How does God validate you? With the love and sacrifice of His son. My head believes this but, does my heart and behavior reflect that?
Everything a man does is a search for validation
The question is not “if” a man is seeking validation. The question is “where is he seeking validation from?”
To validate something is to “give official sanction, confirmation, or approval to it.” What makes you feel like you have value and worth? We are designed to want validation, the feeling of significance. The problem is that we try to get validation from what we think we can control or mange. We avoid mystery and things we can’t control. We seek validation from people, work, friends, accomplishments or our spouse. They become the barometer of our feelings and worth. The treadmill of acceptance can wear us out. Always trying to please people or control situations. The solution is that we kill our heart or hyper control our world. We stop believing that we have value or significance in the world. This will kill your heart, “the wellspring of life” – Proverbs 4:23. Or we control the people in our world by killing them with kindness or managing everything by ourselves. This will flat wear you out.
The problem is we keep God at arms length and try appease Him with church attendance and trying to be nice. God’s love and acceptance is the key to value and significance. The journey of believing brings freedom and renewed energy. How does God validate you?
- He made you in his image and delights in you. – Genesis 1:27 ; Zephaniah 3:17
- He stubbornly loves you even when you are unlovable. – John 3:16
- God is for you not against you. – Romans 8:31
- His plans for you are good. – Jeremiah 29:11
- He has given you unique gifts, talents, and strengths. – Romans 12:6
What do you do with this information. These passages feel warm and overwhelming, but how do I own them? How do I begin to believe them in a way that it changes my behavior? Look up the seven scriptures print them or write them out. Put them on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror. Put them in your pocket, purse, in your car or in your office. Meditate on them by reading them quietly in your heart and prayers. Let thoughts and questions come up. Ponder your questions as you read and re-read these scriptures in the light of the truth they present. I am convinced that you will begin to know God and yourself in a more intimate way as you mediate on scripture. It is only seven verses, read them ponder them and let them soak into your heart. I trust that the God of all the universe will meet you their.
Psalm 37:5-6 (MSG)
5-6 Open up before God, keep nothing back;
he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day
and stamp you with approval at high noon.
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