Approval Addiction

Approval Addiction:
Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (NKJV)
The term addiction indicates something possessing a compulsive drive where the person affected by this feels powerless to change or stop its powerful cycle. Their belief is they “have to” obtain or complete their desired “high” or goal. Everyone likes approval and it produces a pleasurable response when we receive it. The “pats on the back” and verbal affirmations are events and memories that we cherish. The problem comes when we believe we “have to” receive someone or everyone’s approval. We become consumed and driven to obtain or chase the “high” of approval at any cost. How do you obtain God’s approval? Every religion, except Christianity, believes His approval is based upon man’s good works. If your good works out weigh the bad then here’s your ticket to heaven. Christianity knows and states we can never obtain God’s approval through our works and it only comes through Christ’s completed redemptive works. When we have Christ as our Savior then we have God’s approval and it is a gift that we could never have earned. Comparing the approval of man to the approval of the God of the universe is like comparing a meal composed of garbage to that of an exquisite unending feast. It does not mean that God always approves of our behavior. It means He approves of us because we belong to His Son and His behavior was acceptable to the Father. Rejoice, celebrate and rest in knowing you are secure in the Father’s approval and acceptance. David Jones www.restorationpath.org

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About David Jones

David is a Memphis native and lives with his wife of 25 years and two children. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. He has worked in mental health for over 30 years with adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. For the past 15 years David’s primary focus has been working with men and their spouses in intensive sexual addiction workshops.

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