The creation seems to think it knows better than the Creator.
What would happen if we were more acquainted with the power we possess than with the shortcomings we perceive? Let’s talk about it…
“You fight like a girl” – a phrase uttered by children on playgrounds all over America and directed towards that little boy, a bit smaller than his peers, who just can’t seem to land a punch. The underdog. An insult meant to demean, devalue, and deconstruct the spirits of future men by comparing them to women. And a phrase that we will now repurpose through the power of Scripture.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20. Yes, what Satan intends to tear down, God has determined to build up. And we know that no purpose of God can be thwarted.
Women are a specific target of the Enemy, and we have been since the Garden of Eden. It is no surprise that we – the weaker sex (insert eye roll here) – have long-endured the insults of the enemy throughout history. It’s biblical. Anyone with access to the Bible and a heart willing to believe the truth it contains could see this coming a mile away. The persecution of women is all over the Bible, from Genesis (check out chapter 3) to Revelation (take a look at chapter 12).
What would happen if we were more acquainted with the power we possess than with the shortcomings we perceive?
There is a long-standing divide between biblical history and accepted world history – separation of church and state, if you will – that seeks to isolate the events in the Bible from those of other historical documents. Essentially, a belief that the stories in the Bible are just that – stories with no connection to the secular world. But a simple shift in perspective will show us that world events throughout history only serve to substantiate the statements made in the Bible, and that currently, the fight against women continues.
Our society – in keeping with 2 Timothy 4 – appears eager to turn from biblical truth in favor of an ideology that is open-ended. Everything is acceptable by today’s standards. Whatever thoughts/urges/feelings/desires you have are permissible. For every step someone takes away from the law of God, there is someone else there cheering them on, affirming their misguided practice.
Have you wondered yet why the enemy is so consumed with the slaughter of women? Why spend so much time and energy in destroying femininity if we truly are the weaker sex? If we’re so weak, why waste your time, Satan? The answer is simple: The devil doesn’t even believe his own lie. If he did, he wouldn’t waste his time.
Yet, for centuries, he has attempted to convince the world that men are the pillars of strength and women are disposable. Or worse, women are the cause of men’s weakness. After all (excuse me while I play little devil’s advocate here), Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, but it was Eve – that manipulative, evil woman – who tempted Adam. Satan would have us believe that women, not himself, are responsible for the downfall of man. He’s a sneaky little blame-shifter, that devil.
Satan knows that women, just like men, are created in the image of God. And he fears them for that very reason. God made women to be just as strong, bold, and unafraid as they are compassionate, nurturing, and gentle. In fact, whenever a woman is called by name in the Bible, it is most often because she has boldly made a move that would change history, or because God has chosen her to be the recipient of a miracle that would bring countless others to salvation. These are the role models that He gave to the women of today.
Have you wondered yet why the enemy is so consumed with the slaughter of women?
On that note, the Bible is also full of scriptures that show how much God values women and the key role we are to play in the advancement of His Kingdom. 1 Peter 3:7 says that if men mistreat their wives, their prayers will be hindered. Now imagine being in a particularly dark and destitute circumstance. You cry out to God, your one and only hope for salvation. But He doesn’t hear you because your prayers have been hindered. Nothing is more terrifying, and THAT, my coffee bestie, is how much God values women.
I don’t even have time to dive into the way Jesus demonstrated care and compassion and love for women, but I highly encourage you to read through the Gospels. See and feel how deeply loved you are by your Savior.
See and feel how deeply loved you are by your Savior.
Our task now is to arm ourselves. We must discover exactly what God thinks of us and allow His perception of us to take root in our hearts so that we are not deterred by the enemy’s lies. We must lean not on the understanding the world has given us about ourselves, but wholly trust in the plan God has for our individual lives and for our roles in history. And you, sweet friend, have a role in history.
We are far more valuable than we have been led to believe. The good news (and it is like double shot, extra whip kind of good news) is that Jesus is real. His life, death, and resurrection tell us that we are more than conquerors. Because He triumphed over death, we get to triumph over every attack of the enemy. Every. Single. One.
So now, armed with fresh revelation, what are we to do?
We fight back. It’s time for us to flip the script on the enemy. We are no longer content to play defense. At this pivotal moment in history, women are poised to strike offensively. Fight like a girl? Okay, if you say so…
Fight like a girl? Okay, if you say so…