The key to overcoming insecurity

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The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life-life in all its fullness (John 10:10) GNT.

Whether it’s self doubt, negative thoughts, or fear of what others think of us, insecurity is real, and it holds us back from becoming the people who God created us to be. We need the freedom of Christ for us to be able to live victoriously and the kind of life Jesus died to give us. The enemy knows that the most powerful person on earth is a free person; the person who has been set free by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This kind of person is able to rise above the lies of the enemy and walk in truth, because it is the truth that sets us free, and Jesus is the truth that leads to life.

Therefore, one of the most powerful weapons the enemy uses to keep us in bondage is called insecurity. Insecurity has been, and still is a disaster in the generations past as well as in our own generation. It is an underlying emotion that overwhelmingly shapes our self image and influences our behavior. It is a deception of who we are in Christ Jesus; a deception that seeks to rob us of our true identity in Christ Jesus.

Webster’s dictionary defines insecurity as: not confident or sure; uncertain; not adequately guarded or sustained; not firmly fastened or fixed.

It causes us to belittle ourselves and to believe in self fabricated lies as far as our identity is concerned. There are so many of us who are living in constant fear, anxiety and worry because of insecurity. It causes us to get lost in our own small worlds and to become a shadow of ourselves. It also causes us to limit and put ourselves down to a level that is close to nothing if not nothing. It is a level the enemy loves most because he knows that it is easy for him to manipulate, oppress and destroy us.

Insecurity is a type of personal prison which we allow ourselves to grow up in. It is like building a wall around us, literally closing ourselves in and choosing to live in our own world where we feel “secure”. It causes us to isolate ourselves from healthy relationships believing that we are alone and that no one cares about us, making us feel unloved and unappreciated. Looking from the outside, someone might think that we are fine, but deep within us, we are dying. Worry, timidity, fear and anxiety become a part of our inner being and as a result, we become unable to remove the mask.

Insecurity ruins relationships and deters us from accomplishing our dreams and visions. It keeps us doubting thereby cutting all our aspirations short. The lies we believe since the beginning of time form a foundation of our insecurities. The enemy uses his lies to steal one thing that he knows would give us power and a firm ground to stand on – identity.

Many people have found themselves in the midst of identity crisis. To our generation, it is more of a disaster than just a mere problem. If we don’t have a firm grasp of who we are, and to whom we belong, then it becomes a major issue which causes us to become vulnerable to the lies of the enemy. This is why many of us live our lives trying to please others, so that we may be accepted and validated. It’s because we are trying to find ourselves and in the process we get lost even more. What we are trying to search for is our identity and the confidence from knowing who we really are but unknowingly, we search for it in the wrong places.

Our true identity can only be found in Christ Jesus. It cannot be found in our accomplishments, the kind of cars we drive, money, status or our lifestyle. It can only be found in our true source – God Himself. He created us and He knows us too well.

The key to overcoming insecurity is truth. If we do not know the truth, we do not know freedom. In John 14:6 Jesus says; “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. Getting saved is not enough, neither is attending services every Sunday or weekday, but having a personal relationship with Jesus. It is and must be the starting point. Your relationship with Jesus matters above everything else. The ability to believe in the word of God and what He says about you is closely related to how well you know Him. If He is a stranger to you or you only have a casual relationship with Him, then it’s going to be hard on your part to believe what He says about you.