I was enormous — already. I was nearing the 8-month mark in my pregnancy when I found myself sprinting across the zoo after my 2-year-old. On one foot I wore a medical boot because of a clutzy fall I’d had a few weeks before. However, as my son darted for the gated ‘Do Not Enter’ zone near the lion exhibit, neither belly nor foot would stop me from keeping him from harm.
When Insecurity Rises Up
Can you imagine the sight? Can you imagine the chuckles and eye rolls as I waddled through the crowd?
But beyond the chuckles and eye-rolls, I felt the judgmental stares of the two women who were on this zoo adventure with me. Their 2-year-olds munched on the beautifully prepared snacks while sitting peacefully in their strollers. As a matter of fact, their 2-year-olds had far longer attention spans than mine and were always content to sit quietly. Meanwhile, mine struggled to sleep or sit still — ever.
The good news in this story is that I caught my sprinting child, didn’t go into labor and did not cause any further injury to my foot! Can I get a hallelujah?
However, the bad news in this story is that I walked away feeling beat down —doubting everything about myself as a mother and a woman. With insecurities of all kinds rising up to the surface, I subsequently beat myself up with the kind of negative self-talk the enemy of our soul celebrates.
Does Insecurity Ever Rise Up in You?
Can you relate to feeling insecurity rise up within your heart? Maybe your scenario doesn’t resemble the waddling-boot-wearing-crazed-child-chasing woman of my story. But I believe both you and I have experienced more than one similar situation that left us questioning our worth.Does insecurity ever rise up in you? Do you need a reminder of your worth? Click To Tweet
The Wrong Mindset Bossed Me Around Before I Understood the Truth.
As far back as memory takes me — when I was too little to even know the word ‘insecurity’ — it surfaced within me. It quickly gathered power and before long, became the boss of my life.
It gained all that power and momentum because I didn’t fully grasp what it meant to be a child of God. I had yet to fully embrace God’s redeeming love.
I had made a habit of equating both failure and success to my worth.
Success equaled worthiness.
But failure equaled worthlessness.I made a habit of equating both failure and success to my worth. Success = Worthiness but Failure = Worthlessness #lies #insecurity Click To Tweet
Subsequently, I allowed the actions of others to determine what I believed of myself. I didn’t look to the Maker of heaven and earth — the One who created me and placed me in the Book of Life — as my measure of worth. Instead, I looked to the world and all the unsteady and broken people in it as my yardstick.
But We All Long for More
But, friends, I longed for more than the world’s reflection. And I believe you do, too.
Firstly, we must know the Word of God. When we begin doing, we begin to know God himself. That’s when life can change for the better.
You see, what we believe is what we do. It is how we act. Therefore, if we believe in God — that He loved us so much that He gave His only son to rescue us from our sins and from eternal death — then we will believe we are worthy. We will see the magnitude of our value simply as a child of God.
And likewise, if we believe in our extraordinary value, we will then act accordingly. We will live in righteousness and in victory.What we believe is what we do. If we believe in a God who loved us so much that He gave His only Son to rescue us, we will believe we are worthy, and then we will choose to act and live in righteousness and in victory. Click To Tweet
Necessity of Discipline
I’m not saying it’s always easy. But I am saying it is possible and that it is worth it. Are you ready?
The enemy will urge you to push it off until tomorrow. He finds a higher success rate when where discipline lacks. But I believe in you and more importantly, the God of wonders believes in you and has your back. He will multiply your efforts.
So let’s get started. Right here. Right now. Below are 7 Bible verses about insecurity that helped me believe the truth of God’s love. They helped (and still help!) me fight when insecurity wants to rise up. You see, the truth is that all bad habits tend to return if we don’t keep them in check. Insecurity isn’t any different. That way of thinking and believing is a bad habit that easily returns.
Therefore, commit these verses to memory. Begin reading your Bible — one verse, chapter, and book at a time. And if you want consistent support sent to your inbox, subscribe to my emails. My desire to help you grow in your spiritual life.
7 Bible Verses About Insecurity to Remind You of Your Worth7 Bible Verses About Insecurity to Remind You of Your Worth! #truth #identity Click To Tweet
God chose YOU. Yes, YOU!
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.” -John 15:16 MSG
IF God made the lilies as beautiful as they are, imagine the workmanship He used when creating you.
“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” -Matthew 6:27-29 TLV
God forgives and wipes away all the wrong we’ve ever done.
“God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.” -1 John 1:9 GW
You belong. You are known and wanted.
“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.” -Ephesians 2:19-22 MSG
God loves and treasures you more than our human minds could ever imagine.
“But now, God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.” -Isaiah 43:1-4 MSG
You are God’s masterpiece and He has good things planned for you!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” -Ephesians 2:10 NLT
God doesn’t want you weighed down by shame and false guilt. There is no pointing fingers and living in the past with Him.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” -Romans 8:1 NLT
I pray these Bible verses about insecurity reminded you of your worth. But friend, I challenge you to not stop here. Dig into the Bible. You will find God telling you again and again of how much He loves you.
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