The sermon I listened to this morning was on the following topic: insecurity. Something everyone deals with at one point in time. I hope it's not a daily battle for you and that you know God made you, he loves you, he has a plan and a purpose for you.
Here are my notes from this morning:
1. Fight insecurity with your God given identity.
When you have doubts and you don't feel capable remember that you are loved, you have been forgiven. The King of all Kings knows your name. Forget the labels you've given yourself (too short, too tall, too heavy, too frail, not smart enough). Forget the labels of society (lawyer, doctor, CEO, rich, poor).
2. The confidence that comes from temporary things is just that, temporary.
A lot of people feel worthy or less than worthy based on their looks. Are you pretty? Do you turn heads when you walk in a room? Those looks will fade, no matter who you are. One day when you don't look as good as the 22 year old at the next table, how will you feel? Will you be able to hold your head high knowing you have so much more to offer the world than the way you used to look? Your house, your car, your boyfriend, or that nice office with the killer view you get to work from each day...it could all be gone in a minute. If your sense of worth comes from anything temporary, you will only feel secure when those things are in your life. That's dangerous.
3. Confidence in God comes through obedience.
If you're familiar with the Bible, or grew up going to church you know what needs to be done. You know how you should carry yourself. You know what to avoid and you know that doing things your own way is reckless. Do you walk the walk or are you only a Christian in theory. If everyone knew the type of people you spend time with, if everyone knew where you spend your Saturday nights what would they think? Would they view you in a different light? Your actions and the way you live your life should be in line with your beliefs, and the things you stand for. In the sermon that speaker kept using the term "up to bat." A lot of us know what we should do, but it's difficult to actually do things the right way day in and day out. Many of us get up to bat, see the odds and then toss the bat down. We don't even try. It's too hard. Living a Christian life is hard. Having faith is difficult at times. Especially when you've been waiting for years or feel lost. Be obedient. The Lord loves you. You are a child of God.
I hope you're able to take on the week with the type of confidence that can only be rooted in the Lord. I hope that people see the way you're living your life. I hope people take note of the way you treat other people around you. I hope they want what you have. Confidence in yourself, confidence in the Creator, and confidence in his plan. Y'all have a good week!