While walking out a difficult season that one of my children is experiencing, I have discovered a whole new level of “Mama Bear” within my heart.
It’s likely the fact that so much of my life is requiring warfare right now weighs in on this. It seems on every front I am being taught how to fight. Once, I would have said that naturally, I am not much of a fighter. Now I fully believe that in my original design, God placed a warrior’s heart within me. But the enemy spent a lot of time in my formative years trying to stifle and discourage that spirit. Now as I walk into my calling and purpose, more and more, I see that I’ve been like a caged lioness just waiting to be released.
Being overbearing, demanding and manipulative are the things I was previously deceived into believing strong women must be, therefore I had avoided it. In fact, during my formative years, I didn’t see one single powerful woman represented in a good light. It’s taken years for God to chisel off all the layers of lies. Now, I see God placed a quiet and gentle strength within me that is stronger than steel.
My strength comes like a breeze, but with the fierceness of a warrior. In my surrender to God, I find my greatest strength. In my unwillingness to be provoked or compromise, I find a steel spine within my back.
Why am I discussing this? Because it’s time for many of us to walk into our place as warriors. I can’t be the only one who suffers from this kind of lie.
From what I see, the church (universal) suffers from a lot of lies when it comes to standing firm and with power. I wonder why? Isn’t it interesting that God told us the Holy Spirit would come in power, yet we are afraid to wield that power?
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Luke 1:35a
The Holy Spirit is power, when we deny that we deny an important part of Who He is. Why would we do that? Power in and of itself is not wrong. We are simply responsible for being good stewards of it, just like anything else.
Prayer Moment: God, I ask right now that You would release Your power over every single person reading this devotional. Let Your power surge through their bodies from head to toe. Give them wisdom and the restraint required to be good stewards of this beautiful gift. Awaken the church and let it seize Your power. Ignite Your people, those who are called by Your name. I am here God, use me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.