Living Free - Apr. 16, 2008

Living Free Every Day®


Today's Scripture
I am not trying to please people. I want to please God. Do you think I am trying to please people? If I were doing that, I would not be a servant of Christ. “ Galatians 1:10 CEV

Thoughts for Today
When we focus on trying to please people, we are not serving God. If we are truly his servants, our primary goal will be to please him.

When Jesus lived on earth, many who believed in him would not admit their faith. “Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.” John 12:42-43 NLT Because these people were more concerned about people’s opinions than God’s, they did not live out their faith. Likewise, when we live as people pleasers, we are demonstrating the fact that we are more concerned about their approval than God’s—and our walk with him is hindered.

Consider this…
Who are you trying to please? Maybe most of your life is lived to please God, but there is still some situation—or some person—that sparks you to be a people-pleaser. God wants us to put him first in all things—we cannot please him by placing more importance on people’s opinions than his.

Father, I do want to please you. Forgive me for the times I let my desire to be accepted by a person outweigh my desire to please you. Thank you for your love and for accepting me unconditionally. Help me to be a better servant. 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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