Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Conquering The Past-Living Above Insecurity by Martin Wiles

Series: Conquering The Past

She was a farm girl whose future looked as dim as her present.

Frankie was an only child living with a stern father on a small farm where they both slaved from sunup to sundown. She had no time for girly pursuits and wore the clothes of her trade: overalls and boots. Her hair was plainly brushed and her face unadorned. 

Then Frankie met Ellie who was startled by Frankie’s unfeminine appearance. She began taking female “doodads” to the farm for Frankie, but it took several angry encounters with her father to convince him that dolling Frankie up was more advantageous. A future husband would be of more help than Frankie. Because of her past and present conditions, Frankie struggled with insecurity.

So did everyone before Christ. Sacrifices brought little security. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped…and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared (Hebrews 10:2 NLT).

Security is one of three basic human needs. We yearn to know we’re loved unconditionally. Being raised by parents who gave us conditional love messages, living with abusive spouses, working for employers who constantly threaten our jobs, and a few financial meltdowns can all raise our antennas of insecurity.

Regardless of what we faced in the past or experience in the present, God’s unconditional love and acceptance can enable us to overcome feelings of insecurity. He loves us completely because he created us, not because we have spotless track records. While he establishes standards he expects us to obey, he doesn’t cast us aside when we fail. He has perfect love for us. Ask God to help you comprehend his unconditional love so you can face the future with confidence.

Prayer: God of love and forgiveness, we praise You for loving us unconditionally.