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Breaking Barriers of Insecurities

Barriers of insecurities never seems to stop, even into adulthood. Insecurities may make us feel like we are inadequate, worthless, incapable of completing a simple task, or incapable of experiencing a relationship with God.

Our insecurities can hold us back from reaching our full potential in Christ. True too, they can hold us back from believing that God loves us, desires a personal relationship with us, and wants us to live in purpose for Him.

Maturing and growing in our faith with Christ can definitely help, when it comes to understanding how God sees us. When we begin to grow closer to God in our relationship with Him, we begin to see a change in ourselves. Our negative thoughts about ourselves turn to more positive thinking. We begin to see, know, and believe that we are a child of the one true King, who loves us dearly. Truly, our heart begins to change, and our ways of thinking begin to change as well.

1 Samuel 16:7, in the New Living Translation, shares with us that God isn’t worried about our outward appearances or looks. He is more concerned with what our heart looks like. It reads, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

It is quite normal for us, as human beings, to be consumed with worry and judgement of ourselves and of other people around us. We are only human and far from perfect. Naturally, we question things like:

Am I too fat? Am I too skinny?

Am I eating too much food? Not enough food?

Why is my hair so frizzy right now?

I got this weird piece of hair sticking out! Why does this have to be an ugly hair day!

I really need to exercise. I haven’t worked out since COVID, at this point.

Many times in our lives we worry about the appearance on the outside, but we are never consumed with the idea of worrying what is on the inside of our hearts and minds. Romans 12:2, in the New Living Translation, asks us to not be conformed to the world’s patterns.

The world’s patterns may look like allowing our insecurities to create barriers with friends, family, or acquaintances. It could also look like allowing others to judge us and change us due to their opinions of our appearance. It could be conforming to the modern-day trend or newest fashion compared to reminding ourselves how much God loves us, daily.

When it comes to our thoughts, we have a choice whether or not to allow our insecurities to negatively influence our ways of thinking. We have a choice as to whether we conform to the patterns of insecurities or believe what God has said about us all along.

Retraining our Minds

I just recently finished reading author Jennie Allen’s book, “Get Out of Your Head.”

Allen’s book shared numerous ways to make the negative thoughts dissipate, fight against the devil’s lies, and use the tactics that God has provided for us to fight. Allen also shares that we have a choice, when it comes to deciding whether to think a positive or negative thought about ourselves and others.

Within the book, she mentions that we have to be willing to retrain our minds in order to combat the negative lies that the devil makes us constantly believe. One by one, we should break down the barriers of each thought, take it captive, and replace it with what God says about us instead. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us, “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”

When we begin to notice a negative thought within our mind, we need to capture it like 2 Corinthians says, destroy it, and replace that thought to obey Christ. Let’s try a practice thought together. What is one lie or insecurity that keeps popping up within your mind lately?

Have you been feeling like you are not good enough for anyone? What about feeling inadequate, worthless, or broken? Are you feeling like you are not capable of love, appreciation, care, or even happiness?

Take the thought captive within your mind, as you think. Next, destroy that thought. If you need to, write down the negative thought, and cross the thought out with a red pen. After doing this, challenge yourself to replace that negative thought with a Bible verse or positive thought. Ask yourself this question: What does God say about me, instead?

According to Genesis 1:27, we are created in God’s own image. Psalms 139:13-16 shares that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Proverbs 16:4 reads, “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”

Reminding ourselves of some of these Bible verses throughout battling our insecurities may ultimately help us retrain our minds. Keeping them in the back of our mind, let us never forget that we are loved by God, created in the image of God, fearfully and wonderfully made by God, and made with a purpose.

As we go throughout our daily walk with the Lord, let us challenge ourselves to use this technique. Try capturing the negative thought or insecurity, replacing it with what God says about us, and begin to retrain our minds into what God says about us instead. Find Jennie Allen’s book, “Get Out of Your Head,” and maybe even begin reading it as well.

In the end, insecurities are awful, but we are all very capable of retraining our minds to what God says about us. True too, we are all very capable of breaking down the barriers that insecurities hold on us and throw them away in Jesus’ name.

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