Day 5 – NEED FOR APPROVAL
….to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. – Ephesians 1:6
One of the longings of the human heart is to be accepted by the ones we love, our co workers, our peers etc. We all want to be liked and there is a sense completeness that comes over us when we fit in. I have some good news and some bad news. I will give you the bad news first. The Father doesn’t want you to fit in or to be accepted by those you surround yourself with. When we live to please others and to live up to expectations that people put on us, disappointment will eventually show up at your door step.
Let me be blunt with you, you were not created to be completed in the acceptance of others. God has purposely set it up this way so we can come to Him for this longing of the heart to be satisfied. Here is the good news, as a child of God, you are accepted in Christ Jesus and He loves you just the way you are! Now hear me out, He loves you just the way you are but He wants to transform you from the inside out. That transformation comes when we allow the Glory of Gods presence to renew our minds and to change our thinking.
You are accepted by the Father because of the Holy Spirit living inside of you and because you have been redeemed by the sacrifice that Jesus paid, so that you can be made righteous. He accepts you today; all He wants you to do is to receive His unconditional love and to allow His goodness to change your thinking and your perspective. As you go through your day, please meditate on the fact that you are accepted in the Beloved and not because of your performance or behavior.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit please help me know and feel that I’m completed in you. Help me receive your acceptance and allow this truth to be more than enough for me to be satisfied. In Jesus name, Amen!
FASTING TIP: Keep a daily schedule that includes specific times for prayer, meditation on the word, and water, or juice consumption.
ADDITIONAL READING: Ephesians 1:1-23
Schedule a time to spend time with the Holy Spirit.
You must be intentional and please remember that
The devil will do everything to stop you from doing
A) Start by putting on worship music.
B) Shut the cell phone off, including the TV
C) Close your eyes and ask the Holy Spirit to come in power
D) Slowly read the additional scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit
To give you revelation.
E) WAIT AND BE STILL and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you.
RECIPE: Vegetable Chili
1 sweet bell pepper
1 clove garlic
1 yellow squash (you can us these or any of your favorite veggies)
1 can kidney beans
1 can great northern beans
2 cans tomatoes
1 can diced green chilies
1 large can of tomato juice
chili powder to taste
Sauté the onion, pepper and garlic until tender. Sauté the other vegetables for 5-10 more minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients; simmer all vegetables until they are tender.