We all have to deal with insecurity at some point. But, left unchecked and intact, insecurity can lead to fear, rejection, pride, jealousy, and even depression. The root of insecurity results from past traumas or events from our youth that may have led to us aligning ourselves improperly with fear and ultimately lack of trust in God.
Insecurity can lead us to a path of destruction that causes us to fear man, and as a result, we allow pride to enter in, and we take on a ‘works’ based mentality. In other words, we do things from trying to prove ourselves rather than out of love and trust from God. Insecurity is brought on when we are hurt or injured. When we do not see the Father’s Heart modeled, we model what we see.
Mountains and Valleys
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25
Insecurity can lead to isolation and depression. These are the valleys that the enemy wants to keep us in. The mountains are pride and false humility. Rejection, fear, and insecurity are like the fuel that keeps us bouncing from valley to mountain instead of living a balanced life as we are called to live. Our prayer life, worship, and Bible Study remain weak, out of balance, and motivated from a place of trying to please the Father and Jesus.
Ultimately we do not identify the Father as Father but solely as a Judge waiting to smite us for any wrong move. We are paralyzed by fear and unable to move deeper in our relationship with God. The roots have grown into a fully developed tree fed by pride and more rejection that sprouts new branches of jealousy, and the cycle goes on and on until we are set free.
Lessons From Barak
One character that is highlighted in the Bible is found in Judges 4 thru 5. Before we beat up Barak, let me remind you that he is mentioned in the hall of faith located in Hebrews 11:32. He did what God commanded him to do, but with hesitation, fear, and loss of honor.
We first find our character being summoned by the prophetess Deborah. Not only was Deborah a prophetess, or mouthpiece of God, she was the leader assigned to govern Israel and bring judgment in disputes. She was a ‘mishpat’ or judge whose decisions were final.
So, when Deborah summoned Barak, it was a divine summons, and it was one in which he must obey. Deborah relays the command of heaven that Barak needed to gather an army and go defeat Siser and his troops. Yet, Barak had some insecurities and fears. He was reluctant to go and do what was commanded.
We all remember Deborah, and the song is sung about the victory that she and Barak won. Deborah tells Barak that she will go with him when he asks this of her, but she, a woman, will get the glory, not him.
Honor and glory are only temporary in this life unless it is birthed and nurtured from a place of obedience to God’s command. Honor is ours eternally when we do what He tells us, and we do it from a place of love and trust. As I mentioned, Barak gets mentioned in Hebrews for his faith. But, what would the story have sounded like had he not acted out of fear or insecurity?
2-Realigning A Life of Insecurity
Insecurity or fear is not sin unless we allow it to control us. If we entertain thoughts of rejection and fear, they will control our mind, will, and emotions. If left unchecked, then we fall into jealousy and pride. We have to apply Isaiah 40:3-4 and make every valley that has developed into level ground. This also applies to the mountains of pride and jealousy.
We do this by applying the cross and blood of Jesus. While good, helpful, and beneficial, counseling and teaching are insignificant and useless without understanding the blood of Jesus and the cross. Thus we repent and come out of agreement with insecurity, depression, fear, rejection, and jealousy.
Proverbs 28:13 describes the process as ‘we are not to confess our sins, but forsake them.”
I may sound hard, but I have lived a life where these valleys and mountains are real. I was told to confess my sins and that Jesus would wash them away. I wasn’t told that partnering or agreeing with fear and insecurity was sinful. Being jealous of what someone had or did was something that I knew wasn’t right. I wasn’t really taught until later that I could have victory over all of these things and that they were not who I was created to be.
3- Going Deeper In Him And Away From The Roots of Insecurity
As my life has unfolded, I have learned that the deeper I go in Him, the more He can cut out those rotten roots. We are taught that when we get saved, we are going to heaven and that we have all we need to live the victorious life as a disciple of Chris. Yes, we get to live and reign with Him, and the price is paid for our sins. But salvation is a process, as Paul wrote, ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling.’
None of us have actually been saved until we reach the Judgment seat of Christ. Otherwise, we are being saved, as we have accepted the lifeline, and He is pulling us in.
When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Father sees us differently. Actually, He sees us differently before that, but we are still in the world and not the kingdom. Now that we are in the kingdom, we must see ourselves as He sees us.
Jeremiah 17:7 is one of my favorite verses when it comes to understanding trusting in the Lord.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. 8- He will be like a tree that is planted by the waters that send out its roots by the stream. It will not fear when heat comes: its leaves are always green.” (NIT)
The answer to insecurity and fear is trust in God. After allowing Him to remove the roots of fear and insecurity, to realign yourself is to let Him plant roots of Joy and delight deep within us. This brings the smooth road that allows Him to abide within us continuously. We become a deeply planted tree that does not wither under pressure. We learn to come out of agreement with fear and insecurity and stay out of agreement.
We have to be aggressive when it comes to dealing with these things. Spending time with the Holy Spirit requires us to be bold and takes time. Our time is important, but the more we spend with Him, the more freedom we can experience.
Discipleship Begins With Beholding
One of my more recently found authors has written a book, “Discipleship Begins With Beholding.” I urge you to get a copy of Samuel Whitfield’s news book and understand more of what I mean about beholding Jesus as the foundation of discipleship. Order from Amazon or at Samuelwhitfield.com.
The more we spend time in the Word, prayer, and worship, we behold Him and His beauty. He is beautiful no matter how you look at Him. As disciples and followers of Jesus, we must realize that He is the King and is therefore worthy of all of our attention. That is where discipleship begins. We will never be able to follow His teachings and obey if we are not spending time with Him and loving Him. Works will follow out of love.
Don’t be like Barak or Gideon. Trust and obey from the start. Lean not on your own understanding, but trust Him in everything. In the days ahead, we will be faced with many challenges, including persecution. We cannot reach a lost world and endure with perseverance persecution and suffering if we do not get free from insecurity and behold Him.