Are You Living In Your Comfort Zone Now?
Have You Ever?
What is your comfort zone? It is when you feel secure, at ease, relaxed. What constitutes a comfort zone for you may be very different from what another may consider their comfort zone. In any event, when settled into your comfort zone, change can be disruptive to your harmonious situation.
You Are Not Alone
Life is all about change. Some changes are more drastic than others but all life changes and all change is a part of life. A great acronym for change is Christ Has All your Needs Graced Exponentially.
He knows what your needs are far above and beyond what you think about them. He sees the end from the beginning so He knows right where you are on your journey and exactly what you need at this juncture. Consider the apostles in their little boat (their comfort zone). All of a sudden a storm arises and they are tossed to and fro on the water. Jesus saw it all as they were tousled about and out of their comfort zone. Can you relate to how they must have felt?
What is Normal Anyway?
In speaking with many this week a repetitive thread that ran through each conversation is the challenge of learning patience through a situation. Are you struggling with something that has rocked the boat of your comfort zone? It could be centered on a health challenge, divorce, death of a loved one, job loss, relocation or a myriad of other situations. One warrior told me this week that as she was recovering from a major surgery she would think she was getting back to “normal” only to realize she was still in the healing process. She said she was learning patience.
I know patience is not one of my strongest virtues at times. How about you? Do you feel you have been more than patient about some life issue? Are you at times clear out of patience? Remember, life is all about change. Change can be challenging. Change can be all consuming at times. Change is inevitable. Perhaps you are longing for change in a particular circumstance but it never seems to come. Waiting on the Lord with patience can be challenging to be sure.
It is patience mixed with faith that will keep you in your comfort zone despite what is happening around you.
Only His will and His timing prevail in the end. Hold fast to the profession of your faith!
Let Jesus carry you through life changes to a new “normal.” For you will never be in exactly the same place you are in right now. Change will come with each passing moment. Make sure you are in close relationship with Him.
Learn through each experience. Pray through each experience. Grow through each experience. Not every season will afford you a comfort zone. Not every season will end as you would script it to end. But know that God as the author and finisher has scripted your life just right for His glory through you. He has you safely in the palm of His hand. He sees the storm raging all around you and He stands waiting for you to walk on the water to Him in radical faith. Believe without doubt that He is your healer. Believe without doubt that He is your provider. Believe without doubt that He is your peace. What is your comfort zone? Make sure Jesus is with you in every situation. Step out of your comfort zone and follow Him!
It Is Never Too Late!
If you have not yet made the decision to accept Jesus into your heart, do it now. Do not wait another minute. Speak to Him from your heart (for it is always a heart issue). Tell Him you have fallen short in your life. Sincerely apologize for your sins. Ask Him to cleanse you and come into your heart and be Lord over your life. From this moment forward let His Spirit guide you along the narrow road that leads to everlasting life.
Quotes to Ponder This Week
“Go your way; and as you have believed so let it be done for you.” ~ Jesus, Matthew 8:13
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~Jesus, Matthew 12:28
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” ~Mark 1:15
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.” ~Mark 11:23
“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” ~Colossians 2:6-7
“Let us hold fast the confession of our faith, without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” ~Hebrews 10:23
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of god, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” ~1Peter 2:9-10
“You are Lord and You are mighty and You are merciful. Raise up all who would call upon Your name. Raise up those that love You and seek You and trust You. Lord, we need an army of believers that would stand on Your Word above all else. Raise up warriors, Lord, who will fight on their knees; who will worship You with their whole hearts, Lord. Lord, call us to battle that we may proclaim the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Raise them up, Lord. Raise them up!” ~Miss Clara, War Room the Movie
A Prayer Request
Thank you for your continued faithfulness to pray. Please keep all who serve our country, our servicemen and women and their families in prayer for salvation and safety. They are our front-line on the battlefield, let us be their front-line in the spirit. Also, let us cover all who have come home wounded that they and their families will receive the kindness, help and support they need to go forward in their lives. God bless all our diplomatic and military personnel and their families. May the Lord keep them safe.
Pray for all throughout the world for hedges of protection against radical Islamic extremists and all forms of terrorism. Pray for Christians who face violence and death for their faith. We have long prayed for spiritual victory over radical Islam in Esther’s Warriors Ministry. We now see the reality of this threat come to the forefront in this time in world history. As Iranians and Islamic extremists are shouting ‘Death to America,’ let us speak life, hope and a return to God in America!
Please pray for all in authority over us. Pray for the full truth to come forth concerning #Benghazi. Pray for Representative Trey Gowdy as he leads the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Pray that the full truth will be exposed on October 22 as Hilary Clinton goes before the Committee.
May God richly bless the United States of America, bring to light every single crooked place and keep her safe. The lives lost in Benghazi, the continuing targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice targeting journalists phone records, the National Security Agency overstepping its legal authority and so much more are hardly “phony scandals.” We continue to pray for truth to prevail in each of these situations. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones, for those relentlessly targeted and for all of us who are proud to call ourselves American. #Benghazi
May we may arise united once again as One Nation Under God in this auspicious season in our country’s history. These are treacherous times and now more than ever we must maintain our walk with the Lord, saturate this country in prayer and stand for all that is right in America. Fail not in this hour.
Pray for peace in Israel. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Pray for all families and friends of those young Christians killed in the Oregon shootings.
Pray for all affected by this week’s natural disasters.
Pray for American Pastor Saeed Abedini who has been held, tortured and denied medical care in Iran for being a Christian. He was captured in 2012. Let us join our prayers with others across the globe for his release and safe return to his wife and children.
#PrayforAmerica, #AmericaLoveitorLeave it; #GodblessAmerica; #WakeupAmerica
Please Join Me In Prayer
Father God, we thank You for the ultimate price that Jesus paid to set us free. Thank You that You are always with us. Grace us to seek You above all and to listen to Your voice through each and every life situation. Equip us with the faith that will move mountains. Give us the ability to believe without doubt and to follow You and Your will. Use each of us to bring Your Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Place deep in our hearts the love of God and love of country that has guided this Nation from its inception. Place deep in our hearts Your compassion for our fellow men and women. Lead us to pray without ceasing for our brothers and sisters who suffer at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Open the eyes of our leaders to arise in this season to defend the very belief in You upon which our Nation is founded. Thank You for keeping Your hand on America. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen and Amen.