Finding freedom amidst insecurity
I was sitting on a couch after my assignments and everything I had to do today; then I brooded over what a friend of mine told me on the phone earlier this morning. He said to me that he was worried that if Donald Trump becomes President of the United States, he will have to pack his bags and go back to Africa. This friend of mine is African-American. Whoever will read this I am sure they will think it was some kind of a joke, but the level of anxiety and insecurity with which he expressed it was so real. I will not continue the story of what I told him, instead I want to talk to you today about what subject that conversation led me to; insecurity.
We have an epidemic of insecure people in our society today. Many people have an identity crisis because they don’t really know who they are and they base their worth and value on all the wrong things – what they do, what they look like, who they know, what they know or what they own.
What do you think of yourself? How do you feel about yourself? Do you ever compare yourself with other people and feel belittled if you can’t do what they can do or be like them? Have you ever said “I wish I looked like her” or “I wish I had what they have” or “I wish I could do what you do”?
Everyone experiences insecurity at times but the good news is; we don’t have to live insecure lives because it’s God’s will for us to be very secure and not to live in fear. We were created to feel safe, secure, confident and bold; it’s part of our spiritual DNA as born-again believers in Christ. But the key to living a secure life in Christ is knowing who you are in Christ, really receiving God’s love for you, and basing your worth and value on who God says you are, not what you do.
I want to share with you two things that personally helped me get a revelation about this. The first one is what I found in the book of Prophet Isiah Chapter 54 verses 17, the Bible says, “But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong.”
This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord….”
But we have to take it by faith, which means we believe it before we see it. And since we believe what we say about ourselves more than what others say, we each need to speak what the Bible says about us as children of God to overcome the negative, defeating opposition in the world that wants us to see ourselves compared to others, not who we are in Christ.
The second thing I needed revelation about was the love of God for me. The first day I wanted to teach about the love of God for us, I hesitated a lot because I felt like it wasn’t a powerful, new message and people already knew God loves them. But the Lord impressed on my heart that many people don’t understand His love for them, and if they did, they would act a whole lot different than they do. They wouldn’t get caught up in competition, compare themselves to others, be afraid of their mistakes or afraid of admitting weaknesses if they were secure in God’s love.
We must understand that our worth and value are based on the fact that we are children of God, not on what we do. This is so important because if we believe God loves us based on what we do or how well we perform, we will never be truly secure and stable in our relationship with Him.
God is love. And He really loves you! I pray that you will experience God’s love for yourself every day of your life. Then you can have the life of peace, joy and true security that He’s planned for you.
The author is a graduate student of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.