"INSECURITY, AT ITS BEST, IS MISPLACED SECURITY. INSTEAD OF BUILDING THE FOUNDATION OF OUR IDENTITY ON JESUS CHRIST, WE TRY TO BUILD ON THE FAULTY GROUNDS OF WORLDLY AFFIRMATION."
We misplace our security in things that aren’t really secure. Our confidence falters and we become an unstable mess.
Insecurity: lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt, instability
My bump insecurity resulted from comparison. I was comparing with every woman around me and every story before me instead of looking to the unique story God is writing. We will always miss out on the joys of life when we look to these places. And yet, God calls us to “bump the insecurity” out of our life with His truth. Insecurity has no room in the heart and life of a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.
Are you with me? Are you ready to be free of the shackles of insecurity? Then we have got to fight, sisters. We have got to believe the truth of Jesus instead of just knowing it or placing it on our mirrors or coffee cups. Scripture is more than just a beautiful adornment to be placed on a wall in your home, it is literally your life, your hope, and your direction. We have the joy and privilege of sharing this freedom with those around us.
In order to break free of the insecurity shackles, we have to know what causes us to be in bondage. Does social media put you back in chains? Does looking at the mirror, Facebook, or going to the gym? We look to others for affirmation instead of the Lord for total approval and satisfaction. And the insecurity spiral can happen all too quickly before we even realize what has happened! Recognizing what situations puts the chains on is important. It is vital to freedom. But there are many things we can’t avoid - like going out in public. In order to break free, we must learn to rejoice with others and in the person God made them to be, as well as in the unique creation He made us to be. This includes every circumstance of life - illness, suffering, pregnancy (along with all it's changes), marriage, transitions, etc. Insecurity is comparison and critiquing others as well as ourselves. God calls us to rejoice always and in ALL things -- including our circumstances and our bodies. They are so temporary, but His truths are forever. Rejoicing with others and in our own journey is the first place to start (Philippians 4:4).
Beth Moore put the nail on the head when she said that we need to “let the truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us.” Jesus told us in John 8:38 that the “truth will set you free.” Truth, friends, is the road to freedom. Lies are the pits that trip us up and make us stagnant in our walk. Let’s choose truth.
BUMP THE INSECURITY
In order the bump the insecurity out of our hearts, we need to fill them up with truth. Below are some of the verses I cling to:
-- “But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
-- “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:21)
-- “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27)
-- “and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.” (John 10:28-29)
-- “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
-- “The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me? The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.” (Psalm 118:6-7)