If you haven’t read “Women of Wonder” Part One, I would encourage you to do so before reading this blog. You can find it by clicking on the archived “Coffee for Kim.”
I will begin with what I ended with in part one, “It’s going to be very difficult to win this spiritual war with only half of the army that God created. When half of the Body of Christ is diminished by either Satan himself, personal preferences or the misuse of Scripture, the Kingdom will not be taken.”
From the very beginning there has been hostility between satan and female. This particular hostility doesn’t exist between satan and male. We discussed that in part one. So since the beginning it has been satan’s agenda to prevent the original intent when it comes to women.
Single Snapshot – The Devil’s Prevention
Psalm 139:13-16 – Message
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
There is only ONE you. Out of billions of women on this people planet, there is NO ONE like you. You are a SINGLE SNAPSHOT. You are it…you’re an original, a collectible of extreme value. There is no mold for you. You were handmade by God Himself. The One who created everything, from the seas to the mountains, to the sunrise to the sunset created YOU to be YOU! No one has your eyes, fingerprints, or DNA. It’s you, you’re ONE of a kind, unique and of such value that only one thing could ever purchase you. And that’s the blood of Jesus Christ.
1 Cor. 6:19 - NKJV
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
In the beginning, there was an enemy (Lucifer) in the Garden of Eden who understood the power of either gender (male and female) knowing “who they were” in God’s Image!
So, Satan devised a “PREVENTION” plan, in order to prevent, hinder, and deter God’s INTENTION, he came with deception to mar and scar the images of God!
He (satan) came to prevent God’s original intent
He left Eve in shame. The first attack against humanity was the woman…he tricked her, lied to her, assaulted her, stole her power, stole her confidence, he contaminated her thoughts and her marriage…he left her marred and scarred. He hasn’t stopped trying to do this since that day!
Some may think Satan went to Eve first b/c she was a weaker vessel. I don't think so! Quite the opposite! He went to her b/c he knew her potential to: Influence; Create; Birth; Nurture; Discern; War & protect. He was there at creation and saw the impact in the earth on the day of woman's creation! Above all if he had to pick one to target why wouldn’t he pick “The one who sees the enemy!” Yes the Hebrew word picture for “ezer” an ally who “sees the enemy”.
With one choice, Adam and Eve traded a “picture perfect” plan for a now “fading photo” of God’s intention.
Are you looking at a faded photo of God’s intention for YOU?
God marvelously made you! Satan will stop at nothing to mar & scar you! He will cause you to fear asking God for more, to use you for more and make you into more. His goal is to keep you (woman) under cover so as not to reveal his deception.
Satan photo-shopped himself into the driver’s seat of the destiny of female and male that day. Of course, we know this was only temporary, but the marring and scarring that has resulted from that photo shoot has left millions of “single snapshots” (women) in search of their identity. A piece of them is missing and they believe the lie of the enemy about “who” they truly are! You must rise up and throw off anything that doesn’t look like God! I am convinced that for centuries the female image bearer has been suppressed one way or another. Middle-Eastern women have just an outward visual of what many women experience inwardly – they are outwardly veiled – we are inwardly. One of the meanings of veiled is: lacking clarity or distinctness!
If there is one thing that frightens the devil, it is a woman who has clarity and destiny for her life. She understands her positions in family, church, ministry and most of all her position before God. He fears women who say, “be it unto me Lord according to your Word!” This makes him TREMBLE!
We have a glimpse into how God feels when ANY PART of His creation is suppressed or oppressed through the story of the children of Israel. God went to GREAT lengths to bust them out of their confinement and oppression and to release them into what He had always intended for them to become!
As a woman, have you ever sensed there’s more to me than this? Once again, I’m not talking about our roles and responsibilities as mothers, wives and employees. I’m talking about your mentality. How you view yourself. That’s God’s IMPRINT trying to get out! The enemy’s greatest fear is that: I know who I am! The enemy doesn’t want to you to learn about your capacity as an EZER. Our design is our identity which leads to our core purpose. When the design is suppressed so is our PURPOSE. But when the design is realized, destiny is released!
So what are some ways that satan uses to prevent the intent of God when it comes to women?
Sexual Lust and Greed
If there are two foes that are ancient but still run rampant to stamp out God’s image in females it is the foes of “SEXUAL LUST & GREED”. Sex trafficking, pornography and prostitution have caused many photos to fade and lose identity. God’s emphasizes her abilities, Satan emphasizes her sexuality.
How is anyone going to look on a woman as someone who is EZER:
“Warrior! Defender & Protector! An ally! One who sees the Enemy! Powerful and Mighty; Diligent; vigorous; strong; active; bold; a force; Dunamis; inherent power; influence; excellence; a conquering army…
When they have been viewing her as a pleasure tool or a money making project?
Specifically held captive in the stronghold of pornography are women who are victims of pornography by either allowing themselves to participate in the making of the IMAGES; participate in looking at the IMAGES or have been victim of their husbands or someone else looking at the IMAGES and imposing their view of women through those images.
It’s ironic that they are called “Images”. Images can become tattoos on our minds. The enemy works with these tattoos and distorts them with his interpretations they then become a part of our belief system and become our control center. When someone views a woman in a pornographic image, little by little, their minds are trained to believe…THIS IS WHAT A FEMALE IS. THIS IS WHAT A FEMALE IS MADE FOR.
Our lives are going to go the way of our most dominant thoughts. (Prov. 23:7). So, Satan holds captive God’s female image bearers because a culture has told us that in order to be looked at, accepted, loved and approved by men we must live up to the expectations of these IMAGES. NO ONE (male or female) can properly view the female with the intention that God created her if they have these distorted images in their minds.
Our culture has connected our IDENTITY to our “parts” and not our “hearts”!
It’s time to tell the devil and his porn demons that WE ALREADY HAVE AN IMAGE AND IT DOESN’T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THOSE IMAGES HE HAS CREATED! There is an underlying erosion that has happened through porn: IT DEVALUES THE WORTH OF A WOMAN TO THE POINT THAT SHE IS JUST A PLEASURE TOOL AND A MONEY MAKING PROJECT. THE RESULT: WE ARE LEFT WITH BILLIONS OF “SINGLE SNAPSHOTS” WHO FEEL LIKE THEY DON’T MEASURE UP; & LACK THE CONFIDENCE AND THE ABILITY TO “BE AN EZER”!
Words & Choices!
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Negative words breed insecurity which allows fear to control our behavior! Some have lived their entire life by what someone else said they were and because of this you’re always afraid you’re going to make a mistake. You live to please others. The words spoken over you have created a false image – not God’s image! The negative words have created a ceiling in your life and fear is the trap in which you live. The negative words have damaged how you see yourself on the inside.
Never let anyone else define YOU!
It’s time to dig deep to find YOU!
I’m talking deeper than your gift sets and abilities…I’m talking the SEED of His IMAGE, because within that Seed is the confidence to boldly step out and ask God for things that go beyond your mind or what you think is possible.
In Numbers 13:33 – Moses had spies check out the land that God had promised to give them. 10 of the 12 saw only the problems…giants, walled cities, how little they appeared in their own eyes. What they saw was a reflection of their faith on the inside. Here’s what happened with the spies: their negative words spread to the entire nation so that all of them saw themselves through the eyes of insecurity & fear. An entire nation lost their identity because they allowed10 people’s poor perception to define them!
Are you seeing a reflection of what God says about you or someone else?
The only truth about you is what God says about you…YOU ARE MADE IN HIS IMAGE! YOU ARE AN EZER!
Bad choices breed inferiority and unworthiness which allows shame to control our behavior!
You can’t let poor choices define you neither can you can’t let poor choices define you! Don’t let your past define you!Don’t make former poor choices your identity, because when wounds are deep –Identity is shallow, and because we have no identity, we compare ourselves to others, and comparison opens the door to jealousy which opens the door to competition. When you have all of these aspects working together…it is a vicious cycle that covers and smothers the REAL YOU! Let me tell you what this cycle is called: REACTING FROM A WOUNDED PLACE!
When you react from a wounded place you live life as a victim.Victims never excel or move forward because they are always tied to the last thing/person that victimized them.You need to break free from the prison of bad choices – yours or someone else’s - to become the EZER God has created you to become.
If God only used women who hadn’t made a bad choice, or didn’t have the supposed proper credentials, there would be NO women to use!You’re in a long line of women in the Bible who God used mightily in spite of their bad choices or unsuitable upbringing: Tamar was raped, Ruth worshipped false gods, Bathsheba committed adultery with the king, Rahab was a harlot, Esther was an orphan and Mary Magdelene had demons…the list goes on.
It’s time to kick the devil out of our mind and let him know:
Group Photo - Say cheese!
The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host!
The greatest photo opt ever was put into the book of Psalms and it heralds that there are a GREAT HOST of WOMEN who are VOICES for the Most High God! We see all of the “single snapshots” coming together to play their part to bear the IMAGE of our God! There is a voice we possess, a sound that we release, and an anointing we carry as God’s remarkable phenomenon…His female image bearers – His EZERS.
It’s time to join the ranks with Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Mary, Elizabeth, Anna, Priscilla and even Tamar, Bathsheba, Rahab and the great host of others and BE - EZER!
If you take a look at what the devil fights the hardest, it’s usually what God wants to anoint the most!
For Such a time as this…Anoint the EZERS – Arise! Blessings to you all, it’s an honor to serve the Kingdom along side of you.