Did you know that it will be impossible for you to please God if you’re pursuing the approval of people?
We will never fulfill the will of God without first becoming so secure in our relationship with Him that the opinions of people do not bother us. The only validation any of us should want is His.
Christians allow their relationship with God to be limited by their desire for people’s approval. Many people would be absolutely crushed if their pastor does not talk to them or if another church member passed them without saying hello. Why is this? I believe it is because we value the approval of man over the approval of God.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
I have come to believe that the number one hinderance that must be overcome is our desire for other people’s approval. Samuel’s humility was a key factor in his being selected as king.
And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?
1 Samuel 15:17
Saul’s ascension to the throne of Israel was a result of his humility. His fall was a result of him becoming arrogant. He was dependent on God at first but then began to depend more and more on himself and less on God.
Many ministers have started out on the right track but lost sight of God when their ministry began to grow. There will be a temptation to take credit for what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives that we must be aware of. Arrogance and pride are our biggest enemies to our being able to fulfill the plan of God.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
God is able to keep us on the right path. The key variable is trust. If we will place our total trust in Him, His “perfect love” will cast fear out of our lives.
We can come to a place where we are so dominated by the love of God that there will be no place for fear in our lives. This is the place where all limitations will be removed from what we are able to accomplish.
There are far too many insecure Christians who are unsure of God’s love. This will never change if we do not get our priorities in order and give ourselves to prayer and meditation in the Word of God.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
These verses tell us that David’s faith in God was greater than anything else in the world.
David was secure in his relationship with God. We can be too!
So what is our first step? We must get in God’s presence, repent, and ask Him to help us overcome our fears.
Saul needed man’s approval. He hid in a basket when it was time for his anointing because of his low self esteem.
In my experience, people who are the most fearful are also the most proud. I am not sure why this is the case but fear and pride seem to go hand in hand.
A truly humble person will not go above what God has called them to do and will not accept anything less. They love God and will accept whatever He says about them. A truly humble person will accept criticism and praise equally.
Saul was self centered, arrogant, and afraid of disappointing people.
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