I do not consider myself a feminist, at least not in the modern terms of the word. I believe in equality, but I was not created a man nor do I want the responsibilities of one. However I do believe in the role of a woman of God. I believe it is a holy calling, and I believe that accepting that calling is a great and powerful thing. But if you are a woman or have talked to another woman recently you would know that it is not an easy task. We as women often spend more time hurting than walking in our calling as powerful women of God. Why is that? Why is it so hard to be a woman of God?
God created woman because the earth needed her, man needed her. She was not an after thought, she was the finishing touch, God’s grand finale! She was beautiful and God said it was good. I often wonder why the serpent came to Eve first, hearing the story growing up I often believed that Eve was weak and naive. But I do not believe that was the case I believe that he went after her because she was a woman. He saw what God saw, He saw all that she could be, God’s masterpiece and he knew that if he could get her he could destroy God’s glorious plan. Satan knew this, if he could destroy the woman and destroy God’s plan for her, he could have the victory. How? Because she had the power to bring forth life, to bring forth children. She would be the vessel that brought Jesus into this world, and he knew that Jesus would ultimately defeat him. Therefore, Satan took direct aim at the woman to make her as miserable as possible. He was killing two birds with one stone, destroy the woman, destroy the children. Eve wasn’t just skipping through the garden looking for trouble, Satan made sure she was exactly where he needed her to be, the goal wasn’t to just kick them out of the garden, it was to destroy the vessel of Jesus. And I believe that he has been doing it to all of us since Day 1.
How often have you heard that enemy whisper lies into your ear? How often have you felt crazy, lonely, rejected, ugly, hopeless, depressed, etc.? I know I do! I’ve struggled with body image, I’ve been rejected, cast aside without a second thought, depressed, I’ve been tormented to the place that I didn’t think I could go on anymore. Even to this day if something does not go as planned the enemy will immediately try to make me think that I did something wrong, or that the action was intentional when most of the time it wasn’t. That maybe just maybe I’m not good enough, or I’m not doing enough. I want you to know beautiful ladies that this is a lie, you are good enough! No one else’s opinion of you affects the love God has for you. You were formed by God, and you have been given the authority to defeat the enemy.
He will try to destroy you, and he will use people to do it. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places”, Ephesians 6:12. I allowed people to do a lot of damage to me, friends walked out on me, boys who I adored made me feel worthless and undesirable, bosses have mistreated me, complete strangers have called out to me and degraded me just walking around a college campus or going to the grocery store, and for too long I’ve let these things define me. I became strong for the wrong reasons and bitter. No one was going to hurt me anymore, because no one was going to get close to me again. I decided that isolation was better than hurt and that’s where I found myself for so long. If I did find the courage to come out, the enemy made sure that there were certain people or circumstances placed in my life to shut me away again. And it worked for so long! While people may be used to hurt us, ultimately it is the enemy trying to destroy us again. He does not want us to be used by God, he does not want you to feel beautiful or loved. Those are your God given desires and he hates it! Simply having this blog has been a major battle for me, the enemy will tell me that this is dumb, that no one is going to read it. He wants to shut me up, but God has given me a burning desire to write and to encourage people with my writing and with every blog post I defeat him. You can defeat him too, every time you ignore his lies and do exactly what he tells you can’t you defeat him and take a step of faith.
You are not a weak little flower, you are powerful woman of God. It is time that we accept this calling and walk in freedom. God promised in Genesis that our offspring will defeat the enemy, you have that power and Satan knows it.
‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’ (Genesis 3:15).
So stand strong dear sisters, walk in the power and glory of God. Shut out the voice of the enemy and tune in to the voice of your heavenly Father. Fall in love with Him, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need,” Matthew 6:33. Only His love can quiet the enemy, it’s not going to be easy but with God by your side it will be easier. God placed you on this earth for a reason, to love and be loved. You deserve the very best that He has to offer, and nothing less. People may come and go, material things may provide temporary happiness, but God will never leave you nor forsake you. If you’re like me and you’ve been hurt or you’ve made mistakes, God can turn those hurts for good. It may look pointless now, but your hurts will one day help someone who is hurting. There is no greater joy than when you can finally give your pain a purpose, the ultimate defeat of the enemy is taking what he’s done to you and helping someone else find healing!
“…he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” Isaiah 61:3
Dear Sisters, You are BEAUTFUL, You are LOVED, You are WANTED, You are STRONG and You are VICTORIOUS through Christ Jesus! Fall in love with your Savior, He will give you the desires of your heart or better yet He will change your desires to His desires which will be far greater than what you could ever imagine. Stay in His Word, keep a lifestyle of prayer and love others. And when you feel tempted to judge another woman, or compare yourself to her, remember that most likely she is dealing with insecurities and hurt as well. We are all in this together to lift each other up, we are stronger together!
Lots of Love ❤︎,