Insecurity

“Sometimes our thoughts are backed by so much insecurity, that they create lies we believe.”

Insecurities. We all have them. The nagging voices in your head that question every move you make and every decision you make. The constant voice reminding you that you aren’t good enough, not smart enough, or not skillful enough.

Insecurity is the deficit between who we are and who we desire to be. When we allow insecurities to linger in our minds, it will eventually lead us down destructive lifestyle choices that prevent us from doing what we are created to do.

The answer to bridging that deficit and overcoming our insecurities is simple. Identity. However, our identity is under attack.

Look at Moses. Nursed by a Hebrew mother, yet raised in an Egyptian palace. He was raised to be great! Destined to make an impact on his world. Yet Moses struggled with his identity. He was too Hebrew to truly fit in with the Egyptians, yet he was too Egyptian to be accepted by the Hebrews. Unable to come to terms with who he was, he flees to Midian where he would relinquish his Egyptian royalty AND his Hebrew pedigree.

That’s what insecurity does. When I first got in church, I too struggled with this. At school I was too “churchy” for my old friends, and at church events I was too “worldly” for my new friends. When I went to Bible College in 2005, I faced this reality on an even greater level. Soon, I became the person people expected me to be. No, not a world changer. A Byproduct of my past and my baggage. I allowed my insecurities to force me into becoming the person other people wanted me to be.

Moses had to spend 40 years alone on the backside of a mountain to try and learn who he was. Yet, when God appears in a burning bush, Moses is still struggling with his insecurities. Moses thought was incapable of being the man God was calling him to be. Because Moses lacked identity. Moses had allowed his past and his peers to tell him who he was.

So God told Moses, take off your shoes. An unusual request. Yet, when you think about the purpose of shoes, especially in that climate, you understand shoes were designed to protect the feet from the sharp rocks and the harsh terrain. It represented Moses’ insecurities. Insecure people build walls to protect themselves. They struggle allowing other people to see their vulnerabilities. Yet, the antidote to insecurity is vulnerability.

Sometimes what makes us insecure can also be what makes us vulnerable, and if used properly can become the fuel that makes us overcomers. The antidote for a snake bite is in the poison. Moses was about to learn, the things that mad him think he was weak, was the very things that would make him strong! Sometimes the things that push you back in life are the very things helping propel you forward.

Moses, take your shoes off. Let your walls down. Allow yourself to be vulnerable in my presence. Only then will you receive what you need… As Moses slipped off his shoes, and approached the burning bush, he would encounter a revelation that would change his life…

Moses, I AM. It was all Moses needed to hear! Moses, if I AM; YOU’RE NOT! YOU are not the deliverer of my people, I AM. YOU are not the answer, I AM! IT doesn’t matter if you struggle between your Hebrew and Egyptian backgrounds; it doesn’t matter that you feel inferior and that you have weaknesses. This is not about how good YOU are, it’s about how perfect I AM!

The things you’ve experienced were not designed to make you weak, they were the very things that made you who you are!

The gap between who we are and who we are meant to be is where insecurities fester, and God is the only one who can fill that gap. Our insecurities are defeated when our identity is in God.

Published by Joshua McElhaney

Joshua McElhaney has served over 15 years in ministry, serving as both an Assistant Pastor for over a decade, and as lead Pastor. During his time in leadership, Joshua learned many valuable lessons about leading. Using his own experiences and the troves of Biblical treasures, McElhaney has created resources that will enlighten, empower, and enable leaders across the spectrum to lead the way God has called them to lead. Joshua married Karena, his college sweetheart, in June of 2007. Together they have three beautiful children; Mayli, Jaxson, and Asher.

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