Joan watched Tiffany try on the thirteenth dress from the rack at Dillard’s. The first five looked amazing on her size 8.5 waist. She was model material. But that wasn’t how Tiffany saw it. She compared herself to her favorite magazine models, “I’ll never find one that fits me.” she pouted.
“What are you talking about? Those all looked fantastic, except for the mustard yellow one.” Joan declared. She also struggled with her weight, a fact she kept secret from Tiffany.
“Well I’m too fat. I ate too much over Christmas break, I’ve gained too much weight, I’m hideous.”
“Hey, if you’re hideous then I’m a dowdy grandma. Quit being so hard on yourself.”
“I have to do something, dieting doesn’t work, exercise doesn’t work.” she twirled in the radiant dress.
“So condemning yourself does?” Joan asked. If Tiffany beat herself up, wouldn’t she do the same to Joan?
Joan and Tiffany are fictional characters but haven’t we all heard that conversation once in our lives or at least, played a role in it? How is Tiffany ever going to make her goals? I heard this phrase the other day. You can’t ever walk in the greatness of believing God’s Word, when you continue in condemnation.
How will that phrase help you when you’re dieting or trying to hit a goal, and continue to fail?
I’m going to tell you a secret few people know in today’s culture.
Those who win at anything, stay positive about themselves. They also surround themselves with others who think the best about them.
This is how the Word puts it.
“[There is] therefore now no condemnation (down judgement) to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
How can dieting have anything to do with walking by the Spirit? Does God know what’s best for your physical body? Yes, He created it after all. Does God want you to succeed? YES! Are goals good for you? When designated by God, yes. They are extremely motivating.
“Let no corrupt (putrid, like rotting fish) communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
Aren’t you listening to your own words more than anyone else? Why would you sabotage your success by fouling up the air around you? Minister grace to yourself first, then others.
The devil will try to convince you that you aren’t good enough, pretty enough, worthy enough etc…
God knows you inside and out and He loves every ounce of you. He made you holy and blameless, He made you more than a conqueror. Of course the devil would try to convince you otherwise. But it’s not true. You are lovely in God’s sight! Don’t let the devil win by beating yourself up too. If you’re making some New Year’s resolution, be proud of yourself for that. Then go to God for the details on how to get them accomplished.
“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” James 3:5
If the tongue can kindle a fire, then let it kindle a fire of encouragement, empowerment, edification, and blessing! Believing God and condemnation can’t live in the same space. Why not kick out what kills your efforts.
You are more than a conqueror, especially when you guard your words.
God Bless You Today!