Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Today's complacency will lead to tomorrows captivity

While Jim & I were in bible college training to go on to the mission field, one thing we learnt was that we needed to be continual learners.  And over time I have found if I am not learning, if I am not growing in the Lord in some area of my life, then more than likely I have stepped into a place of pride without even realising it or have become 'comfortable' and content with where things are at.

To be a continual learner is to position yourself that you are continually growing, being challenged in your thinking, perhaps being called to step out in something you have never done before that you know God is speaking to you about.  It's a place of questioning yourselves "why am I not seeing what I believe for yet?" in the Lord, those promises perhaps that He has already spoken about, and then stepping into them in faith trusting that God will lead the way.

Samuel Rodriguez say's "Today's complacency will lead to tomorrows captivity."

I have found this statement to be true in my life, the things I have become complacent in are the things that hinder me or hold me back from stepping out in the other things that the Lord has yet for me to take hold of in Him.
For example for me the Lord has been talking to me for several years about writing books, I have had many confirming words that I should be stepping into it and that it would provide funds for us and yet I don't know how to do it or seem to find the time to do it.  We daily still struggle for finances while in ministry and yet God has shown a way in which finances can come.  So I somehow need to make the time, find the people who can help me step into this arena by faith, gain the wisdom and understanding, stop being complacent and putting it as less a priority than everything else and then we might see the situation change in our finances.

Prov 3:13  "Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding."  Often there are things we don't know what to do or how to do it, but there is wisdom and understanding all around us, in people who have done it before, in the word of God, in studying, whatever it may be, step out and find the wisdom that helps you.
Prov 1:23-33 "For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them, but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
If I become complacent and do nothing about what the Lord may be speaking to me about then we shouldn't be complaining when our situations don't change.

I believe God is wanting us to step out of the comfortable boxes we are familiar with, whatever they may be and surrender ourselves to him and what He is saying trusting that He will lead the way as we step out in faith.  So I encourage you, don't let todays complacency be tomorrow's captivity, be a continual learner in the Lord.