Reflections4Life™ April 24, 2016
“When God Approves”
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Scripture Contemplation: Genesis 17; Exodus 3; 1 Samuel 16; Jonah 1; Luke 6; John 3…
There is a way in which God sees each and every one of us. A way that no man can ever. When we enter into an intimate relationship with our Creator, we will understand His approval, where man has consistently denied and rejected.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. Truly spend some quality, intimate time with the Father. There are things He desires to share with you. Things that He has specifically chosen for the one He approves of.
There are many of us that spend a lot of time seeking the approval of those around us. We turn ourselves inside out just to be accepted. We seek their permission to walk in the dreams and visions that God has given us. We seek their advice and approval even though God has already spoken yes.
What is it? What is it that has us dismissive of what God has spoken, only to be crushed and suffer the sting of rejection from those we sought approval from? What is it that causes so many to see only the surface of things and not the heart?
Grant it; it feels great when you get the approval of those that you love and care about. It is a wonderful feeling to know that those who you love and care about have your back, and can see the vision you have. But what is not wonderful, is when we place a higher value on their approval and acceptance than we do for the word of God.
Are we that scared of rejection that we would forfeit the blessings of God just for the approval of those who say they love us or have the best for us? Yes. Some of us are scared. Scared to be rejected. Scared to be left alone and or abandoned. And there are those who can only see the surface of things; what things appear to be. Things in the physical and present sense only.
We fail to realize is that we have given away our power, our happiness, our peace of mind to those who either do not understand us, love us, or can see what God sees about us. And there are those of us who are consistently blind to what is important to God by only focusing on the physicality and the here and now.
At the end of the day, when all is said and done, all we need is the approval of God. And should we gain the support and approval of those we love, then it's all gravy. But make no mistake; even those we love can be blind to who we are and what God has called for our lives.
When we receive God's approval, there will be opposition from others. From those we love, work with, live with, etcetera. That's when we need to ask ourselves: Whose opinion is most important? Whose approval will dictate our next move? Who have we truly been listening to?
I don't know about you, but I do know that God has a proven track record. If we truly desire to walk in the assurances of the Most High, we need to continually lay it all on the line and trust God to teach us what we need to do and lead us where we need to go. And most of all: Listen and Follow. Listen and follow to what God has spoken in spite of what those around us may think or believe. Have courage and stay the course even if we’re the only one on it.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. When God approves, that is all that needed. All else will fall into line. Do not judge and see only with the natural eyes, but see through God’s lenses. His vision is crystal clear. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.
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