I attended a Relay For Life fundraising event yesterday, that Jessi, a Revelation Wellness Platoon 16 sister, was holding. She provided breakfast, shared her testimony, and led an awesome Revelation Wellness fitness class. Complete with a hope filled message and a kick butt workout. Well, I can’t speak for the other participants, but she definitely kicked my booty. The class ended at a quarter to eleven, and I was already feeling soreness creep into my muscles by the time we went to lunch.
As we were walking up to Jason’s Deli (it was my first time and I loved it) I was about to tell Jessi, “Wow, I really must be out of shape because I’m already feeling it in my quads and booty!”, but the Holy Spirit led me to use a different phrase. In what felt like a split second, He said that using the phrase out of shape insinuates that there’s something wrong with one’s shape, that something is wrong with their form, that they are broken or less than. Whoa. He then instructed me to use the phrase out of practice instead. He said it was true, whereas my go-to phrase was not. Isn’t it crazy amazing how the Spirit’s leading can happen in a brief moment but encapsulate so much teaching?
As I was writing that last paragraph, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the lie vs. truth exercise Jessi led us through during yesterday’s class. During a RevFit class, participants are asked to exchange a lie for a truth. Jessi asked us to think about a negative word or phrase we believe about ourselves and to write it down on an index card. My word was broken, as I have believed for over three years that my body was broken beyond repair and would never be able to move as it did before my twins. She then instructed us to tear up the index card and put on some truth by writing on ourselves (shoulder, arm, hand, etc) what God says about us. In Revelation Wellness we call this war paint. The word God spoke over me was restored.
Even with RESTORED written down my left forearm, I was quick to speak out of shape over myself. How quickly the enemy of our hearts will come and refute truth that God has declared over us. I am so grateful that the Holy Spirit stepped in to remind me who I am. He provided a way out for me. A way out of the temptation to believe lies, however benign they may seem, that I have believed for years.
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. 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 NLT
So the next time you hear someone say that they’re out of shape, or you’re tempted to say it of yourself, please speak truth – out of practice, not out of shape.