lastly, it’s no coincidence the above- referenced passage is found in the book of Luke. Loukas is the Greek translation for the name Luke, which means light-giving. Luke was also said to be a physician. In part two of this post, I will reveal insights about the second part of the pseudonym, Avery Sunshine.

And so it shall be.




About Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic

Temika Moore is an inspirational speaker, educator, singer, songwriter, cultural impact consultant, and arts advocate. For over 20 years Temika Moore has been performing live and writing music with inspiring and empowering messages. She has extended her inspirational songwriting ability into a new blog entitled "Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic." Temika Moore is a re-imagined 21st-century town crier posting notices on behalf of the court of truth as commissioned by I AM, The King, The Creator, The Source, The Redeemer, and The Father to every woman asking, seeking, and knocking to know The Truth. The town crier tradition dates back to the 18th century and is described as one who makes public pronouncements in the streets on behalf of the courts. Before making public announcements, a town crier would ring a handbell and shout the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez." Oyez means “hear ye” which is a call for silence and attention. 

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