Needy for Compliments

♕ Today's Promise: “Behold, I am he who created the blacksmith, who blow the coals, and make the weapon according to his art, but I also am the one who created the destroyer to destroy. Any weapon made against you will do nothing, and any tongue that turns against you in judgment you will be wrong. This is the portion of the servants of the Lord, and their judgment from Me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54: 16-17

From ~ Kristine in the Netherlands

☊ PR Podcast Kristine

Dear Bride, This chapter "To Whom Do You Listen" of the book Finding the Abundant Life teaches us that you can find the truth with Him, His Word is the truth. His Word will always stand. How He thinks about you and what He feels for you, His deep love can be found in His Word.

You need nothing but Him and His Word to be emotionally resistant to the attacks of others around you. If you were to ask Him how He thinks or feels about a particular statement, you will find that it is the opposite of what has been said to you all along. What He says is the truth and this truth will fill you with joy than anything else in this world. His truth will guide you to the abundant life He has promised and longed for. It's fantastic. And liberating. Come and read what your Maker, Savior, King, Protector but especially Heavenly Husband want to tell you.

I grew up in a family where my mother got the truth from the Bible. And also in a world that taught me that if several people said the same thing about me, there must be a truth in it. Until I joined RMI, I was very needy for compliments and positive feedback. The feedback in the world is what a person gets to take with them and become a better person. The only pity is that these feedbacks are often negative things. Who are more likely to destroy a person than build it up. In any case, it broke down more than built me up. At one point I could no longer hear all the things people thought about me and thought about me. In other words I was totally lost. I didn't know who I was. And now that I've learned this lesson. I am so relieved. And happy. So just like the writer says. I have changed my focus to seek my peace with the Lord instead of with people and stop worrying about what others say or try to please them.

The most important thing to keep me at rest is to know what my Lord is saying about me and how He feels about me. I will have to remember that He will always provide a way out during an emotional attack. I no longer need to feel responsible to my enemy to think and overthink the problem that person has with me. Keeping emotional problems away from my heart is the best I can do. And this I can do with the help of my Lord. So when an emotional attack occurs, I need to quickly stop listening and get in touch with my Lord right away. I can then go on with my life peacefully. It was an eye-opener for me to learn that most of us feel comfortable knowing how to live and react in an unhappy or an uncomfortable situation because we've only done it more often. So instead of letting go of the bad situation and focusing on the goodness of our Lord. We choose to repeat the unpleasant situation and unkind words indefinitely. Making the choice to keep thinking and meditating about the unpleasant situation and the lies comes mainly from my childhood. And indeed, as adults, I have often chosen to keep doing it that way and believe the lies. But luckily I can now learn the truth. Its truth. God's truth about me and anything else that doesn't match His truth are lies.

From this lesson I understand that the only truth is to be found in His Word. In His Word I can get how He thinks and feels about me. From His Word I can get the hope I had been looking for so long. With His Words I can fill the void and satisfy the desires for Him. He loves me. He always tells me the truth. And anything else I've heard or received in my childhood that doesn't agree with His Word is a lie. The people in the world are so changeable with their opinions and thoughts that you cannot rely on them. The only truth you can build on is His truth. It remains unchanged forever.

In addition, I am happy to know now that I do not have to share my personal life with anyone but Him. I certainly don't want to suffer from that anymore. Recently I experienced for myself how important it is that you keep your private situation to yourself. Your (ex) partner does not need to know anything. It just brings up questions that weren't necessary to be asked if I'd just kept my mouth shut. Fortunately, I was able to keep my peace and hold on to His Word. I certainly learned from this lesson to keep my mouth shut even more. And to remain silent about the things that are happening in and around me in my life.

I recently learned that only one who can tell me the truth is HE who made me and saved me. His truth is unchangeable. His truth is full of love, His truth always endures. And if I build my life on His truth then I will not be shaken. His Word can give me ultimate rest and peace. I can always turn myself to His truth. I have the choice to believe what He says about me. To believe what He thinks of me. I no longer have to choose to believe the changing opinions that society has. They are all lies. And I no longer have to maintain those lies.

In addition, to protect myself and to be able to clearly hear the voice of God, I no longer have to share my private situations with others. By not having to share it anymore, I will be able to seek my God in peace with the thoughts I have. And I will be able to follow His voice. And be able to resolve the situation with His help. It is not necessary to involve others with their opinions and thoughts.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, all who pursue them have a good understanding.” Psalm 111: 10 

“Behold, I am he who created the blacksmith, who blow the coals, and make the weapon according to his art, but I also am the one who created the destroyer to destroy. Any weapon made against you will do nothing, and any tongue that turns against you in judgment you will be wrong. This is the portion of the servants of the Lord, and their judgment from Me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54: 16-17

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