Fight like a girl? What does that mean anyway? When someone uses this statement, they are implying that you can’t fight…that you are weak…as ‘girls’ (not women) are viewed as weak…”little girl”resonates from the playground not like a pep rally chant but like a taunting from the audience at a boxing match.
I don’t “fight like a girl”. I wage war like a soldier. The battles that I face are not natural…they are spiritual. I have learned that if it is wrapped in flesh, it ain’t my enemy so I don’t even sweat it. My enemy is larger than life and he wants to kill me. But my Lord wants me to die also…
This sounds contradictory. Not so…
The weapons of MY warfare are not carnal but MIGHTY through God to the pulling down of strongholds, Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (reference 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
- carnal (Greek: sarkikos ~ having the nature of the flesh or governed by mere human nature not by the Spirit of God; HUMAN, with the included idea of DEPRAVITY)
- MIGHTY (Greek: dunatos ~ strong in soul meaning able to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience; having power (dunamis) for something!!!)
- strongholds (Greek: ochuroma ~ fortress, castle; anything on which one relies)
- imaginations (Greek: logismos ~ a reasoning, such as is hostile to the Christian faith; a judgment, decision, such as conscience passes)
- captivity (Greek: aichmalotizo ~ to LEAD away captive )
So what do I mean that both my Lord and my enemy want me to die? I can’t wage war with my enemy in this flesh, with my thoughts, with my opinions, with what I think…see I have to die to every vain ambition, every idea, every notion that I THINK is right and my filter must become the Word of God which has transforming Power.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
- TRANSFORMED (Greek: metamorphoo ~ to change into ANOTHER FORM!!!, to transfigure!!!)
For metamorphoo to happen in our lives, we must be taken “up to the mount”. Notice in 2 Corinthians 10 that the “imaginations” and “high things” must be cast down and lead into captivity. Our minds must be “taken up to the mount” to be changed into another form. The Word demands change. It will transfigure you. This process is painful.
I want to show you something. I want to share with you the story of the life cycle of a butterfly. I want you to open your mind and think of your spiritual walk and put yourself in this message. Don’t just look at it “scientifically” and think, “Hey! That was pretty cool!”. Really open your spiritual eyes and ears and catch the revelation of what God wants us to see in His creation. He has given us a beautiful example of what our METAMORPHOO will be in this natural phenomenon. Watch this short video:
What did you notice? Please comment below and tell me what you saw and how it relates to YOUR metamorphoo.
If the attack of the enemy is wearing you down and you feel defeated, consider this: you have stepped out of the place of immunity. The place of immunity is where you don’t have to defend yourself because the Lord is your Vindicator. He is our Defender. You are not as close to JESUS as you were. Remember: the enemy prowls WAITING PATIENTLY for the saints of God to move out of the safety zone. Maintain what you have obtained. The anointing flows down and it is the anointing that breaks the yoke. That can only be found in His Presence. Draw nigh….
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8
Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.” 26 And the Lord of hosts will stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt.
27 It shall come to pass in that day
That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder,
And his yoke from your neck,
And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
~ Isaiah 10:23-27
Listen: the Lord has a place for us that seems scary and we think, in OUR MINDS, that He is not with us. We often think it is the enemy that is taking us back into the wilderness because the place is barren and in this moment, weary from battle, we feel isolated. The environment is a mirror of our soul. But it is the LORD bringing us here to RESTORE us, bringing us back to the essentials of our faith, reminding us that our purpose is to please Him. His purpose is to save the world. We think there is no way we can do what He is asking, and we are CORRECT. There is NO WAY but by HIS GRACE that we can accomplish the vision that the Lord has for our lives. But if we will just listen, and quiet ourselves, He will show Himself new to us. We will encounter Him and the anointing will come to destroy the works of the enemy.
Elijah is a beautiful example of what happens when God takes us to that place of desolation. Elijah had won a victory for the Lord and God had shown Himself to the false prophets of Baal by answering their demands with fire and then rain ending a drought because of Elijah’s prayers and relationship with the Lord. It was Elijah’s greatest victory. This seemingly would have aroused revival, but it did not. It aroused the enemy. Jezebel sought Elijah and vowed to kill him. So, this mighty man of God RAN…He hid and cried out to the Lord saying, “ENOUGH! I have done all I know to do!” And the Lord answered him.
Read this passage from 1 Kings 19 and hear from the Lord:
5 Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 6 Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8 So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.
9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”
God’s Revelation to Elijah
11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”
15 Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill.
~ 1 Kings 19:5-17
He takes us to Mount Horeb, (aka Mount Sinai) to bring us back to basics. What battles are you waging in your flesh? Are you saying “It is enough! I have done all I know to do!” Get up on the mountain, wrap your face in the mantle (Hebrew: adderath ~ glory, splendour, magnificence) and fulfill the call. Don’t back down because of the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. STAND. FIRM.