3 TESTS PEOPLE OF DESTINY MUST PASS (PART 2)
We have discovered the fact that when the foundation of our identity is anything or anyone other than God, we become victims of the performance trap.
Victims of the performance trap have to continually maintain the standard established by the source of their self worth to feel good about themselves. This could mean playing to the gallery because you want to maintain the approval of your friends. Failure to derive your self esteem from your Maker is synonymous to having a distorted view of who you are. This translates to living below the standard set for you as Godís handiwork. When we live below the standard set for us we are ill-equipped to fulfill our destiny.
One individual who failed to fulfill destiny as a result of leaning on the approval of others to feel complete was King Saul of Israel. King Saul was meant to rule the Israelites as a righteous and victorious king. He disobeyed the Lordís commandment to annihilate the Amalekites simply because he needed the acceptance of his soldiers who decided to keep the best of their cattle and sheep. Saulís explanation for compromising Godís order-ďI was afraid of the people and so I gave in to themĒ (1 Samuel 15:24) reveal his insecurity. A sense of low self esteem breeds fear- the fear of being incomplete, the fear of not being good enough if we are not beautiful enough, rich enough or influential enough.
Saul was stripped of his kingdom and died a terrible death as a result of the fear of the people (1 Samuel 15:24-29, 31:1-6). He couldnít fulfill his life assignment because he wanted to please the Israelites at all cost- a symptom of insecurity.
If you desire to be all that your Maker intends for you to be, then establishing your identity on what God says about you is a step you have to take.