Recently I shared some of my insecurities in the post titled Confident in Christ. One of the things I mentioned there, was how the Lord uses his word to clear the haze of insecurity and give me more Savior-confidence, and not self-confidence.
Part of defeating insecurity is becoming confident in who God says you are in his word, instead of believing the lies from the world, the flesh, and the devil. (You are a fearfully and wonderfully made daughter of the One True King, etc.) The other part is having intimate knowledge of the God who speaks those things over you.(He is your Maker, Father, and Savior, etc.)
Since God reveals himself to us through the pages of his beloved word, we must anchor our souls with the scriptures to keep us secure in our Savior as the waves of insecurity wash over us. The waves are coming, we need to brace ourselves to withstand instead of drown in them.
~Ephesians 6:13~ Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
What causes us to be overtaken by insecurity? It’s not the situation we’re thrust into, but ultimately where our heart and mind is at during the moment. We’ll drown if we’re:
- Lacking fellowship with Christ ~ When we spend time with Jesus in prayer and in his word, he guards our heart and renews our mind. He reminds us of his love and gives us the strength we need to endure the trials and tribulations that come our way. Without this fellowship with Christ, we’ll feel alone, unguarded, and weak.
- Lacking fellowship with believers ~ True biblical fellowship is centered around the word of God, on the common ground of the gospel, with like-minded believers who encourage, edify, and equip each other, for the glory of God. It’s more than sharing a meal, it’s enjoying the Christian life together. When this isn’t a part of our regular life we’ll be missing accountability, and acceptance. We may know in our mind that we’re accepted by Christ, but in our heart we’ll feel like an outsider or even like we don’t belong anywhere.
- Lacking obedience to the word ~ Obedience to the bible is a necessary part of the believer’s life. We have to lay down our will and walk according to his will. We can’t go our own way and expect the blessings and promises of God to be ours.
- Lacking a sober mind ~ Without a mind that filters every situation through the truth of God’s word, we just believe every lie that the enemy spews our way. When our heart feels like no one loves us, or that we don’t fit in, or we don’t measure up to the next girl, those emotions will rule us and we’ll be a hot mess.
All of that adds up to not walking in the Spirit. This makes us weak and vulnerable to attack from the enemy. So when we’re in the flesh and enter into those arenas of life that make us feel invisible, inferior, and insignificant, we have to be intentional to direct our thoughts off of the people, place, or personal feelings, and onto the Provider and Protector of our souls.
His word is true and it’s enough. He will be your strength, stability, and security in times of need. But you have to spend the time seeking his face, searching for his attributes, and studying his promises! It’s hard to trust someone you don’t know.
One way you can do this is by reading, memorizing, meditating on, and reciting the Psalms. The Psalms are songs, poems, and prayers of adoration, conviction, and supplications. They’re beautiful and inspiring and give us insight into the God we serve and the way he takes care of his children.
Another great place to really understand who God is and how he operates is by studying the book of John. John writes with the purpose of revealing the deity of Christ by recording the words of Jesus like in John 10:30 where he says “I and my Father are one”. Throughout this book Jesus is declaring to the world the compassion, care, and character of the Father.
If you want to have Savior confidence, go to the word of God to learn him so you can lean on him! And you’ll want to check out my next post titled “I AM” to discover who Jesus declared himself to be, and what that means for you.
~Psalm 119:114~ Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
- Find a scripture you can memorize as a go-to when a wave of insecurity rolls in.
- Pray before and during events that cause you insecurity. Enlist a prayer partner.
- Immerse yourself in the word of God and get to know your Savior. The more you know him, the more you will trust him!