Friday, March 4, 2011

Food For Thought Friday: Are you INSECURE?

I truly believe that one of the most effective tools Satan uses to destroy us and steal our joy is insecurity. Insecurities can lead to struggling walks, doubting salvation, failed marriages, adultery, eating disorders, paranoia, trust issues, fear of failure and rejection, confidence issues, jealousy, feelings of inferiority, debt, abuse, immodesty, etc. We are such an insecure society, and so desperate for attention because we are not confident in ourselves and secure in the Lord. Unfortunately, those insecurities lead to choices and feelings that result in massive problems in our relationships with others, within ourselves, and with Christ.

Insecurity is defined as 1. lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt 2. the quality or state of being insecure; instability 3. Not firmly fixed or rooted.

A lot of us mistake insecurity for humility. It is NOT the same thing. Humility is “the condition of being humble”….and humble means 1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful. 2. Showing deferential or submissive respect. Now reread the definition of insecurity. Do those sound the same to you? Absolutely not. Insecurity is not a weakness; it’s unbelief. It’s unbelief that Lord is who He says He is and you are who He says you are- A wonderfully made child of the Lord.

We’re our own worst enemy & critic. People say this like it’s a good thing. If you think about it and are honest with yourself, insecurity is actually a twisted form of self-interest and pride. Secure people don’t have to self-obsess. Insecurity goes hand in hand with narcissism. With insecurity everything curves back in on us; we make everything about us when in reality it probably has nothing to do with us. After we’re infiltrated with the Holy Spirit and become secure, “stuff” no longer curves back in. It goes directly up to God and out to others through love.

Try to spend some time doing some self-reflecting today. What are your insecurities? What brought them about? Why are you so attached to something Satan is using in your life to keep you from living the abundant life we’re called to live (Ephesians 3:20)?? Are you able to put those insecurities behind you so you can truly thrive in your relationships with others, within yourself, and most importantly, with our loving Savior?? Yes, and it’s time to do that.

How can I become more secure in the Lord??? Remember these 3 things:
1) Focus on your strengths in Christ, not your weaknesses.
2) God created you just the way HE wants you.
3) God loves you. He created you in HIS image.

1. Focus on your strengths (in Christ), not your weaknesses.

“The Lord shall be thy confidence.” –Proverbs 3:26

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” –Phil 4:13

“You have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world.” -1 John 4:4

“Be confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1:6

2. God created you JUST the way HE wants you.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.” –Psalm 139:13

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” –Psalm 139:14

“But even the very hairs on your head are numbered” –Luke 12:77

“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” –Isaiah 43:4

“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” –Song of Solomon 4:7

3. God loves you. He created you in HIS image.

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” –Genesis 1:27

“Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”- Romans 8:39

We see innumerable counts of God’s unconditional LOVES for us throughout Scripture- John 3:16, John 4:19, John 13:34, John 15:9, John 16:27, Matthew 18:12

"The thief comes only to kill, to steal, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it in the full." -John 10:10

Let’s learn to become the SECURE men and women in Christ we are called/created to be.


Sarah said...

I found your blog through another blog, (Emily Parker) and I love it! It's amazing how so many things in life can relate to the bible, that's awesome! I am glad I found you, and look foward to following you!

Mama’s Minute said...

To go along with God creates us in his own image - My dad always says, "If you make fun of me, you are making fun of my Creator". Sooooo True!

Love you!

Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party) said...

It is funny how someday I can be so confident, and then others just be so insecure. I would like to find more of a balance!