Ladies, Pick Up Your Weapons.

Read Genesis 3:14-20 and John 1:3-4.

From the very beginning, Satan declared war on women. We see this play out in our everyday lives and the attacks on femininity that seem to get worse and worse as time goes on.

The fall of Eve into the deception of the serpent brought God’s curse on the enemy. “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.” While Satan was the one to tempt Eve, her compliance brought about this curse from God, giving him a special hatred for her. His external locus of control allows him to blame Eve (therefore all women) for his misfortunes.

Satan’s nature is simple: he is the enemy of God. All that God does, everything he stands for, and everything he loves the enemy loves to hate. Scripture tells us multiple times that God is the bringer of life. As that stands, the enemy’s objective is to bring death. Naturally, as Eve is the giver of life, he despises her. And as women, we are tasked with literally bringing life into the world which directly combats Satan’s goal to bring death.

When God created man and woman, he designed them both with specific characteristics of himself that made them beautiful. Together, men and women make up an image of the living God. We see this in marriage when the traits of the husband bring out the best traits in his wife, and vice-versa. While men house gifts of God such as strength, leadership, and protective nature, the traits that present themselves in women specifically threaten the enemy and the things necessary for him to progress. In the image of God, women are inherently gifted with being loving, nurturing, and comforting. To an enemy who thrives in chaos, the very presence of women challenges the essence of the enemy to bring disorder into our lives.

Men have their struggles, don’t get me wrong, but women have a special place in Satan’s hatred that puts us in prime position to be subject to attack. And under attacks of the enemy, we have two choices: fall victim, or fight back. 

Fighting back means that we do not accept oppression and injustice. Fighting back means standing with each other no matter what our differences are. Fighting back means covering each other in prayer and holding each others arms up in moments of weakness (Ex. 17:12).

To fight back we have to be rooted in peace and faith and ready to combat the enemy with the word of God (Eph. 6:10-18). The Word is our only offensive weapon to, not only protect ourselves, but directly fight the enemy. Scripture tells us that the Word is alive and active (Heb. 4:12), meaning that it is both applicable to whatever your situation may be and ready to fight on your behalf. God gives us the Word as a readily available weapon; all we have to do is pick it up and use it. 

 

Abby Shrewsbury


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