After writing the joy of being 50 and free, I wanted to share some scripture I often read. Whether I admitted it to myself on not, I felt that I needed the approval of people! People I liked, people I thought liked me and people I tried breaking free from. Even more, I often wondered about what I did or did not do not be accepted by certain people.
I really was driving up the highway (if you haven’t read The joy of being 50 and free, click here) when I realized God had blessed me with a life I loved. There was no need for anyone’s approval. Only Jesus!!
Here are some scripture I researched regarding breaking free from people-pleasing and finding freedom in Jesus. In His truth, in His love, and in His complete acceptance of me. I pray for you, that you accept Jesus and ALL that he wants to give you. That you find peace knowing you can trust in Him. I pray these Living words to bring you strength to let go of what doesn’t matter and latch on to the only One that does.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of m heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.
My heart is fixed, Oh God, my heart is steadfast and confident! I will sing and make melody.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name (has a personal knowledge of My love and mercy and kindness- trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never). He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting in the Lord.
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You and homes confidently in You.
(Rather) is not this the fast I which I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bonds of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke.
And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life.
In freedom Christ has made us free, stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery (which you have once put off).
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I am gain Christ.
(Live) as free people, without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness, but (live at all times) as servants of God.