Reclaim

You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship You. Nehemiah 9:6

Reclaim: femininity

Before we live forward or beat ourselves about yesterday…

Before we rise up into the well, weapon, and woo of femininity...

we would be wise to acknowledge that we did not create this earth, the heavens, the stars, or the sea (Gen 1-2). God alone has done this.

And ladies, we need a reality check. If we are being honest with ourselves, then we would say that something about the world, about ourselves, is off.

 

Truth be told: something went devastatingly wrong far before were ever born. Sin entered the world (Gen 3:1-21), and every day, we still struggle with its effects. Our sin has separated us from our God (Isaiah 59:2). Bottom line: we are in need. But there is hope. The same Creator God who made the heavens and the earth made you (Psalm 139:13), and even though we have offended him because of our sin, He has lovingly provided a solution to the longing, wandering, weariness, pain, and devastation of the soul.

Our need and our weakness are not the problems.  God created us to be in a state of humble dependence on Him. Sin is the problem (Rom 3:23), and we often turn to all the wrong things in order to fix, to hide, or to deny what’s staring us right in the face. Our own unwillingness to trust the Lord becomes a larger part of what went wrong between God and man, men and women.

 

The same villain who spoke lies in the Garden will rattle you, and he will exploit your beauty, wit, and influence in order to pull off the great “two for one”: taking down men through you.

So, here we find our weakness, struggle, and the most dangerous enemy of all: PRIDE.

Pride not only caused Satan to fall (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-18), but it also made Adam and Eve believe they knew what was right in their own eyes (Gen 3:6). All the mess, selfish motivations, division, loneliness, and even manipulation women are so grossly accused of… derive both from without and from within. We have an enemy who taught us a painful, yet necessary lesson: pride falls.

“This far and no further … your proud waves must halt” (Job 38:11).

Man offended God, so man must pay (Rom 3:9-20). God is perfect, so He must judge man (Ps 96:10; Rom 6:23). Only a perfect God-man, One who is fully God and fully human, can breach such a hopeless gulf. Does such a Person even exist?

The answer is “yes!”

There is a Man, Jesus Christ, who left majesty to walk without His crown and to endure the dirt and toil of earthly life (John 1:1-5, 14).

Unlike us, He executed his mission perfectly, without sin or blemish (Heb 4:15; 2 Cor 5:21).

Jesus restored what was lost by reconciling man to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

He took the filthiness of sin upon Himself (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2).

Actually, he became sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21), and He paid the price that we should have paid (Colossians 2:13-14).

He suffered, bled, died, and experienced separation from the Father (Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 27:46).

And then, amazingly, Jesus Christ rose from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:4) and demonstrated that He conquered sin, death, and hell (Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:52-56).

But he didn’t stop there: He did something extraordinary, something that only a loving God could do. In exchange for our sin, He credits us with righteousness when we have faith (Romans 4:13, 22-24). His righteousness. And He gives us the Holy Spirit to live within us forever (John 14:16; Eph 1:13-14). It’s like paying back a debt that we could never fulfill. But Christ not only pays our debt in full, He also credits our account with a surplus!

Only a good God would show such unending love and mercy (John 3:16-17).

Before any hope of rising, there must first be a receiving. You cannot clean yourself up; you cannot right all of your wrongs. Salvation cannot be earned; it comes by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9). It takes humility to say: “Father, I have sinned. I believe that You sent this King, Jesus Christ, to battle for my heart. I take His way and no longer mine. I cannot fix myself, but I ask for His credit. Because of the death and resurrection of Christ, make me Yours. By His blood, Your wrath was satisfied (Romans 3:25), and my position to Your heart has been reclaimed (Eph 1:3-14). I trust You to do this. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

There is much more beyond these words, but there is only one entry toward the rise of all that was fallen. There is only one name under heaven by which we must be saved: Jesus (Acts 4:12).

Once you know and receive the One who made a way for us back to God’s heart, there is more!

Something will begin to RISE up within you... >>