Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Princess Lessons: When the Princess Encounters a Witch
Every princess encounters a witch on her travels. Witch? A bit harsh, no? It does sound so, but this is simply a qualifier for a woman who exhibits certain characteristics that show she is in the state of being that is that of a witch. Before the princess assumes a very unbecoming air of superiority because she presumes that clearly she is more worthy than this woman in her wretched state, she must remember that it is only through the grace bestowed upon her by the King that her circumstances differ from those of the witch. The witch is a fallen daughter of the King's and every bit as worthy as her. The difference is that the witch is not claiming her inheritance - a sad occurrence indeed.
As it is written no one is righteous. - Romans 3:11
For by such grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God. - Ephesians 28:10
How does a princess survive an encounter with a witch? Do not get too close. Trust your gut. Friendship with the witch is impossible. She has been laid captive by the lies of the Enemy, and a friendship with her provides a perfect opportunity for the Enemy to ensnare you too. This may be difficult, for the Enemy will do his best to play with your weaknesses through the witch. There may be an appeal to your sympathies (poor girl, how can I help her?), but most likely the Enemy will use one of his favorite tactics: jealousy.
Don't you desire her confidence? How she can get the attention of any guy?
She's actually really nice, and just confused, don't be so intolerant.
Maybe if you becomes friends with her, he'll pay attention to you too.
Maybe the way she views her life and what the King teaches isn't so wrong... and it's not fair that I have to be patient and sweet - when will I get what I want????
(Did you notice how the lies of the Enemy very rapidly went from suggestions to thoughts that flowed from within?)
The witch is principally a witch because she has surrendered in full to Eve's sin, the sin that bespeaks distrust in the Lord. She no longer puts up a resistance, for she has found that it is more convenient to accept this lie as true. She lacks patience. She is a taker. She has always gotten what she wants and has no control over her selfish whims. Manipulative and controlling, she has used philosophy and rationalization to take matters into her own hands rewrite the King's law in such a way that suits her own convenience.
Claiming to be wise they became fools. - Romans 1:22
No longer does she ponder the beauty of the world for it serves her no purpose - she is strictly utilitarian and beauty is not worth her time. The confidence she exudes may appear to be admired by the world, but Princess, was it ever to be done for the world to begin with?
The one who speaks on his own seeks his own praise. But the one who seeks the praise of him who sent him is genuine, and there’s nothing false in him. - John 7:18
Princess, to survive an encounter with a witch is to survive an encounter with a woman of the world, one who jars the foundation upon which you base your life, because of the happiness and desirability she appears to posses. It is to look her right in the face and survive the desire to abandon submissiveness to God, as she has - to begin reaching for the apple in order to become a god oneself.
Hold firm in your convictions, Princess, and weather the storm of emotions that you may be facing. Return to beauty and goodness and savor the delight that living joyfully and authentically at the service of others gives you. Pray for the witch, pray for her to be richly blessed, despite the ill will you may feel towards her.
It won't be easy. It won't be fun. But it must be done.