Girl Power vs. God’s PowerApril 15, 2021
Faith-Based Christian Homeschooling contribution from Coach Judy
Three Ways to Plug into God’s Power
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
I remember when my daughter first saw this verse. She thought she could defy gravity! Imagine the possibilities! She could win first place in her cross country meet. Ace her math test. “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me!” she exclaimed! But no matter how hard she tried, she didn’t get first place and that math test was harder than she expected. She felt exhausted and defeated.
What is the source of your strength? Better asked … Who is the source of your strength? Girl power or God’s power?
Girl power is driven by results and must be earned. The promise is conditional. If you work hard enough and win, you get credit. If you work hard and fail. You feel like a failure. The burden is always on you to perform. It’s no wonder girls suffer from depression and anxiety more than at any time in history. Girl power is fake power.
But God’s power is unconditional, never-ending and a free gift from Jesus. This Bible verse, penned by the apostle Paul, promises Christ-followers the power of Jesus in all circumstances. Christ’s strength will empower you in any situation, in good times and in bad. If you win, he celebrates with you. If you lose, God strengthens you with his comfort and peace. God’s power is real power.
A girl can do anything not because of who she is or how hard she tries. A girl can do anything because of whose she is and His name is Jesus!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
I’d like to expose the lies of the girl power movement and offer three ways to plug into God’s power. Read each of these contrasting statements and give examples of the difference between girl power and God’s power in your life.
Girl power is self-centered vs. God’s power is other’s-focused
Girl power seeks to do whatever makes you happy. It’s self-centered and self-seeking, but God says his power will compel you to love Him and love others first.
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
Girl power demands “it’s my body, it’s my choice” vs. God’s power that says “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Girl power puts men and boys down to gain power vs. God’s power created men and women equally for each other.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18
Girl power is fueled by emotions vs. God’s power is fueled by truth.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Girl power requires work vs. God’s power is a free gift.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Can you think of other examples?
Plug into God’s power
The girl power movement instructs girls to look inside themselves for power. I’m not sure about you, but when I go digging for power inside of myself, I wind up exhausted and empty. My power source is a moving target depending on my mood and emotions.
God’s power is an external source. It comes from the one who is powerful and desires to give you his unending, unconditional power.
Have you been to a power plant? This is where all the power for your house comes from. Everything in your home that needs electricity gets its power from the power plant. How does it get to your home? Look up (or underground) and notice all the wires. These wires carry the power to your home. Now look inside your home and find the power outlets. Unless you plug into that power, you will not be able to turn on your television, microwave, washing machine, computers, phones, etc. You get the idea.
In God’s power, you can do all things through Christ who will strengthen you!
More about the author:
Jody Token is the coach and creator of The Great Flip, online self-defense, safety, and faith-filled empowerment for girls age six and up. Request a free self-defense video and lesson plan at www.thegreatflip.com