Insecure? Trust Jesus!
Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” — John 10:25-30
For believers, this is one of those anchoring scriptures. One that we should recall in those moments of insecurity. And while most men don't like to admit it, we have moments of deep insecurity. Moments that we lack confidence, feel self-doubt, and experience uncertainty about ourselves in this world. Usually, this is a very private musing. But when an external attack compounds this, it will cause us to question who we are and who Christ is. Sometimes we begin to wonder if we are saved or if Jesus has the continued power to save us. And right in these moments, the voices of self-doubt start to compete with the voice of our Shepherd, Jesus.
But Jesus counters this false proposition. He states those who believe "will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of [his] hand." This is a guarantee for the believing man. The one who knows Jesus and yet has moments when he questions himself and his salvation. It's a reminder that salvation and security are not dependent on your perfection, power, provision, and protection. It's all about Jesus's perfection, power, provision, and protection. Not yours.
Do you know what this means?
This means the voice of our attackers and the voice of our insecurities that compound these attacks are no match for Jesus. That's what it means.
So here is what every man listening needs to do if you feel a little insecure as believing man today. First, reject the untruths you are hearing from the voices of the world. Second, stop reinforcing these untruths with the voice of your insecurities. Third, listen to the voice of Jesus say to you, "You will never perish, and no one will snatch you out of my hand." And you may need to commit this to memory and repeat it as necessary. Fourth — and this one is important — turn your focus back to Jesus and away from the attackers and insecurities because there is no point ever that Jesus's power is not greater than any power in the world.
1. How does the assurance of Jesus' promise in John 10:28-29 provide comfort and security for me in times of self-doubt and insecurity?
2. How can I actively reject the voices of the world and my own insecurities in order to focus on the voice of Jesus and His promises?
DO THIS: Apply steps 1-4 above to one insecurity you presently encounter.
PRAY THIS: God, in moments of insecurity, I choose to reject the world's voices and focus on Your promise that I will never perish and no one can snatch me from Your hand. Amen.
PLAY THIS: I Will Fear No More.
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