“Redeemed women of God have tender, merciful hearts, backbones of steel, and hands that have been trained for battle.”
Women are almost always perceived as fragile, tenuous, needing a savior. We are fragile, we do need men to offer their strength on our behalf, we need affirming and reaffirming, we need to feel taken care of, cared for. These things are all true. However, there’s a part of femininity that is often overlooked, dismissed even.
We are fierce. We are warriors too.
God gave women this crazy ability to love, and fight, with the fiercest devotion. Most especially in the spiritual realm. I had never considered how much we as women are hated by the devil. That is, until I read Captivating. It makes sense that he has a special hatred for women: we are what he used to be – beautiful, breathtaking. We bring life into the world. And the woman’s Seed bruised the head of the serpent. Of course he hates us.
He attacks women in innumerable ways every day. Emotional and physical attacks in the form of feeling worthless, not valuable, not beautiful, not accepted, not good enough, failed relationships, health conditions, eating disorders, shame, guilt. The list is inexhaustible. He is so good at what he does that he ends up convincing us that these things, these attacks, are normal, that everyone goes through them. Or “you’re the only one going through this and it’s your fault. You better not speak about it to anyone to avoid judgment and criticism.”
And we buy into those lies. We believe that we are the manufacturers of those thoughts in our heads. We take full responsibility and consequently, live in shame and fear. But friends, sisters, this isn’t so. We have a powerful Enemy waging war against our hearts. Just as our God’s love is relentless, so is our Enemy’s fight. So what do we do? We fight back.
And we are not ill-equipped. We have truth and righteousness and the gospel and faith and the word of God. We have the entire hosts of heaven’s armies behind us. We do not fight alone. We combat his lies with truth. I am not worthless, unloveable, not beautiful; I am His beloved, the apple of His eye, more valuable than the birds of the air which He clothes. The infinite Being who created life and can just as easily take it away is my Father, and the Lover of my soul. He knows the intimate details of my soul, the depths of my heart, and he loves me. And what’s more, he knows I’ve failed. He knows I will fail. But when he looks at me, he doesn’t see my failures, my flaws, my shortcomings. When he looks at me, he sees his redeemed, breathtaking daughter. So the devil can go suck it.
Spiritual warfare is a subject avoided like the plague in American society. People don’t understand it, they’re scared of it, so they ignore it. But just because you don’t want to believe in something doesn’t mean it ceases to exist. Just because you ignore the spiritual world doesn’t mean the war for your heart is nonexistent. It would be best to accept reality and learn to fight, instead of giving the devil a foothold into your mind. His biggest weapon against this society in particular? Complacency. He knows we’ll never get up and fight because we don’t even believe the war is real. So he breaks into our homes, steals our treasures, destroys anything of beauty, abuses everything precious and holy, and leaves the stench of death and shame in his wake. And we let him. Every single day.
It’s time for the daughters of the King to stand up and fight. Enough of being complacent, accepting whatever lies he throws at you. Enough talking and whining about the ways we fail, the ways we feel inadequate. It’s time we recognize the root of those lies and get really mad. Mad enough to pick up our swords and wage war. The kingdom of heaven is not a matter of talk but of power (1 Cor. 4:12). Enough is enough.
I have this image in my head of me in a long, flowing dress circa early 1900s, a headband to keep my hair back, on horseback, screaming the battle cry. I may be a beautiful woman, a princess, but I wield my sword with deadly skill. This woman’s had enough.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6)