Three Types of Insecurities and How to Overcome Them
“Insecurity is a demon that does not discriminate. It clings to the rich and the poor, the beautiful and ugly, the famous and forgotten all the same. ”
Everyone suffers from some type of insecurity whether it’s big or small. No matter how high and mighty one may seem, it is almost guaranteed that there is something they are not completely secure in. Actually, insecurities to a certain degree are healthy as they remind us that we are imperfect beings who need a perfect God. Insecurity in a high dosage, however, can point to a bigger problem; a lack of identity and knowledge of who you are in Christ.
Insecurity in your ability
We have all been blessed by the father with different gifts, talents, and specific anointings. He gives these gifts freely not so we can hold on to them, but so we may use them to impact the world and the kingdom of God. The enemy hates to see us putting our gifts to use so one thing he does is sow insecurity.
Growing up I was so insecure about my writing skills. Though I loved it, I thought I was the worst writer in the world. As the seed of insecurity grew, I became so convinced that my writing was so bad that I just refused to pick up the pen altogether. I couldn’t even write two lines without a voice telling me, “That sucks. You should just quit.” As I started learning more about my identity in Christ I learned to shut the voice of insecurity.
Thanks be to God because if he did not remove this insecurity, I would never have been able to step into my calling as a writer.
What God-given gifts may you be stifling because you think you are not good enough?
BATTLING INSECURITIES IN YOUR ABILITIES? MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES.
“…Created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10)
“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” (Ps. 46:5)
Insecurity in your appearance
We are all created uniquely and handcrafted to perfection. God doesn’t make mistakes. When we become enwrapped in the insecurity of our appearance, we are telling God (who is perfect), that he made a mistake. Insecurity creeps in when we take our eyes and ears off God and start looking and listening to the world’s fleeting standards of beauty.
When insecurity tries to speak to you, remind it that you are enough. Remind it that every inch of you was intentionally created just the way it is, Regardless what the world has to say about it.
Also, remember that what is for you will always be for you so don’t go feeling like you need to change certain things about yourself in order to get a blessing that is already yours. You will reach your purpose, get your husband, and reach your career goal regardless how you look.
BATTLING INSECURITIES IN YOUR APPEARANCE? MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES.
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” -1 Peter 3:3-4
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” (Sol. 4:7)
Insecurity in your value
This is one of the most dangerous types of insecurity. When we don’t know our worth we will always sell ourselves short to the first (and cheapest) bidder.
There was a season in my life where I was so insecure in the area of worth. I believed I was good looking but I didn’t think I was worthy to be loved or valued. That insecurity manifested a lot in my dating life. I would entertain guys that I knew were no good for me and had little to no respect for me. I thought since I was so worthless, I should have been happy that someone was even willing to show me attention.
When you recognize who you are in Christ that mindset cannot stand. God thought you to be so valuable that he was willing to give up his son for you, so you shouldn’t be entertaining men that can barely sacrifice a few dollars and hours of his time for you.
In God’s eyes, you are worth more than rubies. You are a daughter of a King, therefore you are royalty. As royalty, understand that you are warranted a certain level of honor and respect, and you should not lower your standards for anything or anyone. If a man-appointed royalty acts this way, how much more should the daughters of the King of Kings act this way as well?
BATTLING INSECURITIES IN YOUR WORTH? MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. If indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share with His glory.” Romans 8:17
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Insecurity will rob you of your gifts, money, time, joy, and your kingdom inheritance. If you battle with insecurity, ask God to reveal to you the way that he sees you so that you can esteem yourself the way that God esteems you.