Excerpt From: Bounds, E.M. “Power Through Prayer.”
Galatians 1:10 says; “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.”
When I read the statement above by Bounds I could not help but think of Paul who set such a great example in showing that his priority was not to be loyal to people but to God.
Yesterday I took one of those personality test and there was a couple of statements that reminded me of who I am at my core; “a people pleaser”
The statements were that I had to answer were: "I change myself depending on the people I’m with, so they’ll like me or approve of me.
I let other people get their own way instead of expressing my own needs."
I rated myself a 5, which stands for “most of the time”.
Without God I am a people pleaser, I can easily become more loyal to the affairs of people than God’s mission.
Sadly when my loyalty is to the affairs of those I love, I end up making a mess of things.
I remember a day when one of my sons used a word that didn't settle right with me, I told him, and he could no longer use that word in our home because I didn't feel good about it.
My son began to argue. He didn’t want to comply with my request, he wanted me to change my mind and allow the word to be use freely at home. We argue back and forth, eventually he surrendered. Sadly neither of us was happy at the end.
How does this example have relates to Bounds statement; see I did not want my son to be mad at me, I wanted him to understand that there were reason I didn't want the use of the word that I wasn't totally aware of, but I wanted him to trust that I know best.
My loyalty was more to son than to God, had I thought more about God I would have talked to him from a place of obedience to God and help him to understand that even if he doesn't understand my reason he still needs to obey me as Ephesians 6:1 says; "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right."
If I had done that, we would not had spend so much time arguing back and forth about him understanding me, but instead both of us trusting God.
God wanted me to train my son as Proverbs 22:6 says; "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." God also wanted my son to obey as Ephesians says.
Had I been more loyal to God that my son our talk could have turned out better and more pleasant, because we could have both focus on obeying God instead of trying to get our way. Later I realized that I was having a hard time because my son was using it every time he was angry. We both saw that the real issue wasn’t the word but he learning to control his anger.
Without God I am a woman that is more concern with the affairs of the people and sadly that hurts the people around me and me.
Is so cool how in the personality test that I mention above, there was a statement that asked; "When there are problems, I try hard to solve them myself and I feel that I have plenty of stability and security in my life." For the first statement I said 2 (rarely) and for the second statement 6 (all the time).
God has taught me in Proverbs 3:7 to; "not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil." and that when I follow his wisdom I can feel stable and secure as Proverbs 3:5-6 says; "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
I must continue to pray to not be more loyal to the affairs of the people than God.
Dear God good morning, thanks for the opportunity to come before you and be reminded that I must steadfastly obey you.
Thank you for showing me that my obedience to you makes me safe.
Psalm 23:1 says; "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing." I am so grateful that you are my Shepherd, my guide and that I lack nothing.
I pray to imitate the Apostle Paul as I interact with people and said in Galatians 1:10; "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."
I pray to be Your servant to be loyal to You, therefore even though in my sinful nature I may be a people pleaser with You I don’t have to.
Thank you Lord for delivering me as Romans 7:25a says; "Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law...."
It feels so good to not be a slave to sin but instead to your law. I love being a slave to your law because as Psalm 19:7 says; "The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple". Your word refreshes my soul.
Thank you God for making me aware that becoming overly concern about the affairs of the people can lead me to unhappy places in my heart.
I love you and thank you for speaking to my heart today.
In Jesus Name I pray