For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with insecurity. In kindergarten, I remember envying those kids who had the boldness to ask to go play in the most fun areas of the classroom while I sat there, quietly hoping to be invited into the fun. And there are stories of how my insecurity has held me back sprinkled all through my childhood, my teen years, and my adulthood.

Of course, there is a sense in which it’s okay to be shy when it’s a part of your personality. God made you uniquely you and you don’t have to be outgoing to please him. But there’s another sense in which I’ve believed the lie that It’s just who I am – I’m just not bold like other people.

Paul wrote that “God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.” (2 Timothy 1:7 MSG) And in the very next verse, he challenges us, “So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner.” (2 Timothy 1:8 MSG)

To quote a more familiar translation of verse seven:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

So that fear you feel inside when it comes to speaking to other people about Jesus? It didn’t come from God. What God gives is the ability to be bold and courageous.

Again, it’s okay to do that in a way that aligns with your personality. You don’t ever have to be someone else. Introverts and extroverts can both share the gospel equally well, just in different ways.

The only way to break the bondage of this kind of fear and insecurity is to dig down very deep and sink the roots of your identity into your relationship with God. When you know that you have been declared acceptable with God, what does it matter any longer how anyone else evaluates you?

The Enemy will whisper to you, whenever the pressure rises, that’s just not you – you’re just not bold. But the Spirit of God will rebuke that lie with the truth of his Word. So hear him say, again and again, I didn’t make you afraid. I’m making you bold, strong, loving, and in control. 

And when you feel afraid and insecure again (because it will come back again), run to him again and remember this precious gift of courage.

You’re a warrior. Don’t be afraid. Fight strong!

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