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 Jones is the Executive Director for Restoration Path Ministries. David is a Memphis TN area native and lives with his wife of over 32 years and has two adult children. He is a long-standing deacon, ordained elder and Sunday school teacher. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. Restoration Path is founded on David’s experiences and teachings. David has over 35 years of counseling, mental health, and ministry experience. In 1998, he began providing intensive workshops for Christian men struggling with sexual addiction. His work has also included workshops for the wives and families of sexual addicts. He has also facilitated numerous training institutes. The teachings that are presented through the ministry workshops and intensives are the result of proven and biblically based techniques. He is also the author of 4 other books Goldfish Devotionals, The Blessing of the Thorn, 10 Truths Wives Need to Know, and The Top 10 Lies Sex Addicts Tell Themselves. He is the author and creator of the 4 and 3-day Restoration Path intensive sexual addiction workshops and workbooks. He is the designer, author, and creator of the Restoration Path video workshops and workbooks for male sexual addicts as well as the video workshop for the wives of addicts. All of David’s books and material can be ordered from the ministry website.

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