4 Characteristics of God That Cure My Insecurity
I have started to exercise again after a long period of inactivity. I’m two weeks in and I am no longer having to lay on the floor thinking I will faint during my workout. Progress!! On Saturday my husband and I went to a local gym for a workout class. We are in our late forties and no longer look like we did in our twenties. As I walked on the treadmill I looked at people in the mirror. About half of them were young women in their 20s, fit and skinny. Old familiar thoughts began to swirl around in my brain.
- I’m lazy.
- I’m too big.
- These clothes make me look ridiculous.
- My clothes are cheap and don’t fit right.
- Everyone can tell how out of shape I am.
- Everyone is judging me.
- I’m terribly uncoordinated.
- I want to cry.
- I’m pretty sure my bladder control will not hold out for the full hour.
How is it that I am still thinking the same thoughts I had when I was a teenager? And that was when I was thin, maybe even too thin. I still had these same insecurities. When I get into these thought patterns, I struggle to get out of them.
So how do we cure our insecurity? We need to know God better. If we know him accurately, if we understand who he is and what he has done for us, we will have an accurate understanding of ourselves. Knowing God is the path to curing our insecurity.
1. God is King – and I am a daughter of the king. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have access to the creator of everything. But it is more than just access to a king as a member of the kingdom. We are adopted into his family. So our access is more like that of a prince or princess. The king is kind and will drop anything for his children. We have the access of a daughter. I have worth because I am God’s precious daughter.
2. God is faithful – and I can trust him to fulfill his promises to me. Knowing this truth helps me look beyond my immediate circumstances and see hope in my future. God is not like us humans. No matter how good our intentions, we will always let each other down in some way. God is perfect and holy. He cannot let you down. I have worth because my momentary failings pale in comparison to the faithfulness of God.
3. God is full of grace – and I need grace! I mess up constantly. Rather than letting those failings draw me into self-pity, I can praise God that he is full of grace and loves me anyway! Our failings, our weaknesses, even our sins highlight our utter and complete need for salvation. When Christ can be worshiped even in our weakness, all the glory goes to him. I have worth because God has taken care of all my sin and I am forgiven.
4. God is sovereign – and I am part of his plan for this world. In God’s perfect plan, he wants to use imperfect people. He could accomplish his goals without me, but he chooses to use me instead, and to use me in a way that benefits me. I have worth because God is using me to bring him glory.
If you are struggling with insecurity today, cling to these truths about God. He can free you from your chains!
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