Free From People Pleasing (Written By: Joel Osteen)

“Fearing people is a   dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.”
(Proverbs 29:25,   NLT)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
In life, there will always be   people who try to squeeze you into their mold; people who try to pressure you   into being who they want you to be. They may be good people. They may mean   well. But the problem is that they aren’t your creator. They didn’t breathe   life into you. They didn’t equip you, empower you or anoint you; Almighty God   did! If you’re going to be all that God created you to be, you can’t focus on   what everybody else thinks. If you change with every criticism, trying to win   the favor of others, then you’ll go through life being manipulated and   letting people squeeze you into their box. You have to realize that you can’t   keep every person happy. You can’t make everyone like you. You’ll never win   over all of your critics.

Instead of trying to please   people, when you get up in the morning, ask the Lord to search your heart.   Ask Him if your ways are pleasing to Him. Stay focused on your goals. If   people don’t understand you, that’s okay. If you lose some friends because   you wouldn’t let them control you, they weren’t true friends anyway. You   don’t need other’s approval; you only need Almighty God’s approval. Keep your   heart and mind submitted to Him and be free from people pleasing!

Father God, I come   humbly to You today. I invite You to search my heart and mind. Let my ways be   pleasing to You. Let my thoughts be Your thoughts. Thank You for setting me   free from people pleasing in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel &   Victoria Osteen


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