In Him: Security

On Sunday we kicked off our new series; IN HIM.

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. [2 Corinthians 1:20]

Over the next few weeks we will be unpacking, declaring, and receiving the promises that we have “in Christ”. We have great expectations in what God is going to do throughout this series. We believe we will see people receive healing, breakthrough, and freedom.

If you weren’t able to join us over the weekend, please feel free to keep reading; I am about to catch you up!

But now in Christ Jesu you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. [Ephesians 2:13]

The heartbeat and mission of C3 Church Wellington is; “to bring people far from God close to Him”. We, C3 Wellington believe that we are called to not only live with Jesus but in Jesus. We see in [2 Corinthians 5:17] that anyone who is in Christ, is indeed a new creation. We also see in [John 15:5] that Jesus is the vine and we are His branches - if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit. Living in Jesus means that you walk the same way in which Jesus walked, Jesus is our example and lead.

WE HAVE SECURITY IN CHRIST

What is insecurity?

The definition of security is “the state of being free from any danger or threat”. When we live in Christ, He provides the above definition. When we aren’t living in Christ, there is opportunity for insecurity to creep into our mind, heart and spirit - insecurity is the opposite of what Jesus freely gives us. The definition of insecurity is “uncertainty or anxiety about one's self, lack of confidence”.

Insecurity, is a form of fear. There are rational reasons for insecurity for certain areas of our lives - If we live or work with someone who’s dishonest or abusive, we should feel insecure. Perhaps, when we first come under conviction of sin and realize we’re under God’s wrath because we’re not reconciled to him through Christ, we should feel insecure. God designed insecurity as a warning that we are vulnerable to some kind of danger. In a situation, insecurity instructs us to take some protective action

We can all relate to a circumstance based insecurity but what we typically mean by “insecure” is not just circumstance induced fear, but a fear so recurrent that we refer to it as a state of being. Insecurity is feeling a significant lack of self-confidence, or a powerful fear of others’ disapproval or rejection, or a chronic sense of inferiority. The problem with insecurity as a state of being, is that our identity is uncertain and threatened.

Insecurity is a war on your identity.

Where do you find your identity?

“Our identity is who we understand ourselves to be at the core. It’s our essential self. it’s what we want to believe (and want others to believe) is our essential self, even if it’s not who we really are.” [Jon Bloom]

What gives us our sense of identity?

We need to answer this question from our heart, because our identity is tied into what we really love, what we really want, what we really believe offers us hope. We often find our identity in things or people - we can’t help but to seek and follow and we believe that whatever it may be holds promises of great happiness. We need to recognize where or what our security is found in.

What does insecurity say?

Insecurity is a God-gauge in our soul. It’s reporting to us that something is wrong with what we hear whether it is God or some other thing/person telling us about who we are. Either a true belief is being challenged and perhaps refined, or a false belief is finally being exposed.

Our security must be found in Jesus. Whatever it may be that right now makes you feel secure, if it isn't Jesus, it is only a pain killer - it is a temporary fix but sooner or later you will feel your identity threatened because the root of your security is not the cure. Jesus is the cure to all problems including insecurity. We want the permanent solution, we don't want just painkillers, we want the cure.

There is invitation in insecurity.

When we feel insecure, God is inviting us to escape the danger of false beliefs about who we are, why we’re here, what we should do, and what we’re worth, and to find peaceful refuge in what he says about all those things. We see in Colossians 1:14 - Have we sinned and sinned greatly? In Chris “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”. We see in 1 Corinthians 1:27–31 & 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 - Do we feel weak and inadequate? In Chris God loves to choose the weak and foolish things because, when we are weak, he promises that his grace will be sufficient for us - so much so that we can learn to boast in our weaknesses because of how they showcase His strength. The more we understand Jesus and the gospel, we understand that in fact the gospel is the end to insecurity.

Removing the weight of insecurity.

But if those promises are not satisfying to us — if we need other people’s approval to feel validated, if we find criticism or rejection debilitating, if we see a pattern of regularly disobeying Christ because we’re trying to escape or demand attention, or if we are caught in habitual or addictive sins through which we seek relief from our fears — then our insecurity is telling us we have an idol problem. We have a false god that needs to be knocked down, a sin-weight that must be laid aside. 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us  [Hebrews 12:1]

Jesus wants to remove the weight of insecurity in our lives. We can't just avoid our insecurity and let it eat us up or fall into traps like criticism, rejection, or addiction.

Avoiding it doesn’t free us from it.

God wants us to examine our insecurity, even if we fear doing so. We must not listen to our fears, for they do not tell us the truth. If we come to Jesus with a desire to repent, He says; “I will not condemn you”, “Come to me and I will give you rest”, “I will love you forever and unfailingly”, “I will fill you with peace that surpasses understanding”, “and I will make you more secure than you ever dreamed of”.

It’s time to  flee insecurity and run to the security we have in Christ.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” - Jesus Christ

Let us bring all our insecurities to him and in exchange take his light burden of grace. 

Insecurity finds it’s antidote in Jesus. We have security IN HIM.