A Dangerous Woman

One of my absolute fave bumper stickers reads something like this:

I want to be this kind of woman: When she gets up in the morning, Satan says, “Oh, crap. She’s awake!”

Does this thought stir something in you? And just what does it stir: excitement, anger, fear, encouragement? It’s always given me mixed emotions of excitement and encouragement, with a good bit of apprehension thrown in.

The idea of little ole me, empowered by God enough to make the enemy quake in his boots. What a rush! And what a disappointment when I couldn’t follow through. Why couldn’t I?

We have lots of Biblical examples of dangerous women: Deborah. Rahab. Mary Magdalene. Esther. The list could continue, but can you tell what they all have in common? Wait for it . . . .

After they met with God, they operated out of who they really were. Before that, they operated out of who they were told they were. Rahab was told she was a worthless prostitute. Esther, the orphan without power or authority. Mary Magdalene, with seven demons and a bad rep- who would ever want her? And Jael, just an ordinary, everyday woman living in obscurity.

But after they heard truth from God about how He saw them, what a difference! Rahab saved the Hebrew spies and then her own family. Esther became the queen who saved her people from genocide. Mary Magdalene became a beloved follower and supporter of Jesus, and the first to see Him resurrected. Jael killed Siserah (up close and personal!), the Canaanite general who had been tormenting and murdering the Hebrews.

Dangerous women, all. Because they listened to God and acted from their true identities, not from what culture told them they should be.

According to Psalm 139, God knew us before we were created on earth and watched as we were formed in the womb. He knew who we were supposed to be.

Until we know the same thing, we will always struggle with being our true, authentic, God-created selves. Because only He can give us that information. Only He can help us walk in the truth.

Do you want to be dangerous?

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