Over the long weekend, I took the opportunity to watch one my newest favorite movies – Wonder Woman. Isn’t it so great?!?! I know I’m not the only one who watches it and fantasizes about having those skills!
As I was watching it this time, something jumped out at me that was an important reminder for my soul. When Diana is a young teenager her aunt (Antiope) is training her for battle. Over and over again Diana is knocked down and overpowered by her highly skilled aunt. But Antiope knows that Diana has more strength in her than she believes, so after many times of being knocked down her aunt calls her out saying “You are stronger than you know, you have greater powers than you believe.” As I watched that scene this time, I felt God speaking to my spirit “You are stronger than you know. You have greater powers than you believe.”
The strength & power that Diana possesses doesn’t come from her own knowledge nor her own physical strength, it comes from deep inside her. In the same way, I was reminded that my strength and my power doesn’t come from my own ability either; it comes only by the Holy Spirit inside me. The Holy Spirit was promised to each of us in John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” And guess what happens when we acknowledge and activate that spirit inside us? Acts 1:8, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” So how do we activate this power?
Every story of great strength and power in the Bible was preceded by the hero/heroine on their knees asking God to give them strength. Samson in Judges 16:28: “Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.”
Esther preparing to go before the King in Esther 4:16: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Indeed she did not perish and won freedom for God’s people.
In Daniel 6:10 when he heard the decree that no man was allowed to pray to anyone but the king: “he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Shortly thereafter he was thrown into the den of lions and the Lord sent an angel to close the lion’s mouths.
How quickly I forget that I have access to the greatest power in both Heaven and Earth. When Diana finally recognized and stepped into the power residing inside her, she changed the course of her life and her world. While I know this story is fictional, it causes me to think about what we could change in our lives and in the world around us if we would simply recognize and step into the strength and power we have been so graciously gifted.
Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.