When The Opinion Of Others No Longer Matter
Some days I take leaps and bounds forward and then there are days I seem to take a sprint backwards as I seem to fall into a pit of despair. Throughout this process, I stand before God as justified, complete in good standing and righteous. I am in this only by and through Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:9,10; 3:24; 5:1; 8:1; 8:29,30)
But, where I’m at now, right now is a big step for me regarding where I was even weeks ago when even little things people would say about me bothered me a great deal. My life has always been trying to live by pleasing others. I’m here in a spot where people and especially their opinions no longer matter to me. Then it dawned on me. I’m here because of answered prayer and walking by faith that that prayer would be answered. I’ve prayed for increased faith and to be able to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. Once God acts in our lives we can be assured it will be an experimental experience as in God will allow us to go through an experience whereby our faith will grow stronger to where we walk not by sight (or the words of man) but by where God is leading us.
Oswald Chambers sums it up as follows: “The proposal between you and God – do not confer with flesh and blood (Galatians 1:16). With every new proposal, the people around us seem to become more and more isolated, and that is where the tension develops. God allows the opinon of his other saints to you, and yet you become less and less certain that others really understand the step you are taking. You have no business trying to find out where God is leading – the only thing God will explain to you is Himself. Openly declare to Him, I will be faithful. But remember that as soon as you choose to be faithful to Jesus Christ, You are witnesses against yourselves.. (Joshua 24:22) Don’t consult with other Christians, but simply and freely declare before Him, “I will serve you.” “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers.