June 14, 2012

Insecurity Poisons Our Faith

We all have experienced it, and none of us like it. Some of us are more predetermined than others to fall victim to this emotion and trick of the devil than others. Some of us try to change, but it rears its ugly head time after time. How can we get rid of insecurity and jealousy in life? There is insecurity in our careers, in our relationships, in our families, in our faith, and in our view of our physical and emotional selves. This poisons our hearts, minds...and yes, our faith. When we allow this human emotion to overtake us, it can often result in damaging consequences. Poor thoughts of ourselves, arguments and unnecessary worry in relationships, poor self-esteem and self-image, and it can cause us to withdraw and pull ourselves into a shell of worry, fear, and hurt...and away fromt he Lord.

So what does the Bible say about insecurity? Let's take a look at three profound scriptures that bring peace to our heart, calmness to our thoughts, and strength to our faith:

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love." (1 John 4:18 ESV)

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away..."  (1 Corinthians 13:4-13 ESV)

You see, we are not meant to bear the burden and weight of these thoughts and worries. We are supposed to cast these on the Lord, because his strength and tolerance is limitless, as is His perfection. When we choose to listen to the lies, thoughts, and insecurities that cross our minds (and sometimes set up deep camp there, in my case), we take trust away from God. We consume ourselves with things that damage our being and cause us turmoil. But to God, these are like mere mosquitos he gently slaps away. He does not want us to carry them, but instead open our arms and give them all to Him so that he may take them away and replace our mind and heart with peace, security, and mercy.

It can be very hard to change our natural instinct and let the emotions fly free up to the heavens. It is in our nature to hold on to them, try to fix them, stew on them, and often make them into so much more than they ever are. This is dangerous, hurtful, and scary. So it may be a constant struggle, but we must learn to give them to the only One who can absolve these false feelings and thoughts, and replace them with positive thoughts of hope, love, wholeness, and deep faith. Give it all to Him!

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