Am I the only one who breathes a sigh of relief when I swipe my debit card to see the word APPROVED on the screen?(especially during this season?) It's funny I know, but it actually puts a smile on my face. When I see the word APPROVED. I feel a sense of YESSSSS I am approved, woohoo! I kind of walk out of the store feeling a little taller, I sort of strut out of the store, looking at people with an expression of "Hey, I am APPROVED!" Ok, maybe it's just me. But I suppose unless you have been in the position of seeing the word DECLINED, or DENIED you may not understand what I am talking about. I have been on that end more than once. When you see that word, you feel embarrassed, humiliated, your shoulders and head droop, and you just want to run far, far away and hope you never see those people again.
I think you may know where I am going with
this blog this morning. I have a friend who is struggling with the sense of
approval.She has never really had a sense of how wonderful she is, how her
personality lifts everyone's spirits when she is around. She only feels that she
has never quite measured up to her peers. Which by the way is not true! Notice
that I said, SHE feels. I was studying the words favor and approval in my Bible
this morning and I would like to share these verses with you, they are familiar
but it never hurts to be reassured.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of
you as my chosen instrument and before you were born I separated and set you
apart consecrating you and appointed you as a prophet to the
For You God are the glory of their strength, their
adornment, and by your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted
Let all those
who take refuge in and put their trust in you rejoice, Let them ever sing and
shout for joy because you make a covering over them and defend them. Let those
who love your name be joyful in you and be in high spirits. 12. For you Oh Lord
will bless the uncompromisingly righteous (him who is upright and in right
standing with you.) as with a shield you
will surround him
with goodwill pleasure and favor.
You know we are no surprise to
God. He made us, loves us, and APPROVES of us. He may not approve of the things
we do, but He approves of us. If He did not love us just the way we are, He
would leave us hanging wouldn't He? Verse 11 is a wonderful promise for us isn't
it? We should be shouting for joy, lifting our faces because we have God on our
side. Tooting our horn! And when you read on to verse 12, this promise is for
the uncompromisingly righteous, those in right standing with God. They are the
ones who find favor, goodwill and pleasure.
Now, when I was not as mature
in the Lord, I would have read that verse thinking that I would have to be
absolutely perfect to obtain God's favor, and that if I did the slightest thing
wrong, I was written out of the Lamb's Book of Life. WRONG, we are righteous
through Jesus Christ. My feeling is as long as we are striving toward
perfection, we have God's favor. We have to strive toward the goal. Yep, we are
going to mess up, we are human, God knows that, but thankfully He has gives us
grace and mercy. He APPROVES of us.
Jeremiah 1:5 says that we have been
set apart and chosen to be prophets to the nations. God has chosen us! It should
make us walk a little taller to know that the God of the universe has chosen us!
He APPROVES of us. He finds FAVOR in us. He wants us to carry out His word to
the world around us. How we can do that if we are feeling DENIED, with our heads
hung low because we
don't feel like we are up to standards in the world's
eyes, or if we feel like we have not lived right today, and we feel like, "God
could never use someone like me, I use relief words. (Hey, I am working on
that)_ Snap out it! We are in right standing with the ALMIGTY,,,,HELLO!!! We
should be walking around with our heads held high, (not boastful) just with an
inner-confidence that we APPROVED by God.
I can't say that I have really
obtained this concept all the way. I still feel a little unworthy sometimes
because I don't have the education, the financial status of a lot of my peers,
but you know, it's ok. God has a plan for me. He set me apart for His glory, and
though I am not the most perfect, far from it, I am striving toward that goal
everyday. And I screw up, a lot, and when I do, I ask for forgiveness and move
on. I want to be in right standing with my Father. I don't have to seek His
approval I already have it, and He is the one that matters.
So the next
time you see the word APPROVED on the debit card screen at the store, walk
taller with your head held high, and say YEP, I am APPROVED! People will wonder
what you are smiling about and then you get to tell them!!