Today I want to share Biblical truths to feel more confident in your body. Confidence shows through our feelings. Therefore, to feel confident in your body, we need to address the underlying root issues as to why you do not feel confident in your body.
Are you dieting and trying to do everything you can to lose weight?
Are diets leaving you feel more like a failure?
Have you thought to yourself, “What’s the point? Everything I try never seems to work.”
I remember vividly how much I tried to control the way my body looked because it brought confidence, well, false confidence. I thought if I could change the way I looked on the outside, it would change the way I felt on the inside. (Control does not help you to feel confident in your body. It keeps you trapped in thinking you have to do more.)
We are nothing apart from him.
If we are left to our ways, we lead ourselves into frustration, dead ends, and more pain.
However, he provides a way out of the pit and into freedom.
I’m not for you if you are looking for a quick fix. Quick fixes take you as far as you can stick with them.
However, I am for you if you are tired and exhausted trying to do it your way.
Or if you are overwhelmed with trying to do “all the right” things.
With everything in our lives, we must have a Biblical foundation to experience fruit in our lives that lead to life. Weight loss is a bi-product of healing. I’m not here to tell you how many pounds you will physically lose, but I can guarantee you will lose some “weight.”
Therefore, we can’t change our outer world without changing our inner world.
In my 21-day diet detox coaching group, I talk about the power of both/and and how we often feel like we have to choose. As if everything we experience is pinned against each other. Learning how to process your situations and feelings through both/and (which I teach) helps you to feel confident in your body.
You must lay a different foundation to feel confident in your body. One that trains your heart in truth.
3 Biblical Truths to Feel Confident in Your Body
- “Our outer man is passing away, but our inner man is renewing day by day” 2 Corinthians 4:16
Our walk with Christ on this earth will not come without pain, suffering, and frustrations. As believers, I think we want to live a life that has no cares because we know God is good – so when we hear good, we don’t expect anything bad.
The other day I was standing in front of the mirror getting ready to work out, and I thought about how much my body had changed—comparing it to what it used to look like. How it had more muscle and smaller thighs, but then I started to think about who I was as a person when I had smaller thighs and more muscle – I didn’t like who I was.
This led me to this question: Would I want my “old body back” if it came with who I was then? Therefore, am I only concerned with how I look versus who I am becoming.
It’s not to say you can’t care about how you look – it’s a question that keeps us from making our bodies the idol in our lives and the most important thing.
Our confidence doesn’t come when our bodies look a certain way. Paul is clear in this scripture our bodies will change and are changing. To be confident in your body is to be confident in the Lord and what he has done for you.
When you read The Message Translation of 2 Corinthians 4:10-18, Paul is talking about how their bodies look after preaching the gospel and what they have gone physically gone through.
“You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us.
Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”
When we have confidence in God and who He is, we have confidence in our bodies. Because we trust and know he has made our bodies good. Just like my client Renee needed in my 21-day diet detox coaching group. She needed permission to be who God created her to be instead of what someone else told her she had to be.
- God has given you a body that no one else has. He doesn’t take from you to give to her.
In Deuteronomy 2, Moses is recounting the Israelite’s times in the wilderness because they were about to cross over into the promised land. In Deuteronomy 2, we read specific instructions about how the Israelites are supposed to go through specific lands but will not possess any of them because God has already promised those lands to other people. He never went back on his word to the people he had already promised that land to.
God reminded me that he keeps his promises. He doesn’t take something from me to give to you. Your body is yours. He’s not “helping her lose weight,” and ignoring you. We all have the same access to God. However, our bodies are not all the same. When you strive to be confident in your body, you miss the rest he died for us to have.
In my 21-day diet detox coaching group, I will teach you how to feel confident in your body again and with yourself.
He doesn’t withhold from you. Sometimes our lack of confidence in our bodies is because we have other bodies around us to compare them to.
Think about it. If you never saw anyone else for the rest of your life, you would have nothing to compare yourself to. Therefore, you wouldn’t be able to deem your body good or bad because there was no comparison. God created man and called him good.
I always believed that if my body looked a certain way then other would accept and love me. Therefore, I thought she took away from me what I didn’t have.
- Your body is not your enemy.
When you start to recognize that your body is not your enemy or something you need to fix constantly, you can begin to feel confident in your body.
We often look at our bodies as something that is there. Maybe as an outsider and an enemy intruding on our daily lives.
Yet our bodies are with us everywhere we go and are always communicating with us.
You have a good body because the Creator who created your body is good. Our physical bodies live in a fallen world, but our spirits live within our bodies and are sealed until the day Jesus returns.
It’s hard to change what we hate. To feel confident in your body the way you speak about your body has to change as well.
We can’t hate something into change.
If you told your friend how much you hated her, didn’t like her, wished she was different, wished she was who she used to be, she probably wouldn’t be your friend anymore.
However, your body is not going anywhere. Your body is letting you know it needs attention. The way it talks is through bloating, irritability, unable to have healthy conflict, or tight shoulders and jaws. The list goes on with how your body lets you know something needs addressing.
The quicker you befriend your body is when you can begin to feel confident in your body. Not because it’s about “self-love,” but because the fruit of the Spirit is kindness and gentleness.
When we bring our bodies before God, we learn how to be kind to our bodies and gentle to them. We learn how to speak life over them and go to war for your body.
To feel confident in your body is less about feeling confident in how it looks. It’s more about the deep relationship you have with God.