Daughters – It's Time to Sting and Subdue the Enemy!
September 21, 2017
I sense so strongly that in the remaining months of 2017, there's going to be a surging rise of daughters of righteousness. I have felt it all year as though a baby growing in a womb; there is a movement birthing amongst God's daughters. I saw in my spirit that the daughters of the King would indeed arise in splendor and light as a true mark of strength and beauty. These daughters of righteousness would be secure in their identity and worth in the Father, and they would display truth and righteousness with both authority and virtue.
If you are a woman and you are reading this – this is YOU who I am speaking of. I feel I need to establish that when I refer to the daughters of righteousness I am speaking directly to YOU! The enemy would have you believe that this word is for someone else, another woman supposedly more qualified, but I can say with complete confidence from the Holy Spirit, this word is as much for you as it is for any other daughter. So do not disqualify yourself from this truth.
Up, Mighty Warriors!
In recent months, the Holy Spirit has led me to study various women in the Bible, and one of these has been Deborah. I believe this prophetess of old is a symbol of what the Father is doing in this present hour amongst His daughters. We see in the story of Deborah, found in Judges 4, that she is moved to action because of the slavery of her people.
A tyrant king, Jabin, and his army commander, Sisera, had ruled over the Israelites with severe cruelty for twenty years. God heard their cries for freedom and answered them through a fiery prophetess by the name of Deborah. She planned a counter attack against Sisera and his army of nine thousand; and alongside a man by the name of Barak, they draw the tyrant army into a valley by the river Kishon.
Judges 4:14 recounts the amazing and courageous charge that Deborah gives to Barak right before they attack as she says to him, "Up! For this is the day when the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. Has not the Lord gone out before you?" Barak and his ten thousand then move strategically into place and they overtake and completely destroy the army of nine thousand.
Sisera, however, manages to flee and escape the siege; he seeks shelter in the tent of another woman by the name of Jael. However, hers is no tent of refuge, as the moment he falls asleep, she takes in her hand a tent peg and hammers the peg through his temple into the ground. Graphic and gruesome I know, however, if you will read on, I want to break down the prophetic parallels of this story for you and what it means for you in this present hour.
Redemption Through Unity
This story opens in Judges 4:1, where it gives us the context for this battle; a king named Ehud had died and as a result, the Israelite had fallen prey to the ways of evil. The name Ehud means united, union or joining together. The perspective this gives for this present day is that in many ways unity has died, and the people of this world have fallen prey to the ways of evil once again.
Their discernment and judgment are clouded and where unity dies, division and discord come alive. However, it is by means of a prophetess judge, a woman, Deborah, who unites an entire army of ten thousand to redeem her nation. She calls upon a man named Barak, which means lightning, thunderbolt, and he helps her subdue the evil oppressor Sisera, whose name means keen and swift.
Where the enemy comes in keenly and swiftly to destroy and oppress, God works through our obedience and unity together through both men and women working alongside one another; and He brings redemption as fast and unexpected as lightning. But it starts with the heart of a woman who cannot stand by and do nothing.
The place where Deborah, Barak and their army subdued the enemy was by the River Kishon; historically, this is the same place that Elijah would soon smite the evil prophets of Baal, and its name is significant also. It means place of ensnarement, place of catch. When we come together as one, our unity becomes a place of ensnarement for the enemy that has been seeking to destroy us. We catch him out in his own game.
Take Your Place on the Battlefield
Now Deborah, moved by compassion and a sense of purpose and justice, refused to sit back and allow the oppressive enemy to consume her people. She mobilized an entire army. I love what Barak says to her in Judges 4:8; "If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go." Her response should be our response, the response of every daughter of righteousness in this very moment, "And she said, I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the trip you take will not be for your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman."
Deborah arose and went with Barak. Notice that Deborah was on the battlefield alongside Barak? The key here is that Deborah took her place alongside him. For too long, women have been hiding behind the scenes either by force or in the illusions of inadequacy, but God is calling them out.
God is drawing out His daughters from hiding and from the shadows, and He is calling you, daughter of righteousness, to take your place on the battlefield. You are created for significance, you are armed with strength, you carry mighty supernatural weaponry and Heaven is shouting over you, "Daughters, arise! Take your place!"
The name Deborah means bee, which points to both purpose, sweetness, unity and the ability to STING her enemy. Her husband's name means "lamp or light," which points to our own husband the King of kings and our union and relationship with Him. The daughters of righteousness are LIGHT bearers, married as one to their King, and they are moved with purpose, sweetness, unity and the charge to STING and SUBDUE the enemy.
Enlarge Your Territory!
Now to Jael – here is a woman whose name means mountain goat. As her name suggests, it was probable that others considered her as nothing of importance or value; yet, she is the one who comes face-to-face with the commander of oppression that has terrified the entire nation of Israel, and she kills him right there in her tent. God led Sisera right to her and gave him into her hands.
Isaiah 54:2 gives incredible insight into what she did here, "Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not hold back; Lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs." Do you see that? Jael did not hold back, and as she drove the peg into the head of her oppressor, it signified that she was enlarging her territory.
Like Jael, have others written you off? Or have you yourself considered that you were nothing of great significance or importance? I want to remind you of who you are and that God has delivered the enemy, satan the oppressor, into your hands! It is time you pick up your sword and slay him where he lies and as you do, your territory is enlarged, you become feared in the hallways of Hell as a mighty warrior of Heaven, and one not to mess with!
The Charge From Heaven
I hear a loud charge from Heaven as the daughters of righteousness are being called upon to UNITE together as an army joining in force. I see the daughters moving in powerful authority, overturning the works of darkness and injustice. There is a movement of daughters, both young and old, who are waking to the dawn of a new day. They are no longer satisfied with the status quo, no longer content to sit behind the scenes, and they are being stirred to the sound of the voice of their beloved King to move forward and take their place.
The Holy Spirit is breathing courage, strength and purpose into them as He whispers truth to their spirits, "You are here for a purpose, you have a voice and you are equipped with heavenly strategy and resolve, You are My beloved daughter and you are significant for this very hour. Do not hold back anymore."
"Up! Mighty daughter! For this is the day when the Lord has given the oppressor into your hands. Has not the Lord gone out before you?" (Judges 4, emphasis mine).
Your King is calling you out from the shadows and calling you into His marvelous light to establish justice and redemption to the generations.
Christy Johnston was born and raised in Australia. After living the majority of her life plagued with insecurity and fear, she came to learn the power of her identity in Christ. She now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and life into God's sons and daughters through her passion of writing, uncovering the truths of living in grace and freedom through our identity in Christ. Nate and Christy have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and currently live on the Gold Coast in Australia.
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