My son Daniel has really been struggling lately with his weight. Don’t you hate that, as a mother, to hear your child cry because they “think” they are “fat”? I know I do. FAT is such an ugly word. It just gets under my skin when I think of it. So I got to thinking about the power of our words.
Our words have power to bring life or death to any situation.
So if he is speaking the “fat” word over himself, then I needed to help him to see the truth of his identity. Though it may be true that he has gained a few pounds, the truth is, FAT is NOT WHO HE IS. No, Daniel is more than A CONQUEROR and that truth is what defines who he is. I told Daniel that he will conquer any false image that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.
3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
(2 Corinthians 10:3-6, MSG).
We looked up the word conquer in the Bible and found something so interesting, it supersized our NO FAT portion of “special food”. We could taste His goodness.
There is a story in the Old Testament about twin brothers named Jacob and Esau. Esau came out first and he got his name, because he was red and hairy. He was also referred to as Edom. Then Jacob also known as Israel, followed behind him holding onto the heel of his brother.
The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, while Jacob was content to stay at home. Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!”
Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Isn’t that crazy?
He sold his birthright for a bowl of stew.
We discovered in Numbers 24:18 that Edom would become a possession, or conquered; taken over, and Israel would become valiant and grow strong.
Another attractive topping to this dish is found in Numbers 20. Those pesky Edomites refused to allow the Israelites to pass through their territory. And to top off this plentiful portion was that the Edomites were known as continual enemies of Israel (1 Kings 11:14-22).
Oh my! What a continual enemy we have in the flesh. Constantly reminding us of our inadequacies, they keep us from passing through the Promised Land filled with “full fat” milk and “sweet” honey. In order to gain the victory over the territory in our heart, we must press in, pass through and conquer the vain imaginations of selling our birthright (our spiritual identity) for a small bowl of stew (meeting physical needs).
And of course every time Daniel struggles with something, it is like looking in a mirror because I struggle with the same enemy. It is true I have gained a few pounds myself and do not feel healthy, so our family is making healthier choices to improve our lifestyle.
We are taking those FAT portions of our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. (I know sometimes it is easier said than done, but today this is our best choice.)
Eat more “HIGH” fiber of faith-filled special food (God’s Word) and you will not satisfy the cravings of the flesh and therefore you won’t be in bondage over your image.
When I asked Daniel if it was okay for me to share this post, he said, “well it is a little bit embarrassing, but if it will help someone else then go ahead.” SO will you please leave a comment and let Daniel know if this post has helped you to see that You too are more than a conqueror and FAT does not define you, no matter how much you weigh. It gave Daniel and I a new perspective, so we hope you will too.
Your identity is found in Christ alone.