Awaken and arise, Daughters!

“He (Jesus) said to her, “My daughter, your trust has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 8:48 CJB

Yesterday, I saw “Wonder Woman”. I was awestruck by the lessons woven throughout the film. This film was for such a time as this. I believe this was an illustration of what kind of trust and belief is needed in these dark days.

He is calling His daughters out of hiding!

It is time for the other half of the church to step up, put their Armor on and come alongside the men in battle just as Deborah the prophetess/judge did in Judges 4.

The Daughters of the Great I Am have been kept hidden for too long. There is a war out there that needs us. They need our voice, they need God’s strength that is woven into our being.

“So God created humankind in his own image;
in the image of God he created him:
male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 CJB

Both men and women represent the image and likeness of God but each sex highlights different strengths of the Great I Am.

“Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever. ” Hebrews 13:8 CJB

Our God is the same God of the Bible. He hasn’t changed who He is in these last 2,000 years. He is still including His Daughters in His story! We have Sarah, Deborah, Yael, Ruth, Hannah, She’erah, and Miriam to look to as examples that God created each of us for a specific purpose and we’re not at all limited to the confines of societal expectations!

Sarah, by faith, was transformed from barren to a mother of nations!

Deborah was the prophetess and judge of Israel that led the Israelites into battle!

Yael was brave enough to lure the leader of the enemy’s army into her tent so she could pierce his temple! Thus, fulfilling Deborah’s prophecy that Adonai, the Lord our God, would hand the enemy over to the hand’s of a woman!

Ruth, a foreigner and widow, chose to stand faithfully by her mother in-law’s side vowing, “Your God will be my God”. In the midst of sorrow and grief she refused to think only of herself resulting in her redemption from Boaz and becoming the great-grandmother of King David.

Hannah, withstood cruelty from her husband’s other wife and kept her honor. Instead of retaliation she chose honor and dignity. Even in the midst of her depression from humiliation she chose to cry out to God in faith! He faithfully restored her womb and provided a child, Samuel who became the prophet who would anoint King David!

She’erah was the daughter or granddaughter of Ephrayim who became a builder of cities!

Miriam became the mother of the Savior of the world!

So put your Armor on and believe that God has a purpose for you!

Wear the Armor of God! I love the picture of Wonder Woman being the first to ascend out of the trenches into the front lines to face the enemy head on. Because she had her shield she was able to withstand a great attack.

It was her courage to rise that gave the other’s courage to rise as well.

So remember that we too have an Armor that can block the enemies fiery arrows of deception. We have the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God! We don’t take our positions alone, for HE is our Armor!

And no matter how the enemy influences other’s around us, may we never forget who we are really fighting!

“For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.” Ephesians 6:12 CJB

Know that those living within the darkness of this world are influenced by the enemy’s whispers of deception, discord, lies, hatred, confusion and destruction. Know the enemy is masquerading as an angel of light, so we must remain in submission to God’s wisdom, discernment as not to be deceived. Because the enemy will come raised on a platform of peace as to deceive many. In Revelation 6:2 it speaks of a rider on a white horse who comes with a bow but without arrows. The anti-Christ will come on the false pretense of peace however he intends to use his weapon later.

Just as Wonder Woman didn’t allow her friends to deter her from her mission or discourage her with their skepticism or unbelief we too must be resilient and stand firm in our beliefs and convictions!

We must not let the battle stain our honor, dignity and purity.

We must not become distracted either. Just as Wonder Woman’s distraction for a moment cost the lives of that village we too must realize the weight of our mission. Lives are at stake!

I love that whenever Wonder Woman was about to attack the enemy she boldly declared who she was! We too must never forget and not be afraid to declare to the enemy who we are and whose we are!

We are the Daughters of the King of Kings and come in His Name who is above all Names! With Him as our Father we can be brave and courageous! Let us all declare that we will not shrink back in fear!

Have trust! Believe!

“By trusting, Yitz’chak, in his blessings over Ya’akov and Esav, made reference to events yet to come.
By trusting, Ya’akov, when he was dying, blessed each of Yosef’s sons, leaning on his walking-stick as he bowed in prayer.
By trusting, Yosef, near the end of his life, remembered about the Exodus of the people of Isra’el and gave instructions about what to do with his bones.
By trusting, the parents of Moshe hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was a beautiful child, and they weren’t afraid of the king’s decree.
By trusting, Moshe, after he had grown up, refused to be called the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose being mistreated along with God’s people rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin. He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah’s as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward.
By trusting, he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered as one who sees the unseen.
By trusting, he obeyed the requirements for the Pesach (Passover), including the smearing of the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn Isra’el.
By trusting, they walked through the Red Sea as through dry land; when the Egyptians tried to do it, the sea swallowed them up.
By trusting, the walls of Yericho fell down– after the people had marched around them for seven days.
By trusting, Rachav the prostitute welcomed the spies and therefore did not die along with those who were disobedient.
What more should I say? There isn’t time to tell about Gid’on, Barak, Shimshon, Yiftach, David, Sh’mu’el and the prophets; who through trusting, conquered kingdoms, worked righteousness, received what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, had their weakness turned to strength, grew mighty in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead resurrected; other people were stretched on the rack and beaten to death, refusing to be ransomed, so that they would gain a better resurrection.” Messianic Jews (Hebrews)11: 20-35

Trust is key.

In Wonder Woman, Hippolyta tells Diana, “They don’t deserve you“. Hebrews chapter 11:37-38 says, “They were stoned, sawed in two, murdered by the sword; they went about clothed in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, mistreated, wandering about in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the ground! The world was not worthy of them!“. However, later on she declares, “It’s not about deserving!”.

Jesus, our Messiah and the Light of the World, died for us even while we were still sinners. He never gave up on us! So we must never give up on the world. We must remember to love our enemies and pray for those that persecute us! It is not about whether or not they deserve it.

The world will know us by our love.

We must continue, no matter how dark it gets, to stand on truth, hold fast to our honor and purity and look to the One He sent…Jesus!

Hold fast, even in the midst of great darkness, to…

“But I know my Redeemer lives, that in the end he will rise on the dust; so that after my skin has been thus destroyed, then even without my flesh, I will see God. I will see him for myself, my eyes, not someone else’s, will behold him.” Job 19: 25-27 CJB

Women of God. Women of power, grace, wisdom and wonder: We must rise.

“But I’m coming at you in the Name of Adonai Tzva’ot, the God of the armies of Isra’el. Whom you challenged!…Today Adonai will hand you over to me…Then all the land will know that there is a God in Isra’el, and everyone will know that Adonai does not save by sword or spear. For this is Adonai’s battle, and he will hand you over to us.”