Friday, October 17, 2008

"I Yam What I Yam"

Insecurity. Such an ugly word, yet it takes up residence in some shape, size or form in each man, woman, and child. Over the last few years I have discovered more insecurities about myself than I care to admit. However, I am thankful, because if God has placed me in a position where they are manifested, then, I can ask Him to change me. I can ask Him to help me become more secure in who I am in Jesus. I can ask Him to help me not allow the opinions of other people, to shadow God's opinion of me, and, I can ask Him to help me see myself through His eyes. After all, "I Yam What I Yam" no more, no less, said so beautifully by none other than Popeye.

I think insecurity is the root of so many human behaviors. It is one weapon that the enemy keeps in the front of His tool belt, trying to make us feel as though we are not good enough. But God says that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Condemned is unfit for use, and every believer, yet unperfected, is able to be used and transformed by God.

Insecurity also causes us to give the opinions of others far to much control over us. As well as leading us to assume that others are thinking thoughts toward us that they may not even hold. The enemy is nothing more than a liar and a deceiver. He has no real power, therefore, he must manipulate his way through trying to destroy God's creation. If we stand in the truth, and keep our eyes on Jesus, there is no insecurity that we cannot overcome. God's grace, Jesus, is more than capable of teaching us how to not only know we have the victory, but to stand in it as well.

So, if you, like me, are on the road to complete and total freedom in this area, remember to keep your eyes on Jesus. Focus on His goodness, His worth, His love for you, and His ability. We all fall short, but God accepts us and loves us as we are. He choose each of us, knowing that we have insecurities to overcome, knowing that we have flaws, yet He does not see us that way. And, those things that seem to so readily steal our peace, are already overcome by the cross.

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect peace] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]" John 16:33

We do not have to live under the enemies lies. We are FREE! Just as Jesus is so are we in this world, and He is an overcomer!

Lets Talk Grace! What do you think about insecurity? What are some that you have overcome or are still overcoming? Do you believe that God through His grace, is able and wants to help you stand in victory in your area of struggle? Lets Talk Grace!


Anonymous said...

Actually, I know you are not supposed to talk about politics, but God has used this election to teach me being secure in speaking His truth. I'm relatively an ourspoken person, but I would get so emotional and upset when others would have a differing opinion. Now, I welcome disagreement because it just gives me more to think about. God is justice and truth, and righteousness, and while some things are simply a matter of opinion, things that come down to His principles and His truth I have no longer been afraid to state. When I'm talking about my faith in Jesus, I am not affected by the wavering opinion of others...Jesus is Jesus and I'm not responsible for defending Him, just showing Him to the world. That's really freeing. The things that He has done in my life do not change because someone doesn't agree with me.
It is very funny how we think we are free from insecurities until one pops up and bites us in the butt. I remember crying on the phone to you, Daveda after I was first married because I was trying to be the super wife that I thought I should be and I didn't feel like I was succeeding...All I needed was a reminder that being me wasn't a bad thing and that I just needed time to learn. That lesson has been valuable as I have entered motherhood, having two kids, and now with the prospect of soon to be three young children.

Shanda said...

I am about to begin reading, "Behind Those Eyes" by Lisa Whittle. It is discussing the various roles that women play to cover for their inadequacies and it looks really insightful. I think sometimes it is helpful to know that everyone struggles with insecurities in one way or another.

I am in agreement with you. We are unable to be complete in and of ourselves. No spouse, friend, or neighbor can "complete us." We are whole only in who we are in Christ.

Jenny said...

I am with you on at times letting what others say hold to much weight! It is a long process, and one that I think even when we have overcome it, may be what Satan keeps trying!

RosyRose said...

Hey Thanks for stopping by and for your comments! It looks like we started blogging the same month... R U enjoying it as much as I am? Blessings! Rose

Anonymous said...

Hi Daveda!

Consider this your invite!! Hope you'll join in with us!

I am looking for as many people as we can find that would like to participate in a bloggy "Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving." I dreamed this idea up as a way to give thanks to the Lord for His work in each of our lives by sharing our testimonies with the world wide web on Monday, November 24, 2008. That's the Monday before Thanksgiving guys! Many of you may choose to leave that post up for the entire week and I encourage that. My prayer is that this sharing of our testimonies will not only encourage each other and give Glory to our Lord but also to those who happen upon our blogs.

Here's how it'll work:

Set to post to publish on: Monday, November 24, 2008.

In your post title put: "Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving: (Then insert a name for your testimony)" Example: "Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving: Renovations of the Heart"

At the end of your post insert the short paragraph (copy and paste if you want) below with a link to the dedicated blog located at: (It reads THE MOUTH BEHIND THE MOOSE). I have set up this special blog just for the event as a way of directing people to where prayerfully 1000's of testimonies can be at their fingertips. Here's the blurb for the end of your post on that day: "Today, many of us bloggers have devoted a special post in which we are "Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving" by sharing our personal testimonies of the Lord's work in our lives and/or that of our families. Our collective prayer is that this sharing of our testimonies will not only encourage each other and give Glory to our Lord, but also to those who happen upon our blogs. To enjoy many more testimonies like the one you've just read please visit the "Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving" blog located HERE. "

Lastly, be sure you go to the dedicated site and add your blog to the Mr. Linky list so those visiting the site can find your testimony there. When you add yourself to the link be sure to do it like this so if they want to refer people to your testimony they can find it easier. Example: Heather (Renovations of the Heart) or Susan (Breast Cancer) or John (Loss of Parent)

Hope your testimony will be there too!!

Grace & Peace,
Heather Twitchell
Swallowing A Moose

Tracy Wagman said...

Amidst all of my insecurities~
Jesus is my security.

christy rose said...

Secure or Insecure! We are one or the other in so many areas of our lives. We can be secure in some and inscure in others. It all depends on whether we have looked to Jesus to find our worth or not there.
He is our security!!