BY HELEN CHANNING

I WOULD DARE TO SAY that everyone has insecurities. I know it’s a bit dangerous to say “everyone.” But when you find someone who doesn’t have an ounce of insecurity (verified by God Himself – and I mean God’s audible voice), I’ll consider retracting my statement! Men, women, tall, short, skinny, overweight, rich, middle class, and poor – we all feel inadequate about something. However, self-esteem is not the key to overcoming insecurity. Rather, God-esteem is. Self-esteem is based on our confidence in ourselves – what we can accomplish.But God-esteem is grounded in what God can accomplish (through us).
In Philippians 4:13, Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things, because Christ gives me the strength” (New Life Version). Notice, Paul didn’t write, “I can do all things, because I know that I am great.” God-esteem is rooted in God’s greatness – not ours. It’s based on who the Bible says we are, and what it promises we can achieve with God’s strength. According to the Word of God, we can be healthy, prosperous, blessed, and influential – because of God’s power and unfailing love. His greatness makes us worthy, and gives us all the security we need. c

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