I can still remember, like it was yesterday, the first time I heard the statement, “You will never create positive results from condemning yourself.” It was during my first Thin Within Workbook Class in January 2014, with Heidi leading.
Those were amazing and exciting times for me, to find myself the recipient of “rapid-fire” exposure to some rather radical truths. While I can’t say these truths were all new to me, it was definitely new to apply them…to the areas of body image and eating. It was really effecting me and changing how I thought about all this.
Or to put it in God’s language, it was transforming me. In the dictionary, to be transformed means to make a dramatic change in appearance or character. For me it was both! I changed rapidly inside and outside, in my heart and in my physical body. Others could see the transformation but I could feel it.
Part of the original definition of the word transformation also includes transfiguration, and it means to change a thing into a different thing, including a major change in form, nature or function. Jesus’ appearance changed and He became radiant. On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus began to shine with great rays of light.
Matt. 17: 1-8; After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.
Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
But how could I be transformed? Romans has the answer. It was one of the truths I began to apply in a major way. Not just daily either, many times daily. I was going for a total mind change here. I did not want to remain the same. I consistently renewed my thoughts with the truths from God’s word. I paid special attention to the truths that applied to condemnation, God’s opinion of me and my food, and transformation. God was indeed doing a brand new work in my life and He was changing how I saw myself, my food choices and my identity. I was literally leaving my old ways behind me and getting a fresh start. I thank God often for leading me to my first Workbook Class with Heidi. It was without a doubt a game changer for me. It can be for you too!
Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Isa. 43: 18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
What new thing is God doing in your life? Can you see it yet? We’re going to continue to get closer to God as we renew our minds. What area do you desire to see transformed? Are you willing to surrender that area to God? Where in your life do you lack joy or freedom? What are you ready to believe God for?