Insecurity is the public enemy of love. It will do whatever it takes to rob us of God’s goodness and steal any joy that enters our lives.
Paul spoke candidly about the importance of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 when he said it is possible to have and do everything good, right and honorable in the world but if you don’t have love then you don’t have anything at all. Paul continues, describing what love is (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) and concludes with the powerful truth that love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Insecurity is the devil at work, scheming to draw attention inward toward self rather than on outward dependence, strength and influence that comes from the Lord.
Spiritual warfare is very real and we are in constant battle against the forces of this world – whether we see it, feel it, know it, or not – we can fight back with God’s Word as our weapon (Ephesians 6:11-17) and His strength as our protector (Philippians 4:13).
Here are 10 ways insecurity is the enemy of love:
- It doubts – Insecurity causes worry, anxiety and uneasiness. It makes a person question what is real and true, thus causing a distrust in God. Doubt can lead a person to lose hope in God and His promises while making them feel dependent on their own ability to control their life or circumstance, rather than depending on the sovereignty of the Creator of the Universe. (James 1:5-8, James 4:7)
- It is jealous – Jealously is a symptom of insecurity and is often the result of a lack of self-confidence in a person’s own skills or abilities. Insecurity that is jealous will compare one’s life, capabilities, and accomplishments to their own and may use pride as a way to cope or respond to their jealously. (Proverbs 14:30, James 4:2-3, James 4:11, Philippians 2:3)
- It empties – According to psychologytoday.com, a person’s childhood, past traumas, experiences of failure or rejection, loneliness, social anxiety, perfectionism, lack of confidence, and any relationships that are of a critical nature contribute to the development of insecurity. When we allow these negative influences to influence our life, we are surrendering to the enemy’s control and are gradually emptying our soul. (Proverbs 14:12, Job 15:31)
- It distracts – When insecurity drives you to focus inward towards self, it removes attention away from God and His greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37-39, Mark 12:29-31). Distractions lead to lowered barriers which give the enemy an easy opportunity to sneak into your life. Don’t give him a foothold by putting down your guard. Instead, cling to the wisdom found in 1 Peter 5:8-9 (CEV), “Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith. You know that all over the world the Lord’s followers are suffering just as you are.”
- It is selfish – Insecurity in its very nature is self-seeking, self-motivated and self-centered. It elevates oneself over others as well as God in order to make up for feeling empty and unstable. Selfishness prioritizes a person’s motives and ambitions rather than considering God’s greater intentions. Some encouraging verses to combat selfishness are seen in Acts 20:24, Romans 12:10, James 3:16, 1 Corinthians 10:24.
- It is weak – Insecurity is weak because it submits to weaknesses, wherever they may stem from (perfectionism, critical relationships, social anxiety, lack of confidence, etc.), while prohibiting an individual from pursuing their God-gifted potential. Because spiritual warfare is real and ongoing, followers of Christ need to call on the Spirit’s strength for guidance, wisdom, and defense against the enemy forces (Ephesians 6:10-14).
- It is a liar – Insecurity is a notorious liar. It manipulates a person’s bent towards perfectionism, criticism, anxiety, control, depression, people-pleasing or other weakness, over the Truth of God’s Word. These weaknesses can vie for our attention and cause us defeat (1 John 3:8), or, we can believe we are who God says we are because we believe His Word is our victory (1 Corinthians 15:57, James 1:18, John 1:14, John 8:32, Psalm 119:160).
- It masquerades – Insecurity wears different faces and can be found masquerading as fear, control, anxiety, perfectionism, arrogance, depression or pride. Depending which “mask” it is wearing, our true feelings, emotions, and motivations can be disguised as something other than what they really are – insecurity. You were made for more than the weaknesses Satan tries to use against you (Ephesians 2:10). Through Christ, you can combat insecurity with love and live a life of faith (Galatians 2:20).
- It can’t measure up – In a person’s own strength, they will never conquer the insecurities buried within them and will always fall short. The only way to measure up to the world is to remove the bar and replace it with God’s grace. Bob Goff offers wisdom to the feeling of inadequacy when he was quoted saying, “Insecurity wants us to keep track of our failures; grace doesn’t even write them down.” Remember, you are more than enough because Christ is enough. Rest securely in believing that Truth. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- It is insecure – It seems counterintuitive but it’s true. Insecurity is insecure in that it is not stable or reliable because it is empty, weak, and a fraud. Through Christ, we are made whole and our lives are filled with purpose (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Through Christ, we are secure and able to do all things (Philippians 4:13). Through Christ, you possess the power to say “no” to insecurity because you are secured with salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Insecurity is the enemy of love and the two are in a daily war. Jesus knew this would be the case but remember, the enemy is powerless against the sovereignty of God. We have nothing to fear or be insecure about when we acknowledge our battle has already been won.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”John 16:33