• Lexie Thiery

Turn Down the World, Turn up The World



"Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ."

Romans 10:17

How many times can you count that media tells you to "look like this" or "do this because this is healthy" or even "you're not enough", "you're too much".

If I had a dollar for every time I've went to the grocery store and saw the media blasting a woman on the front of a magazine for her cellulite or because she wanted to enjoy some time at the beach with her family but instead of showing how happy she is...they show the stretch marks on the back of her legs saying something like "she should have covered up" or "she needs to lose weight to get rid of that".

It breaks my heart. Truly. I remember back when I first got into the whole fitness thing, I HATED the cellulite on the back of my legs. So much that I wouldn't even go out in public with shorts that didn't cover it. Or if I did, I would be so self conscience the entire time that I couldn't even focus on whatever I was doing. One day I saw a girl I follow posting about this cream that suposedly reduces the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles. The transformation pictures that were shown in the advertisement were incredible. I remember thinking to myself "I need this stuff. Its going to solve all my problems and I will finally be able to go in pubic again and not be self conscience about my cellulite!"

So...I bought the cream (mind you it was a $100 cream). I used it for a few months, and nothing happened. AT ALL. I was so upset. So mortified that I had posted about it on social media saying that I couldn't wait to see how well it worked for me...to just be left with the same body that I had before.

Another product I tried to use...that I still till this day am so ashamed of, is a product that includes a cream and a pill that are supposed to help you "grow boobs". Y'all....after I lost all of my weight the first thing that went was my boobs. Literally from almost a D to an A. That was very hard for me because media portrays women with nice, plump boobs that make her body look proportionate and beautiful. I wanted that. And for so long I was so so so upset that I didn't have the boobs I had before on this new, slimmer body. I just KNEW that if I had boobs that fit the athletic body I had gotten that I would FEEL better about myself. I even went so far as asking my mom if I could get breast implants my senior year of high school because I was so disgusted.

So back to this supplement. It was a supplest that I saw on a FB add that claimed it would help you naturally grow your boobs back. I don't even think I questioned it. I just bought it. And what did it do for me? Absolutely nothing.

Do you see the trend in these two stories? I was so far disconnected from the Truth about my body and who I was in the eyes of God. I spent all of my time focused on that I could do so that the world would accept me. Only then, I believed, that I could accept myself and be happy. I turned up the world, and I turned down the Word.

But you can't blame me right? We live in this world that offers a fix for EVERY physical "problem" we women have..but when did they become a problem? When did cellulite become ugly? When did stretch marks after having a baby become something we HAD to hide? Who told us that we had to have a certain cup size to have a beautiful body? Who told us these things?

We HAVE to believe and remember that these lies portrayed in media are not of God. That Our God would never look down at us looking at the mirror in disgust at our love handles and say "yeah...probably should do something about that". NEVER. EVER.

We have drifted so far from the Truth and Light that God speaks in His Word. We've gone from extending grace to ourselves and celebrating the wonderful things our bodies can do, to wanting to do everything in our power to change the way we look.

Don't get me wrong, changing the way you look is fine! But you HAVE to do it out of a place of LOVE...not hate. You have to turn down the world and turn up the Word.

Paul talks in this verse about how important it is to not just Hear the Truth of Gods Word, but to live it out in faith every single day. We have to choose to disregard the distractions of the media or events voices around us that don't encompass how Our Father actually sees us and wants us to live.

A wonderful company I follow on Instagram created the challenge of putting the Word before the world. I urge you to practice the same. Keep a bible with you at all times, Put an app on your phone. Make your lock screen something positive about yourself or something that you know will encourage you every time you look at it.

My lock screen currently is a quote from Pastor Steven from Elevation Church that says:

"God cannot be the source of your strength is the world if the source of your standards"

There more you fill your heart and mind with Truth and Life, the more the standards of the world will be drowned out and become insignificant to you.

Reflect on todays verse:

"Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ."

Romans 10:17

1. Write three Truths you know about Gods love for you on a piece of paper, sticky note, or on your phone and place them somewhere you will see them often. Take time today to reflect on some of the things you may have spoken to yourself in the past, and explain in a journal why these are lies. Banish them with those three truths from Gods word. Declare victory over the enemy and ask the Spirit for Healing.

2. How is God speaking to you through this verse? What stands out to you the most?

3. Was there a lesson in this passage? How does it pertain to your life right now?

4. How do you feel God is using this passage to you move and grow you?

5. What are some steps you can take this week to embrace, and live out this truth?

Father,

How mighty is your love for me. God, your power is endless, Your grace is everlasting. Father the world is too loud. I confess that too often I choose to hear their lies rather than Your Truths. I declare victory over the enemy today. I am stronger than those lies because I know lay my Faith on your Solid Foundation. Your Word is a gift, and I have it at my fingertips. Father God, I pray that as I reflect and read your Word that it would fill my heart and soul and build my faith even stronger in you. When the world starts to rear its ugly head and I feel my strength start to die, Spirit remind me that I have endless power in You.

Amen


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