Devotional: Fighting Insecurities
I think it’s safe to say that most of us have experienced the feelings of being insecure. Whether it’s how we perceive ourself in comparison to others, in our jobs or in our relationships. I know I’ve have had my own struggles of insecure feelings in the past, but this year, it hit me like a train hitting a wall at full speed…I’m fighting an intense battle of insecurities. Negative thoughts took me captive and threw me off course. I began to think that I wasn’t worthy enough, beautiful enough, significant, worthy or loved. The more I think on these things, the deeper I feel them and the harder the battle becomes to fight off those thoughts, the emptier and more secluded I get. Fighting the battle of insecurities can often leave us emotionally exhausted and miserable. I’m emotionally exhausted. I let lies dictate my thoughts, and feelings about myself.
While the fight continues in my life, I know that there is hope. I cling to the Father that hasn’t left me, that tells me I’m wonderfully and beautifully made, and created me in His image. What I’m currently doing is comparing myself to the world, and I’m feeding myself lies. What I need to do is view myself how God views me-valuable, precious, victorious, beautiful, loved.
Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Matthew 10:31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
My attempt to look for approval from anything in this world, will leave me empty, broken, and exhausted. I’ve started to ground myself in quicksand, when I need to be building on a firm foundation. I’m a daughter of the King.
If you have been struggling with insecurities, I want you to know that I’ve been there, I’m still there. I know it’s painful, it hurts, and it’s emotional, but I also want you to know that there’s hope. God knows the plans for our lives, and He wants the best for us. He wants us to live securely and courageously with our identity grounded in being a child of God. Grow your relationship with God and He will give you all of the strength that you need to overcome the fear that insecurities brings.
Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
One thing that I’m learning that I need to do is to take the focus off of myself and instead celebrate, help, and inspire others. Because, the focus that I put on trying to feeling good about myself takes the focus off God, my passions, my relationships, and others.
Let’s exchange the insecurities we are feeling about ourselves and instead channel that energy into loving and helping others!
I pray today that if you are struggling and battling with insecurities (myself included), that you would be able to find peace in knowing that you are a daughter of the King, that you are valued, and priceless. That you find courage and the strength to fight off the lies that the world throws at you. I pray that you would be encouraged today by the truth that you are loved, accepted, and that our God will never let you go.
If you grew up with Veggies Tales you’ll remember the song “God is bigger than the boogie man…”. Our God is bigger than our fears and insecurities. I’m praying for you today, that you would find freedom in Christ from the bondage of insecurities.
Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
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