• Coach Shonda McCray

The Power of Our Bonds

Women have been under attack since Eve's deception at the hands of the serpent in the Garden. Women have faced the onslaught of the enemy's wrath. Why is he so intent on wreaking havoc on women, though? It's not because we're weak. It's actually quite the opposite. It's because he fears the power of authentic, biblical women in relationship with each other.

The enemy sets up strongholds in our lives in an attempt to deter us. His main target is our relationships. He loves to destroy them because authentic relationships are where we thrive. These bonds scare the enemy. He knows the empowerment that we find in them. Empowerment brings healing, and he wants to keep us far away from it.

We must remember Paul's powerful words in Ephesians 6:10-12. He writes, "be strong in the LORD and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil" (NIV).

This verse tells us a couple of things. First, spiritual warfare is real. The enemy attacks us. He desires to put enmity between us and destroy our relationships. He aims to set up strongholds in our lives, stealing us away from the relationships that make us strong.

Second, this verse reminds us that God equips us to counter the attacks of the enemy. We don't have to rely on our own strength. He gives us His mighty power. We must clothe ourselves with the full armor of God so that we can protect ourselves from the enemy's strongholds. God's power manifests itself in us through His Word, prayer, righteousness, truth, salvation, and peace. These attributes make up the full armor of God. We must strive towards each of them, and they will protect us from the enemy's tricks.

Never doubt the fact that you have the power to destroy strongholds in your life. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 reads, "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds" (NLT). In this verse, we find even more words of assurance that God will share His power with us to tear down strongholds built against us. We don't have the strength to do it alone, but God is always by our side.

Let's look towards Eve as an example. The enemy tricked her. He attempted to cause strife and chaos in her life. His deception took the Garden of Eden away from her and put distance between her and God. But she rose past that and continued in her faith.

Even when the enemy set up a stronghold in her life, she overcame it. She saw past the lies and turned towards truth instead. We must emulate her in her example. We, too, can rise above and become our best selves. We can hold onto our faith in God. When we do this, we resist the enemy's temptations and weaken his power over our lives.

The relationship between Ruth and Naomi gives us an incredible example of how other women can empower us and why the enemy is so desperate to tear apart our relationships. Ruth was Naomi's daughter-in-law. Both of their husbands passed away, and they bonded through their sorrow. The times they lived in were extremely difficult for widowed women. They had many obstacles to overcome.

Naomi decided to return to her homeland, but Ruth refused to let her go alone. Ruth 1:16 reads: "Don't ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God" (NLT). Ruth was not about to let go of the bond they had formed because their relationship had changed her life.

They set out together. There, God blessed Ruth for her faithfulness. She found a new husband in Boaz. By clinging to her relationship with Naomi, Ruth brought honor to her family, and she thrived in life and relationships. Her relationship with Boaz brought forth the line of David, into which Jesus Himself was born.

See how influential our relationships with one another can be? This is precisely why the enemy wishes to put walls up between us.

I beg you to rise up and recognize your power. Let us all join together in an authentic relationship with one another and demolish every stronghold built against us. We will find victory together.

Let's get it sis!!

I hope that you've enjoyed this week's journal entry and you will return next week. My goal is to send love and encouragement to you and your household. Wherever you are in your journey, know that you are not alone. God is with you...

Thank you for reading.

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