Who are we Trying to Please?

11-27-16
Sunday
 
 
Galatians 1:10
10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
 
 
Paul says in order to serve Christ we have to forget about pleasing people. No, it doesn’t mean we get to be rude or arrogant, or insensitive to the feelings of other people. It simply means that my highest priority is to please Christ and when pleasing Christ comes into conflict with pleasing people then I am going to please Christ.
 
 
Most of us are people pleasers. We like to have people like us, we appreciate positive feedback, lots of friends and people who hold us in high regard. But there are times when serving God means we have to stand for the truth of God’s word and not get involved in the sinful practices of the world we live in. Are you strong enough to do that or are you too concerned about the opinions of others? Do they still have power over you?
 
 
Let me ask you a question who does your heavenly father compare you to?
The answer is no one – nobody
 
 
Galatians 4:4-6
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
 
 
If we could see ourselves through God’s eyes we would embrace ourselves and we could live with peace. I want to see me the way God sees me and that doesn’t mean there won’t be improvement because God is not finished with me yet.
 
I still have some growing to do but I don’t look around to the left and the right for the world’s approval I want to look to God only because only his approval matters to me.
 
 
So I wake up in the morning and say to God I want to be in the center of your will for me and even though I may not have the tools or the education or the talents or the physical beauty or the mental capability or the physical capability that other people around me have I still want to be in the center of God’s will – and that will be enough for me
 
And I am okay because I am is His child
  • And maximum potential for you and for me
  • and maximum accomplishment for you and for me
  • is all found in the center of God’s will
 
 
Don’t make the mistake of spending your life in comparison with other people, trying to please other people – take your key from God who adopted you. This is the truth we need to embrace.
 
 
Prayer: Abba Father it is you and you only I want to please, and when I please you it will be enough.


A Day Off

11-26-16
Saturday
 
 
Yesterday was a day after a holiday. Most people take the day off.
 
 
Truth doesn’t take a day off and neither should we. I’m not talking about taking the day off and resting but I’m talking about the times we as Christians take a day off and act like non-Christians. As Christians we can’t afford that kind of day off.
 
 
Galatians 5:1
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
 
 
Paul says do not submit.
Tempted to take a day off? Do not submit.
Tempted to return to an old habit? Do not submit.
Tempted to forget about your Savior for an hour or two? Do not submit.
Tempted to exchange the truth for a lie? Do not submit.
 
 
Sounds simplistic but that is exactly how we get through life. We choose what we want to submit to and what we do not want to submit to. Paul is exactly right.
 
 
Submitting our will to God’s will is the primary focus of the Christian life. Are you actively working on it? Or are you taking the day off?
 
 
Prayer: Your will be done, not my will be done.


Replacing Lies with Truth

11-25-16
Friday
 
 
 
Truth is far more than a moral guide.
 
 
John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
 
 
Truth is not simply a collection of information it is a person. He lives, he sustains all things. Paul said in Colossians “in him all things hold together.” He is at work in the world as truth and he is the only way to the Father.
 
 
Listen to this statement by Randy Alcorn:
He didn’t say He would show the truth or teach the truth or model the truth. He is the truth. Truth personified. He is the source of all truth, the embodiment of truth and therefore the reference point for evaluating all truth-claims.
The Grace and Truth Paradox by Randy Alcorn
 
 
Every claim of truth must be held up against the truth of Jesus. Quite often our ideas of what is true fails miserably when held up to the truth of Jesus.
 
Nowhere is this more noticeable than in the little lies we tell ourselves. As believers we excuse ourselves from living for Christ not by rejecting the truth but by allowing a series of subtle lies to direct our lives.
 
Lie: I can’t help what I think about
Lie: There is no consequence for sin
Lie: We think we are something and you are not as something as me
Lie: I can’t change
Lie: I deserve to be angry and they deserve to have me angry at them
Lie: My deal is more important than your deal
Lie: One day when I have enough I will quit focusing on gaining wealth… then I will have enough…then I will feel secure… then I can have peace
Lie: I can’t control what I say
Lie: If I don’t agree with it then I don’t have to follow it.
Lie: I can handle relationships… even with bad people and not let it affect me
Lie: I can take a day off being faithful to God and it won’t hurt me
 
 
Have you ever told yourself one of these lies? We all have. You can make you own list because there are lots more. Sometimes they are unconscious elements of our thinking that control our thought processes.
 
 
This is how the human mind works: Think of each of these lies as a switch or a controller in your mind. When an opportunity to do evil presents itself (a temptation) it runs to one of these lies and waits for approval. The lie tells your mind this is OK and the temptation is approved for action – and you sin.
 
 
The truth of God’s word and the truth of Christ inside you replace the switches. As you convert these lies to the truth you sin less. You are not sinless, you sin less.
This is the freedom truth brings – actual truth – Gods truth.
 
Prayer: Teach me your truth and guide me in the process of replacing my lies with truth.



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