A Bombshell’s Battle – Making War

1958090_775782669099044_186587614_nI have recently had two conversations with two very different women. Two women with different walks of life. But ONE very similar problem. BODY IMAGE.

Woman one: She is just precious with a joyful, tender heart for the Lord. Girlfriend is GROUNDED. She’s been walking with the Lord for years. Solid family. Awesome husband. Three daughters.  One grand baby. She is filled with deep, deep joy. She knows Scripture and gets it. She’s just awesome. period. Oh, did I mention she’s a gorgeous bombshell? A blonde bombshell. A fitness bombshell. Total hottie. Lord, we all might as well just throw in the towel if she struggles with body image. She is seriously the most fit person I know. So for all purposes today, let’s call her ‘Bombshell’.

Woman two: College-aged cutie-pie about to graduate and move on into the business world. This girl, too, is on fire for Jesus. Seriously, go fetch her some locust and honey. She is wild for Him. She knows Scripture. Loves theology. Very passionate for the Lord. And cute, cute, cute. Just darling! Beautiful. Let’s name her ‘Cutie-Pie’.

SO WHY!? Body image? Really? These two? Well, knowing what we now know about the Body Image Blues, we shouldn’t be surprised.  We are all subject.

I go as far as to say that we ALL struggle, to some degree, with body image. We are all somewhat aware of ourselves – How we carry ourselves. What we look like in (or out) of our clothes. Our complexion. Muscle tone. Cellulite. Wrinkles. Graying hair. Hair loss. Belly fat. etc… Even if body image doesn’t consume you, I’d say there is some degree of awareness. Men – you, too!

But here’s the difference…for some women, like Bombshell and Cutie Pie, body image can EAT THEIR LUNCH. While for others, its not necessarily a stronghold. When Bombshell and I talked, she said, “You know my body image doesn’t bother me all of the time. But every now and then it rears its ugly head.” Well put. On the outside, she appears to be the most confident person you will ever meet. And she is confident in the Lord! But you know, the enemy doesn’t want us to stay confident long. Confidence is too effective for the Gospel.

Same for Cutie-Pie. She is super involved in her church, super single and a super great catch. Tell all your single guy friends! But the enemy doesn’t want her to walk confident in who God made her. The enemy needs her to be a little less secure. If she’s insecure, she feels less attractive, therefore, she thinks a Christian guy wouldn’t be interested. And the enemy doesn’t like Christian marriages. They cramp his style.

Anyway. So I said something along these lines to both women…. “If we could only learn to really take every thought captive and make our thoughts obedient to Christ.”

But my favorite question to ask the Lord these days is….What exactly does that mean? To “take a thought captive”? What, like…tie it to a chair? Duck tape? Lasso? I want details.

Let’s investigate…

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4,5 (underline mine)

These words speak of war. It is military lingo for a war-like problem.

We are to use divine power to destroy our strongholds. This is referring to Ephesians 6:10-18:  The Armor of God. I encourage you to read it in full, but in brief, Paul is referring to daily arming ourselves with the belt of Truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. Paul says to BE ALERT! Be on watch. The battle will come. Pray this over yourself. When you recognize the Body Image Blues comin’ on….PRAY. Gear up. Half of battle is TAKING PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

Remember what Bombshell said about her stronghold of body image “rearing its ugly head.” Well, this is literally true. The meaning of an argument “setting itself up against the knowledge of God” literally means to raise up against. Strongholds literally raise up against God.

Strongholds oppose Truth. The Truth About You.

To take captive means to lead away. To bring it under control. To make those lies submit to the authority of Christ. The authority of His Word. To make them OBEY Him.

Paul says the key in battle is putting on the Armor of God. Being alert. Aware. Here’s an example of how to pray this over yourself…

“Lord, I know my struggle is not against flesh and blood. It is not against my body. Or my image. My battle is against the powers of this dark world. Today, I put on the full armor of God so I’m able to stand my ground WHEN attack comes. I stand firm with the belt of truth around my waist, the breastplate of righteousness (Your righteousness!) and the gospel of peace. I hold up my shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit (Your Word!) to protect my heart and mind from the flaming arrows of the enemy. Help me be alert and to remain prayerful. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.”

The enemy must submit. 

One day, every knee will bow to the authority of the Father.
But for today, may it be our thoughts.

I urge you to, “make war with your sin.”
Lasso those lies and lead them away.

Captive.

Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength. Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil.  We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.  Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. 16 Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.  Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers. Ephesians 6:10-18

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{A revised post from May 2010}

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5 thoughts on “A Bombshell’s Battle – Making War

  1. Love this! So good to see a stronghold broken down like this. Your blog is a refueling gift to me and so many others. Rebekah

  2. I was just reading a book last night that explained all the armor is for defensive purposes…except for the Sword of the Spirit! It is an OFFENSIVE weapon used to defeat the enemy. As in, learn your Scripture, so that you may also take the offensive when the enemy attacks.

    As to your post, my body image did so much to hurt my marriage. I only wish 20 years ago I could have understood so much more 😦

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