We’ve been looking at some of the common things most people are driven by.
1. Many people are driven by guilt.
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2. Many people are driven by resentment and anger.
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3. Many people are driven by fear
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4. Many people are driven by materialism
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Today we will look at how…
5. Many people are driven by the need for approval
They allow the expectations of parents, spouses, children, teachers or friends to control their lives. Many adult people are still trying to earn the approval of unpleasable parents. Others are driven by peer pressure, always worried by what others might think.
Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.
If you want to lead the choir; you must turn your back on the crowd.
The key to failure is to try and please everyone.
Don’t become addicted to other people’s approval. God has already approved of you.
Jeremiah 1:5 AMPC
Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you as My chosen instrument, and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; and I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
God has already accepted you. You are accepted in the beloved [Jesus].
Ephesians 1:6 NKJV
To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Stop trying to please everybody and be everywhere. You have just enough time to do God’s Will.
You must be able to make choices and decisions without being influenced by others. Sometimes we are more concerned with what others think of us than with what God thinks. So we worship at the altar of acceptance. But in trying to be accepted, there is the danger of compromising the very things we are called to stand for.
Be a people person not a people pleaser.
Being controlled by the opinions of others is a guaranteed way to miss God’s purposes for your life.
Jesus was only interested in pleasing His Father.
Mark 1:35-38 NKJV
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He [Jesus] went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”
Jesus did not allow the needs, expectations and demands of people to direct His life and ministry. He only did what He saw His Father do and only said what He heard His Father say. He spent time with the Father in the morning and got His orders for the day and fulfilled His purpose.
That is how you and I should live every day. Living before an audience of One, pleasing our heavenly Father only.
You are not being wise when you compare yourself with others, so don’t do it.
2 Corinthians 10:12 NKJV
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
What God told Joyce Meyer
So many are in prison because they won’t accept themselves. So many are so gifted and talented, but they won’t express themselves because they fear rejection. They fear man. They fear what people will think. I want to love My people, but they hold me at arm’s length and won’t let me really love them because they have been hurt by others. They fear I will reject them because of their weaknesses like people have. But I will never reject them. Tell them I love them. Ask them to stop trying so hard to be acceptable to me and to realize I accept them where they are. Tell them I don’t want perfect performance from them. I want them to love Me and to let Me love them.
Make your approval known to your children
Parents don’t let your children beg for your approval. Always tell them that you are pleased with them and that you love them. Praise them for the things they do right and encourage them when they make a mistake. God the Father made it known to His Son Jesus, that He was pleased with Him before Jesus did any good works (Matthew 3:17). Make your love and approval known to your children. Love them at every stage of their physical development.
Don’t allow your life to be driven by various emotions and circumstances. Let God by the Holy Spirit begin to show you what has been driving your life and allow God’s grace to bring about the necessary changes. Let Jesus and His purposes be the driving force of your life.
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Ps. Lester Holland