16 Feb 2014 by Mindy Oon CM-
These days, insecurity seems to be everywhere. Many, including Christians, are afraid, timid, lacking confidence and just generally feel bad about who they are. However, when Jesus dies on the cross for us, He took away our sins and then he gave us right standing and made us perfect in Him. God does not want us to go around being afraid and lacking confidence; He wants us to be bold, fearless, confident, and free!
When we are insecure, we tend to compare ourselves with other people, and feel the need to ‘keep up’ with them. We try to be like everyone else, but the truth is, we can only be who God has created us to be, and He has created each one of us unique. While this doesn’t mean that we can’t improve on areas that need to be improved upon, we need to realize that God has engineered each one of us differently, each with our own personality and traits.
God made each one of us an original, and He has a unique plan for each of us. Comparing ourselves to others will only lead to frustration. Having the confidence and freedom to be who God has created us to be leads to peace and joy. Galatians 6:4-5 says ‘Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load’.
What Are You Looking At?
Many times we look at ourselves when we should be looking at God. We see our weaknesses, and when we focus too much on how weak and awful we are, we will become timid and fearful, and we will convince ourselves that everything is too hard to accomplish, and we that we do not amount to anything.
There are some people who look at their weaknesses and thing ‘I could never do something great for God. And then there are others who look at their strengths and thing ‘I don’t need help, I can do this on my own.’ Regards less of what we can or cannot do, God wants us to put our confidence in Him because the truth of the matter is, we can do nothing apart for Him!
David is an example of a person who knew who he was in Christ. While the entire army of Israel was too frightened to fight Goliath, David walked straight out to the battlefield and killed Goliath with his slingshot. He was able to do this because he was looking at God, and not at himself. We too can haven’t his confidence when we learn who we are in Christ.
God wants us to be bold and fearless, to be able to believe Him for big things. Ephesians 3:20 says ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’
Perhaps God is waiting for us to boldly step out and ask Him for things that go beyond what we think is possible. Our insecurities will make us feel like we are not worthy to even ask, but remember, because of what Christ has done, we don’t get what deserve, but we get what Jesus deserves.
Wherever we are in our journey with God, or whatever is happening, know that God sees us as perfect because of His Son. And because of this we can go forward with confidence, leaving all our insecurities behind.
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