Our comfort zone

finite68

Member
I'm new to the forum, and so far have only looked around. Thought I'd share the devotional I read this a.m. I have just been "numb" about my faith for some time now, and had almost felt I was not saved at all after years of "playing" church, but not truly growing or producing any fruit. I'm back in the Word now though, one day at a time.

I was drawn to the forum because as I mentioned, I wasn't sure I was saved at all. I began studying on the Rapture as I've always been pre-trib, and I want to go to heaven, not hell. Most of all, I want to Love Jesus more than anything, or any one person or material thing (Love the Creator more than the creation).

So I'm here in hopes of meeting some folks that are following Christ, hear their experiences. I am 69 now and am being reminded that as long as I am in this body, I can serve God, and walk in the steps of christians that have gone before me, as they walked in Jesus footsteps. God bless my brothers and sisters in Christ

I did not write this, it is from another site ;)

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
If you ever get a glimpse inside the nest of an eagle, you’ll see something fascinating. A mother eagle starts building with thorns, broken branches, sharp rocks, and other items that seem entirely unsuitable for the project. Then she lines the nest with a thick padding of wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for the eggs.
By the time the growing birds reach flying age, they don’t want to leave because of the comfort of the soft nest. So the mother eagle begins pulling up the soft carpet, baring the sharp rocks and branches. As more of the bedding gets plucked up, the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles. This encourages them to leave their home and move on to more mature behavior.
In order to move forward, the young eagles must be made uncomfortable. And in order for us to move forward into spiritual maturity, sometimes God does the same thing: He gets you out of your comfort zone and puts you in a place where you have to jump out and trust Him to help you soar!
Wherever God is pushing you from being comfortable today, see it as a chance to develop a deeper trust in Him and soar on the wings of faith He’s given you.
Prayer Challenge
Pray that God would show you where He wants you to jump out and trust Him to bring you to a new level in your spiritual journey.
Questions for thought
Think of a time when you were pushed out of your comfort zone. How did it make you feel?
Where do you believe God may be ‘baring the rocks’ in your life to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone?"
 

finite68

Member
Welcome to RR, finite68. I'm almost always out of my comfort zone. I'm just not overly comfortable in this world.
I relate to this very well, and I think it would be a bad sign if we were comfy. I know there is a "comfort zone" for me that is not the good one though, when I am not bearing any fruit for the Kingdom. That's where I've been for several years. I'm reading a book by one of my fave pastors (he's gone to be with Jesus, our loss heaven's gain) Ray Stedman. But I just read last night:

"The apostle stirs us from our apathy and from our fantasies and dreams such as the world dreams. Our purpose for living is not to gain wealth and fame, to be self-centered, but to use our abilities and time to fulfill the will of God. We are to find the adventure, excitement, and drama inherent in His call rather than to waste time in self-indulgence. “Be alert,” warns the apostle (v. 6). “Do not lose sight of reality. This is the hour when God is about to move on earth again. Snap out of your lethargy and tune in to His voice.”

Stedman, Ray C.

This is me, especially lately when I started looking for christians online since I wasn't going to church, and not being around not one of God's kids, at all. In fact the people I was talking to, I wasn't witnessing to, but I was joining in their worldly conversations, or at best, just shallow stuff. I'm 69 now and was thinking I could just ride it out and get taken up when Jesus comes for His church. Stinking thinking on my part and my biggest prayer is that God does a good brain-washing on me, sets me straight. Most of all that He helps me remember I asked for it because He's already answering my prayers. :amen
 

finite68

Member
Welcome to the forum finite68!

I am 80 and God is really showing me that I should trust Him in everything!
I think the main thing for me, from Him, is that I am not too old to be used by Him. It's been too easy to buy into the lies that keeps rattling in my head that "I can't do this, I can't do that", "what can I do"? I can't do anything without Him, not anything that bears fruit. I need to trust Him as well Carl, thank you for that reminder this morning :amen
 
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