Daily Devotional – 8/12/16 “People pleaser or God’s servant?”

Because we are spiritual beings in natural bodies, we sometimes seek the approvals of others. Please understand, it’s not something that most of us set out to do yet we find ourselves doing it without even noticing. Think about it. Many times we post things on social media for likes and comments and because we do this, we get our feelings hurt when we get 10 likes instead of 100. We tend to get dressed with the thought, in the back of our mind, ‘what will they think.’ And we’ll even go places we know we aren’t comfortable just to please people. Well beloved, I’ve lived long enough to now know and understand, people pleasing isn’t for me. See, I’ve come to the realization that when you try to please people, you’ll get let down in the process because what you thought they should have liked and accepted, they won’t. Now, you’re all in your feelings because you’ve been disappointed by somebody you had no business trying to please anyway.

Look, we have to make it up in our minds that we are no longer working for the approval of man because when you work for their approval, you’ll also get their opinions. So instead I’ll just say like Galatians 1:10, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Don’t you understand that there will always be somebody who don’t like the way you talk, somebody mad at the way you walk, somebody looking you up and down for the way you dress and somebody speaking on your blessing. Chile, folk get mad talking about you think you better than everybody else all because you can rock a $10 dress from WalMart. This is why, as children of God, we’ve got to get away from being of this world and seek to please our Heavenly Father. You won’t be liked by everybody, deal with it. Everyone won’t celebrate your accomplishments, get over it. Everybody won’t give you a 5 star review, suck it up. Because if pleasing people is your goal, obviously you aren’t a servant of God.

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Daily Devotional – 11/19/14 “Clean it up!”

Doesn’t it feel good when you have cleaned up the area you’re in? Doesn’t it feel good to ride in a clean car, to sleep on clean sheets, to have a clean home? Then why don’t you clean up your spiritual life? I told you yesterday to watch the company you keep because keeping bad company messes with your spirituality. Yes it does! You don’t have to admit it but ok, think about it like this … every time you cook spaghetti sauce don’t you end up getting some on your clothes? No matter how you try to avoid it, that red sauce always end up getting somewhere on you. Either it’s on the sleeve of your shirt, the front of it, your pants; somewhere because it’s spaghetti sauce. Well, a spirit is the same way; especially a bad one, its job is to invade your space because once it’s in your spirit, its main job is to infect your good spirit. And guess what? All it takes is a spot on your spirit because then it grows.

Yea, anger begins small and then it increases because we allow it to fester. Worry starts off small and then it grows because we add stuff to it. Gossip starts off as a whisper but then it grows because folk add stuff to it. Lies start off small but then they grow because we add stuff to it. You get mad at somebody for one thing and before long you’ve bought up stuff from 19 years ago because you keep adding stuff to it making it grow. Why? Why not leave stuff alone? Why not bury stuff and allow it to stay buried? Why not kill stuff and allow it to stay dead? Why are you resurrecting past hurt? Aren’t you tired of being hurt? Aren’t you spiritually tired? Aren’t you tired of carrying baggage that isn’t even yours to carry? Aren’t you tired of all the excess stuff being attached to your spirit? Clean it up! Clean up your spiritual life in order for you to grow. It isn’t for anybody else but clean up your spirit for you and then you’ll be able to be a blessing to others. For Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”