Monday, February 9, 2015

Fight. Pray. Love. Like a Girl

Fight like a girl.

This is a popular saying on social media right now. This idea of fighting like a girl, the fact that girls fight hard and well, is not new. Once, a man said to me after I threw a ball, "You throw like a girl!" I smiled broadly and gave him a big thank you.

Always is trying to make sure everyone thinks fighting like a girl is a positive, good, strong thing. They created this fabulous video to show how they feel that doing anything like a girl means doing it well and being strong. They are on the right track, but this is not new. Jesus Christ was the first Champion of women. He, throughout the generations, has put women in places of high honor and leadership, working for His kingdom.

As Christian women, we are called to be  stedfast (I Peter 5:8 & 9) and unmovable (I Corinthians 15:58). We are told we have power to witness for Christ (Acts 1:8) and to fight the good fight (I Timothy 6:12).  We are told to go and make disciples, teaching all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20). We have God-given strength and power, unmatched and breathtaking in its scope. All we have to do is look within the Scriptures, themselves, and see how Almighty God raised women up time and time again to accomplish His purposes.

*Eve was given dominion over the earth by the Triune God, Himself. (Genesis 1:28)
*Esther had power and fearlessness. (Esther 5:3, 6 and 7:2)
*Deborah was given powers of judgment as she served as the judge over Israel. (Judges 4:40
*King Lemuel's mother had power to instruct him as king without hesitation. (Proverbs 31:1)
*Abigail was not only beautiful, but brilliant as well, and saved King David from committing much bloodshed. (I Samuel 25)
*Abraham was instructed by God to obey Sarah and submit to her wishes. (Genesis 21:12)
*Huldah was sought after as a prophet and she instructed men in the Word of the Lord without hesitation. (II Kings 22:14-20)
*The Great I Am submitted Himself to a woman, His mother, Mary, not only for a human birth, but as one under subjection. He later took responsibility for her as an obedient Son. (John 19:27)
*When the Apostle Paul went to Philippi to plant a church, he went first to the women. (Acts 16)
*Priscilla was a teacher of men, with at least one man she taught showing great success as a result. (Acts 18)
*Anna was a prophet and teacher of all who were in the Temple. (Luke 2:36)
*We are one in Christ...there is neither male nor female. (Galatians 3:28)

There are many more women whose action, wisdom and service in leadership is recorded in Scripture. Yet, given all this evidence of our God seeing women as strong and capable, and putting them in active leadership roles, there are still men who would have you believe otherwise. These prominent men would have you believe that even God, Himself, wants women relegated to a back seat when it comes to any type of leadership at all. They would have you believe that women belong only in the home and that any and all women being used in service to God were exceptions, never the normal expectation. Among these teachers is John McArthur and John Piper. They openly believe and teach that women are not to lead because they are easily deceived and possess a "certain deceive-ability" that men do not and that they ought to stay home and have babies and hope for salvation through their childbearing and obedience to their husbands.

The problem is, this idea is not at all supported in Scripture. These men have taken their own ideas and promoted them as God's. Read for yourself, girls; it's not in there. That women possess a certain deceive-ability is a pure concoction of men; God has never said this. Our God does not feel this way about us.

What God does say is that we are Daughters of Abraham in our own right, meaning without the approval or possession of a husband. (Luke 13:16) We are Daughters of Judah and can rejoice at the Lord's judgment. (Psalm 97:8)

To teach that women are more deceive-able and spiritually weaker than men is to undermine, negate and minimize Christ's work on the cross. His death covered all sin, "far as the curse is found," and therefore, women do not have to carry the stigma of the forbidden fruit any longer. Anyone who minimizes Christ's work on the cross is of the devil.

Instead of believing what these men, and even some women, say about you and your Bible and you and your God, read His Word for yourself. Set aside the "Bible study books" and the commentaries and sit down with the pure, unadulterated Word of God and just see for yourself what He has in store for  you. It will absolutely change your life.

Fight like a girl.
Pray like a girl.
Love like a girl.

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