I am absolutely head over heels in love with the scriptures (and the Author of them I might add)! Because of this passion for the truth you’ll hear me say “One of my all-time favorite verses” no less than a 1,000 times. It’s just one of those things you’ll have to overlook as I write, or better yet, let my zeal rub off on ya!
That being said, one of my all-time favorite verses is one that I learned early on in my walk with Jesus. During the first couple years after my salvation I memorized a boatload of scripture and I am so thankful I did, as it’s harder for me to do that now. I built up a spiritual storehouse that I’ve been able to draw from several times of the years.
Every scripture strengthens and sustains me for the calling He’s placed on my life.
This is one of those scriptures that I’ve returned to time and time again:
~Philippians 1:6~ Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
I’m just going to be honest here. I have three major struggles with my flesh, and one of them is insecurity. (I’ll talk about the other two in later posts.) I’ve studied it out, and even taught on having security in Christ, but if I’m not walking in the Spirit those old feelings will creep right back in on me. Feelings like:
- God’s done using me
- I’ll never be as fruitful as those well known teachers
- I can’t change women’s lives like their writing does
- I don’t know enough
Maybe you can relate. If I’m not mindful to think on the truth of scripture in those moments of insecurity, I’ll be clouded with doubt and discouragement for days. That’s not how God whats me or you to live!
You know, it all boils down to the fact that I’m believing a lie in those moments. The lie is that I’m not good enough, smart enough, winsome enough. You could be deceived into thinking you’re not pretty enough, thin enough, funny enough, or wealthy enough. The world, flesh, and Devil will always be drawing us into discontentment with who we are in Christ.
We have to know and apply the truth to break up the cloud of lies.
Clearing the fog…
- God started the work in me and he will finish it (Phil.1:6)
- Comparing myself with others is not wise (2Cor.10:12)
- I can’t, but Jesus can, and he lives in me (props to my Mom for that one!)(1Thess.5:24)
- The Spirit of God is my teacher and will continue to reveal truth to me as I study (John 14:26, 2Tim. 2:1)
Looking up these verses, and praying for God to renew my mind and strengthen my heart really helps me to be confident in my calling to teach women the word. I’m far from perfect. I’m not a bible scholar, and I still have a lot to learn. But God has placed a burning desire within me to teach the word, so I’m just going to keep studying, and growing, and sharing it with you! I’m going to focus on who he made me to be, and walk in step with the Spirit with a sober mind full of the truth of the scriptures.
He doesn’t give me more self-confidence, but Savior-confidence. The problem with insecurity is that my eyes are on myself and my abilities, instead of on Christ’s. Apart from him I am nothing and I can do nothing, but with him I can do all things. (John 15:5, Phil.4:13).
If you’re struggling with insecurity, write down the areas you feel the most inadequate. Look up verses that address that, write them out and memorize them. (I use the search feature on blueletterbible.org ) Pray about each one of those things, and let God change the way you think and feel.
Be confident in your calling as a chosen child of the King! He hand-picked you for his purposes.
A fantastic way to be secure in who we are in Christ is to make a word cloud from various key words in the scriptures that plainly tell us our true identity. I did this one at wordclouds.com:
It’s not fancy, but it’s truth. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are chosen, accepted, beloved, forgiven, and free daughters of the King of kings and Lord of lords. So let’s hold our heads high and live like it!
If you need help out of the fog of insecurity today, clear some time in your schedule to just sit down with Jesus. Let him remind you of the truth of the scriptures. Saturate your mind, soothe your soul, and rise up empowered to pursue the passion he has placed in your heart today! ♥