When Grace Meets Insecurity

Monday, July 25, 2016

For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a go-getter. I can’t stand to waste time and be unproductive, so I tend to fill up every space I can in my schedule. By itself, this isn’t a bad thing, but it becomes a dilemma when I start to view my activities, accomplishments, and actions as my identity. Lies incessantly swarm my head saying things like, “God will love you more if you work harder” or “God is so disappointed in you. Why can’t you just get things right?”

As I listen to these lies, I begin to adopt insecurities. I constantly feel inadequate or disappointed in myself. As a result, I take on a persona of guilt and shame, always kicking myself for not being enough. That’s the problem - when we define ourselves by anything other than who God says we are.

God knows that no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to match the world's standards. If we accept His grace, our whole identity changes. We become His children, whom He is pleased with. Everyday, we are being perfected to look more and more like His Son, and we know that His love will never run out.

Lord, help me to define myself by Your grace. When feelings of insecurities rise up, remind me who I am to you. Thank You for giving me salvation and a new identity.

How have you tried to define yourself?
What are some lies that you have begun to believe?
Who does God say you are?

Have you accepted God’s grace?

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