Okay, so I have a problem and it's called approval addiction. I didn't really understand how bad it was until I began to look at how I make decisions, even the smallest decisions like what to wear or eat. I tend to think about who I'm going to be around. Crazy. Why would I look to other people to decide what I want? That doesn't make any sense. But that was exactly what I was doing and is exactly what I struggle with now.
As far as I can tell, God created me with likes and dislikes of my own. I have my own personality and morals. So, why am I looking to other people? Why do other people's opinions matter? These are questions I am trying to find the answers to. I believe my approval addictions boils down to lack of convidence. In the past, I have not had an accurate view of how God sees me.
That leads me to the point of this blog. I have been reading the book by Joyce Meyer "Approval Addiction". I don't know how you feel about her, but I love Joyce Meyer. Joyce pulled out some great verses to put in her book that I needed to be reminded of. I have begun to make in a practice to memorize and meditate on these verses daily.
Here are a few:
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Cor 5:21
(Did you catch that? Through Christ we become righteous-right with God. All because of what Jesus did and nothing we have done.)
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-" Eph 1:4-5
(He chose us to be blameless before He even created us. He adopted us according to His pleasure.)
"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zeph 3:17
(This verse I did not get from the book. I found this while i was reading the Bible myself. It is one I cling to to show me how great God's love is for me. Not only does He love me, but He also delights in me!)
God is so good. I can already begin to feel Him healing my heart and freeing me from my struggles. I believe the things He has been teaching me lately has been leading up to this point. He is so good!!
Also, I have made it a point to remember that my mind should be transformed daily (Romans 12:2) That is my prayer that my mind will be transformed and I will see how big my God's love for me is. I know His approval is all I need and I have it. :)
In His Name,