Freedom from People Pleasing
Too often our actions are dictated by a misguided need to please others. We care so much about what they think that with every step we take we look over our shoulder to see whether they’re smiling or frowning. Understand this: if you’re always looking for people’s approval, you’re not looking where you’re going and eventually you’ll hit a wall or trip over your own two feet.
The Bible says, ‘…We ought to obey God rather than men.’ What do you think will happen if you open your mouth and stand up for yourself?
The truth is that people who don’t respect your rights and honor your wishes are not worth your time or effort. Nor are they worthy of a long-drawn-out discussion; just say goodbye! (Of course, we’re not referring to marriages and children, lol.) When the land became too small for the flocks of Abraham and Lot to graze together, strife broke out. Abraham loved his nephew Lot, but he realized he could no longer live in this situation. So he said, ‘…Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left’ (Genesis 13:9 NKJV).
How does their story end?
Lot chose the best grazing land close to Sodom, and as a result everything he worked for went up in smoke. But Abraham, who always sought to please God, ended up not only being blessed himself, but being a blessing to the nations of the world. So the word for you today is—God wants to set you free from people pleasing.
‘…We ought to obey God rather than men.’ Acts 5:29 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Isaiah 43:1-4, 7; Ephesians 5:1; 1 John 3:1; Jude 21
Thus says the Lord, he who created you, fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you & through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, & the flame shall not consume you. Because you are precious in my eyes & honored, & I love you! Bring my sons from afar & my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory. See what kind of love the father has given to us that we should be called children of God; & so we are. Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children. And walk in love as Christ loved us & gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering & sacrifice to God! Keep yourselves in the love of God!
God has proven his love for you! You are his forever! Love as he loved you! Let him see your love being poured out on others! He has promised you so much! Seek Him today! Never delay!