"Will You Serve The Lord Your
Joshua 24:15, John 12:42,43
Years ago, I always felt the need for people to like me, want me to be
their friend. So, I kind of fell into a small crowd. All through my life I always
wanted to do for other's and make them happy, trying to please all the people I could
possibly make happy, just to see a smile on their faces. that's what was important to
me and even to this day.
As the years went by I still seem to do that to this very day, it's a habit, I
thought it was a good habit. I am now 51 years old, and I was always like that ever
since I was a little girl.
As, I read and study more and more, I have come to realize I have been a people
pleaser, yes, you read right a "People Pleaser", mostly half of my life, and
now that I have realized this, I will be honest and truthful about it, I'm not sure
if I feel better that I know this now, or I feel worse.
Because, being a people pleaser, I've lost my homebased business I worked for many
years to build, lost time with the Lord, lost time for myself, and even my husband,
lost time praying, seeking and dealing with my own issues, I just didn't know all
this years ago, so I am not sure how I really feel about all the time I have lost,
trying so hard to make other's happy and I have been the one who is and has been
unhappy to an extent, because I lost sight of actually other things, God wanted me to
do, and take care of.
Joshua, he was firm, he was a bold man and he stood up for what he believed in, me on
the other hand after all these years, I hated to hurt someone's feelings, I couldn't
stand to see someone cry, or be upset. I always wanted to make people happy and I
would do my best to, do whatever I had to do to make it happen. I was always afraid
to say NO to someone in my family, because it always started trouble, or someone
would start cursing at me, or screaming and hollering, so I have learned to avoid all
that was to continue to do what I could to make them happy.
I have always been a person of peace, never liked or wanted to be anywhere or with
anyone who was always fussing and arguing, so I try to be referee and try to get
other's to get along, and make them happy. If, something would've happened because I
said, No, I'm sorry I just cannot do that right now, I would have never forgiven
I was taught when we was growing up, by my parents, and by reading God's word and
through other preachers, that when we help someone , we are helping Jesus as well.
So, I always have thought about that, and I do what I feel I need to do to make
whatever it is happen for that person.
I was always worried about, if I didn't do this, if I didn't do that or help with
this or that, that trouble will surely get started and I would regret it, because
that's how some are in my family. I never was or had been and never will be a trouble
maker, that's not how I am, I love peace to much, so I aim to please, I thought I was
to be that way.
As, years went by and to this minute, I have come to the realization, "I'm done!" I
have spent more times and most of my life, being a "People Pleaser" more than
I have a "God Pleaser" and, I am tired of not being a fulfilled Christian, I'm
tired of putting my health at risk and being so busy being there for everyone, and
not being able to properly take care of my health.
God wants us to take care of ourselves, and I wasn't able to do this for many years,
I have had to put my foot down the past year or so, and say "I'm done, I do not care
whether people get mad at me, curse me, scream at me, holler at me, call me names,
lie on me, because I am not able to do for them as I used to be able to do. GOD
COMES FIRST IN MY LIFE and I will SPEND TIME WITH HIM, before anyone
I have learnt through this passage that I have to stand firm, and that my Salvation
is more important and time with God than anything else, and doing what He wants me to
do. People will just have to get upset and angry, because they can't answer for me, I
have to answer for myself. I want to be a better person, I want to be all I can be,
not just for me, but For God as well, I want to do and be all He wants me to do and
I the days of Jesus, many leaders believed in Jesus but they would not confess their
faith in Him and others. They feared that they would be expelled from the synagogue,
if they went public with what they believed in. John 12:42-43
They actually hindered themselves from the relationship with Jesus, because they were
addicted to pleasing people, but they wanted a relationship with the Lord as well.
They were more worried about the way people would think of them and wanted to please
them more than Jesus.
Joshua, now he was blunt and bold, he made everyone know who he served, he declared
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" Joshua
We all should be like Joshua, be bold, stern and blunt, being bit and determined we
will 'Live and Serve The Lord Our God" not people, whether it be family,
The leaders in Jesus' day they believed He was real, but loved people's approval
which would not permit them to have a true relationship with Jesus. They said, yes to
people, but No to God. We need to realize that not everyone is going to be like us,
or want to be. If, we live our lives worrying about what other's think of us, then we
are taking risks and we will miss a true Long Lasting Relationship with Jesus.
Even, though I wasn't looking for any type of approval from other's doing for them,
more than I was with God, or myself, I had to put my foot down and let other's know
---- Enough is Enough, I'm done, my time with the Lord will come first, before
The devil is a thief of our dreams and our hopes, our lives with the Lord, and trust
me the devil surely has stolen mine, by taking my dreams and my desires of being
healthy, having a good solid relationship with the Lord, and my home based business,
he surely has taken from me, but one day he will have to give it all back.
God wanted me to have a fulfilled life with Him, and I wanted one with Him, and
because of things I didn't know or things I thought I did and I was doing it the
right way, I allowed him to sneak in and take things from me, but God has been there
with me, helping me to stand firm and, He knows I thought I was doing right.
Do NOT let anyone, I mean anyone steal your life with Jesus from you. Jesus
died for us, and He gave each of us the freedom to follow Him and Live for Him.
Jesus, will not steer you wrong ---- but the devil will, and he has so many
people, even in my family and as long as you allow the devil to take away from you,
he will take more and more. So, let Jesus take care of you, let Him steer your life,
let Him control it, and you will hit home base.
BODLY DECREE and DECLARE: That You and Your House will Serve The Lord!!!!