Overcoming Insecurity!

3196065345_3c0a53535aI heard Andre Olivier say recently, “Experts tell us that the majority of people on the earth are insecure about themselves”. You don’t have to be an expert to work out that many of us suffer from insecurity. We do all sorts of strange things to cover up our inadequacies, including body image, fashion, ego, education, technology and the peer group we relate with. 

Some of the most successful people in the world are the most insecure people on earth. Great actors like Johnny Depp and Ben Affleck admit to being completely insecure about themselves. Why do we get insecure about ourselves?

Insecurity stems from a lack of identity in Christ. When our identity isn’t centered on Christ, we try to look for ways to make ourselves feel significant. 2 Cor 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”  Who Christ is and what Christ has saved you from gives you perspective on your personal identity.

Genesis 1:26-27 tells us that we have made in the image of God. Every person has been created in the image of God and as such has inherent value and worth. While we have been tarnished by our fallen nature and rebellion against God, God loves us so much that he sent us his Son, Jesus Christ to save us from sin and give us an example of what life from God’s perspective is to look like.

Without understanding and living from this position, insecurity will breed all sorts of disabling conditions in your life. The fruit of insecurity includes comparison and competition; anxiety and envy; striving after status and success that may be outside of our capacity; working in a career we’re not suited to to keep up appearances; saying things that we think people want to hear rather than what we know to be true.

You live and minister from your personal identity. I believe identity is one of the most important issues in our lives because it touches every area of our lives including finance, relationships, careers, hobbies, ministries, words and actions. How we approach each of these areas is a reflection on the wholeness of our identity. 

Overcoming insecurity is a major breakthrough in life. Here are some tips to getting breakthrough:

  1. Ask Jesus to transform your heart – insecurity is a heart issue.
  2. Discover more about yourself – strengths, weaknesses and personality.
  3. Enjoy being you – Be comfortable in your own skin
  4. Form your own ideas – Don’t simply regurgitate the ideas of others (Except for God’s ideas)
  5. Remind yourself regularly of what you have accomplished – Encourage yourself
  6. Do your best with what you have where you are – No one can ask for anything more
  7. Work from your strengths – Don’t crush your confidence with working on things you’re not good at
  8. Celebrate other’s successes – Encourage and honour those around you who are doing great things
  9. Keep your eyes on your vision – don’t get lost in someone else’s vision (unless God calls you to lay down yours)
  10. Stay close to Jesus – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13)

He who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by man!

Lead the Change!

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