We’re back at it today, digging deep into insecurity.
In Part 1, we asked WHY it’s so important to self-reflect on our insecurities. We concluded that insecurity DISTRACTS us and DERAILS us from living out our God-given purpose. Understandably, this causes pain and conflict in our own lives, and also deeply hurts the people around us.
If you’re anything like me, when you’re trying to fix a problem, you want to dig deep into its origin. To know WHERE something comes from, or how it started, really helps me to gain perspective and understanding as to the REAL cause of the issue. Then, and only then, do I feel fully equipped with the tools I need to actually make CHANGE in my life.
So here we are. We are about to get incredibly raw, real, and factual about WHERE our insecurities come from.
The only thing I ask from you as you continue to read is to open your mind and your heart to what I have to say. For some, this is an entirely new way of thinking. It is potentially uncomfortable, seemingly far-fetched, but the honest-to-goodness TRUTH. And if you DO open yourself to a new way of thinking, I PROMISE you this will be a GAME-CHANGER for you and your own insecurities.
1.) We ALL have insecurities.
I’m restating this point from Part 1 because it bears repeating. Depending on what circle you travel in, it can also mean that we are all sinners and we all have failed to live perfect lives. There isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t said, thought, or done something cruel, selfish, or downright evil. It is the reality we live in and if you are truly serious about tackling your insecurities, you have to make peace with this actuality.
2.) We have an enemy.
This is the big take-away for today. And no, I’m not talking about the person in the mirror.
Your enemy is powerful, vicious, deceitful, and seriously sneaky. Your enemy has a name. It is Satan.
I know it is uncomfortable to think about the spiritual world, to contemplate that there are forces at work that we often cannot see. It is easy to think of the devil as a CONCEPT but when we start to see how he truly interferes in our lives, it becomes PERSONAL.
You see, Satan KNOWS that you aren’t perfect. He is aware that you were born into this world sinful and without the capability to always think, act, and speak in exactly the right way. In fact, he takes it a step further. He knows YOU. He educates himself about what makes (insert your name) angry, tempted, confused, emotional, prideful, and distracted. He is an excellent student and has been in school a long, long time.
To understand the full picture, we need to know the devil’s end game.
He is working incredibly hard while you are living here on this earth to make sure that you do NOT live out your purpose. He wants you to be so focused on your troubles, your worries and your fears that you forget to be brave, to love others, and to love God. All of that distraction and insecurity leads to a disconnect from God and His amazing grace. When that happens, we die empty, without the love of Christ, and our souls reside with Satan in the depths of hell.
Ok. Go grab a drink, a smoke, or at least a deep breath after that one. I just hit ya with some hard stuff.
But friends, it’s IMPORTANT. It’s SERIOUS.
If we don’t understand that Satan is very INTENTIONAL about planting our insecurities, we will play the (oblivious) victim for the rest of our lives.
It is my strongest desire for ALL of us (myself included) to FIGHT back.
We will talk more about what that looks like and HOW we can suit up in Part 3.
In the mean time, do your own digging and self reflection. Read as much as you can about Satan and spiritual warfare. ( I HIGHLY recommend checking out Spiritual Warfare by Derek Prince.)
My sisters and brothers, insecurity is more than just a character flaw or an imperfection. It is a LIFE DESTROYER. And now that we know WHO is behind this debilitating distraction, we can look ahead, knowing exactly who and how we combat.
Until next time!