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I remember from a very young age that “image” was everything. The media bombarded us with what they deemed as the “woman.”

If we think of the perfect body image for  a woman, we normally think of Fashion Models or Celebrities. However, the  National Centre for Health Statistics reports that the average (American) woman weighs about 169  pounds. Overall, worldwide the average is between 145 to 150 pounds. Unfortunately, many people see the images of the rich and famous and believe that is the perfect body  image.

If you don’t meet up to the surveys that the latest magazines conducted, then they had the weight loss programmes to make you achieve the goal.

In reality social media can be used by the Devil to influence us. That seed of doubt that comes from within, is generally from insecurities or past experiences. We are supposed to conform to the pressures of this world and can therefore become tempted by sin in order to achieve the unrealistic goals. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience but it is how we react to them, which set you apart.

People forget that the images we are looking at daily are photoshopped and unfortunately this misguides us into thinking, what is fantasy is actually reality. The only flawless person to walk this earth is Jesus.

Our actions distinguish whether we are the light for Jesus Christ. People then know we have chosen to be different. No-one says this is an easy task but God is with us every step of the way “And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

We need to recognize that the Devil tries to tempt us to steer us away from God – we need to prepare ourselves for the spiritual attack that tempts us into thinking that we are inadequate, ugly and worthless  “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11)

I remember surcoming to societies opinions and I developed an eating disorder to try and fit into “that box” that my peers deemed as perfection. That seed of doubt that one more dress size lower would sort all of my problems, whereas the truth is – beauty comes from within.

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To God you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). You were created in the “image of God” (Genesis 1:27) and you are perfect in his eyes.

So the next time you get that seed of doubt creep into your mind, remember you are exactly whom God wants you to be.

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