Day 244..#Daily Devotional

“Your prayers being answered does not depend on how good you are..”

5 out of 7 days a week, I receive “Today’s Word with Joel and Victoria” (Osteen).

Often times, I read the emails and some segments relate to me, whilst there are times that I can relate to nothing at all.

It happens.

This morning I opened the email and read it.

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians chapter 1 vs 10 (NIV)

For years it’s been a struggle to stop caring about what other people think about me. The funniest thing was, I was so used to looking to people for approval, I never even realised I was doing it.

It had clearly gone too far. I used to be afraid to say no to requests people asked of me, in case the way they perceived me changed, and heavens forgive me if I didn’t and/or couldn’t please everyone!

It took me a while to realise, “Listen, Suzie, Michael, I’m not living for you! I’m living for God.”

Even still, now that I know this and I actively try to live for God and not for man, I still slip up and forget that in the end, it’s really what God thinks of me that matters really and not everybody else.

 

How many people today are not being true to who God created them to be simply because they are afraid they’re going to disappoint somebody? They’re afraid they may fall out of someone else’s good grace. They worry about not being accepted into a certain group. I say this respectfully, but you cannot live trying to be who your parents want you to be, or who your boss wants you to be, or who your friends want you to be. You’ve got to stay true to who God has called you to be.
Today’s Word with Joel and Victoria – Titled: No Regrets – Dated: 30/08/2012

Every morning when I wake up..I ask God to mould me to Him instead of me getting lost in who others would like me to be..

More of Him..less of me..more of Him..less of me..

Be blessed!

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~ by originalapplejunkie on August 30, 2012.

6 Responses to “Day 244..#Daily Devotional”

  1. “Your prayers being answered does not depend on how good you are..”
    – I hear you!
    I thank the Lord for His grace and mercy…

  2. I have been a people pleaser my whole life starting with my parents who never said hey, good job, up until just recently. i struggle, but i m trying to say no, instead of going against my own instincts, in fear of rejection. it is hard work, but i m trying!

    • I know exactly what you mean Terry..
      My parents were very focused with education when we were growing up, and even still..they would always push us to do better than we had done..
      I still struggle and sometimes I have to pause before I can comfortably say no without feeling like I’m a horrible person.
      I had a fear of rejection..but you know what I realised..people will reject you because you are different..what matters is what God thinks..and even saying that..sometimes it’s nice to have people there for you and not feel like you will be rejected, but God will put the right people on your path and will never reject you!
      Keep trying Terry! Keep trying *hugs*

  3. It is difficult to stay true to yourself in this society. Prayer is the answer…

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