Encouragement/Devotional, Faith, Purpose

Are you a threat yet?: 3 ways to become one today

Y’all, a couple of weeks ago, I saw a glimpse of what heaven looked like! (I say a glimpse because our men were missing!) I attended the Propel Activate conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with some friends and oh, what an experience I won’t soon forget! To be in the room with thousands of women from all walks of life, different denominations of Christianity, races, cultures and in the words of Lisa Harper, extending from “belly rings to bladder control”, it was simply ah-mazing!

To top it off, when you get Christine Caine, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Lisa Harper, and Jackie Hill Perry, just to name a few, together in one room delivering an on time word, with worship from Bethel Music throughout the conference, what more could a girl ask for? The atmosphere was so filled with the Spirit of God that I am still on a spiritual high and trying to process all that I heard. It truly was the best 9 hours I could have ever invested on a Saturday.

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While there was so much that I took away from the conference, one thing in particular stood out to me that I wanted to share with you and remind you of as a woman of God, especially in this season as you are waiting.

Our sister Sarah touched on it in her session when she began talking about the enmity that existed between the woman, Eve, and the serpent, i.e. the devil. We tend to focus on all that Eve did to cause the fall of creation, especially for those who have given birth or when our monthly visitor comes around! Yet, smack in the middle of God confronting what both Adam and Eve did, the one He addresses first as He begins spelling out the consequences of sin is the serpent:

I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring;

genesis 3:15, ESV

She focused on the word enmity and what it meant, but then she said something that God had revealed to me several years ago in my first year of seminary through a classmate.

Enmity is a two way street. A woman becomes opposition for the enemy when she knows who she is in God and steps into her purpose…the enemy’s greatest threat.

Sarah jakes roberts, propel conference

I became a threat to the kingdom of darkness when I dared to say “Yes” to God in pursuing my purpose over 10 years ago. My life mission is committed to walking with women, helping them to become the women of God they were created to BE, do the things they were called to DO and live the more abundant life they were already destined to LIVE. When I become discouraged or simply want to give up, I am reminded of the fight I stepped into because it really isn’t about me.

However, in order for us as women to know who we were created to BE and know who we are in God, we must first know the One who created us. If we don’t, we will get caught up, picking up labels that don’t represent who God created us to be, and doing things, i.e. wasting time, chasing after and doing things He never called us to do.

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If you have been hesitant to pursue the things God has called you to do or have been gripped by fear or feeling unworthy, I can assure you that it’s from the enemy, who seeks to intimidate you. He, too, knows how dangerous you become to him and his kingdom when you become the woman God has created you to be and begin walking boldly in your purpose.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a world where YOU and more women like you were truly walking boldly and fearlessly in their purpose and sharing their gifts with the world.

We become dangerous when we know who we are… a threat to the kingdom of darkness, when we DARE to step out into our destiny and purpose, despite all odds, and succeed.

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Here are the 3 ways to become a threat to the enemy today:

  1. Get to know who God, your Creator is, through His Son Jesus Christ.
  2. Get to know who you are and the woman God has created you to be. (Hint: You won’t arrive here unless you have done number one.)
  3. Get to know what He has called you to do (purpose) and then begin walking in it.

So my question to you, as you are waiting, is: are you a threat yet? If not, it’s time to get to work! While you are waiting, find out who SHE is and then begin taking steps of faith to become her today. Let’s give the devil a black eye!

Then the Lord God made a woman

Genesis 2:22, NLT

Scripture references: The Holy Bible (ESV)

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