RePost: Overcoming Insecurities, Next Steps, 2017

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This post is as relevant today as it was in 2017 or eons earlier. Most of us find ourselves questioning our worth, purpose, and abilities off and on throughout life.

Gideon blowing the trumpet

At times it can be overwhelming when you are pursuing God’s plan for your life. When God reveals His plan to you, it is usually beyond your current skill set or ability. It can also be beyond your level of education and outside of your financial budget. It will stretch you and challenge you to come out of your comfort zone and start becoming the person He desires for you to be. Sometimes this can leave us in a state of insecurity, as we will have a tendency to feel small compared to the BIG plan that God has shown us. Yes, it can seem overwhelming at times, but you must understand and know that it’s not impossible.

The key to overcoming your insecurities is to start trusting in God’s ability and not your feelings. When God called Gideon to raise up an army to defeat the enemy, Gideon was overwhelmed with feelings of insecurity. He thought how could he be the one to do such a great thing. He came up with every excuse possible that stemmed from his own insecurity. I’m too weak. I don’t have the stamina. ”unsure that he heard God correctly, he asked if he could give the Lord a test to prove it was Him, read the story in Judges 7.

Do we sound like Gideon? In Judges, the Israelites were to go into battle with the Midianites. The Lord found Gideon hiding from the enemy on a threshing floor. He was an unlikely candidate, an unlikely judge, and unlikely leader. But God knew his heart and did not leave Gideon in a state of insecurity and he won’t leave you there either. As you learn to trust in His Word and apply it to your life, you will begin to gain a level of confidence and courage that overrides any feelings of insecurity.

Like Gideon who tested God to make sure it was God who was talking. He, like us, immediately tested the Lord and violated the command in Deuteronomy 6:16, “do not test the Lord”. This stemmed from a lack of faith. We read the Bible, pray, listen to God and when He commands us to do something, we are ready to offer excuses, step back and run. God forces us out of our comfort zone to prepare us for the work He created us to accomplish. In Judges 6, God put Gideon to the test. In Judges 8, He told him to assemble an army to fight the Medianites. He assembled 32,000 men. God told Gideon to send home all of the soldiers who were afraid, roughly 22,000 headed home. If you were Gideon and had 10,000 left, I imagine you would sense the same insecurity he did. God then told Gideon to instruct the remaining 10,000 to drink water, only 300 drank with their hands the other 9,700 kneeled down. God then told Gideon to send the 9,700 men home. The size of the army was diminishing quickly before Gideon’s eyes. I’m certain, Gideon’s sense of insecurity worsened by the moment. This is what God often does to us. When He speaks we need to listen closely and keep our eyes peeled on Him. Why, because He places us in a position to have rely on Him for a miracle to bring us through.

Remember that nothing great or extraordinary happens in your comfort zone. This means that you will have to break out of any insecurity mind-set that you may have and start seeing yourself as God sees you. God sees you victorious. He sees you as an overcomer. He sees you as a mighty person who is going to accomplish great things in life.

Resources:
Who is Gideon? By Hope Bolinger, christianity.com, 06/20/2022

Overcome insecurity-Christian Women Faith! by Whitney Hopler, Crosswalk.com, 10/31/2017

Bible Verses to Help Overcome Insecurity. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com. 10/31/2017

The Bible solution for insecurity by Barbara Raveling. Barbraveling.com. Posted 9/23/2012

Youngchristianwarriors.com, Author, Lisa Blair

Image: Concordia Lutheran Church. Concordia news.org, 06/20/2022

Heart Surgery

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It’s amazing, man took eons to learn how to heal a heart, a physical transition from illness to becoming healthy. But, there are two types of heart surgery. ~ Lisa Blair

The heart surgery in Ezekiel 36:26 ESV is speaking about a spiritual heart surgery. This is not specific to a physical failure of the heart, the muscle is fine, it is speaking about our transition from our old way of living to our new life. Ezekiel was a priest and prophet in the Old Testament who foretold the coming of Christ. Barnes’ Notes informs us that we (individuals) would move from the letter of the law to the spirit of the law, or to put it another way, we will move from the Old Testament Law to the Gospel of Christ. For new Bible readers, we moved from the Law of Moses to the Law of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary explains, our new heart creates a change in mind and will. It changes our spirit, our motives and principle of action. He further explains, a“stony heart—(is) unimpressible in serious things; like the “stony ground” (Mt 13:5, 20), unfit for receiving the good seed so as to bring forth fruit.

“(A) heart of flesh—(is) not “carnal” in opposition to “spiritual”; but impressible and docile, fit for receiving the good seed. In Eze 18:31 they are commanded, “Make you a new heart, and a new spirit.” Here God says, “A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” Thus the responsibility of man, and the sovereign grace of God, are shown to be coexistent. Man cannot make himself a new heart unless God gives it (Php 2:12, 13).”

Spiritual heart surgery opens our hearts allowing the Holy Spirit and the individual (you) to live in relationship, to coexist together in our physical being. Our heart becomes a new house, it becomes a home. As with any home, there is family and a head of the family. Our head is the Holy Spirit who guides us, directs us, and corrects us. It is the quiet voice that we here saying, go this way, do not stray, do not go to the left or right, follow me.

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Other Posts on this subject. lisasdailyinspirations.com

*The Trinity. May 30, 2019. https://lisasdailyinspirations.com/2019/05/30/the-trinity/

*Transforming Into the New You. March 1, 2021 https://lisasdailyinspirations.com/2021/03/01/transforming-into-the-new-you/

*Let the Spirit Lead. June 29, 2018. https://lisasdailyinspirations.com/tag/holy-spirit/

*Romans 8:9 The Holy Spirit Lives in Us. https://lisasdailyinspirations.com/2018/08/31/romans-89-the-holy-spirit-lives-in-us/

Images – Brady Gibson, YouVersion.Bible.com, Ezekiel 36:26. Isaiah 30:21, wiirocku.tumblr.com

Resource – Biblehub.com/commentary/Ezekiel 36:26, specifically Barnes Notes on the Bible and Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary.

Living As Those Alive In Christ

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I love Colossians 3. It reiterates Galatians 5. God is emphasizing who we are in Christ and how we should govern our lives. That’s right, the does and don’ts of life. Paul was inspired by God to write both Books, one to the Galatians and one to the Colossians, same message. It’s the same message to us today, these millennial years beyond the days of the Bible. It doesn’t matter who we were before Christ entered our lives. When you received Him, you were given new life and freed from your past. You can become the ‘you’ God created you to be, that person who was laying dormant in the recesses of your mind. Shed the past, it does not own you, nor you it. Today is a new day!

Accept this fact, Christ died for you. You have morphed into a child of God. Now is the time to recognize the new you and work towards manifesting that person who was formally lost in darkness.

If you rid yourself of the old behaviors and exchange them for the new behaviors delineated in both Books, your new self will see the light of day. Psychologist’s say it takes six months to eliminate bad habits/behaviors. It is a process. So, this too, you will succeed, fail, retry, give up, BUT never give in to the difficulties the evil one uses to keep you from changing. You may loose friends and loved ones. In exchange you will gain new friends and loved ones who are children of God. The most important of these new loved one’s is our Lord and Savior. Our Lord walks with you. The Holy Spirit will nudge you and direct you. You are not alone.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

NOTE – I added orange text to add emphasis.
‭‭Scripture: Colossians‬ ‭3:1-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬. Bible.com. Images: amazing facts.org;knowing-Jesus.com; woman’sday.com