LSOF: ” So Long Insecurity,” notes…

I am not even to the point of processing this weekend, but I do want to make sure someonelse gets a good Word like I did,
so for now here are the notes, and when I can I will write about it all:)

Ephesians 4:1- ” I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
(Eph 4:17-24)
” No longer live as gentiles do..”
(Futility of their thinking…)

Eph 4:22-24- “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Put off old self)

” Grace isn’t an excuse to be living in old bondage..Grace is an excuse to be completely made new.”

2 Sam, Isaiah 43:18-19

A woman who is secure:

S- Saved from herself

” Human mind is twisted by idolitrist-self interest.”

(Homo Incurratus en se- A human being curved upon oneself.)

” Insecurity makes us curve back on ourselves, like a curling back of a piece of plywood”

Can humility and security exist? Will it lead to pride?

” Security can make us feel enough of ourselves, to not be obsessed with ourselves.”

E- Entitled to truth

The world teaches us to be valuable we have to be sensable, (vs. 22)

C- Clothed with Intention
” A woman dresses on purpose.”

Prov. 31:25

” We cannot wait to get secure before we feel secure.”

U- Upended by Grace

” Grace takes up space in a secure woman.”

Eph 4:32

“Charis”- Grace

Forgive in Greek, means ” To grace” (Charitizomi…(sp.)

2 Cor 5:17

” Grace turns everything upside down.”
” Grace is the only thing you can give away, that you can also keep.”

” Remember what you were taught…”

R- Rebounded by Love(eph 4:1- 5:2)

E- Exceptional in life

” We have a need for significance.”

Romans 8:28

LSOF: Removing The Veil

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect[a] the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

This verse was really speaking to me this morning. I think it might have a lot to do with the fact that
I am going to, ” So Long, Insecurity” conference in 2 days.
I mean it is a beautiful verse that can describe our ” insecurites” in a way that helps us not to
feel so ” inadequate” to others.

What I mean is, what if we started seeing our “insecurities” as a veil, that CAN be taken off
of our faces to reveal who we really are? We have to stop being people let let insecurity be what
drives us in our lives.

I was just sitting here thinking about how some people who have purchased ” So Long, Insecurity” by Beth Moore,
were even afraid to read the book in public, because of their own deep insecurity.
It brought me back to one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible.
I’ve mentioned my take on this years back, but when I wake up with a ” thought” to write like I did 6:30am, then
I know it is to be shared.

This particular story I actually visualized and it awoke me from my sleep. I also actually opened right to this
story in the Bible.

” As she entered the house, she hesitated for a moment, ashamed of herself, as eyes gazed upon her, and people spoke under their breath as she walked through the dining area.~ Then her eyes found Jesus, and she dashed to him as quickly as she could, falling to her knees, and her face to the floor. She picked herself up, and started kissing each foot from Jesus’s ankles to His toes. She realized as she kissed him that she had saturated them by her tears. She gently brushed over his feet with her hair, and wiped the skin dry. Then she reached for her perfume, and she poured the entire bottle all over His feet, and held out her hand to make sure not a drop fell to the floor. She was able to calm herself down, then someone she realized had placed a hand on her shoulder and she looked up, and she immediately saw the face of Jesus smiling down over her.
Suddenly, someone spoke the truth of who she was, and she was startled and started to back away, but Jesus grabbed ahold of her hand, and brought her close to him. She was in such awe of Him. She had heard of Him, but never realized how powerful and amazing He was, and surley never believed that a person such as she, could even be within her very sight! Her days were filled with such torment, and she had no dignity left within her, but something about Jesus, made her feel welcome. As he spoke to the other men, He wiped the tears from her eyes, and as he told her that she was forgiven of her sin, she could actually feel her entire past of suffering fade away.
She stood up and embraced him, kissed him on the cheek,
gathered her things, and left the room with a new spirit within her.”

The sinful woman was unveiled of her sin, she was unveiled of her ” insecurities”
When we press in, and really step out and take that risk of ” seeing what would happen”
if we would just ” trust” that God knows us so deep inside that there is nothing hidden from Him.
Maybe we would also start to realize that regardless of our sin, and our insecurities, or whatever it
is that holds us back from having a real, and genuine relationship with Him…
He still sees us as so very beautiful, because He formed us, and even though we have a lot of
” scars” on the inside of us, He wants to show us that bringing them to the surface of
the outside of us…would make us even more beautiful.

This is something I have personally experienced for myself.

When I first started to blog about my life, there were a lot of people who had their doubts.
They thought I would be giving the world too much information about myself, and sharing my insecurities,
and my struggles would be something you just ” don’t” do.

The people I am meeting in a few days in Atlanta. I have to say I think I’ve gotten to know them best through our
“shared” insecurities”.

Regardless, of how much faith you have, or how well known you are…you still have insecurities.
You still have something deep down that eats at you, and belittles you daily.
We all do.

I love having conversations with people about the Bible, and just church etc, but I also really love to hear what
someone has struggled with all their life and finally saw a way through it.

” The pathway is broken, and the signs are unclear, and I don’t know the reason, why you brought me here. But just because you love me the way that you do, I’m gonna walk through the valley, if you want me to.”
– “If You Want Me To” – Ginny Owens

I guess I sort of see our ” insecurities” like a valley, where you just have this journey through all we deal with,
or like fire that “burns” us every now and then. So when I listen to this song, its what I think about, I think about
dealing with the things or my past, I think about dealing with things that are happening right now, and things that are yet to happen.

If you think about it, going through this valley is like walking through a haunted house.
I remember years back, when I was a tough little teen. I was all big, and bad thinking, Yea, this isn’t scary.
Well, apparently the people in charge of the monsters got on their little radios and like told all the scariest
things to go find me.

I walk out into this one dark area, and the next thing I know like 5 different villians from movies are all coming
towards me. And I ran out of that little house so quick. Fell into the concrete and believe I had a slight
panic attack.

Insecurities do the same things to us. It makes us have fear of the known and the unknown. It holds us back from the good
things we are given by God. And most of the time we do our best to ” put them away”
to just survive through each day.

But what IF, we just allowed ourselves to get rid of it all together, what if we just started seeing it
as something we could ” take off” like a veil?

It could almost be like standing in your own ” spiritual” wedding. Where God wants to ask if you say
” I Do” to wanting to spend eternity with Him, instead of earthly insecurties.

What would you give your heart over to today?

Blessings,
Angie