I don’t know about you, but some days I just wake up at the bottom of an Insecurity Pit.
It’s on those days that I have to preach the gospel to myself, or I will spend the rest of the day measuring myself against others, and reminding myself of the 58 reasons that I am ill-equipped and under-qualified.
Insecurity is a trap, and nobody has time for that.
But it’s not like I invite Insecurity over for coffee and muffins, and I didn’t willingly rent out this space it takes up in my head. Which means I need to figure out what’s up so I can keep it from hanging out here so often.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
If the way you see yourself is rooted in insecurity, then your view is vastly different from God’s. The key to kicking insecurity in the face is to live based on how God sees you.
Since God’s thoughts about you outnumber the grains of sand, there’s no way I can pack all of that awesomeness into 600-ish words. But this is a start:
(1) You have been adopted as a CHILD OF GOD. (John 1:12; 1 John 3: 1-2). I know. How clever of me to tell you what your 2nd grade Sunday school teacher told you.
I might as well say, “Hey, don’t be insecure. You’re God’s child. He’s got this.” #FistBump #PrayingForYou
But actually, when you sink your mind into the implications of what “being God’s child” really means, you will discover it’s way more than a Sunday school line. Because God’s children have been wired with divine equipment that enables them to maneuver any situation.
And their inherited portfolio also includes the very power that raised Jesus from the dead. (I mean, really. Nothing tops that.)
Throughout scripture, God’s people are the underdogs who have no hope of winning and every reason to fail. They are the Least Likely and Most Ordinary who dare to believe God is who He says He is.
Their lives aren’t defined by their trials or successes, but they have a deep sense of security in the middle of hard and painful and unfair.
This is the life God invited you into as His child- the great adventure life of faith. The difference between facing Hard as a child of God, is that you know who holds your future and faithfully directs your life. (And that happens to be God, who runs the world.)
(2) You are ACCEPTED in Christ (Romans 15:7, Colossians 2:9-10). We can list every reason why God shouldn’t accept us. But I forget that nothing I do surprises him…and I start thinking how disappointed He must be.
But, hello, God knows more about us than we know about ourselves…flaws and all.
And He accepts us anyway.
This means that even when life throw us for a loop, or when relationships fail us and disappoint us, we can still rejoice in Christ’s complete acceptance of us.
(3) You are CHOSEN to bear fruit (John 15:15). It took me a long time to grasp the magnitude of this verse. Mostly because it’s hard to relate myself to parts of a tree. (Or really the whole gardening concept in general.)
Nonetheless, knowing this will change your life:
God placed you in this time, in this place, in this generation. He custom-made you with skills, strengths, and gifts so that He can uniquely impact others through YOU.
Yes, YOU. (Even though ____, even if ____, and even still.)
For real. I think we both need to sit on that one for a second, and tie it back to the part about how God uses the Least Likely and Most Ordinary. Because that’s something to write home about, people.
(4) You are a CITIZEN OF A HEAVENLY KINGDOM (Philippians 3:20). I know, I know. You aren’t dead yet, so what does your eternal address have to do with it?
Actually, God’s Kingdom has everything to do with this very moment. Jesus-people have been born into a Kingdom where we enjoy the rights and privileges of our new homeland right here and now.
We are ambassadors of this divine kingdom, and God works in us and through us to bring heaven’s work to earth in the middle of our ordinary days.
The enemy knows that when you know who you really are…you will be unstoppable. Satan is well aware that God has defeated him. But if he can trick you into believing that you’re the loser, then he’s won a small battle.
And to keep winning, all he has to do is keep you focused on who you aren’t.
If insecurity is masking your true identity in Christ, then ask God to show you where your thoughts have gotten tangled in a lie. He will lift you out of that pit, one truth at a time.
(Also I would love to help you kick insecurity in the face. So please let me know if I can pray for you specifically.)
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