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The dangers of pleasing-people

Will you join me in turning away from complacency and the fear of man, and turn in the right direction by boldly pursuing God with all your heart? Will you Let Love Be Your Motive? 

T. Lunney

By Tanja Lunney

As a child of God, you will never be able to please the world and the Lord at the same time. You will go through trials and tribulations and people will mock you and ask you, “Where is your God”. People will be used by the devil (remember, our fight is not against flesh and blood) to keep their fire dim so they become just warm enough not to be spit out of the Father’s mouth. Our enemy is prowling around like a lion, ready to pounce on his next prey. We must be aware of his schemes and deceptions that have been the same since the very beginning of time. 

As a people-pleaser, the very first sentence probably made you shriek. I was once a people-pleaser and without my heart being in check with the Holy Spirit it would have been an easy trap to fall back into. But people are just that, people. What we want to be after, however, is the heart of God.

For a while, I listened to a lie from someone that I trusted. I thought they honored and lived for God. They told me I was “too zealous”. At that time I was living a life where I wanted to please man rather than God. I feared what other people thought. What I did not know was that the purpose of the enemy’s lie through this person was to dim my fire so that I would become complacent and start to regress back to a place where when I was to meet with the Father, He would say He never knew me. 

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The truth is, God wants His children to be completely and utterly SOLD OUT for him! The Kingdom of God does not operate as the world operates so do not be surprised if your faith seems out of this world. That is because it is! God wants his children to be zealous. To be zealous means to burn with emotion, a red hot, spirit-filled servant of the Lord. As I was warned to not be “ too zealous”, I am here to speak the truth in love. Be aware of not being zealous enough. Be aware of the schemes of the devil to try and put out the fire and love for God that consumes you. What he does not want you to know is that it is contagious and can set the world on fire for God! 

Me listening to man’s opinion rather than the heart of God is where I went wrong. This seems so obvious to say but there is a reason why I must speak of it now. I was completely unaware of how the devil was using this person to plant seeds of doubt and mislead me. Since this incident, I have forgiven the person who spoke this and I pray for him every single day. We must hear the heart of the Father louder than what the world is speaking. Some examples in scripture of how people-pleasing can be so damaging can be found in the Psalms and life of King David. 

“Because of my love for you, Lord,
I have been mocked, cursed, and disgraced.
Even my own brothers, those of my family,
act as though they don’t want anything to do with me.
My love for you has my heart on fire!
My passion consumes me for your house!
Nothing will turn me away,
even though I endure all the insults of those who insult you.
When they see me seeking for more of you with weeping and fasting,
they all just scoff and scorn at my passion.
When I humble myself with sorrow over my sin,
it gives them a reason to mock me even more.
The leaders, the influential ones—how they scorn my passion for you!
I’ve become the talk of the town, the theme of drunkards’ songs. 
But I keep calling out to you, Yahweh!
I know you will bend down to listen to me,
for now is the season of favor.
Because of your faithful love for me,
your answer to my prayer will be my sure salvation.”
 -Psalms 69:8-13 TPT

The people closest to David, his family, and the most influential leaders were mocking him for his ‘zeal’. If David listened to man rather than God, where would we be now? If Noah never built the ark because he listened to others more than he listened to God, would we even exist? David continued to call out to God and lived a life that is now known generations later. What other people think reflects their heart. We will not be held responsible for what other people speak to us. But, we will be held accountable for the motives of our heart. Our perfect example, Jesus Christ, flipped over tables because the zeal for His Father’s house consumed Him (see John 2:17). You can see that if we listen to man and do things based on people-pleasing rather than being obedient to God, history could be a lot different than what it is now. Losing the fear of man is essential to fulfilling the purposes that God has had for you since the beginning of time.

My question for you today; I want you to prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit. What is your heart’s motive?

The blog I write is called Let Love Be My Motive because I want God’s children to rise up with the sole motive of loving God with all their heart, mind, and strength and loving others because we will be known by our love. 

I write about people-pleasing today because I have dealt with the ramifications of choosing what looks good in the eyes of man rather than what may look silly to man but is obedient to God. God wants us to drop the agenda of man, including ourselves and run with zeal, being sold out and passionately pursuing the purposes he has had for us since the beginning of time.

Will you join me in turning away from complacency and the fear of man, and turn in the right direction by boldly pursuing God with all your heart? Will you Let Love Be Your Motive? 

More Scripture To Meditate On:

  • “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” -Revelation 3:15-22 NKJV
  • Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. –Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NKJV
  • For am I now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. -Galatians 1:10 CSB

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