Today’s Scripture — 11.2.2014
For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
~ 1 Thessalonians 2:4
“… we’re not after crowd approval–but God approval.”
~ Message paraphrase
We are called to be God pleasers, not people pleasers. And Good News! He already delights in you — beautiful, one-of-a-kind PreApproved you. You don’t have to work harder, do more, slim down, or climb higher to please the Lord. He’s asking you to abide in Him, to live a life hidden in Christ.
Live PreApproved today. You are loved.
This post is part of our month-long series, “A November to Remember: Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes.”
(Post includes excerpted material from Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval – and Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes
I’m inviting you to spend the next 30 mornings with me, as we listen to what God says about us, before we listen to what Facebook says to us. We’re after “More Soul; Less Scroll.”
How You Can Be a Part of This Movement:
1 – Print out the Scripture sheets. (Click here for printable versions.) Each of the 30 daily Scriptures are quoted in Love Idol, and each one ties back in some way to our identity in Christ. (You don’t have to read the book to participate in this study. But of course, you’re welcome to! 🙂 )
2 – Find the passage assigned for today’s date.
3 – Ask God to speak to you through His Word, and read the verses assigned.
4 – Consider how God is speaking to you. How does the verse help you remember who you really are, outside of all the cultural noise?
5 – Visit us on the blog, or the Love Idol movement page on Facebook, to share what the verse means to you.
6 – Share your insights on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or your blog, to add more soul to your scroll. 🙂 Tag me, so I can find you. (Or feel free to follow along silently! No social-media presence required.)
I’ll post my own response here on the blog every morning at 5 a.m. Sometimes, you’ll find a story, maybe a few short words, maybe a series of photos. That will happen every day, for all of November, God-willing.
Studies show that the best way to form a habit, is to NOT break the chain. Habits form if you keep at it, one day after the next after the next. After our 30 days, we may have created a new habit of Scripture before Scrolling — a habit that can take us into the Christmas season, and beyond.
If you want to follow along, visit us here every day. Consider subscribing to my blog by clicking here to get these reflections in your email inbox.
A helper sheet for how to do “Pin God 1st” and what it means to pray the scripture (Lectio Divina)
Let this be the November that we remember who we really are: Loved. Preapproved. His.
Find all the posts in the November to Remember series by clicking here.