Years ago while sitting through a message on new wineskins, the Lord spoke to my spirit and asked me this question:
“How do you know when you can truly trust a person?” The Lord then directed me to John 5:44.
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (ESV)
Here is what the Lord was showing me:
How can you trust anyone who obtains their approval from the praise they get from those around them? Rather, trust those who get their approval from God and only God. (Paraphrased of course)
If our self-image is altered by what is acceptable in the eyes of others then right and wrong can change with the seasons. Should everyone around you be okay with adultery, lying, murder, stealing, homosexuality, low or base character and the list goes on, then our self-image is undaunted by gross and habitual sin. We (Christians) need to seek the highroad in Christ Jesus!
We are called as branches of the True-Vine, Jesus. We are to produce the fruit of “The Vine” and not the fruit of human-frailty.
You are a child of the Living God. You have the Spirit of God strengthening you, supporting you in times of trial, bolstering your courage and determination in righteousness whether you know it, feel it or believe it to be true. God is for you and therefore nothing and no-one can stand between you and your ability to succeed in Christ Jesus. You have already won!
Because of Jesus, you are already holy as Christ is holy; unblameable for sin because Jesus paid the sin debt; and unpunishable because Jesus was punished for you. (Colossians 1:19-23)
Now, get your approval from God alone.
But you still need to prepare for what is coming. 🙂