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Lenten Diet Devotions- 3

Friday, February 15, 2013

Day 3 Scripture: Romans 2:11 For God does not show favoritism.

Application: Do you have a poor self image because of your excess weight? Others stare or say rude things, but not so with God. He loves you no less than the person whose body is precisely the correct weight. If God shows no distaste for you, why do you put yourself down first? People are not God. True acceptance comes from knowing that in God’s eyes you are beloved and valuable. Yes, losing the weight will increase your self esteem, but from others evaluation of you and your own confidence, not God’s. He loves you just the way you are unconditionally. If you could forgive yourself and love yourself as Christ does, you can drag yourself out of the valley of defeat and start walking victoriously over the physical aspects of weight. Trust God to show His love to you, the way you are, this very day.

Prayer: Father, I desire to see myself through Your eyes. My vision is limited and marred. Help me to realize the vastness of Your love for me, just as I am, and then I will be able to restore the temple of my body for Your glory. Free me from the thoughts that bind me to the past. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Today's action and commitment: Think of something you can do or make that will make another person feel especially loved and forgiven as God has loved you!
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    Thank you Editor for your great message today. It is hard sometimes to think of myself the way God does. I was put down as a child and by my ex-husband and now it took so much to make me feel I was worthy. I used to tell people, I am great because God doesn't make junk. I'd joke about this, but on the inside I would be crying.
    Thank you. emoticon emoticon
    1954 days ago
    Thank you Editor. It is hard to see ourselves in the way that God sees us. I will work harder on learning to love who I am.
    1954 days ago
    Great Blog! So glad God loves us unconditionally, and we should care enough for our body since the HOly Spirit indwells within each Christian.
    1954 days ago
    I would rather see a person with a little weight on their body
    than bone thin. I think Hollywood , has set us up to believe we should be bone thin.

    our inner beauty is what matters . I know the Lord loves me unconditionally.
    so we must love our selves in order to love others as well.
    God Bless
    1955 days ago
  • HAGIN2010
    I have lost about 80 to 100 pounds twice in the past and yet was unable to maintain. This is because problems in my past weren't resolved and I didn't have a healthy relationship with myself or food. My self esteem wasn't instantly improved by losing the weight. Changes had to come from within and ultimatly from God for the weight loss to stick. I have maintained for about a little over a year. I am struggling a bit for the last two to three weeks but today I will choose to be kind to myself and not judge or condemn myself for my recent struggles. Today I will focus on my walk with the Lord and my relationship with myself and food.

    Have a great day everyone :-)
    1955 days ago
    Change comes as we begin to see through God's eyes, from His perspective, and not our own flawed perceptions.

    I like CEEMAY's comment: The "image and likeness of God" abides within us. Time to let it shine forth!

    Genesis 1:26, 27 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

    From this picture we see a person with God's own image and likeness taking control over all that He had placed under them and being blessed to live in the environment in which they belonged! They were His representatives on the earth; they were important individuals, made to function like Him and do the things that He had created them to do.

    You won't find anyone with low self-esteem being able to function in this capacity because they don't see themselves as God created them to be. It's time to break free from that "stinkin thinkin" and begin to see yourselves as God sees you; whole and complete in Him; beautiful and loved just as you are!

    1955 days ago
    I am glad that God loves us unconditionally!
    1955 days ago
    The "image and likeness of God" abides within us. Time to let it shine forth!

    1955 days ago
    Thank you for reminding us of God's unconditional love, no matter how we look.
    1955 days ago
  • JOANIE69

    Yes! I loved this lesson too, and agree with the comments.

    God prefers obedience to sacrifice,
    and to obey God is to love Him and to love one another.

    Bless you, Joanie.
    1955 days ago
    Thanks for reminding me of God's great love for us! The comment, "if you could forgive yourself and love yourself like Christ does," really challenged me.
    1955 days ago
    1955 days ago
    You have to love yourself so you can love others Dislike puts you in a foul mooed and you can not get away from yourself Always around.
    1955 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Beautiful words to read this morning - thank you for sharing them. My minister believes that rather than focusing on sacrificing for Lent, we do exactly what you have said - make someone else feel special, do something wonderful for someone else. Beautiful sentiments and a beautiful way to live our lives.
    1955 days ago
    This is a wonderful lesson one that we should all heed. It's not what others want but what God wants.

    Psalm 147:3-5

    King James Version (KJV)

    3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

    4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

    5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
    1955 days ago
    We must realize that no one is perfect and we should love our bodies the way they are. What we can do is to eat healthy and do the best you can with what you have. We should accept our bodies the way they are.

    1955 days ago
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