January 6, 2005
The Landmine of Insecurity
Insecurity may not sound as explosive as the landmines of pride or jealousy, but it, too, is very dangerous. A great deal of damage can result in the life a person who habitually feels insecure. Such feelings can develop from many different situations. We may experience tragedy like the loss of parent in our early life, or grow up in an environment that throws us off balance. Sometimes we are insecure because of major failures we experience.
Whatever the root causes for insecurity, the effects are often similar. We may be indecisive because our fear of making the wrong choice leads us to avoid decisions altogether. Often we have a difficult time establishing lasting relationships because we believe we will not be a good friend. Or we might keep our distance due to a fear of rejection - people will frequently perceive this as pride or snobbery.
Over time, we may become critical of others. When we are hurting, we often want other people to feel bad too. At the same time, we unfortunately often fall into the trap of believing that success is based on approval and acceptance by others. The truth is that God has a special path for your life, where success cannot be measured by human praise.
Insecurity is not something we can confess and thereby gain freedom. Rather, it is a condition that must be confronted over a long period of time. Ultimately, we must make the decision to trust what God says about us and not what Satan whispers. Tomorrow we will learn how God can restore our security.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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