I will never forget, in my ninth-grade year of High School, I had left the Christian School I was attending, and our family had moved up to Cadillac.  I tried out for the football team. There were these two kids, young men that for some reason, did not like me.  I kept saying to my dad, “That just doesn’t make sense to me; I don’t know why they don’t like me; I don’t dislike them.”  He would say, “Son, why are you worried about people who don’t like you?  Not everyone is going to like you; you need to learn to live with that.”  Some of you have such a weak mentality that you think everyone needs to love you.  You need the perfect selfie with four-hundred likes.  You will even change your hairstyle if just one person doesn’t like it.  You could be in a room with two-hundred people, and one-hundred ninety-eight people love you, but you’re going to be wondering why the two don’t.  Don’t be a person that lives your life that way.  Don’t be a person that is a victim.  Don’t live your life as a person that has to have everybody’s approval.  You need to worry about one approval in your life, and that is God’s.

 

You are not obligated, nor does Jesus remotely expect you to worry about others’ approval.  It doesn’t matter what your parents, grandparents, children or friends think about you.  Your job is to walk in love with them, but your job is not to worry about them approving of you.  When you start to change the narrative of the devil’s authority, and you begin to understand that if they didn’t accept Jesus, they are not going to accept you, you will know what to worry about and what is to concern you.  If you’re married, it should concern you what your spouse thinks of you, but if they don’t care about you growing in the Lord and they are angry about it, then you shouldn’t care.

 

Women let me tell you something; the Bible says you are to submit to your husband.  The Bible also says that husbands are to love their wives like Christ loves the church.  If your husband loves you like Christ loves the church, then your job is to submit to him.  If he is not, then you’re not obligated.  Some of your husbands are not paying their tithes, and he comes home and says, “You need to submit to me,” you need to look at him and say, “You need to pay your tithes then I will.”  Or if he looks at you and says, “You need to do this, that, and the other” you need to look at him and say, “Well, you need to start being a Godly man and loving me the way Christ loves the church, then I will submit to you.”  Husbands, you need to stop telling your wife when she has gained a few extra pounds.  You need to keep your mouth shut and love her.  That doesn’t mean if she is unhealthy, you don’t say, “Baby, you’re getting unhealthy. I’m worried about you; what can we do together about it?”  Some of you dummies will say, “You’re getting fat.”  Just shut up!

 

You should be concerned about what your spouse thinks of you and what Jesus thinks about you, but nobody else.  Remember, the devil works on words, contracts, things you say, that is why he listens and pays so much attention to your words.  So, if the devil can’t trip you up with him, he will get you to get tripped up by other people.  Others will come to you and say, “Do you know what your mom, sister or aunt said about you?”  That is the devil trying to get you off track.  People don’t believe this about me, but when someone says that to me, I say, “Nope, don’t care.” People will want to know if I am going to defend myself.  I am not going to, and I don’t need to.  I am not going to do or say anything.  The Bible says not to.  Listen, I know it’s hard, I am six foot nine, two-hundred thirty pounds and I’d like to go smack some people, to prove a lesson, to say shut up.  But nope, that is not how it works.  We need to walk in love and quit worrying about everything else.

“The Spirit of God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to preach, to bring good news to the afflicted.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to free the prisoners and to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn.” Isaiah 61:1-2 NASB

Verse one is Jesus’ ministry on earth.  Verse two is present tense.  The mission of the church.  Do you remember when Jesus went into the synagogue and picked up the scroll and read it?  This is where He read, right here in Isaiah.  This is a prophecy about the future.  Jesus is here to bring comfort.

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