We all struggle with things in this life, especially our value and identity’s
Our struggles with achieving a healthy balance in areas of our life is impossible without filtering everything we do through GOD’S WORD.
However, one of the most talked about and most controversial, is our struggles with our self-image.
Our culture and our media have aided in skewing our perception of a healthy body image, what true beauty really is, and the motives behind taking care of ourselves.
Our reflection in the mirror has become the only indicator of our over-all health in America, and our beauty is being measured by a standard of a beautiful face on the issue of the latest fashion magazine.
This breaks my heart, and most certainly breaks the heart of God and cause Jesus to weep.
Has our reflection in the mirror become our God?
We spend every moment of our freedom, or rest, obsessing over ways to get skinnier, look younger, get a tighter body, going in debt for surgically enhanced bodies that measure up to a standard that really doesn’t even exist.
It is impossible to gain something that isn’t really obtainable in the first place. It’s a tool of deception and used to kidnap and take hostage true beauty which Jesus already paid for in full.
Because since the beginning of time we have wanted what we “cannot” have.
The enemy of our soul has convinced not only the lost, but also the children of God, that our CREATOR is holding back on us; and that there is so much more for us then what He has provided in paradise.
That’s right we are in the middle of “PARADISE” created specifically for humanity and we want more?
Yep, that sounds about right, doesn’t it?
In Genesis, EVE “saw” that the fruit was good for food and it was “pretty” to look upon; and though it was the only thing not allowed for food she “HAD TO HAVE” it, or she would die.
What irony…”SHE WOULD DIE FOR SURE NOW”!! AND…
SO WILL WE, if we do not stop placing value on the outward appearance of our own reflections and outward traits of beauty.
We will never be more valuable than we were when God created us in HIS own image.
We will never be more beautiful to our Creator because He fashioned us with HIS own hands and breathed life into our very being.
1 Corinthians 6:12-15 says…
“Everything is permissible for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”- but I will not be mastered by anything. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food” – but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and Lord for the body. By His power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are member of Christ HIMSELF?…Do you not know that your body i s a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
So here’s my challenge:
Ask yourself these questions the next time you decide you are going to diet or over indulge in anything:
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH WHAT GOD GAVE YOU?
HAVE YOU REALLY GIVEN EVERY PART OF YOURSELF TO GOD?
HOW CAN YOU HELP GOD TO PRESERVE YOUR BODY WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE?
IF PART OF YOUR BODY WAS INFECTED WOULD YOU JUST WATCH IT DECAY AND DIE?
HOW VALUABLE IS JESUS TO YOU?
The truth is you are living in your body on loan from God. He has put you in charge of taking care of what really belongs to HIM. Therefore, be honest in your evaluations of your management skills as it relates to your body and HIS TEMPLE.
Your physical health is a vital part of making your life count. Health is essential to fulfilling your divine purpose and living out the full number of your days God has allotted for each of us. Every day is a gift from God and not one should be wasted. If you’re believing the lies the media and the world are selling you, then you will ultimately fail.
Why? Because It is all VANITY, and pride comes before the fall.
We are all guilty of being led by our vanity at one point or another, but we can begin to make a difference one person at a time if we are willing to embrace the truth of who we are in Christ and silence the voices in the mirror of the world.
GRACE…it’s a beautiful thing.
Grace breaks down like this for me:
G-GOD GIFT OF GRACE
So, no condemnation!
However, give grace to yourself and others, and begin to gently lead others out of the darkness into the light so they too can see how beautiful they really are!!!
1 John 2:15-17 says…
Don’t love the wold’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world’s way squeezes out the love of The Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world…wanting and wanting. Wanting everything you lust for isolates you from HIM.
We don’t want to isolate ourselves from Our God. On the contrary, we want to do our part to crucify the flesh that tries to separate us from our loving Father who calls us HIS OWN, so that we will dwell in HIS constant presence.
Galatians 5:24 says…
Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls a necessity is killed off for good-CRUCIFIED!”
Please join me in this simple prayer.
Please forgive me for making beauty about me and how I look; or even how the world view me. It’s all about you and what YOU have done for me to live a “LIFE OF BEAUTY” and not a “LIFE THROUGH BEAUTY”!
Protect my children and grandchildren to the deception I have embraced as truth. Let it start with me and break the cycle of vanity of self.
Instead help me live for YOU, the full number of days in the body you created especially for me to thrive in and overcome the schemes of the enemy.
I surrender my own desires, my vanity, and my ideas that do not line up with YOUR WORD!
So, Lord today I choose to lay down my pride, EXCHANGE VANITY for VICTORY; and to walk in truth from this day forward. Your children walking in truth brings you no greater joy!
May I forever be a child that brings joy to the heart of my Father and not tears to the eyes of my Savior!
In Jesus Name,