The power to overcome…self-consciousness

Guy looking self-conscious

God has given us power, we do not have to look like this.

As Christians, one of the most understated things that plague our lives is self-consciousness. Think about it. How many times have you told yourself: “I’m not qualified to do that;” “I’m not prepared to handle that right now;” or “That thing is way out of my league.”

All the while, the Lord is telling us to go for it, because he has already given us the tools to be successful. 2 Timothy 1:7 exhorts, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (KJV).

For every task that we undertake, God has already given us the ability to carry it out. Until we come to terms with the power that we already possess, we will not be able to walk in boldness (Proverbs 28:1) and see the hand of God move on our behalf.

Oftentimes, our past inhibits us from walking victoriously. We have had seeds planted that date back to our childhoods that still have us bound mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Whether we realize it or not, however, the Lord’s healing and delivering power is standing and knocking at our door.

Leviticus 26:13 reads, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.”

God has, indeed, already delivered us. Just as he brought the Israelites out of Egypt, he has “called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). Moreover, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17), and we are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16).

The responsibility lies with us, however, to “walk with heads held high.” Just because the Lord has given us our freedom does not mean that we will automatically embrace it! Until we do, we will not be able to be effective for his use.

Some of the most power vessels God used in the Bible were people who dealt with self-consciousness.

Peter, because he denied Jesus three times, was faced with guilt. After Jesus had resurrected and visited the disciples, he asked Peter three times “do you love me?” Peter emotionally responded “yes” and Jesus told Peter, then, to feed his sheep (John 21:15-19).

Through this text, God is asking if our love for him is strong enough to let go of our past mistakes. Consequently, if our answer is yes, then the next step is to simply go do what he has called us to do!

Peter’s assignment was to be a pillar in the New Testament Church (Galatians 2:8-9). What is your assignment? What is being held up because of your unwillingness to let go of the past—a past that God has already erased?

Maybe the issue is not the weight of the past but our perceived shortcomings. The interesting thing, though, is that our shortcomings are actually apart of our testimony.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 reads: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”

The whole point of God wanting to use us is so he can get the glory! It is actually good that we feel unqualified or unworthy to be used, to an extent, because then we would boast before him. There comes a point in time, however, where we have to get over our lack of credentials and simply do the work.

The prophet Isaiah had an otherworldly experience when he received his prophetic commission from God. He saw God in all his majesty, seated on the throne and with the angels flying above him.

Here are the prophet’s words in Isaiah 6:5: “‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips.’”

God’s response is found in verses six and seven:

“Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs form the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’

We have to realize that we, ourselves, will never be qualified for anything God wants us to do. Like Isaiah, God atones for us and qualifies us to be used. After he removes our guilt, we should not try to go and retrieve it but move forward.

God asks in Isaiah 6:8, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

Isaiah, after receiving God’s validation, responds, “Here am I. Send me!”

You are also validated by God, just go.

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~ by christianballenger on June 16, 2011.

9 Responses to “The power to overcome…self-consciousness”

  1. This is powerful and on-time! I needed this on today.

  2. I was battling with this a bit today and God led me here…thank you for doing his work–KV

  3. Wow, I’m glad God encouraged you through this post 🙂

  4. This was powerful truth. I am going to share this with my kids as soon as possible. God has given you a great measure of wisdom. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Thank you for this. There is little material for the self-consious Christian. Something I have struggled with all my life. I will be studying this for the rest of the day. Blessings.

    • Sarah, I am overjoyed that you were blessed by this post! Every comment is an encouragement to continue to write, and I hope every word has been an encouragement for you today. God bless you!

  6. Thank you for sharing your heart and God’s truth on this subject. It is so comforting to know God’s heart towards us, as well as His enabling power over our lives. Be blessed.

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