"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24
All week I have been sharing some insights the Lord showed me through a dream I had a few days ago. This morning I would like to share something else with you. In the dream the people on the other couch would not lift even one finger to do anything about capturing the enemy that was in their midst. They would not get up off the couch. They just sat there. They were even given instructions on how to capture and defeat him. We, myself and the person with me, were going to help them so that they could be victorious in capturing the enemy. But never once did they even make any effort do get up off the couch.
If you are going to live this life of faith, if you are going to walk in the victory that Jesus provided for you, if you are going to reach the lost for Christ, if you are going to help advance the Kingdom of God in the earth, if you are going to grow in your faith, then you are going to have to get out of your "comfort zone". That couch was pretty comfortable so they didn't leave it. Because they didn't, they did not enjoy the victory that was awaiting them.
The Lord never called us to "comfort zone" Christianity. Most of the teachings of the Bible involve an action and are represented by action verbs: go ye, study to show yourself approved, work out, mortify the deeds of the flesh, renew your mind, fight the good fight of faith, etc.
No one who accomplished great things for the Lord's glory did it by staying in a nice, soft and easy place. Moses got out of his comfort zone by going back to Egypt to face Pharaoh. David got out of his comfort zone when he ran to meet the giant on the battlefield. Gideon left the winepress. Mary, the mother of Jesus, got out of her comfort zone when she said yes to the will of God and became the vessel through which the Messiah would be born into the world. And Jesus Himself, our beloved Savior, certainly got out of His comfort zone- first, to put on the likeness of human flesh and leave the splendor of heaven to come and live among us; and also when He submitted Himself to the will of the Father by dying on the cross for our sins.
If we are going to fulfill God's purpose and plan for our lives, we are going to have to step out in faith and that means getting "off the couch"- out of our comfort zones.
Have a great day. God never called us to be "couch potatoes" living in "comfort zones".
For further reading:
Luke 1:38; 18:28
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