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Breaking Insecurity

“I have never experienced insecurity in my life.”

You could search the world and scarcely find one person who would make as bold a claim as this.

“I have never experienced insecurity in my life.” You could search the world and scarcely find one person who would make as bold a claim as this.

In varying degrees, insecurity is so prevalent that it can be disregarded as just a natural part of our human experience. But how does God see it and feel about it?

It may come as a surprise to you that insecurity is as serious a sin as lying, cheating, or stealing. This is because it is an ungodly and fallen mindset that is contrary to the Word of God and the revealed nature of Christ. 

1 John 5:17 “All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death” (NKJV).

To be righteous comes from the Hebrew word tsadiq (Strong’s H6662) which is usually translated as “righteous,” but literally means “on the correct path.” 

The Hebrew word for “sin” is hhatah (Strong’s H2403) and literally means “to miss the mark.” 

In order to return to the correct path we must identify where we strayed from the truth that caused us to miss the mark. 

We must approach this wound like scientists who always begin trying to cure a disease by first asking “What’s causing this disease?” 

According to The Oxford English Dictionary, there are two definitions of insecurity in the English language. 

Insecurity 
mass noun
1: Uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.
2: The state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection.

This personal insecurity is much deeper than simply not feeling good in yourself. Therefore it cannot be cured by the supportive and complimentary words of others no matter how genuine or well intended. The root of all insecurity is lack of revelation of who God is in this area of your life. Many seek false confidence by changing their appearance to beautify the flesh or by striving to achieve their own earthly accolades. 

Many seek false confidence by changing their appearance to beautify the flesh or by striving to achieve their own earthly accolades. 

1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (NKJV).

God gives no regard to physical beauty, but instead values the beauty within our hearts.

1 Samuel 16:7 “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (NKJV).

The transformation of our eternal inward man is of manifold importance to God, whereas our physical body is a perishing means to an end. 

2 Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (NKJV).

There are many valid reasons for feelings of insecurity for those in the face of things like poverty, homelessness, war, sickness and death.

So, how could we possibly have confidence in the face of these personal trials?

Ecclesiastes 1:9 “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (NKJV). 

I guarantee that you can find an example of God rescuing man from every one of these tribulations throughout the Bible. God strengthened Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery and poverty (Exodus 14). The Lord helped King David win battles everywhere he went (1 Chronicles 18:6). When the disciples needed money, Jesus made it appear out of a fish’s mouth (Matthew 17:27). Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43). Jesus healed the sick (Matthew 14:14). Jesus multiplied food (Matthew 14:19). 

Every miracle, sign, and wonder performed by God was to show us that although we suffer tribulations, we can have confidence that He has given us dominion over everything in the earth. 

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (NKJV).

Now that the lies have been uncovered, it’s time to replace them with the Truth. Jesus revealed the character and function of the devil as one who does not stand in the truth and is the father of all lies (John 8:44). So let’s take this lie and flip it on its head. What is the opposite of insecurity? To be secure.  We find an example of security in the Hebrew word chazaq (Strong’s H2388). This is defined in the Thayer’s Dictionary as: to strengthen, prevail, harden, be strong, become strong, be courageous, be firm, grow firm, be resolute,

a. to be firm, be caught fast, be secure

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong [H2388] and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (NKJV).

Another word to add to your arsenal that is interchangeable with security is trust.

Psalm 56:4 “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (NKJV).

Psalm 56:4 “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (NKJV).

The definition for “trust” in this verse is the Hebrew betach (Strong’s H982) which has the concrete meaning of “to cling.” A related word, avatiyach (Strong’s H20) is a melon which clings to the vine. The melon is comparatively huge in proportion to the vine just as sometimes we perceive our problems to be too big for us or even for God. We can rest assured that as long as we are clinging to God like the melon clings to the vine for sustenance and nourishment, He will strengthen us. 

I encourage you in your time of introspection and prayer to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of insecurity you may have. Imagine yourself as the melon clinging to the vine. There is no burden too great that He cannot take and no end to His strength that He longs to give to you.

Shalom

There is no burden too great that He cannot take and no end to His strength that He longs to give to you.

Key Words:
Insecurity definition
Confidence interval
Trust
Anxiety 
Secure 
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