doesn't that just sound GOOD?!
feminine yet strong. I like this combination.
This chapter touched on some hot topics, but I am going to focus on the warrior that we as women are called to be. I can not agree more - we are called to battle with the enemy. Who roams about like a lion seeking whom he may devour. It is not us who are strong but Jesus in us that gives us the victory since He has already won it. "But we must apply it" (pg.196)
He trains my hands for battle (Ps 18:34)
Like it or not we live in a warring time. And the battle is bloody. The enemy wants to destroy you and all that is yours. Right now in the small church down here in Mexico God is really speaking to the ladies about this. Just last night our "Deborah" gave the example that once when there was a terrible windy night that did a lot of damage, she slept through it. The next morning when visitors came over and complained about the awful wind and the damage it caused she waved it off, declared it nonsense. Turns out that the wind took off a good portion of her roof, but she was asleep.
Her lesson to us was this: The enemy is already already in our "territory" and if we think otherwise it could be that we are just spiritually asleep, but damage is being done none the less.
I challenge you to seek just how many times the bible speaks to us to "wake up" and how many times does the bible speak about us in battle - our the Lord in battle? Hello-o, "the Full Armor of God" not "the lounging robes of the Lord"
That is the point! Wake up!~ there's a battle going on and we need to defend our homes and our hearts. If we are not then what is getting in through our doors, TV's, radios, computer that is destructive and from the enemy? What are we allowing to creep in between us and our husband, children, family, friends, or the Lord? And we will be attacked. The ladies here are experiencing that right now something heavy. The enemy wants to destroy us! I know it.
We stand at the door of our homes in defense of them by the power of the Lord, armed with the sword of the Word. Jesus's name is P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L, so use it as the powerful weapon against the enemy that it is!
"Ladies, you are the Bride of Christ . . . and the Bride of Christ is a warring bride." (pg. 195)
PS:-Our lesson last night was from 2 Chronicles 20, I encourage you to read it for yourself and see:
- enemies came against Jehoshaphat and were already in their territory
- he turned to the Lord, and his prayer was mostly of a declaration of who God is and what He had done
- he states (and I know I can too!) "we have no power to face the [enemy] that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you"!
- even the little ones were there :-)
- Then God said don't worry, I've got this. (paraphrasing) :-)
- they battled entirely with praise and thanksgiving
- and the enemy was defeated entirely by the Lord!
Let's apply it!