Satan has targeted women from the beginning of time. In the garden he approached Eve, not Adam, intending to use her in his sinister plan to steal their dominion. Convincing her that God lied to them and by eating the forbidden fruit, they would become gods. Was it Eve’s curiosity that drove her to capitulate? Did a spirit of rebellion move her or was it pride?
We don’t know exactly what drove Eve to forsake God’s instructions. We do know she did eat. She disobeyed God. In turn God put enmity between the woman and the serpent.
Genesis 3:14-15 reads:
“I’m declaring war between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers. He’ll wound your head and you’ll wound his heel.
God declared this war and it continues.”
Throughout the Word of God, the Lord raised up women warriors to conquer the enemy. The book of Judges speaks of Deborah, Israel’s judge and prophetess. During her tenure, Jabin King of Canaan and his general Sisera oppressed Israel with nine hundred chariots of iron. She impelled Barak to obey God and war against Sisera. Barak refused to go unless she accompanied him. Deborah arose without hesitation and marched into battle. However she advised Barak, the Lord would give Sisera into the hands of a woman.
The Lord fought for Israel and all the host of Sisera’s army died. However, Sisera escaped on foot to the tent of Jael, wife of Heber, for it was neutral ground. Jael offered him milk and covered him with a blanket. He fell asleep. Then with hammer and nail in hand, she tiptoed over to his weary body. She placed the nail on his temple and hammered it in. Sisera died before he knew what hit him. Deborah and Jael warred against King Jabin’s army on the Lord’s behalf.
When Sheba persuaded the men of Israel to revolt against David’s kingship, Joab and his men pursued Sheba throughout Israel. They tracked him down in Beth-Maachah of Abel. Joab and his men battered the city’s walls to demolish it. A wise woman inquired of Joab about the attack. Joab explained his problem was not with her city but with Sheba. She took authority over the situation by making a pact with Joab to deliver Sheba to him dead or alive. In her wisdom she went to the people. They hearkened to her voice, cut off Sheba’s head and threw it over the wall to Joab. This wise woman warrior prevented the destruction of her city.
Then there was Esther, the orphaned Jewish maiden, turned queen. She called a three day fast and interceded for her people. Her intervention saved the Jews from the evil plan of Haman to eliminate them.
Women, we are still at war. We possess a spiritual arsenal that includes the name and blood of Jesus, truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, the word of God and prayer. We war for our nations, our communities, our churches, our families and our own lives. We fight for our own health, our prosperity and our ministries.
Yet, in all our contending we often neglect warring for His image and likeness in our lives. We are predestined to be conformed to His image. Our Father called us to bear the fruit. Sure, we bear some fruit. He purges those that bear fruit, so they bear more. The Lord told me most women, including His ministers bear one or more of these spirits; pride, control, jealousy and self-centeredness. We must war against every impartation of the enemy in our lives until we are conformed to His image. Jesus said, “the prince of this world comes and has nothing in me”. We must pull down every stronghold and cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We must never stop warring for more of Him in us.