Unshakeable Devotional - Acceptance And Approval

Acceptance And Approval

By: Elizabeth Bowden, Children's Ministry Director
One thing I've been struggling with lately is the acceptance and approval of those around me. Sometimes these people are very dear to my heart and other times these people are just simply acquaintances. If I'm not careful, I can let one conversation that didn’t go the way I would have liked it to, to completely ruin my entire day. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a terrible way to live. Thus, I’ve been working on it! We want those around us to approve of us with our flaws and all but the truth is, we only NEED God to approve of us. That’s how He created us! For His approval! However, somewhere in the mix of emotions and ambitions we find ourselves craving acceptance from everyone around us so bad that we forget how much God truly loves us, cares for us, and accepts us right where we are. We can make what other people say about us and think about us so big in our minds and hearts that we lose sight of trying to please the only one that really matters. Jesus. In the last few months, I have let this acceptance deficiency creep into my heart and until I realized it the enemy was using it to make me feel unloved, unwanted, not needed, and as if I’ve become a complete failure of a human not fulfilling the calling God has placed on my life. Let me stop right there. The enemy was trying to destroy my thoughts and I had to get a hold on it. No human, friend, co-worker or complete stranger has the right to dictate who God has called you to be or who you are in Christ Jesus. I went straight to scripture.

Psalm 139:13-18 says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well…. all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” I read this multiple times throughout the day because it has brought hope and healing into my heart. I WILL praise Him because He has made me fearfully and wonderfully. His works ARE wonderful! He has ordained (appointed or ordered) every day of my life and written them in His book.”

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14 This has been my prayer lately, that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart would be pleasing to the ONE who truly matters! It has been such a good reminder to keep guard of my thoughts and give them direction. If you’re struggling with acceptance and approval, I hope you’ll remember these scriptures and let God guide you back to what He says about you!

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Carla Anderson - May 6th, 2020 at 8:04am

Good Morning Elizabeth,

As I read today’s devotional, I knew this was for me!

I know so many others that would be able to fund hope and encouragement from this.

Is there a way I can copy this? I’ve tried and no success.

Thank you so much for Gods word today for me. God always has perfect timing.

Megan - May 6th, 2020 at 9:23am

Thank you for your honesty and for sharing this. I struggle with this so much and it was a wonderful reminder of what (WHO) really matters. It really puts things into perspective and is so encouraging. Thank you!!

Alisha - May 6th, 2020 at 9:38am

A much needed word today. Thank you!

Albert Gonzales - May 6th, 2020 at 9:53am

MORNING, FFC... Great and very true message. Let's keep everyone in our prayers. Amen.

Yeah Right - July 27th, 2020 at 2:43pm

your so full of it. so fake. and everyone around you knows it. quit playing games and acting like you care about people or what they think. you dont and people know it. you and your husband are just a like. FAKE.