I spent the better part of last night reading about woman. Feminine stuff. Somehow, it didn’t exactly register that today would be the International Women’s Day celebration. Which is equally odd because my dear friend, Ochanya, went for the celebration in Lagos and I texted her last night about how non-coincidental her trip was in the light of the things we’ve been discussing. In addition to being my friend, she is also the leader of our ladies fellowship in church.
There are times when revelation will hit your heart like a lightning bolt. Other times, it will steadily seep in and grow in measures, becoming like the nagging thought you cannot get away from. The second is what’s been happening to us.
For a long time, we thought it was uncool to be a girl. At least, I did. I hated the feelings and attributes that came with being a girl. It felt like life was fun for the boys only, and girls got no end of the stick at all! For many reasons, I wished out loud and in my heart that I was a boy.
In the last few years, though, it seemed like God was trying to steer me back to His purpose of creation. My pastor would sometimes talk about the possibilities of the life of a woman, and he always gets me going when he talks. And so I’d start thinking about it.
God used some of those words to start me on a journey that I’m now enjoying. A journey into the truth of who He made woman to be; who He made me to be. “Male and female He created them,” the Bible says. “For thou hast created all things, and for thine pleasure they are and were created.”
There’s a reason I was born female, and God is already satisfied with that.
It was never God’s plan for us to hate ourselves, fight ourselves, and seek to change our intrinsic identity. That is the devil, as has been since the Garden, waging against us. It is the devil that orchestrated every attack against the female creation of God in order to make us see ourselves as anything but God’s beautiful and purposeful creation. Every attack against femininity, including secular femininity which in many ways wars against the original design of God, is an attempt of Satan to put down the feminine soul and deprive the earth of the beauty, grace, anointing and help we were designed to impart.
Dear sisters, don’t let him anymore. May your eyes be open to see that your one true enemy is Satan the devil, not the other woman. He is the enemy of our souls, and our Saviour has defeated him. But we must stand in thus victory everyday, letting the triumph of the Cross and Grave wash over the hard things we experience in womanhood, and rising up in the Resurrection with a victorious word in our mouths that we have been redeemed from the curse of the law!
Remember, the weapons of our warfare are not intellectual or sensual, not consisting of militating for rights that we own by divine appointment already. They are mighty through God to the pulling down of mindsets and old pictures which have framed our perception, bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Happy Women’s Day. Enjoy the liberty of being feminine, enjoy the liberty of being you!