Summary: How to break the insecurities that stop us from becoming the leader God wants us to be.
Breaking free from insecurities of becoming a leader
By Pastor Fernando Cabrera
1. Change your identity (10:24)
a. Saul was suffering from an identity crisis
i. He felt the least, the last , and leftover
1. Saul insecurity stemmed from shame
a. Guilt arises from what we do, shame comes from who we think we are
b. God always see you in his spiritual potential
i. Saul needed to see him as God saw him:
1. “chosen” (10:24
2. “no one like him” (10:24)
3. “king” (10:24)
4. “anointed” (10:1)
5. “deliverer” (9:16)
6. “Full of the Spirit” (10:6)
7. “Prophetically anointed” (10:6)
8. “changed man” (10:9)
a. We are NOW all of the above in Christ!
2. Be fearless of what people think (10:27)
a. Insecurity will cause you to need the approval of others (I Sam. 13:8, 15:24)
i. 15:24 “Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice”
1. We often don’t reach out because we fear people
2. We often don’t evangelize because we fear people
3. We often don’t enter into leadership we fear people
ii. I wonder sometimes if Saul did not get rid of those who despised him because he still wanted their approval (10:27, 11:12)?
1. Winston Churchhill said, “The only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing, do nothing and be nothing”
b. Be assured that those who doubted you will be prove wrong
i. God vindicates those who stick to the vision
c. “The less conscience I am of his presence, the more I feel the need to prove myself (to others)” R.T. Kendell
i. and the more you seek to prove yourself to others, the more insecure you will end up
1. Jeremiah 1:17 “Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them.”
a. Jeremiah 1:8 “Do not be afraid of them…”
d. Move with the movers, achieve with the achievers and climb with the climbers
i. Move with those “whose hearts God has touched” to follow you as you follow Christ and his mission (I Samuel 10:26)
3. Receive God’s leadership within you (10:22-23)
a. Gives everyone a level of influence (“leadership”)
i. If you are faithful with little, he will make you faithful over much
4. Stop the cover ups (10:22)
a. Insecurities causes us to hide
i. It makes us withdraw from others
1. Saul was “hiding himself” by the baggage, because of his insecurities
a. What are you hiding that is stopping you from arising to your position and anointing of leadership? What is the game, shame or blame hiding within you?
ii. Some people withdraw and isolate themselves from others because of their insecurities
1. We fear criticisms or that people may not accept who we REALLY are?
iii. What baggage you have in your life?
b. This insecurity cause Saul to become dishonest with Samuel (15:13-23)
5. Release your feelings of inadequacy (9:21)
a. Insecurities causes to have self-negativism
i. It is amazing how others saw more in Saul than he saw in himself (“Surely there is no one like him among all the people…”(10:24)
6. Move in the anointing (11:6)
a. When the anointing is moving in your life, the work of God moves as it is natural.
i. The anointing allows the gift to work as natural and easy
1. The gift may be there, but it may not function or “flow” easily
a. The anointing allows us to function without fatigue!
i. To function outside of the anointing is to open ourselves to fatigue, spiritual burn out, lack of motivation and inner void.
b. Saul was able to accomplished what no one had ever accomplished in his generation, because of the anointing in his life
i. The anointing is released when we are obedient to the calling
7. Have a firm expectation (11:7)
a. Do not be shameful or shy to expect others to rise to the occasion
i. Stop making excuses for why people do not respond
1. Saul gave no room for the people to “wimp out” of their calling and God given responsibility
b. Firm and clear expectations unite God’s people
i. “and they came as one man” (11:7)
8. Release all forms of grudges (18:6-10)
a. When we grieve the Holy Spirit, He slips out without notice
i. He leaves not hint that he is not moving in our lives
1. Key: close the gap between anger and peace quickly
b. When we hold a grudge, it always feels right, because we think we are right!
i. Saul bitter opened the door for the demonic to oppress him (18:10)