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 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."