Flushing Community Church of the Nazarene
Chasing Carrots part 4: Acceptance
Located at 9500 W. Pierson Road, Flushing Michigan "We desire to experience the transforming love of God and share it with others."
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    9500 W Pierson Rd, Flushing, MI 48433, USA
    Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

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"The obsessive need to be accepted “The disease to PLEASE.”
- Dr. Harriet Braiker

Type E Personalities: “The craving to be Everything to Everyone.”
Living a life that is constantly seeking acceptance/affirmation has serious implications. What does that look like in your life?
How is the "disease to please" a trap?
The Hebrew word used for “trap” or “snare” is moqesh. The word literally means a noose for catching animals or a hook placed in the nose of an animal – the purpose for this to direct where the animal goes.
Stop and ask yourself for a moment: who do I serve? Am I chasing the acceptance of others? Or faithfulness toward TRUTH?
How have you fallen into the trap of "loving human praise more than the praise of God?"
Today's Takeaway:
What matters most is not what OTHERS THINK about you – but rather what GOD SAYS about you.
The Bible is filled with statements that affirm your acceptance by God. Read and claim these statements as identifying affirmations in your life personally. As you do, feel the love of God pour over you giving you strength to face the challenges of your life.
I am greatly loved by God. (Romans 1:7, 1 John 4:10)
I am a child of God. (Galatians 4:6-7; Romans 8:14-15; John 1:12)
I am bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 7:23)
I am forgiven and free from sin. (Romans 6:22; Ephesians 1:7)
I am made clean & a new creation in Christ. (John 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am a temple - a dwelling place - of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)
I am filled with the Holy Spirit that raised Christ. (Romans 8:11)
I am firmly rooted & being built up in Christ. (Colossians 2:7)
I am more than a conqueror through Christ. (Romans 8:37)
I am blessed. (Ephesians 1:3)
I am God’s perfect Masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
I am called and have a purpose. (1 Corinthians 7:17)
I am the salt of the earth & the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-14)
I am chosen as God’s royal priesthood. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
I am victorious over sin & death. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
I am an alien & stranger living in this temporary world. (1 Peter 2:11)
I am capable. (Philippians 4:13)
May you dwell in the love & acceptance found in Christ alone!
PERSONAL PRAYER:
Lord, hear the prayer radiating out of my heart today. Listen to me as I pray from the depths of my soul today. Help me live more for you and less for me. Show me the cravings of my life that are causing me distance between myself and you AND others. More of you God. Less of me. More of you God. Less of me. May it be so. I long for you alone. I need you.
Personal reflection this week ...
> How has the need for acceptance caused you to value the praise of others over God’s plan for your life?
> This week, take some time to consider the “I AM” statements from scripture. How do you need to see yourself through God’s eyes more clearly?