In the art of approval seeking, there are some common patterns of human behaviour. There may be more models, but let us look at four classic responders in their need to be affirmed.
Affirmation Seeker #4 Believer
If there is a blessing and affirmation for you from God, will you believe that affirmation above all other messages about who you are?
Joseph is a good example of someone who believed what God and his father Jacob said about his destiny. While some will look at the immature Joseph and say he was overconfident, the truth is he believed the affirmations fully. He took to heart the potential and leadership that was spoken over his life from a young age.
Joseph learned through disapproval and persecution to develop a good metric for understanding hardship. He remained true to the deepest affirmations of God in his life and was open to correction.
A believer in the blessing develops good radar to avoid and minimize the effect of toxic relationships.
A believer in the blessing aligns his or her self in every circumstance to live in a way that multiplies goodness and accepts hardship as part of the path they are on.
The believer can always afford to be truthful, forgiving and functional in the chaos of what others do to harm them. They are driven to the right thing in every situation.
From Who You Are To Who You Are Meant To Be
If we are to believe in the promises of God and function in God’s blessing over us, we will need to be much more inquisitive and trusting. We must rely on One greater than ourselves to bring definition and alignment with God’s desires for a new humanity; a people restored to the original programming.
Jesus invited followers to approach God in a different way than they were used to.