You can’t be a warrior without war, and you can’t be a princess unless you are the daughter of royalty. Listen to Me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say… (Psalm 45:10)
The princess who belongs to King Jesus has another mandate that is more in line with His majesty than her own. True warriors fight to defend and protect others, not just themselves.
Superwoman – Not! Princess/Warrior Woman – Yes! Hopefully, some of you who have walked with the Lord for a while now are immediately saying – yes, I get it!
Okay, so most of you may not be comfortable with saying “I’m a warrior woman,” but, let me just say I’ve become a lot more comfortable in recent years declaring that I am a warrior woman. Most of us are not comfortable with calling ourselves a “princess” either. Well, let me take that back, since we live in a present culture of prima donnas preoccupied with only pleasing themselves and expecting everyone else to treat them like a princess whether they are one or not, and will often let you know that they think they are a princess whether they call themselves one or not.
Prima donna is another term that has taken on new meaning. Originally it meant the principal female soloist in an opera, but now the common reference is defined as:
- a person of great and touchy self-esteem; a person who requires to be the sole focus of adulatory attention and who indulges in temperamental displays.
But that’s not the kind of princess I’m referring to.
Most of us dreamed of being a princess as a little girl, and not as much a warrior, unless your favorite princess was Pocahontas of course. Just like everything else, our enemy, as evidenced through much of our culture, has perverted the true meaning of these titles from God’s perspective. I personally believe the desire from a little girl to be a princess was placed within the heart of all the beautiful daughters by our Creator. No wonder Walt Disney captured the hearts of so many through all his Disney princesses. The kind of princesses I’m referring to are those who are the redeemed and chosen daughters of the King of kings and Lord of lords, and the highest royal bloodline of all time, King Jesus (Revelation 19:16; 1 Peter 2:9). Those who belong to the King of kings are truly His princesses, and His kingdom will not end (Isaiah 9:7). The princess who belongs to King Jesus has another mandate that is more in line with His majesty than her own.
This is a true statement: you can’t be a warrior without war and you can’t be a princess unless you are the daughter of royalty. Is your first response, “I’ve never been in the military or in a war zone.” I’m certainly not referring to the physical act of going to war from a military perspective, although some amazingly strong, courageous and patriotic warrior women have done that. Im talking about the spiritual warfare all of us encounter. We are all encountering warfare to a degree, whether we are aware or not, and whether or not we are willing to call it warfare. Some just call it the ups and downs of life, bumps in the road, the adversities of life, or “that’s life” and all of those terms apply to a degree. However, most of what we encounter is spiritual warfare relating to the realm of what we do not see (Ephesians 3:12: Colossians 1:16).
The Christian life my dear girlfriend is not about what we are comfortable with, but it is definitely about allowing God to call us out into His calling and to call us as He sees us – the perfect combination of princess and warrior.
What warfare battles have you overcome and conquered? Or which ones are you presently trudging through? The unexpected or sudden death of a loved one, financial challenges, the loss of a job, past physical or emotional abuses, an ongoing struggle with an illness, a disabled child, a struggling marriage, a wayward son or daughter, difficult relationships at work, school, and/or at home. Even if you haven’t experienced any of these (wow – you must be from another planet), life itself has enough challenges and demands and sometimes just keeping our joy and peace in the midst of our daily routines is a battle in itself. We all face some type of adversity, and, often, when one challenge is finally conquered or overcome (or, frequently, even if not yet conquered), here comes another one. Let’s face this truth too, some battles may not be won until we enter eternity! You may feel as though you have experienced many life challenges and battles, and you may feel as though you’ve been “at war” so to speak all of your life or at least for a long period of time. Perhaps your story has not been a “one and done” scenario with adversity, challenges, hardships, warfare, or whichever term you choose to use. I can relate and have felt this way many times. Had this not been the case, I perhaps would not be so comfortable with declaring that not only am I a princess because I belong to the King of Majesty, but I am a warrior woman because I have been and still am “at war” in this fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
Don’t feel bad if you are a weary warrior at this point either. Even the great and mighty man and prophet of God, Elijah, who called down fire from heaven was weary at times. He ventured out into the wilderness to escape a battle with Jezebel and even wished he could die (1 Kings 19). So give yourself some grace, warrior sister. After all, God Himself gives us a break referring to us as the weaker vessel (physically) – don’t get offended please, and this is not a slap in the face on our equality with men either when you understand this verse in context. I didn’t write it, but check it out for yourselves in 1 Peter 3:7, and, still, that doesn’t mean women aren’t equal to the tasks and assignments God has called us to, and we are all called to be warriors in His Kingdom. For all of us men and women alike, God’s power is demonstrated through our weaknesses as we rely on and walk in His Spirit (2 Corinthians 12:9). Rest in God’s presence, refuel in His Word, and reload and readjust your weaponry if necessary. Keep thanking God in advance too for every victory, because He always leads us to triumph, and in the meantime we have the opportunity to spread the aroma of His presence and His wisdom everywhere we go (2 Corinthians 2:14).
True royalty operates with a kingdom mindset, with the desire to do what is best for everyone in the kingdom and in a manner that is both regal and honorable. Now, that’s the type of princess God is looking for, and the jewels in her crown all shine for His glory. True warriors fight to defend and protect others and not just themselves. So how does a warrior woman fight? She fights with the weapons God has given us all as spelled out in Ephesians 6:10-18.* She fights by first knowing who she is in Christ and helping others see their identity in Christ, having on her helmet of salvation and focused with the mind of Christ and His wisdom. She fights in prayer. She fights through first believing the promises in God’s word, acting on them, speaking them over her own life and then praying and declaring them over her own household, as well as others whom the Lord puts in her path and on her heart to go to war for. She fights in worship, and by pressing into God’s presence, especially when she doesn’t feel like it. She fights through continuing to reach out to others in ministry and serving as the Lord leads. She fights from a place of rest and trust and having her confidence placed in the One who is mighty to save. She fights from a place of confidence knowing her identity as a daughter of The King, who has placed His royal robe on her, and given her the scepter of His authority (Isaiah 61:10; Luke 10:19).
None of us are superwoman, nor can we do it all or fight every battle, and we certainly can’t do anything that is really super or royal or warrior like in our own strength, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be the supernatural and overcoming warrior women of God we are called to be. Superwoman – Not! Princess/Warrior Woman – Yes!
Rise up mighty princess and warrior woman, and fight the fight of faith and for the freedom of those around you who need you to be both princess and warrior!
Listen to Me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say… (Psalm 45:10)
For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor Him, for he is your Lord.
The bride, a princess, looks glorious in her golden gown. In her beautiful robes, she is led to the King, accompanied by her bridesmaids. What a joyful and enthusiastic procession
as they enter the King’s palace! (Psalm 45:11, 13-15)
The people of Israel will become like mighty warriors, and their hearts will be made happy as if by wine. Their children, too, will see it and be glad; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord. (Zechariah 10:7)
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. (Proverbs 31:25-26)
I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For He has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for His wedding or a bride with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)
“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom; they will give examples of Your power. They will tell about Your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of Your reign. For Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. (Psalm 145:11-13)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:37-38)
*See Ephesians 6:10-18 which describes the whole armor of God for all us warriors – women & men!