I hope I don’t offend anyone, but after reading this chapter – if lay this book down – I think you are doing what the enemy wants. He doesn’t want you to know his secrets. He doesn’t want you to know what his plans are for you. And he doesn’t want you to be restored. If it seems like you just don’t have time – you are probably right because Satan has stolen your time. If you don’t have the desire – you are probably right because Satan has killed your passion. If you don’t think it matters – you are probably right because Satan has destroyed your hope.
After reading about how women were thought of in the Old Testament, it gives a whole new perspective on what Jesus did for women. Also, a thought crossed my mind while typing this. When Jesus came, women were property, powerless. So He essentially set free Satan’s worse nightmare!) You may not get this now, but by the end you will.
After reading about the different cultures and religions and their treatment of women, I thought, Wow! Thank God I was born in America! But as I typed up this note, another thing struck me. I’m not real knowledgeable about many of the other religions, but a thought came to me – Christianity is (or is one of the few) religions that does not abuse or silence it’s women. Think about that – if Satan has a special hatred for woman, then doesn’t it make sense that the false religions would devalue her? Jesus – our Savior – did so much more than meets the eye when you dig into the culture at that time. And right now, I am seeing that one of his major accomplishments was changing how women were viewed!
I never gave much thought to how beautiful Lucifer was, I tend to picture what most of you probably picture – the guy in the red suit with horns. The fact that he now hates beauty also gives me another reason to see why Satan would want to destroy the marriage relationship since it is another thing that God intended to be beautiful and represent our relationship with him.
Did you get the secreted unveiled? It changes things to realize that, no, it is because you are glorious that these things happened. It is because you are a major threat to the kingdom of darkness. Because you uniquely carry the glory of God to the world. You are hated because of your beauty and power.
I think that men should read this chapter as well. I think that they need to read it as a battle plan, an enemy message intercepted detailing their plan of attack. I just might send this to a few men I know. But I think we also need to look at it in this light. We need to recognize that in some ways, we are being used as a double agent. If we can recognize that, then we can control what information we give to the enemy.
I think it is vital that we really do: Take a moment. Quiet your heart and ask yourself, “Is this a message I have believed, feared, lived with?” … This is the way of the Evil One toward you. He plays upon a woman’s worst fear: Abandonment. He arranges for her to be abandoned, and he puts his spin on every event he can to make it seem like abandonment.
Take time to really: Listen to the voice of your King. This is God’s heart toward you:
1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
[until you shimmer]
her salvation like a blazing torch.
2 The nations will see your righteousness,
and all kings your glory [your beauty];
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.
3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand,
[the crown of creation]
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah, [my delight is in her]
and your land Beulah [married] ;
for the LORD will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.
5 As a young man marries a maiden [he pursues her, romances her],
so will your sons marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride [you are lovely],
so will your God rejoice over you. (Isa 62:1-5, emphasis added)
16 ” ‘But all who devour you will be devoured;
all your enemies will go into exile.
Those who plunder you will be plundered;
all who make spoil of you I will despoil.
17 But I will restore you to health
and heal your wounds,’
declares the LORD,
‘because you are called an outcast,
Zion for whom no one cares.’ (Jer. 30:16-17)
And it is really vital that we get this:
You really won’t understand your life as a woman until you understand this:
You are passionately loved by the God of the universe.
You are passionately hated by His Enemy.
And so, dear heart, it is time for your restoration. For there is One greater than your Enemy. One who has sought you out from the beginning of time. He has come to heal your broken hearts and restore your feminine soul. Let us turn now to him.
Can’t wait for the next chapter.