I wanted to take a little time today to explain the “warrior” mentality because I believe it easy to misunderstand so, I want to make sure we’re all on the same page. Also, I believe we are all warriors and it is important for you to understand why.
Let me start by saying this, the definition of a warrior is ” a brave or experienced soldier or fighter.” Seeking after God has always been a priority in my life since I became a Christian at age 8. I have a desire for him, a desire to know him and a desire to maintain a deep relationship with him.
That being said, a few years ago, all heck broke loose in my life. I went through a divorce, watched my company crash and gained a stalker all within 12 months. It was horrible to say the least, much of the impact of that time I still deal with today. During that time, I kept wondering why this was happening. I had spent so much time seeking God, why wasn’t he shielding me? Protecting me? I did not blame God, I knew the enemy was behind it but I just wasn’t seeing the victory as fast as I wanted.
After a little while I realized something, all those years of prayer and bible study was training. I was training for the battle, I was preparing, I was in “God’s bootcamp” so to speak. And, real soldiers don’t run when the battle shows up, they stay and they fight.
I believe we have a misguided vision of God sometimes. We pay so much attention to pinterest quotes and the hippie version of God people post about that we miss the rest of God, the warrior side of God, the God of justice. We miss the God that has already defeated our enemies, we miss the God filled David with his spirit and killed Goliath with just one stone. Don’t get me wrong, God is love, mercy, grace, etc. but he is also justice, he is also a warrior (Ex. 15:3).
God is both a loving God and a fierce warrior.
When I finally realized I had spent my entire life in training for this battle, I also realized I had already won. I have the God of victory inside of me, surrounding me, protecting me. God never said Christians would have it easy, we would just flow through life on rainbows. What God did say is when life does hit us in the face, we are to be strong and courageous and he will be right there with us (Deut. 31:6).
Therefore, if we use the definition provided that a warrior is ” a brave or experienced soldier or fighter,” it would be safe to say, I am a warrior. I am trained for battle, I am experienced, I am a solider in the army of God and you had better believe, I am brave. And, you are too.
I believe God is raising up a new generation of women, women who are strong, full of God, women who will fight for their families, their children, themselves. I believe God is raising up an entire generation of women as warriors. Gone are the days of letting someone else fight our battles or being bullied into silence, we are here and we are fierce.
We are women, we are nurturers, we are gentle but we are also daughters of the most fierce warrior and I think it’s about time we act like it.
“The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.” Exodus 15:3