Part of finding freedom in Christ is discovering the freedom in beauty and value. But not by man’s definition. By God’s. Join us as Angela Legg shares the lessons she’s learned. Read on for Day 8 in the What Freedom in Christ Looks Like Online Event by the Blogger Voices Network, hosted right here at KellyRBaker.com.
Angela Legg is the creator over at The Diligent Woman. She loves to help other women to see their value and to find their confidence through exploring the Scriptures. She believes that a life lived for the Lord is always fulfilling no matter what roles you fill in this life. Angela has been married to her Beloved for over 24 years and they have five daughters. She enjoys reading and creating Bible studies to encourage others to grow in God’s grace and knowledge.
Every society has a definition of beauty and value. And every society has had women trying to fit into an unnatural mold to meet those definitions.
Satan whispers in the ear of a woman that she isn’t sufficient in some area of her life – her looks, her demeanor, her skills as a wife, her skills as a mother, or in her work as a Christian.
I get it, I have been there. In my teens it was an internal battle to always be found pleasing and pretty. Then in my twenties, I was held by a different set of conflicting ideas as a wife and a mother.
There was always this struggle. I knew I should be able to be confident. I just could not seem to find that confidence within myself. The knowledge that had been instilled in me through years of Bible study kept feeding the conflict. Because without that knowledge, I would have given in and tried to change myself. I would have let go of who God made me to be. I KNEW God had laid out the beauty and value of women very well in scripture, but somehow I just could not see how I fit. Can you relate?
That Lightbulb Moment
Then, one day in my thirties, I had a realization as I worked to see how to help my pre-teen daughters to see their individual beauty and gifts for what they were. If I wanted them to stop listening to Satan’s lies, I needed to point them to God’s word (Phil. 4:8)!To stop listening to Satan’s lies about your beauty and value, turn to God’s word. @TheDiligentLife #FruitOfFreedom #BloggerVoicesNetwork
I knew what they needed to know; but what I wanted them to know was something I needed to KNOW ABOUT MYSELF!
God’s word was telling me that He’s taken care of making me beautiful and my value is not determined by those around me.
4 Biblical Truths Describing Beauty and Value
Lesson #1 – I’m a woman made like Eve. As a woman created by God in this form, I too, am “very good.”
When he created man and woman on the sixth day of Creation, they were the “icing on the cake,” so to speak. When God looked back over all he had created, “indeed, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31 NASB).
How did God shape Eve? We know she was a woman, so we’ve got a good idea about what made her different from Adam – but beyond that – nothing. We aren’t told her height, her weight, her hair color, or her eye color. Yet, she fell into “very good” as she was right then.As a woman created by God in this form, I too, am “very good.” @TheDiligentLife #FruitOfFreedom #BloggerVoicesNetwork
Lesson #2 – I’m beautiful because God’s hand created me so. He sets the standard, not the world.
In Matthew 6:29, God says, “even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” of the lilies of the field mentioned in verse 28. Solomon – a king known for his wisdom and his riches (2 Chron. 9:22) was not dressed better than the lilies of the field! No one is ever going to be dressed better than the lilies. Kind of takes the wind out of the sails of Satan’s lies about beauty equalling fashionable and trendy, doesn’t it?
Lesson #3 – I need to focus on what is inside. Learning to be in control, to be confident but not arrogant and to be at PEACE no matter what goes on around me.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (NASB) says, “Your adornment must not be merely external – braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”
God says my look on the outside is nothing more than an accessory, a reflection of what is INSIDE. A spirit that is under control and at peace – this is what is precious to God and He says it is what adorns – or decorates – me.A spirit that is under control and at peace - this is what is precious to God 1 Pet. 3:1-6 @TheDiligentLife #FruitOfFreedom #BloggerVoicesNetwork
These are the things that I knew that caused such a battle against those lies of Satan. I KNEW that God had made me the way I am, but I didn’t TRUST that He meant it.
That day, when I woke up and realized that I had a part of me that I had held on to while Jesus was trying to wash it away…freedom came when I let the Word do its work. When I allowed God’s word to show me that He defines my beauty and the world cannot take it away.
I was no longer a slave to Satan’s lies! I was free to show my girls that I trusted God with who I am. Free to LIVE and be what He made me to be – a woman of valor with her power held in check, at peace through the storms of life (Prov. 31:10; 1 Pet 3:4).
Lesson #4 – Trust God in all things and allow Him to set the standard for beauty and value in my life.
The love of Christ cannot be taken from me, unless I let it by listening to Satan’s lies (Rom. 8:35-39). My beauty and value are only hard to see when I allow Satan’s lies to move me to doubt God’s hand and His word working in my life.
Do you need freedom?
Freedom in Christ is trusting that God created you to be the woman you are and that woman is full of beauty and is of great value to Him (Mt. 6:25-34).
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