Daily Devotional – 8/12/15 “Stop trying to please folk!”

Being in fleshy bodies, we often seek the approval of others in our day-to-day lives. It happens so much now that it’s common and we sometimes do it without even thinking. We get dressed based on how we think folk will see us or what they will say. We post things to social media because we want the likes and comments. We say and do things to gauge a reaction. We go places, even when we’re uncomfortable, all to please somebody else. When will we stop seeking approval of folk? Haven’t you realized by now that the same person you’re trying to please may be the same one who is speaking for your demise? Please understand, this may not be in all occurrences but you won’t know this if you aren’t testing their spirit. Baby, not everybody dressed in their Sunday best is saved! How can you test the spirit of folk? It’s simple; you have to make sure your spirit is right. You can’t possibly think you can test the spirit of someone else and yours is out of whack, can you? That’s like trying to boost off a dead battery with another dead battery, it won’t work.

As Saints of God, we have to eventually get to a point in our lives where we 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.” This is why the bible tells us in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” As people of God, trying to please folk of the world will continually keep us out of God’s will for our life. It’s time now to let that go! There will always be folks who don’t like you and it has nothing to do with you but it’s because of the favor that has been placed over your life. There will always be somebody talking about you and it has nothing to do with your clothes but it’s because of the place God has put you in. Chile, folk will continue to stalk your life without you even knowing it, all because they can’t understand the anointing that is covering you! So you see, you don’t have to please folk; most of them claim to don’t like you anyway yet they show up wherever you are. Try pleasing God for it is written that the only time we should please folk is when we are spiritually saving them. Romans 15:2 say, “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up,” not for personal gain. When we stop trying to please folk it is then we will start appreciating our favor!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

Lakisha Johnson, native Memphian and author of over fifteen titles was born to write. She’ll tell you that “It isn't just writing, it's ministry." Along with being an author, she is an ordained minister, co-pastor, wife, mother and the product of a large family. She is an avid blogger at kishasdailydevotional.com and social media poster where she utilizes her gifts to encourage others to tap into their God given talents. She won’t claim to be the best at what she does nor does she have all the answers, she is simply grateful to be used by God.

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