Fight Like A Girl


Being a Christian isn't for sissies. And there is this misconception that it is the men who will do all the fighting. Not so, my friend. This just isn't so. It takes guts to stand up for a way of life that the forces of hell are opposed to.

There is example after example of Old Testament and New Testament women fighting hard for what they love, because women are fighters. They don't let outside forces rage over their families. They intercede, and they ask the One strong enough to do battle for them.

Women fight to keep their heads afloat each and every day. They battle with anxiety and depression. They fight against stereotypes and misconceptions. They fight for their marriages. They fight against temptation.

Somehow many people think that Christian women walk around with a halo over their heads and that the real battle of the flesh and of the eyes belongs to men. Again, not so.

Whether your flavor is Brad Pitt or Hugh Jackman, the temptation is the same. The movies rage with 50 shades of this and that and with how to disdain your husband in 10 steps or less. The onslaught is relentless.

The battle is also waged over your children. To let them turn into whatever the devil would have them to be. And you pray, and you fight like a girl.

You weep tears in your brokenness, and yet you fight. You cry out to God, because you've not given up. You are gold in the furnace. You may be tired, exhausted, wounded, and busted, but you're being refined and tested in the flames. You are being made pure. Strong in the faith, inwardly renewed, even while outwardly perishing.

You go through hard things. You may have made it through childbirth or childlessness, the loss of a child, or the tragedy of a stillbirth. And you fight.

You may be married and fighting for unity, or single and fighting for purity, you may be divorced and are fighting through loneliness. In either case, you fight.

You use your strength to take care of those who need you, and you use your pain for others as well. You understand that being a follower of Jesus means there is a fight all around you every day. You put on your armor, and you suit up. You fight like a girl. You will not be deterred by the enemy forces, and you soldier on, knowing this fight is for keeps. You fight on, because it matters.

Sometimes you feel precisely broken, because you've been fighting so long. But fighting is also just showing up and letting Him do battle for you. You put on your helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, and shod your feet with the good news of the gospel. You wield your sword.

You fight. You know that the Bible says that His kingdom has no room for cowards. You feel afraid, but you go on anyway in His strength. You know He will be with you in the operating room, in the board room, and in whatever place you find yourself.

You don't pick a fight for no good purpose, but you are fighting the good fight of your faith. Right living doesn't just happen. You've chosen to trust Jesus Christ for your salvation, and the enemy doesn't like it. You've been hit with fireballs from hell, and yet, the enemy has not prevailed. You show up, because you know that your shield of faith will protect you. You fight.

Esther showed up and spoke up on behalf of the Jewish people before her husband, the king. She fought like a girl.

Sarah followed God into a distant land and gave birth to her only son when she was 90 years old. She fought like a girl.

Deborah went with Barak into battle and led the people of Israel in the days of the judges. She fought like a girl.

Ruth left her native land to follow her mother-in-law and became an ancestress of King David. She fought like a girl.

The women of Jesus' time followed Him around, providing resources for His ministry. (Luke 8:1-3) They fought like a girl.

Mary went against cultural norms by accepting the commission to be with child before she was married. She fought like a girl.

Throughout the centuries women have fought to teach their children the scriptures against a world that would like to have them ruined. Destroyed. De-commissioned. Women fight. They believe. They cry, and they pray. Never let someone tell you it is a derogatory thing to be told you fight like a girl. It is a privilege and an honor, and the joy of the Lord is our strength. We can fight because it is He who fights through us and for us.

Ephesians 6:13 says, 'Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.'

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Whenever I think about fighting, I have to turn to Ephesians 6 for this reminder.. "put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." thanks for the reminder to keep up the fight and to trust God with the outcome!

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