How to Breakthrough with your Faith to Become Fierce.

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How to breakthrough with your faith to become fierce.

How to Breakthrough with your Faith to Become Fierce.

When I say “fierce” what are your thoughts? Beyoncé, America’s Next Top Model, or Tyra Banks?

What is the definition of fierce?

According to Urban Dictionary, fierce can be related to fashion or confidence.

Those heels with that dress are fierce!

Your confidence is fierce!

When Beyoncé gets on the stage, many will say she is fierce. Is it her confidence in her slender figure? Her ability to sing? Or is it the amount of money she has?

What makes someone fierce?

As a mother to five kids, I definitely don’t feel fierce. My body shows the effect of five pregnancies. Things have shifted south and many days I try to find something to make me look slimmer or put together.

I honestly feel like I’m winging it most days in regards to parenting and this thing called life.

Confidence seems to have left me years ago. I would consider myself the polar opposite of fierce.

Am I looking though, through the eyes of culture instead of what God says in the Bible?

About a year ago, I started following a Christian women on Facebook that was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. She was diagnosed during pregnancy, so she waited until the baby was born to start treatments.

Surgery didn’t work. Chemotherapy didn’t affect the cancer.  Chemo had huge effects on her body. She became gaunt. Sickly-looking. Fragile. Her clothes just hung on her and her bandana covered up her bald head.

She chronicled her journey through becoming a first-time mom while battling cancer. Her posts to Facebook were never about the tough break she had, or how angry she was about her circumstance. She wrote about how God had blessed her, her faith and her excitement about becoming a new mom.

Would I surprise you to write that I think this woman was fierce?

In the sadness of this situation, a bold, confident woman was at center stage. She wasn’t flashing her money or her slender figure.  

This woman was flashing the God that kept her in the palm of his hand.

In her loose, baggy clothes she had the confidence of knowing where her journey would end. The bandana was amazingly beautiful because even without the hair, God knew her so intimately.

She was eye-catching and alluring because most of us in this situation would crumble into ourselves.

A beauty radiated from her.

The glory of the Savior whom had good things coming for her here on Earth and in her forever home.

In the Book of Joshua, we become acquainted with Rahab. The Israelites under the direction of God are going to storm the city of Jericho. This Amorite city, Jericho, was an evil city with no believers except Rahab and her family.

But first, the Israelites need to figure out what type of fortifications Jericho has. Two spies are sent into the city. They spent the night hidden by Rahab because her home was right on the wall where the spies could quickly come and go.

Rahab was a prostitute.

A lady overlooked by humanity.

She was rejected and on the bottom of the totem pole in her society. She was not only vulnerable in this societal position but now she had made herself vulnerable hiding the spies.

Rahab was confident in her faith and believed God would carry her and her family to safety. Even though society thought she was less than, she radiated a beauty of a princess of the Heavenly Father. This confidence in her Savior prompted her to turn her life around.

Rahab’s name in Amorite means “fierceness.” Did you catch that?

She was already named fierce before any of this happened!

This bold woman who was rejected by her culture was put in a prominent place in Jesus’ genealogy.

As I’m writing this, I’m thinking have we got it all wrong?

Have we applied this word to the wrong people? To the Hollywood stars?

How to breakthrough with faith to become fierce.

 

Shouldn’t we start to apply this word, “fierce,” to faith?

When we deal with the unknowns in life.

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (AMP)

When we need to be brave about situations and fear is gripping us.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

When confidence is small.

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)

When we step out and be different in our culture.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

So how can we be considered fierce in our everyday, mundane lives?

How can we be fierce on those days when we are chasing our tails and we fall into bed exhausted to only repeat it tomorrow? What about when our bodies have shifted south and our disappointment in the mirror is on-going?

Fierce Friend- can I gently shift your perspective to the strength in faith?

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What are the facts?

  1. We have the Creator of the Universe behind us.
  2. We have 3,000 promises in the Bible from God himself.
  3. We have numerous Bible passages telling us that God is for us, and not against us.
  4. We have the promise of Heaven in our future.

Let us walk with this confidence and this boldness. Find your inner power of faith. Fight with that intense passion for Him. Put on your boxing gloves!

As W.E.B. Du Bois says “There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.”

There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.

 

Julie is a fighter! #fiercelyHis

julie headshot 100x100Julie Loos is the mom of 5 kids and has been happily married to Greg for 17 years.

She loves to read, eat chocolate, drink iced tea and spend time writing in the midst of messes. Julie blogs over at Unmasking the Mess.

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  1. Leah says:

    I believe that woman was fierce too. There isn’t much more beautiful than a woman who handles adversity with grace. Someone told me once that you can tell a lot about someone by who they look up to. You chose this incredibly strong woman- who despite many hurdles- overcame. It says a lot about YOU! God bless you, fierce woman of God XO

    • Julie says:

      Leah- thank you for your kind words! I want to be that woman! I want my God to be so big that nothing brings me down!
      Have a great rest of your week!
      Julie

  2. SO GOOD!!! Tons of sticky statements for my life. Glad to have visited you here. xxx

  3. KellyRBaker says:

    So good, Julie! How neat that Rahab’s name means fierceness. I love little details like that. I want to be known as a women with fierce faith, too!

  4. Anna Smit says:

    Julie, this is beautiful. I didn’t know that about Rahab’s name…wow! To me that just spells out God’s purpose for us being shaped from the womb. What an amazing God we serve, who works through such awful things in the world to bring such good. What a beautiful story of God holding the woman you followed through it all. Has she gone to heaven, or is she still here on earth?

  5. Julie says:

    Anna- thank you! God is amazing!
    No, the fierce woman I referenced lost her battle with cancer about 2 years ago.
    I’m sure she is still being #fiercelyHis in heaven though 🙂
    Julie

  6. Oh my goodness, I felt my self cheering “AMEN” through every powerful declaration of truth here!!! I think all of us women need constant reminding of how awesomely secure we are within the fierce love of God and how his fierce protection of us should propel us toward brave living. So blessed by this today! Crystal~

  7. Julie says:

    Crystal- thanks for the kind words! Yes we all need the constant reminder. It’s easy to allow circumstances to make us feel weak and incompetent, but we have the God of the Universe behind us.
    Have a good rest of your week!
    Julie

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