What is it about finals season that makes everyone so insecure? The end of the year brings so much stress. From fear about the future, to struggling to make that grade, to facing the end of time with friends, it all brings about a sense of insecurity. I feel it in the air as I walk around campus. Everyone, including me, questions, “Am I good enough? Do I have what it takes? Is everything going to be ok?” And the worst part is, that amidst this hectic time, Satan strikes. He kicks us while we are down and uses lies that hit us so hard we are left gasping for air.
Seems pretty dismal, but take heart! In God, we are victors, NOT victims! We have the right to be secure. So, from one overwhelmed woman to another, here are 3 ways to fight insecurity.
Fight the lies with truth
We have God’s Word for a reason, and Paul calls it a “sword of truth” (Ephesians 6:17). Even the best of Satan’s lies can’t stand up against God’s truth. When you are feeling insecure, it is crucial that you fill yourself up with truth. Unfortunately, the enemy is really good at taking lies and making them look like truth, so the only way to defeat them is to compare them to what we know is true. That lie that “you’re not good enough” falls dead against God’s truth that “you are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession” (1 Peter 2:9). Do whatever you have to do to fill your heart with truth. Read a book. Listen to music. Talk to a wise friend. God will fight for you as you seek him in truth, and Satan doesn’t stand a chance.
Nothing steals joy like comparison. It’s impossible to feel secure when we measure our successes/failures against someone else’s. God has a separate and beautiful journey for all of us. Just because she is good at something that you’re awful at, doesn’t mean that you are inadequate. “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” (Romans 12:6) Focus on what you do well. God doesn’t make mistakes. You are YOU for a reason. Own it. Embrace it. Love it. You’re kind of a big deal.
Celebrate and encourage others
One of the best things to do when you’re insecure is get your mind off of yourself. It’s easy to start drowning in a pool of self pity when it’s all about “us.” Take time to “encourage each other and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Pray for a friend and speak truth into her life. The best part is that you’ll be equally blessed! God’s truth is the same for everyone. Sometimes we just have a harder time accepting truth for ourselves than we do for others. Remind a friend how precious and loved she is by God. Then you’ll get a reminder that you are precious and loved as well. As we build each other up, we create a culture of security that is contagious.
We all feel insecure. It’s a real struggle. But God is with us! He loves us, and he fights for us. Draw near to him and he will draw near to you. There is no need to feel insecure. You are the daughter of the King of the Universe and you are a Co-Heir with Christ. In God, everything is yours.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
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