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Guest - Levi Lusko

Friday

February 19, 2016

Overcoming Insecurity

Read

“If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:7

Think

Insecurity is one of the biggest blockades to many aspects of our lives. It keeps us cowered in a corner and paralyzed from pursuing God’s plan. The insipid nature of insecurity is undeniable. How often do we find ourselves listening to lies like these: “You’re not good enough to ...” “If people knew what you were really like…” “There’s no way you can…”

The truth is, God never intended for us to deal with insecurity. In fact, He never wanted us to even begin listening the lies that insecurity whisper in our ears. So how can we overcome insecurity? The key is found in listening to the right voice. When we set our ears to what God says about us, we discover the key to overcoming those insecurities. Don’t listen to the lies. Instead, listen to what God says about you! “You are loved.” “You are valuable.” “You are mine!”

Pray

Thank God for His truth that can help us overcome any insecurity we face. Pray to hear His voice in the midst of a chaotic and crazy world. Rely on His Truth to help you through.

Act

Read Galatians 2:20 for a reminder of just how loved and valuable you are!

Thursday

February 18, 2016

Spiritual Clutter

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“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Think

Why is it so hard for us to turn down free stuff? You know, all the random plastic gadgets, T-shirts we will never wear, foam fingers, miniature footballs, and all the other extra clutter relegated to the nebulous junk drawer. Not only is it difficult to decline, it’s even more difficult to throw away. So why keep it? Cleanliness is next to godliness because God is a God of order. And He does not want us to get caught up in the clutter and clamor of life. What He gives is far greater than anything tangible.

We have a very real enemy vying to keep us focused on everything but God. Yet through God’s love and grace, His power and spirit of self-discipline is available 24/7. No matter what the enemy puts in our direct path, or whatever temptation he dangles before us, all we have to say is “No”. Temptation is merely a God-given desire gone haywire. Through God’s strength we can refuse to misuse His given desires in a God-forbidden way. Remember, if God didn’t give it, you don’t have to take it!

Pray

Pray that God will help you identify any spiritual clutter in your life. Ask Him for the awareness to align your desires with His.

Act

Take a spiritual inventory and note any clutter or distractions vying for your attention. Pray over this list and ask God to help you with your spiritual spring cleaning! 

 

Wednesday

February 17, 2016

Victory Through Vulnerability

Read

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Think

Insecurity is something everyone deals with, yet few of us ever address it head on. We’d rather run from it and act like we have to “have it all together.” We don’t want others to know of our insecurities, and we convince ourselves that if they did, they would think less of us.

The key to victory over those insecurities, though, is vulnerability. When we admit to God, and to trusted others, those insecure areas in our lives, we find ourselves in a place of comfort and peace. It is when we face our fear and insecurity that we experience God’s power to help us overcome them. Rather than running from your insecurities, admit them to God, ask for His help to overcome them, and discover true victory!

Pray

Admit to God those areas where you are insecure. Ask Him for the strength you need to overcome them. Use His strength to help you discover victory!

Act

Write down one area of your life where you are insecure. Now, scratch through that insecurity and write today’s verse down as a reminder that victory comes when we place ourselves in a vulnerable position before our heavenly Father!

 

Tuesday

February 16, 2016

Truly Blessed

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“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13

Think

Comparison is the name of the game in today’s world of social media mania. Every picture we see and post we read is another opportunity to keep tabs on what other people do, where they go, what they have, and who they know. Deep down, it’s a game that causes us to be discontent with what God has given us because we end up thinking and saying things like, “It must be nice to have _____,” or, “Sure would be great if I could _____.” The fact is, though, surveying others’ lives can shoot holes in our own security. In short, comparison kills contentment. And when we are discontent, insecurity is sure to follow.

Don’t play the comparison game. Instead of focusing on what others have, remember all that God has blessed you with! Make it a point to convey that gratitude to the One who has given you everything. When you change your perspective and begin to focus on God, who has blessed you, you will experience contentment in any and every situation. And you will overcome the contentment killer— comparison.

Pray

Thank God for three things that He has given to you today. Then, throughout the day, add to that list as God’s blessings become abundantly clear.

Act

Most of us struggle with the pull of social media. Consider taking a social media fast. Rather than opening up Twitter, or Instagram, or Facebook first thing in the morning, open your Bible and gain perspective on what it truly means to be blessed by God!

 

Monday

February 15, 2016

The Cure for Insecurity

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Think

Insecurity is something we all deal with; it plagues us all at some point in our lives. The ways in which we deal with that insecurity, though, vary. Some of us try to compensate for it in other areas of strength. Other people avoid it altogether, pretending it doesn’t exist. Still others lash out at those around them as a way of avoiding it. Yet, even in our attempts to avoid it, insecurity can keep us from becoming the people God wants us to become and accomplishing the things God wants us to accomplish.

God wants us to experience the power of overcoming insecurity. The cure for insecurity is understanding your true identity— not what others say about you. Forget what the world says about you and focus on what God, who created you, says about you. When it comes down to brass tacks, whose voice are you listening to? When you listen to God, you will discover who you really are. And you’ll discover the key to overcoming any insecurity in your life!

Pray

Thank God for what He says about you. Pray to Him for the ears you need to hear His voice above the noise of the world.

Act

When you start having those moments of insecurity, ask yourself these three questions: 1) In this moment, who do I say that I am? 2) In this moment, who does God say that I am? 3) Who am I going to choose to believe in this moment?