Desperate Times

We live in desperate times, primarily for women.

Why do I say this? There is a breaking in many women’s hearts, a burden many are carrying that they have no idea how to be rid of. So many women are in one battle after the next, fighting to simply get out of bed in the morning. Fresh tears fall nearly every day and cries to the Lord are made continuously. I’m not saying the heaviness is on women alone, men feel it as well, but not quite as often as women do today.

I believe the reason why so many women feel the burden, heaviness, attack, is because God is raising Himself an army of women, and the devil knows it. The enemy knows God is molding women, God is shaping women, God is building women up, and the devil is trying to do everything he can to take them down.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15) Since the very beginning, there has been a special hatred between the devil and women. The devil hates women because from a woman came the Messiah and from women are birthed warriors, men and women who desire to destroy the enemy and all his plans. When a woman rises and declare who she is in the Lord, she is unstoppable.

There is something overwhelmingly powerful about a woman of God, a woman who knows who she is in the Lord. A woman who will not sexualize herself in order to get attention. A woman who will not belittle herself in order to be noticed. A woman who will not attempt to make herself more like a man in order to get the job, but rather stands on her feminism and her sensitivity because she knows those are her God given strengths.

I’m not talking about the 21st century “feminism”, I’m talking about the Esther feminism, the Ruth feminism, the Mary feminism, the Deborah feminism. Deborah, the prophetess, said to Barak, king of Israel, “Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men…and Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with thee.” (Judges 4:6-9). Deborah led 10,000 men into battle. She was a strong woman, a feminine woman, a woman sensitive to the Holy Spirit. A woman’s sensitivity is one of her greatest strengths!

So, if you are one of the women I’m writing about today, a woman who simply doesn’t know why or how the blows keep coming, a woman who sometimes just wants to close her eyes the moment they open in the morning, continue to stand. Remind yourself of who you are in the Lord, who the Lord is in you.

God is raising Himself an army, and you are part of it. You are one of the women He is molding into a warrior. The devil is terrified of you and is doing everything he can to keep you down, to keep you from knowing your potential. Don’t let him win!

When he hits, hit back. When he yells, yell back. When he pushes, push back. When he stands in your way, you stand in the gap and command him to move. When you rise up and take your authority, the devil will move, he has to. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he WILL flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Keep standing, women, for the army is rising. There will come a day, soon, when God calls you forth, when He breaks you out of this darkness and fills you with such light no demon in hell can stay around you.

Don’t give up, for the moment is coming soon. The dawn is breaking!

Author: Lydia Barbara

I am a woman standing on the Word, believing in its infallibility and knowing I am all that God says I am.

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