On waking this morning, a precious revelation came to my very heart and soul.  It may not be revolutionary to most, but for some, like me, who have struggled their entire life with a body image bondage, it is!  Physical transformation is not the goal. Our bodies are continually on their way to decay. (Rhyme not intentional)  My joy is found in the special moments, here and there, that I glimpse the progress of my mind’s renewal.

I am praising God for His faithfulness and precious Holy Spirit that He has promised as my Helper, Counselor and Guide.  I celebrate the baby steps of “taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ”.

My journey of sanctification has been grueling, painful and impossible for me, if not for God’s Mighty Hand.  In a world where the outside of a person is so important and imbedded into our very being, I had lost all hope of freedom.  Our culture and society have imprinted on our minds what is beautiful.  We are used to instant, if not quick changes.  Struggle is such a foreign word.  To wrestle with addictions or problems is looked on as a weakness of character or lack of faith.  But I am learning quite the opposite!

You wouldn’t think anyone who was raised in a family that all seemed whole and well could ever struggle as I have.  But through hardships, loss and trials, God is peeling away the layers of habitual patterns and false mindset that have been harmful to my very soul.  It is in the victory of small day-to-day struggles that I have experienced the freedom I have found in Christ.

My triumphs are others unconscious thoughts.  So just to encourage someone else who may be on this journey, too, here are a just a few thought changes I have learned:

  • I can enjoy all food “God created to be received with thanksgiving…” I Timothy 4:3b
  • All my self-made rules lead to captivity.
  • I am a child of God, created in His image.
  • I am free in Jesus’ name.
  • Small changes to old thought patterns “throw mountains into the sea”!

I am thankful for the pain and hardship in my life as it has allowed me to walk closer to God.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory…” Ephesians 3:20

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