My name is Janelle Keith and I’m addicted to coffee. I live in Oklahoma with two cats (don’t judge), and my loving husband, Terry. I have a big story of losing 132 lbs. and am wholly devoted to Jesus, my Savior instead of my sweet savior of chocolate. God uses my passion for writing, speaking life and encouragement, plus positive eating habits as He punches through your heart barriers. We are all under His grace and drawn in by His giant love of each one of us. You can connect with me more here: http://www.janellekeith.com.
It’s a known fact that as humans we speak from our insecurities. Some of you are open about those, most of you like to hide them. We all have one or two or more of those insecure places. We all have our stuff.
I have plenty of stuff myself. It’s the human condition. Let’s get real, real fast, ok? We have that “junkie” stuff inside of us and this stuff is the human side of us we like to hide.
To name your stuff or call mine out, that step only helps when you allow God’s truth to change you inspite of your stuff. And it should only be done and motivated by love. It IS important to know the way we deal with insecurities can help others.
I was sharing the other night at small group how to share faith without using words. I started out with “I love how Jesus teaches us…” I noticed the confused look on thier faces and then I related that truth to everyday life. Jesus didn’t operate on the defense or attack people in thier insecurities. Jesus was always on the offense side of battle because he knew who he was fighting. He operated from his secure place of supernatural ability instead of his humanity.
It’s easy to think “Yeah, Jesus did that because he was perfect in everything he did.” This is true as he was fully divine in his humanity. Jesus lived his live in full submission to the Holy Spirit even though he was human. He operated from his identity, knowing in his heart, mind, and soul that he was the one and only living Son of God. There are many stories about liers, cheaters, adulterers, deceivers, and thieves being drawn to Him for healing because of who He was. In simple ways, lives were changed in so many to bring deliverance through a word, deed, feeding or even storms. Most times, Jesus healed their hearts, before their physical ailments, insecurity or need in their life.
In other words, their faith (evidence of the unseen) saved them first and foremost over individual woundings. Each time, Jesus healed or delivered because that is/was his ministry. This is Jesus, operating from his identity.
Jesus stepped out of Heaven to deliver us from our humanity.
Recently, the Lord has reminded me of my roots. Not just in my family’s line or hertiage, but what my identity looks like from a heavenly perspective. Last year, was HUGE in reminding me who I am in Christ. Daily, and most often, the Holy Spirit aligns my heart and mind with His. My confession today is that I needed those reminders to overcome a lot of my silly insecurities.
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (AMP)
Daily those reminders have come in at just the needed time and with the exact reminder of who I was in Christ. This one exchange and action has removed so many insecurities in my heart and mind. I can’t even begin to list them all here but the reminding of who I am in Christ, we (the Holy Spirit and I) uncovered the “identity stuff” that I wasn’t.
We all need these kind of identity reminders on a daily basis. “I know who I am, I know who I am, I know who I am, I am Yours, I am Yours.” is a song lyric that hits repeat daily in my head (speaking about God’s ownership).
Last year my word for the year was vision. God has given a fuller vision of who I am in Him. To battle the daily “junkie” stuff, I need constant reminders of who I am in Christ to operate from my place ofsecurity.
Once you know who you are IN Christ, your indentity is your secure place to operate from. Now going into 2016, my word REMAIN makes so much more sense. It’s good to have the right weapons loaded up for battle. It makes the Enemy not such a big threat and that dumb looming anxiety that is mixed in the unknown is removed. Plus the bonus is I know how the battle turns out! There’s no shrinking back, or retreating because of some silly insecurity. There’s no hiding from the power of God at work within our lives. There’s no room for those overpowering fears inside to grow more “stuff”. There’s only the Light that has come. Light overcomes darkness every time and each insecurity has no place to hide in a house that is all lit up!