Everyone one of us has a “comfort zone” wherein we can function without too many doubts or fears. If all of life operated within this zone we would rarely have any tribulation or anxiety about much of anything. Unfortunately life doesn't always stay in our zone and when it doesn't, that is when we find out just how much or how little we really trust God.
It bothers me no end when I read or hear things that imply there is no reason that life should ever stray out of our comfort zones. Those who advocate this idea of pulling verses out of context to weave a theology that sets an impossible bar to reach actually breed condemnation, guilt and shame when we fall short of this imagined standard of perfection in this life.
I am well aware of verses that teach us that “we are more than conquerors”, “always victorious” and “overcomers” through Christ for I have taught them for 40 years. But, when these great statements become a theology which teaches that if we fail, fall short or succumb to the pressures or pleasures of this world we are weak, worthless and bad Christians—I have a real problem.
There are a number of songs currently being played on Christian radio that are pushing the idea that if we are a true believer we should be walking on water every day, moving mountains every time one pops up before us while living life as some kind of Ninja for Jesus. Sadly, all these songs do is give people a tainted idea of how this “believer” thing is supposed to work.
WE cannot move a mountain except using dynamite. WE cannot walk on water without skis. WE cannot fly without an airplane. WE cannot do any of these things for WE are utterly incapable of doing them. The only one who can move a mountain is GOD. The only one who can give the commandment to walk on the water is JESUS. The only ones who can fly around earth fighting demons daily are the angels under the command of Jesus Christ Himself.
We must get this crazy idea out of our minds that WE, in and of ourselves, can do the impossible for WE cannot. We must get back to understanding that WE cannot produce miracles, heal people, raise someone from the dead or drive the demons from someone who is possessed UNLESS God gives us specific revelation to do so. Without such revelation we end up looking like a fool promoting a weak and powerless religion.
We need to face the facts that as long as we are in this body, there will be times it breaks down and for whatever God's reason, does not respond to prayer to be healed. We must understand that Almighty God has His reasons for doing and NOT doing things according to our timetable. If we truly trust God, we must remain faithful through the good times and the bad.
Climbing out of our comfort zone is not limited to having greater faith to do more things, but can at times involve accepting a course of events that God ordains for our lives even if they are not what we want. Faith and humility go hand and hand. We must have faith to rise up and believe when God says a mountain can be moved yet have the humility to accept when God says that mountain must be climbed or blocks our way.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” includes accepting the Word and will of God even when it is contrary to our wishes. “All things” relates to everything that comes up in living for God whether manifesting His power or humbly suffering on His behalf. Expanding our comfort zone so as to accept ALL of God's will in our lives allows us to walk in freedom and peace no matter what.
As always, Blessings 2 You!
I got so much out of your blog, B2Y.
[quote]We must understand that Almighty God has His reasons for doing and NOT doing things according to our timetable.[/quote]
We are like impatient children, demanding that God do such and such right now the way we want it done. The reality is, we do NOT know best and we must trust Him.
[quote]If we truly trust God, we must remain faithful through the good times and the bad.[/quote]
Anyone can say they love and trust God in the good times. That's easy because what God is doing "pleases" us. It is another thing to say it when your "comfort zone" has just been blown apart and you are hanging on for dear life. That is when our true colors are revealed. Do we really trust God or do we just claim to trust Him?
[quote]Climbing out of our comfort zone is not limited to having greater faith to do more things, but can at times involve accepting a course of events that God ordains for our lives even if they are not what we want. [/quote]
To often our prayers are essentially "My will be done, my will be done, my will be done!" when we should be saying, "Thy will be done." When this is pointed out to us, we have the audacity to declare that we know that God's will is the same as ours. We must conform to His will, not the other way around.
[quote] Expanding our comfort zone so as to accept ALL of God's will in our lives allows us to walk in freedom and peace no matter what.[/quote]
As I have been saying often it is not by our faith but it is the power of God - we are nothing, it is all of God. Our faith is in reality Christ's faith for our life is hid in Christ. Faith is a gift of God.