Listening to the Labels?

Do you believe the labels in your head? I recently listened to a sermon on the danger of believing the labels in our heads instead of believing the living word of God. I have a set of my own painful labels: You’re fat. You’re worthless. You’ll never amount to anything.

What is so dangerous about believing these labels that were imparted upon us at some point in our past is that we are allowing the enemy to win over our minds when we choose to believe them.

Yes, there are many of us who endured difficult childhoods and relationships – the people who should have loved us unconditionally told us that we had no value and were worthless. But, we do not have to let those labels dictate who we know ourselves to be today – God’s chosen children.

When we struggle with body image or unhealthy choices, we don’t have to let the labels inside our heads convince us that we are truly failures and that we will never be able to get it right.

Christ Allows Labels to Vanish

Through Christ, these labels are totally unfounded. We know we are not worthless – we are priceless. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We will become all God has created us to be in His image and not amount to nothing. We view ourselves as unfinished works, works in progress. He loves us and we know that. He leads us to where we were meant to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

We can use spiritual warfare to fight the enemy in order to keep these dark labels at bay. Stand firm, with our belts of truth buckled around our waists. Then, we put our breastplates of righteousness in place, with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. We use our shields of faith to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. We can secure our helmets of salvation in place. Our swords of the spirit– the living word of God–defeat the enemy’s attacks.

Remember who you are in Christ when you begin to believe the labels in your head – you are a priceless daughter whose father loves her unconditionally – now and forever more. The labels are false, we must stand firm and know that Christ will give us beauty for our ashes.

Summer Mauney lives in sunny South Florida. She love to craft, bake, and spend time with her family. She’s passionate about good coffee and showing kindness to others. Read Summer’s posts here.




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