When we discover as young women that our curvaceous bodies or pretty faces will turn heads, it awakens us to a form of power that we may have never known as preadolescent girls. For some of us, that power was intoxicating…perhaps even addicting. Turning the head of a peer became a small thrill while turning the head of an older, important man held huge payoffs for our egos. Whether it was the captain of the football team, the college professor, or the head of the department at work, sharing in the power of important people by aligning ourselves with them in relationship gave us a distorted sense of significance.
When men resist allowing a woman to share in their power or rob them of their personal resolve, some women have been known to become quite manipulative, using sexual prowess or emotional entanglements in order to firmly establish or hold on to their sense of power. Unfortunately, even victory in these manipulation games leaves us power-hungry and powerless over our fleshly desires.
If you want to know how to satisfy your hunger for power (which is a normal part of the human condition but can certainly drive you much further into this battle than you want to go), I’ll let you in on a secret: The sense of power that will satisfy your soul is not found in men. It is found only in God. Does God give His power to men? Yes. But do you need to go through a man to receive God’s power? No. The only middleman you need to tap into God’s power is the Holy Spirit. And when you discover the power of the Holy Spirit to help you live an abundantly fulfilled life, you will know that seductive power pales in comparison.
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Excerpted from Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment by Shannon Ethridge. Copyright 2003. All Rights Reserved. Published by WaterBrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Used by Permission. Not to be copied without Publisher’s prior written approval.