This is the first in a series of blog posts about “A Woman’s Purpose.” It’s important that as women we see ourselves as God sees us… as He created us to be. A couple of weeks ago my daughters (both young women now) told me that I was a combo of Wonder Woman and Belle (on Beauty and the Beast). Great compliment from my girls. They see me as strong and powerful and yet at the same time compassionate and kind. I love that!
We are Daddy’s girls. We belong to Him. He took special care in creating us… each of us uniquely reflecting Him.
When we can begin to see ourselves through our Daddy’s eyes we will fulfill our destiny as women of God… Kingdom women. And as a result, our marriages, families, churches, cities, and nation will all be stronger because of it.
Because there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who knows who she is IN CHRIST.
We are beautiful, powerful and created on purpose as women!
We were created with a purpose..….
- to reflect the image of God… His glory!
- to have dominion… dominion is when a person uses their influence to cause those under them to flourish.
- to be a life giver… Adam called his wife Eve which means “the life-giving one.” We are to release life….
- One of the ways we release life is through our words
- Prov 18:21 “death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
- Romans 4:17 “…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.”
- One of the ways we release life is through our words
God loves His daughters. He created us differently than He created men. He took great care with us! We are the grand finale of His creation… His masterpiece…. His pièces de résistance!!
In Genesis 2:20-22 God creates a suitable helpmeet for Adam. Woman was “built” not formed like Adam was. Formed means to press and form into shape as a potter does with clay. Built is to be “skillfully formed”.…it’s an architectural plan or pattern, including all the details of arrangement and decoration.
According to Jewish tradition, “The woman came out of a man’s rib. Not from his feet to be walked on. Not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved.”
Our Daddy has a special love for His girls. He wrote an entire Proverb about us women to show us what we look like in His eyes. I used to not like Proverbs 31 because it seemed like such an unattainable goal!! How could I possibly be all those things that this woman is?? But God didn’t give us a picture of a woman that we couldn’t be! He didn’t even give us a picture of a woman we should strive to become. What He did give us in this picture of the Proverbs 31 woman is a picture of a woman we already are…. what He sees when He looks at us.
We don’t have to strive to become this woman… she is not an ideal that we are trying to achieve. All her qualities are already in us waiting for us to walk in it. The Proverbs 31 woman in the Hebrew is described like this…. “who can find powerful, mighty, vailiant woman?”…. Synonyms for these 3 words include wielding power, superhuman, influential, strong, unafraid and brave. Wow!
This woman in its simplest translation is a warrior. God is saying with this Proverb… this is who you are woman of God!! Powerful, mighty, brave, strong, and influential. The reason we don’t walk in these characteristics or see ourselves like this is because we’ve allowed others to tell us who we are.. we’ve allowed they’re negative words to shape us and to define us.
It’s time we start allowing the Word to mold us into the women He has called us to be. A great place to find out who we were created to be is to go back to Genesis.
Adam was incomplete without her. The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. NIV Gen 2:18… we were created as a “good” thing… as something good for men. Someone to help him and someone suitable for him.
Helper in this verse is a weak translation… it’s more powerful in the original Hebrew.. it means to be a life saver. In Hebrew suitable helper is ezer kenegdo. The word “ezer” is a combination of two words meaning to rescue or to save and also meaning to be strong. Literally an aid, a help, a guard, and a protector. One who offers assistance…. a kind of ”wall builder” or “gate keeper”.
Helper, or “ezer”, is not an inferior role to a man. God Himself is called our Helper (or our Ezer). Ezer describes aspects of God’s character – He is our strength, our rescuer, our protector, and our help! And this was His word choice to describe us as women. We were made to be a vessel of the “ezer” strength of God. It is a remarkable thing to co-labor with Him as women….. as a helper even as God is our Helper.
The word suitable is “kenegdo” in Hebrew and means “what is in front of” and also “according to” and translates as equal and adequate to himself or similar. God made a ‘power’ or ‘strength’ [ an ezer] for the man who would in every way ‘correspond to him’ who would ‘be his equal’. Who would be a source of strength to him on the same level, face-to-face
“Ezer” is used to describe a warrior who continually fights for the right and who is never intimidated by evil or by darkness…..a warrior on behalf of God’s kingdom, joining the man in battling the darkness, advancing God’s kingdom, and watching his back. She was never designed to just be “man’s assistant.” Ezer is a military image… a shield, a defense. She is the man’s intercessor, she is his shield and defense in battle. She is to guard his relationship with God, support him when he embraces God’s direction and respectfully oppose him when he does not.
But what about women who aren’t married? What does it mean to be a helpmate if you are single? An Ezer is not a wife.. “ezer” is a helper… a shield, a defense. An ezer is one who comes alongside another and brings strength to others.
Proverbs 14:1 The wisest of women builds her house, (she saves her household with her wisdom) but folly (lack of good sense or judgment) tears it down with her own hands”.
How does a wise woman build her house? Remember she’s a kind of wall builder or gate keeper…She guards and protects her family… including her future generations. She “builds” in them the Kingdom of God….she builds in them a love for righteousness and a hatred of evil.
Romans 13:12 says, we must wake up, rise up, remember who we are, and confront the evil in this world with light. It’s time as women to wake up and rise up. To know who we are IN CHRIST. To walk in the Light declaring that evil has no access to our homes or our future generations.
Let’s go back again to Genesis. Why did Satan approach Eve instead of Adam? Remember as an ezer, Eve was Adam’s protector… his help and rescuer. She was the gatekeeper. Adam was right there with her… the Hebrew implies he was close enough to touch her. Satan knew if he could deceive Eve, he could get to Adam
After the fall… God curses the serpent in Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Enmity means to be an enemy; to hate as one of an opposite tribe; to be hostile. God, in essence, said to the serpent. “Women will be your enemy. They will hate you and be hostile toward you from this day forward. Furthermore, the hostility women have toward you will be reproduced in everyone they give birth to and one day a woman will give birth to the Savior of the world who will stomp on your head so hard it will bruise His heel.”
God put hostility or hatred between the serpent and the woman. Between in the Hebrew comes from a word meaning discernment. It’s going to take discernment on our part as women to recognize when the enemy is in our midst and trying to wreak havoc in our homes. Discernment is keen perception or judgment. It is to understand the plans, intent, thought or motive. Discernment goes beyond the obvious to hear the spirit
Discernment is keen perception or judgment. It is to understand the plans, intents, thoughts or motives of another. Discernment goes beyond the obvious and hears the spirit behind things that are said or done.
To grow in discernment, we need to be renewing our minds in the Word of God… getting the mind of Christ functioning in our minds.. to be guided by His thoughts, purposes, and intents;
There are some women in the Bible that were wise builders of their homes… protecting the seed.. their future generations. Hating evil and loving righteousness and making sure their families walked securely.
In my next few blog posts, we’ll look at some of those women.