Based on “Unlimited Opportunities, Part 6” by Pastor Mark Balmer; 2/19-20/11,
Message #MB451; Daily Devotional #4 - “Comfort Zone Fear”
Preparing the Soil (Introduction): Why do we fear stepping out of our comfort zone? For me, it is the fear of failing. We often fear that we have to place our actions where our mouths are. Can we really just step out and let God do the rest, or do we need to maintain a little of that control? It is a little scary to say, “God, you can have all of me.” Does this mean He might send us to do something we’re not comfortable with? Just like anything else we haven’t done before, we don’t learn to do it well until we do it over and over again. We may fail several times, but it doesn’t mean we give up. We didn’t come out of the womb walking, and we didn’t learn to walk in one day, but little by little we left the crawling stage behind and began to walk. The ability to walk was placed in each one of us before we were born. In the same way, God has already placed the ability in you to do what He gifted you to do. Satan uses fear to keep us from stepping out of our comfort zones and zaps our confidence when we believe his lies.
Planting and Watering the Seed (Growth): The Word of God tells us we need to come to Him with childlike faith (Matthew 18:2-4). Too often, we resort to adult reasoning instead of childlike awe and wonder, when it comes to trusting God. Children are excited to explore the unknown, can’t keep their hands out of anything and must trust adults to guide them. I believe we fall into the “everydayness” of life because we have stopped taking baby steps due to our adult reasoning of why something is impossible. We lose the awe of experiencing the newness of God’s miracles every day as we become complacent in our current situations. We don’t want to upset what works. Yet, if we never step out of our comfort zones, just like a child, we will not grow to our full potential. When faced with a God-sized task, we can so easily become desensitized to the awe and wonder of His awesome power. We too often think about how many mountains would have to be moved before we get the courage to stretch ourselves to be “sold out” for God. Yet God wants us to trust Him, right where we are. “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ” (Matthew 17:20, NLT)
Harvesting the Crop (Action/Response): He wants to take us on an adventure and bless us beyond what we could ever comprehend (Ephesians 3:20-21). We just have to give Him our hearts and let Him be in the driver’s seat. But He can’t use us when we insist on being in charge. We must exercise the ‘faith’ part of trusting Him when we step out, and let Him do the rest. I have found the more I step out and see God work, the more my faith grows. When I see how faithful He is when I am obedient in the little things, it encourages me to step out more, and I am not so worried about what other people think when I realize that God is the only one I have to please. Paul said: Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. (Galatians 1:10)
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