How to Be a God Pleaser Not a Man Pleaser!
Adapted from a daily devotional by Andrew Wommack
“And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, ‘Thou son of David, have mercy on me.'” —Mark 10:48
The devil will always have someone readily available to tell us why we shouldn't expect to get results when we are petitioning God.
Most people would rather stay with the crowd and not do anything to draw attention to themselves—even if it means not getting their needs met. People will try to make you conform as well. If blind Bartimaeus had listened to the crowd, he would not have received his healing. “Ye have not, because ye ask not,” (Jas. 4:2).
Bartimaeus is a great example of an active kind of faith. He was not passive in his approach toward healing. He boldly cried out to Jesus for mercy. When the crowd ridiculed him and told him to be quiet, he cried out even louder for mercy! He believed Jesus could heal his blindness, and he didn’t care about the crowd around him.
Many people believe God can perform the miracle they need, but relatively few are willing to actively pursue it until they get results. They are afraid of what others will think of them.
This man had his attention focused only on Jesus. Nothing else mattered, and that is why he got healed. An integral part of faith is seeking only God with your whole heart.
If we are concerned about what people think so we can gain their approval, we will never take a stand in faith for anything we might be criticized for. This one thing has probably stopped as many people from receiving from God as anything else.
You cannot be a 'man-pleaser' and please God at the same time. Satan uses persecutions to steal away God's Word and thereby stop our faith. For our faith to work, we must say with Paul, “Let God be true, but every man a liar,” (Rom. 3:4).