Naked Hearts and Your Self Image

Don’t you hate it when your plans get shattered? When what you’re expecting and wanting just doesn’t materialize. Have you ever had your plans spoiled by someone else? Like when you’re planning a surprise party and your kid sister ruins the surprise. Imagine mapping out an entire universe. While carefully crafting the cosmic bodies for the people you love the most, right in the middle of their awe and wonder, some punk with an attitude throws doubt in the mix and completely soils your loved ones’ perspective of you and your work. This is a fluffy representation of the fall of mankind, when Adam and Eve chose to disregard God and follow their own logic.

Why would we ever agree with this punk? (I mean Satan, just to be clear.) He exists, believe it. But so does God. One of the best truths in this universe is that God is bigger than Satan. When Eve caved in and agreed with Satan, it caused a rift between people and God. Why? Because we became self-conscious. Take a look at Genesis chapter three. Adam and Eve run and hide from God because they are naked. Shame enters the world for the first time. The idea of covering their bodies becomes an instinct. They no longer believed that what God had created was good enough.

Why would we continue to agree with that?

I’m not saying, “Get naked, because that’s how God made you.” Nudity is not the answer! Your body isn’t the issue. It’s your heart. Nothing about you scares God. Why hide your heart from him? Or maybe it’s what angers him that you’re afraid of. Well sorry to say, your cover is blown! He knows everything. And THANK GOD he does! Hiding is exhausting. The more you believe lies, the more you lie. The more you lie, the more you have to cover up for those lies. Understand me, I’m not talking about verbal lies now. I’m talking about internal lies, what you believe with your head and your heart.

Does any of your thinking sound like this:

Some of this might sound outrageous, but that’s only because you still believe some of the lies that tell you differently. Satan is called “the deceiver” for a reason. Don’t give him room to work his little tricks. Remember, God is bigger. When we are struggling, he can step up to the plate for us. Keep Jesus in sight, read about him, talk to him, listen to him.

Let your heart get naked and expose any garbage that might still be dangling from your emotions. Let go and choose to believe what God believes about you. If you’re struggling with body image, confused about your purpose, think you’re worthless, or can’t break free of the sadness, please know that it’s a tactic to keep you down. When you live in God’s design, the good you do in this world will last for generations. God’s plans may have originally been ruined, but he was never caught off guard. Jesus is right there to help you into the light. Always.

[Scriptures references in order of their appearance: Ephesians 1:4-5, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 12:5-6, Psalm 139:13-14, Romans 5:7-8, John 15:14, Romans 8:14-17, Ephesians 1.18, Revelation 12:9, John 16.33, 2 Corinthians 12:9.]

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