The damp, humid forest is covered with green moss. A timid pair of combat boots tiptoe trough the scene. The cautious female studies her surroundings. It's twilight. It is not yet dark, nor time to fall asleep. But it's shadowy enough for her to feel a yawn creep out of her mouth.
deep feeling of concern floods her heart. She wants to lie down
and rest, but something doesn't feel right. The shadows are long
and cold, and give her a creepy feeling she can't wiggle out of.
There have been rumors of war. She hears a twig snap behind her,
which causes her ears to perk and struggle to listen for noise beyond
her pounding heart. She lowers herself onto the ground and
wishes she could sleep in peace. She closes her eyes and finds
herself somewhere between the place of being awake and
asleep. Her mind is entertained by a disillusion, as she
dreams of a place like Never Never Land. Her sleep is fitful,
and she doesn't know why. She tries to roll over and block out
the fear. She simply wants to rest, and slip away to that
Little does she know, as she dreams away the hours, she has become a prisoner of war. Fallen captive by the weakness of her flesh, her naïve and weaponless position has made her a simple catch for the enemy.
She awakens in cries of terror, as a torturous knife slits across her arms. The cruel enemy will not kill her. No, not yet. He will play mind games with her and make her his slave. The girl whimpers as she wishes she could go back to sleep. But she is now a captive of darkness. She deeply regrets not carrying, or knowing how to use her sword.
In the crux of every
epic battle scene, there are only two positions. The conqueror and
the defeated. The warrior and the one who cowers in fear. Which
position do you hold?
You may or may not be aware.
We are in the midst of a bloody battle. This battle is called life. There are prisoners of war all around us. We each have friends who are strapped down to metal chains. They're bound by fear, depression, anxiousness, desperation for approval, self-hatred, and self-destructive activities. Maybe you yourself are held captive by any or all of these things.
We can all agree...life is hard. There are so many things that try to get us down. Bullies with cruel words, magazine covers that demand we look perfect, parents that don't believe in our dreams, and people we trust who have deeply hurt us. Cruel words are tossed around like knives. Self-destructive thoughts are set up in our minds like suicide bombs. Hatred is consumed like poison.
We must be aware of the pain and suffering happening around us. We must be aware that we have an enemy. We cannot deny the fact. An evil force greater than what we can imagine is attempting to destroy God's girls. (Check out 1st peter 5:8 & John 10:10 to know I'm not making this stuff up! ;)
In every fairytale there is a villain. But there is also a hero. Did you know that you are called to be a warrior princess?
You have a sword, a weapon with which you can triumph! The only question is...do you know how to use it?
have a weapon to shatter the most nightmarish of enemies. A quick,
powerful, all consuming weapon. Hebrews 4:12- says;
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
This Sword is a spiritual weapon. God's words when spoken are an invisible weapon to take down an invisible enemy.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12
"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds, we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2nd Corinthians 10:4-5
The Word of God is a weapon that every Christian has access to. We are to carry it boldly in the sheath of our hearts and pull it out when it comes time for attack.
Girls, we were not destined to be victims of evil. We were created to overcome evil with good! The Bible makes it clear that we are more then conquers, and we will triumph with Christ! (Romans 8:37, 2 Corinthians 2:14.)
But just like the main character in our fictional story, many of us do not know how to use our sword. Many of us are dazed, and wandering around in the twilight. We flirt and mingle with evil, cuddling close with the things of this world. But who can blame us? It's not exactly wrong, is it? I mean, it's not totally dark...but it's not light either.
In the Twilight...in the middle, is where so many of God's lovely daughters have fallen captive. Their minds have been hijacked by lies, and it's left them tortured by the enemy's sharp, stinging knife. Many of us are bound up, prisoners in our minds.
Because we have not taken a bold stand against the enemy. We haven't declared war against the things that displease God. We've played with them. We've been in a grey area. Entering the battle field of this world without the soul purpose to set captives free is the most dangerous thing we can do. Every day we march into our school hallways. We are warrior princesses in combat boots and tiara's. Everyday we have a choice. Will we make a difference and go against the status co? Or will we allow what has always been to always be?
It's a frightening truth...but if we're not combating against the enemy with full speed ahead...he is combating against us. Sister, there is no grey area. Either you're fighting to set captives free from the enemy's camp, or you yourself are a prisoner of war.
Jesus made it extremely clear
what our mission is here on earth.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Just like secret agents, we have a mission while we're on this earth. We were placed here to be ambassadors of Heaven! We're called to represent a place we have never been.
If you're anything like me, you've probably never "made a disciple". What does that even mean anyway?! How are we supposed to stand up against this world when the pull is so strong? How are we supposed to love and represent a God we've never seen before?
If these questions are racing through your mind, you're not alone. Every other girls who is reading this article right now feels the same way. We feel inadequate, unequipped and doubtful of this whole "change the world" thing.
How are we possibly supposed to set captives free when we ourselves are still in chains?
Girl, I'm glad you asked.
You know how we're going to do it?
For far too long, God's girls have put on a convincing parade as we flaunt around with a fake mask of confidence, allowing everyone to believe we have it all together. Isn't it time someone takes off the mask and says, "I don't know what I'm doing either!"?
I know I'm supposed to be a world changer, but I can't even change my mind. I know I'm supposed to believe in God's love, but I doubt it so many times. I know I'm a Princess, but most of the time I just feel like a freak. I really ache for freedom, but I wouldn't even know where to start. I want to bring my friends to Christ, but I'm so afraid of what they might say. I really do want to be bold and make waves, but I keep putting it off for another day.
Do those thoughts sound familiar? Well, they should. Because these things have been thought by every girl, EVER.
I'm choosing to take off my mask. I see God's call for me to embark on mission impossible. I don't know what's going to happen, who is going to shoot me down for standing up, or what I might discover on the way...but I'm going to take the first step.
I've heard the cries of my captive sisters for far too long. I can no longer remain silent and live for myself. Something so much greater is burning in my heart. I must learn how to use my sword and fight for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
So just like Susan and Lucy from Narnia, just like Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games...I'm going to step out with my weapon. I'm going to pick up my sword and learn how to fence. I'm going to pretend I'm a lot more confident then I actually am. If I don't do something about it...who will?
I've seen how dangerous it is to head out onto the battlefield alone. I could really use some friends for the journey. We could encourage and challenge one another. We could share fears, triumphs and everything in between.
So what do you say? Would you like to be my battle partner?
only want you to take this journey with me if you're absolutely sure.
Only if you're sick and tried of being a prisoner of war.
If you desire to continue to flirt and play with the world, then please, don't join this army.
"No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer." 2 Timothy 2:4.
God is looking for the girls who will boldly take a stand for Him. He doesn't want perfection....just willingness. He wants someone whose heart breaks for the lost and abused. He wants someone who is willing to leave the many and go to find the few.
My sisters, we cannot do this without the support of one another. I truly want to help you in your journey. Mission Impossible, here we come!
With man, this task would be impossible. What kind of crazy God would take a bunch of hormonal teenagers and shape them into a powerful army of warrior princesses for His glory?
Yes, with man, this is impossible. But with God, ALL things are possible.
The Word of God is our most powerful weapon, and we need to know how to use it. But before that, we need to know how to read it. If we spend five minutes a day in God's Word, that's like training five minutes a day for a battle and expecting to cream your enemy. Yeah right. We need to get brutally honest about why we don't spend time with God...then encourage one another to count everything a loss and surrender all to know our King!
I have provided a totally interactive, fun, encouraging way for us girls to get into God's Word and encourage each other! You're seriously not going to want to miss this.
If you want to change your world, get to know God in a new way, and be encouraged by other girls who are doing the same, then you cannot afford to miss this.