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Security can be defined as freedom from fear.  Where does freedom come from?  The truth.  John 8:32 says that the truth is what sets us free.  Then it's in the truth that we are made secure.  Jesus says that he is the way, the life and the truth (John 14:6).  Jesus is truth.  If we are made secure in the truth, then we are made secure in Jesus.  Jesus is the very definition of truth.

It's one of those if A+B=C, and C+A=B, then B+C=A kind of things (I think).

VOICE OF TRUTH

Voices.  We all hear them.  Some voices are audibly spoken by the friends and family around us.  Yet, other voices come from deep within us.  Lies tend to creep in through this inner voice.  Maybe you hear a voice repeating your past mistakes and present blunders.  That voice may tell you that you are unworthy and unloved.  That voice will tell you that we have failed at your attempts for recovery before.  And you will fail again.  There is no hope for anything better or different.  You are a failure.

But our inner soul is not content with the lies.  Another voice speaks up and whispers over us.  You are worthy and loved.  You may have failed before, but get back up and try again.  You can have victory.  There is hope for something better and different.  You are not a failure.

Do you hear both of those voices in your mind?  Which voice most often wins the battle?  If the lies are winning, start defeating them.  You don't have to continue believing the lies that you hear.  You can begin to believe the voice of truth.  

In the song, Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns, we are reminded to choose the voice of truth…  

The song talks about David as he faced Goliath.  If you are struggling with an eating disorder, you have a Goliath in your life.  Max Lucado talks about the Goliaths in our lives in the book, Facing Your Giants.  In the book he says that "your Goliath may not carry a sword and shield," but he does swing blades of fear, abandonment, abuse and depression.  Your giant doesn't come after you on a hillside with an army, but in your bedroom, kitchen, and workplace.  Your Goliath brings food you can't resist, people you can't please and a past you can't shake.  You know well the roar of Goliath.  You can hear his voice, mocking and laughing at you.  Your Goliath torments you, "the first thought in the morning and last worry of the night.  He dominates your day and infiltrates your joy."

For the Philistine army, Goliath was all they could see.  Is the giant in your life all that you can see?

While everyone at the battle scene was focused on the giant, David showed up focused on God.  David saw the giant right in front of Him, but he saw God even more.  David faced Goliath head on.  Toe to toe.  Have you ever faced your giant head on?  Most often, we run away, hide or find a distraction from our giant.  We may feel safe for a while, but then Goliath comes back.  And when he comes, He is even louder and meaner.  

David defeated Goliath because he attacked him with a God focused mind.  In order to defeat the giant of the eating disorder, you must do the same.  Attack your eating disorder head on.  Load your sling and tell the eating disorder, "I've had enough.  You will not conquer me any more.  I will break free."

Max Lucado so eloquently states it this way, "Focus on the giant and you will stumble.  Focus on God and your giant will stumble."

PUTTING DOWN YOUR GIANT

Separate yourself from the eating disorder.  Envision your eating disorder as a giant standing right in front of you.  Maybe you can picture him in your mind.  Maybe you need to draw him.

What words is he saying to you?  What has he been tormenting you with day and night.  In the song, Voice of Truth, the giant was saying, "you'll fail, you'll never in."  What is your giant saying to you?

Now switch roles.  Imagine that you are David, holding one smooth stone in your hand.  You have a God focused mind.  You are focused only on His truth.  You know that God is with you and that He will help you to defeat the giant.  What truth do you need to fire at your giant?  Don't be afraid to rush him head on.

Use this download to journal about putting down your giant:  Slingshot Image

ARMOR OF GOD

King Saul gave David his very own armor to battle Goliath.  David was a young boy trying to wear the armor of a king.  As you can imagine, it was not the right fit.  

David went into battle, not wearing armor made of earthly material, but instead wearing the armor of God.

The battle we fight is not about food, weight or image.  Rather, we are fighting a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6:12 states, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces."  

We can have hope because God gives us His full armor to fight!  When we put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet of peace, a shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, we can stand firm against evil (Ephesians 6:13-17).  

We not only have hope because God arms us for battle, but because the war has already been won.  God sent his one and only Son to die on a cross for our sins. While we were still sinners, He died for us. Not only did he give His life, but He rose again. He is ALIVE. In that moment, Christ conquered Satan, death and hell. Evil has no victory over us because God has already proven himself victorious. 1 Corinthians 15:55 states, "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" Verses 57 and 58 say, "Thanks be to God, He gives us victory though Jesus Christ. So, stand firm. Let nothing move you."  

 
ROOTS OF SECURITY
 
Last week we talked about roots of fear.  Is your life rooted in the fear of failure, rejection, disapproval, abandonment, change, or the unknown?  When your life is rooted in fear you cannot experience freedom.   There is no truth in fear.
 
If you are living in fear, you cannot simply avoid it and hope that it goes away.  You need to rip it out of your life, by the roots!
 
God wants us to have a rooted faith that is growing.  Rooted faith, not rooted fear.  Your roots of faith will grow deeper as you find security in Him alone.  Daily put on the armor of God.  Pray for it.  Believe that you are wearing it.  Then face your giant head on.  
 
JOURNAL
 
What specific piece of armor do you need to uproot the fears in your life?  Once you recognize it – pray for it and put it on!
Consider what piece of armor you are already wearing.  How has it been helpful in embracing your security in Christ?  How has it changed you?
 
"Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in Him.  Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong."  Ephesians 3:17
 
Use these downloads to journal:  Roots of Security and Wearing the Armor of God
 
GET CRAFTY
 
Make a collage with the theme of freedom from fear.  What would it feel like to be completely free from fear?  To be fully secure in Christ?  
 
Find pictures and words in magazines that signify freedom to you.  Maybe you want to cut out words like, "beautiful, loved, good, awesome!"  Maybe you would be drawn to cut out pictures of your favorite food, rock climbers, smiling babies, and beautiful nature scenes.
 
When the Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land, their journey took 40 years.  The depressing part is that it should have only been an eleven day journey.  Ugh.  The Israelites were so hung up on their past and their present, that they could not find their way out of the wilderness.  They got stuck in the wilderness because they had no vision or dream for the future.  
 
By making a collage about freedom, you are creating a visual dream for your future.  God promises that we can have freedom.  Believe it.  Visualize it.  Soak in the words and the pictures that you see, knowing that someday they will be a reality for you.
 
God told the Israelites, "you have dwelt long enough on this mountain," get moving into the Promised Land already!  Get off your mountain of fear and live in the security of Christ.  He wants to take you into the Promised Land of freedom!
 
PRACTICAL STEPS TO EMBRACE SECURITY
 

Read the Challenge to Change for the topic of Embracing Security.  There you will find a practical activity that will encourage you to act on the truths we are learning.

Read the EAT Daily pages for the topic of Embracing Security.  There you will find Scripture verses to read every day this week based on the topic of security.

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