Have you ever experienced uncertainty, instability, or a lack of self-confidence? Have you ever been so upset that you thought you might drown in a pool of anxiety? That is how the word insecurity is defined. It leaves you feeling unsafe, threatened, and apprehensive. But God’s Word and His will for you is to be victorious over insecurity. God wants you to be secure and confident in Him, having no fear of failure.
The chief author of insecurity is the devil. The Word, however, lets us know that through God’s grace, we can overcome insecurity. We can become everything He has called us to be.
I looked up the word secure to determine exactly what it meant. Of course, it is the opposite of insecure.
Secure is described as “free from danger, harm, or risk of loss. Free from fear, anxiety, or doubt; confident; not likely to fail or give way; stable, assured, certain; guarded from danger, harm or risk of loss; so strong or well-made as to render loss, escape or failure impossible.”
That sounds like holy boldness to me!
While growing up, children are taught to have confidence, and we need to be self-assured. But our confidence should be in who God made us to be. Let me share how Jesus helped me to overcome insecurity and become fearless.
Christ Is My Security
Two months after I became born again, the new school year began. High school had always been painful for me. On the outside, everything seemed to be the same that first day of school. I returned to special education classes and started practicing with the same basketball team. However, everything inside me had changed. And it didn’t take long for people to notice.
The change in my academic performance astounded my teachers. Concepts that had previously confused and frustrated me were suddenly simple to grasp. When asked what happened, I quickly responded, “I have the mind of Christ now. I’ve been born again!”
My turnaround on the basketball court was also astonishing to the coach and my teammates. My newfound confidence in Jesus enabled me to concentrate on playing the sport. I had natural athletic ability that immediately became evident. By the end of the season, I was not only off the bench and in the game—I was voted “Most Valuable Player”!
Nailed to the cross of Christ were my old insecurities! No longer was I intimidated by what others thought about me. Nothing mattered more than pleasing Jesus.
Let’s decide to be secure in who we are. There is something in each of us that is unlike anyone else—a uniqueness and a wonderful “something special.”Kate McVeigh
Freedom from insecurity and intimidation involves a decision that fear, worry, and anxiety no longer have a place in us in any way, shape, or form. First Peter 5:7 reminds us to cast our care on God. Why? Because He cares for us. The word cast means “to throw off.”
Peter is telling us to throw off fear—get rid of it! Don’t allow worry in your life. The Bible stresses that we should not be troubled about anything because care and anxiety can ruin our lives.
Let’s decide to be secure in who we are. There is something in each of us that is unlike anyone else—a uniqueness and a wonderful “something special.”
To build your self-esteem, do the following:
1) Don’t wish you were someone else.
God uniquely created you. So be the best “you” you can be.
2) Decide to live carefree.
Plant the Word of God in your heart. When you are tempted to worry, come against it with the Word.
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