Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Insecurity from a Different View

Read This: Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything. Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need. The peace of God is much greater than the human mind can understand. This peace will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

Think About it: In 2012 I had the breath-taking experience to spend some time in South Africa. During our journey there we took opportunity to get a closer look at the beauty of God's creation. We encountered whales along the coast of the tip of the nation and beheld the glory of the scenic landscape that a high-class work of art would never be able to adequately define. What grabbed and overwhelmed my senses the most was a trek up to the top of a flat-top mountain that gave us a view like I've never encountered. From that vantage point, all that had once seemed so big, so over encompassing from such an "in your face" angle, now appeared so different. It was smaller. I could see more than just one thing. I wasn't taken aback by the enormity of one scene, but by the masterful work of art that connected all the details into the bigger picture I could then see. It was when I was able to take it all in from higher ground, from a "God's-eye view," that I was able to appreciate all that I would once again face on the ground below. 

Going Deeper: Insecurity has the power to grip your face and manipulate your focus. It attempts to force your attention on all that you can't control or on what you begin to believe is beyond your control. Insecurity distorts the reality of the life you encounter by bringing it so up close and personal that you are overwhelmed by the appearance of something more than the reality of what it is. In Philippians 4, Paul writes that worry and anxiety are not part of the packing list that God has prescribed for the journey you are to walk. Insecurity will rob you of your peace. Seeing your life from a God's-eye perspective will allow you to see peace, know peace, and live in peace, regardless of what you see around you. When you pray, or communicate with God, you are beginning to rise up out of the chaos and confusion of everyday life and view it all from a different vantage point. You will be able to see how God can take the situations that seem overbearing and attempt to use fear, worry, and insecurity to isolate you, and use them to bring about the big picture of working "all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). When you choose to see life from higher ground, you will begin to see all that God wants to show you in using you to walk in total confidence, strength and victory. So long, Insecurity!

Next Step: What is it that weighs on your mind that keeps you closer to the ground rather than reaching for higher heights? What causes you to feel less than the best that God has created you to be? Is it something you've been told or even had repeated over you countless times? Is it something you've regretted in the past that you overcompensate for in the present that cripples your confidence for the future? Identify it. Call it out by name. Release it. Let it go. Pray and acknowledge it before God, give it Him, trust Him completely, and begin to walk the journey with confidence and conviction. That's when the peace of God will march around your mind and heart and set-up guard, protecting the work that God is still completing in you. No fear. No worry. No insecurity. You may still face it, but when you see it from a "God's eye" perspective, its power of intimidation will cease to be effective in holding any power over you. 

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