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Perhaps you have gotten caught up in pleasing other people at the expense of pleasing God. If so, you know it is a form of bondage.

"What other people think" can be a harsh taskmaster. You can be afraid to look too prosperous. You can be afraid to look too confident. You can get so caught up in worrying about the way people perceive you that you become ineffective as a servant of God.

I have liberating news for you: You cannot please people. Someone is going to criticize you no matter what you do. So, you might as well go ahead and please God. Trying to please people will not get your bills paid or your children saved. Pleasing others will not get you healed.

Quit killing yourself trying to serve other people and get busy serving God! It pays tremendous dividends. The Apostle Paul knew this: "For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ" (Gal. 1:10).

As Paul says, you cannot be a man-pleaser and still wholeheartedly serve Christ. The root of all man-pleasing is a spirit of fear; specifically, the fear of people.

Get rid of it, or you risk missing out on all the glory and victory God has planned for you.

Source: Uprooting the Spirit of Fear by Creflo A. Dollar, Jr.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Creflo A. Dollar
Web site: World Changers Church International
Creflo Dollar is a founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI). He's a world-renowned Bible teacher, sought-after conference speaker, and bestselling author with hundreds of books, CDs, and DVDs in distribution worldwide. Recognized for his cutting-edge revelation and humorous, pragmatic approach, he enables thousands to experience grace, restoration, healing, and financial breakthrough by applying simple, biblical principles to their lives. He is the author of such game-changing books as "The Radical Life of Grace" and "Why I Hate Religion", and his award-winning Changing Your World television broadcast reaches nearly 1 billion homes. His ministry includes an app available on mobile devices and smart TV's, a dedicated YouTube channel, and the Changing Your World Network, a 24-hour online channel. A thriving social media presence has allowed him to connect with World Changers worldwide.

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