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Living Free - Apr. 17, 2008

  • 2008 Apr 17


Today's Scripture
”God will bless you when others hate you and won't have anything to do with you. God will bless you when people insult you and say cruel things about you, all because you are a follower of the Son of Man.“ Luke 6:22 CEV

Thoughts for Today
People-pleasing is often motivated by a fear of rejection. Jesus talked about this rejection. When we are rejected because we have chosen to follow Jesus and do things his way, he promises to be with us and bless us.

It is natural to want to please people, but when doing so takes us out of the will of God and deters us from his plan for us, we must take a stand. We must choose to do things God’s way. His way is always the best way and he promises his blessing.

Consider this…
When you are feeling rejected by people, try some of these responses: 

  • Meditate on scripture verses about God’s unconditional love for you. 
  • Pray that God will help you see the truth and respond in a way that will please him. 
  • Read the Psalms. Memorize verses that explain who you are in Christ. 
  • Meditate on Jeremiah 29:11. Remember that God has a purpose for your life and that the temptation to judge yourself by what other people say is just another one of the enemy’s tactics to prevent you from discovering who you are in Christ. 

Father, help me to stand strong and overcome my fear of people’s rejection. Their rejection can hurt, but more than anything I want to please you. Help me to make right choices—and thank you for your promise of blessing. In Jesus’ name …

These thoughts were drawn from…
Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness
by Tammy Webb-Witholt. We live in a broken and fallen world; our brokenness extends to the depths of our emotions, our souls, and our sexuality. This small group curriculum by Tammy Webb-Witholt deals with moving from a homosexual lifestyle into a vital growing relationship with Jesus Christ. This study …

Shows that the goal is not only to move from homosexuality into heterosexuality. The goal of our lives as followers of Christ is to come into His holiness.

Shows that our journey of faith in Christ, whatever the depth of our brokenness, sexual or otherwise, is not to merely stop being one thing in order to become another.

Shows that the goal of each day is to grow toward Christ. God by the power of His Holy Spirit and the truth of His Holy Word transforms us into a new creation.

Shows the holiness is used in the truest definition of the word holy meaning to be "set apart" for God.

Although this study is written primarily for people coming out of a homosexual lifestyle, it deals with biblical principles that can help each of us experience a deeper walk with Christ.  


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