Deborah was as solid as an oak when it came to her faith in God Almighty, so much so that she went ahead and left her comfortable gig as a social magistrate in order to accompany God’s deliverer to the staging area of an impending battle.
Paul wrote to Timothy, “7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2nd Timothy 1:7 esv
Deborah is filled with the word of God. She doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything. Filled with the power of the Lord God and her love for Israel, she goes with Barak.
Barak routes the armies of Sisera, Israel’s enemy. However, Sisera escapes—running headlong into a woman who is filled with the Holy Spirit. Her name is Jael and she’s a warrior in her own right.
19 Then he [Sisera] said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a jug of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him. 20 And he said to her, “Stand at the door of the tent, and if any man comes and inquires of you, and says, ‘Is there any man here?’ you shall say, ‘No.’”
21 Then Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground; for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. 22 And then, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, “Come, I will show you the man whom you seek.” And when he went into her tent, there lay Sisera, dead with the peg in his temple.
23 So on that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan in the presence of the children of Israel. 24 And the hand of the children of Israel grew stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan. Judges 4:19-24 nkjv
That’s ugly. On the other hand, Jael, led by the Spirit of God, helped with the destruction of a cruel king who’d tortured and oppressed the Israelites for twenty years.
One person can make a difference. Two people can change the whole game.
Back to Peter’s first letter:
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1st Peter 1:13-15 niv 2011
I love the KJV:
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind…1st Peter 1:13(a) kjv
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 niv 2011
A lot of this battle takes place in our minds. It’s where we will decide our holiness. So gird up the loins of your mind with the Word of God. Abide.
When the translators for King James were writing this, they referred to the literal Greek word for loin, which is osphys, and it literally translates to loin, which really made me curious – so I looked up the definition in my ancient Websters, and this is what I found:
loin – the hips and the lower abdomen regarded as a part of the body to be clothed or as the region of strength and procreative power, i.e., —gird (up) one’s loins to get ready to do something difficult or strenuous.
The battle itself won’t be easy. It will take some effort on our part. But like Deborah and Jael, we can be controlled – through faith – by the power of the Holy Spirit. We abide in His Word (please see Psalm 19:7-11), and He will keep us alert and sober to what He has chosen us for. And He will warn us of the dangers that lie ahead.
Paul told us: 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 niv 2011
Deborah didn’t flinch at the thought of Sisera’s 900 chariots of iron. Why not?
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2nd Corinthians 10:3-4 nkjv
Don’t forget, the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to those of us who believe.
Jael didn’t make alliances with wickedness, even though her family had gone in that direction. Why not?
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 nkjv
Jael was filled with faith. She abided with God and His Word, and the Spirit was able to help her discern what was best – which was to destroy Sisera. Though she lived amongst those who’d formed these dark alliances, the fruit of righteousness prevailed – because she chose to abide rather than compromise.
Deborah and Jael abided in God and His Word, and He led them to victory! He’ll lead us to victory as well.
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Join us next week for Part 4 of our Powerful Warriors Series – A Warrior is Pure Part 1. We take a long look at Mary, the mother of Jesus.
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