So I got to thinkin’…
…what keeps me in my “comfort zone,” reclined in my “lazy boy” cozy and away from any precipice of change and transformation? I have discovered that there is no exhilaration in comfort, there is no lasting contentment in safety. So why do I choose to camp there?
When it comes to change and transformation, we have similar responses. We come face to face with change and if you’re like me, you too struggle with the uncertainties change and transformation bring. We do want to change, but what positive transformation will we really see…if any?
FEAR KEEPS US FROM MOVING FORWARD
Fear hinders progress and the drive toward our positive destiny we are moving towards. If we are honest with ourselves we all fear something – it can be our financial position in this economy, sickness, the sad conditions of our world or even simply tomorrow. We fear failure and even fear itself. Fear is like a powerful vortex that sucks us in, ravaging our minds, our souls and emotions.
Fear is like a powerful vortex that sucks us in, ravaging our minds, our souls and emotions. Click To Tweet
The Bible clearly teaches that God is not the author of fear, “God has not given us the spirit of fear…” (2 Timothy 1:7). Psychology offers practical steps for dealing with fear and with perseverance, they can work sometimes. Some may even resort to hypnosis, meditation and other practices to deal with the effects of fear on their lives. We can spend large amounts of time, money and resources looking for that cure to rid us of the intense emotions fear brings. Is there a silver bullet to defeat fear?
I have found that only God can provide true and complete relief from the mental torment of fear. He desires to eradicate the very effects that fear has on us and the unsettling unrest and confusion of the mind. 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.” The love of the Father is a powerful antidote against the spirit of fear.
What else then might cause us to escape into the doldrums of apathy? Is it being comfortable in our daily routine? Becoming accustomed to the familiar and not wanting to “rock the boat?” Perhaps it’s the person we are leaning on or a job that gives us a sense of fulfillment? There are also the haunting thoughts that whisper that things will always be as they are…after all nothing ever changes. We like to play it safe, but there is nothing safe in apathy and fear. Trust me, been there, done that!We like to play it safe, but there is nothing safe in apathy and fear. Click To Tweet
When we really think about it, focus is all on “me.” Self-reliance, self-gratification, thinking we deserve stuff…me me me. We need to get to a place where we get weary of our selfish desires and the “me, myself and I” attitude. We need to be challenged to be transformed and to become more like Jesus, selfless. Romans 12:2 reminds us: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)Total surrender means letting go of our plans, agenda and strategy. Click To Tweet
Total surrender means letting go of our plans, agenda and strategy. Transformation from the inside out will happen only when we deal with the spiritual monsters in our closets that chase us in the hallways of our mind and torment our spirits. Change will come when we run to God for help. The end result is entirely up to you and me. It’s time to let go and let God.
What fears torment your mind? Can you let go and let God free you?
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.