Seek God's Approval
One sentence can offer profound insight and there is a lot to reflect on when thinking of seeking God’s approval. Start 2017 by seizing the opportunities God has prepared for you.
When 2016 began I had no idea I would be launching a blog. I didn't set out to be a blogger, but God had different plans. If I had looked for man's approval, I'm certain this blog would not exist.
It hasn't been easy. Every day I've had to step out with confidence in God. I know from experience that He prepares us even when we don’t see it. Walking with God is to seize His plans and purpose.
Take time to read the verses below found in 2 Timothy 2:8-18. Reflect how you want your walk with God to look in 2017. What’s hindering you from stepping forward for God? Are you willing to die with Him, live with Him, and stick with Him? I am!
"Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It’s what you’ve heard from me all along. It’s what I’m sitting in jail for right now—but God’s Word isn’t in jail! That’s why I stick it out here—so that everyone God calls will get in on the salvation of Christ in all its glory. This is a sure thing: If we die with him, we’ll live with him;
If we stick it out with him, we’ll rule with him;
If we turn our backs on him, he’ll turn his back on us;
If we give up on him, he does not give up—for there’s no way he can be false to himself. Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul. Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples, throwing believers off stride and missing the truth by a mile by saying the resurrection is over and done with." 2 Timothy 2:8-18
Take a moment to share an example when you chose man’s approval over Gods. Share an example when you chose God’s approval over man's.
For each of you, I pray that 2017 will be filled with amazing God-opportunities. I pray that you will continue on your spiritual journey and concentrate on winning God’s approval.
Happy New Year friends.
Friends, when I say I am praying for you, I am praying for you. I would like to ask each of you to pray for me too. I want to stay the course, especially with this blog, no matter how difficult it may be. God is on our side. Always!