In the Old Testament God promised the Israelites, the land of Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey. However, even though the land was promised to the Israelites they still had a role to play in whether they would possess the land. They had a choice in the matter. They could choose to believe what God was telling them or what their emotions were telling them. Likewise, we still have this choice today in the many circumstances we face.
Twelve men were sent out to scout the land. The Bible says that all the men that were sent were leaders in Israel. Yet out of twelve, only two brought back a good report. The other ten responded from a place of fear and insecurity.
“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” - Numbers 13:33
The way their enemies saw them reflected how they saw themselves. These men first saw themselves as grasshoppers and then their enemies also saw them that way. Even though these men were leaders they were still operating from a place of insecurity.
As a man thinks in his heart so is he. – Proverbs 23:7
The way you think about yourself will become your reality. If you see yourself as someone who is timid and unable to take bold steps then your actions will reflect that inner perception.
When we have a negative perception of who we are; we are insecure. Insecurity is a byproduct of not knowing how God sees us. The opposite of insecurity is confidence.
We become confident through the Word of God and relationship with Jesus. This is the key to winning over insecurity.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Our minds naturally focus on the negative that is why we renew our minds through the Word of God. This is what God’s Word says about you:
For YOU are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that YOU should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
The way the NLT version translates this verse is, “For we are God’s masterpiece.” I love that. You are a masterpiece, a one of a kind work of art.
God loves you. He’s not holding back on you. He wants you to take possession of all the promises He has given you. Be the difference. Be like the two who knew who they were.
“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” – Numbers 13:30
Yes, we certainly can.