“As a Man Thinks in His Heart, So is He” ~ Proverbs 23:7
In our world today, we truly do make it seem very painful, strenuous, and for the most part, down-right uncomfortable to change an area of our lives. This is especially true when it comes to losing weight, or reaching a health or fitness goal. Many times, people have the desire to change, but when it comes to breaking ‘habits’ or developing a lifestyle change that comes with long term weight loss…People often dread the ‘toil’ that comes with the change.
The reason that change often times seems so difficult is that we are trying to make it happen BACKWARDS! The bible says in Proverbs 23:7 that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. This means that if you are ever going to TRULY change, you have to start to see yourself on the inside how you want to look on the outside. (A great example is that you start to believe that you truly can do all things through Christ who strengthens you…Imagine what could happen on the outside….Marathon anyone!?!)
Now…This doesn’t mean that we can kick off our shoes and be lazy by any means. In fact… If anything it means that we need to get dedicated and motivated to changing our mindsets! When it came to my personal transformation in this area I won’t lie, it did take time. This was because I had to renew my mind from the YEARS of bondage that I was in. Day by day I was (and still continue to be) as persistent as a bulldog as I take ahold of God’s truths in His Word, and let them change the way I see myself on the inside, and claim them as God’s personal promises to me.
You see, all lasting change truly starts and takes place right in between your ears (your mind!) Satans only trick is to lie to us and deceive us….He tries to make us think that we will never feel pretty or break free in a certain area (such as issues with our weight), but he is nothing but a liar! Christ came to set us free from ALL bondage!
In fact, if you are born again, the Bible says you are ALREADY free. “Whom the son has set free, is free indeed” (John 8:36). This means that you don’t have to put up with depression or negative mindsets anymore! Jesus made you free from that. Now all you have to do is renew your mind to who HE says you are, and believe nothing but that! It is then that the outside will change, almost effortlessly!
Yes, it’s important that we exercise regularly and eat healthy. However, even these changes are made much easier when you believe you can make them and stick to them…Which occurs when God helps you change how YOU see yourself.Start today by asking the Lord to help you get a new image of yourself and to see yourself the way He originally created you to be. This doesn’t necessarily mean He created you to be a size two. This society tells you that you have to be a certain size. Our Father is such an artist, and He created each one of us so unique! However, He does want you to feel and look your best, and He can put that vision inside of you!
After spending time developing the ‘vision’ of how you want to look and feel, write it down…in detail. Ask Him to help you get there, and DON’T give up.
Another important step to complete freedom and renewing your mind is writing down scripture on note cards and putting them where you can see them (in your house, in your car, etc.). Speak them out every day as you see them to remind yourself of who Jesus said you are in His Word! THAT is the ultimate truth that will never fail. It will take time (because we have spent a lot of time learning what the world says about us), but eventually, just as a seed planted in the ground produces, as you ‘plant’ the Word in your heart and water it daily, it WILL produce! Don’t give up!
Above all, always remember… When you seek God in an area with your whole heart, you will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). I can say with total confidence that when you purse change on the inside, lasting change will come as a direct result on the outside! God will never let you down! :)