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Overcoming insecurity (1)

14 November 2021
‘Our competence comes from God. He has made us competent.’

Ever heard of imposter syndrome? It’s something we can experience when we don’t see ourselves as capable and worthy of where we are, and we think we’re less competent than others believe us to be. The truth is, these feelings of insecurity can stop us in our tracks. When we feel like we’re not qualified for the task we’ve been given, our self-doubt can even make us act in ways that prevent us from completing it successfully, or even at all. One of the biggest problems with insecurity is that it’s incredibly difficult to acknowledge, so we don’t bring it into the open and can’t work towards overcoming it. We can be afraid of admitting we’re feeling vulnerable because we think that it’ll weaken us in other people’s eyes, give them ammunition to criticise us, and give others an unfair advantage over us. Insecurity can make it difficult for us to trust others, so we keep them at a distance and miss out on the counsel and support of people who could help us. Insecurity will whisper to us, ‘If people really knew you, they wouldn’t love you, respect you, invite you, trust you, or spend their time and effort on you.’ So we keep hiding it. But God has provided us with an answer to our insecurities. Paul wrote, ‘Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.’ The first step towards overcoming insecurity is to start drawing our self-worth from God and learning to see ourselves through His eyes. And we can only do that by spending time with Him in prayer and reading His Word each day.

What Now?

While looking in a mirror, read some of the Bible truths about God’s love for us. Speak God’s Words of security over yourself.

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