What happens when we just settle in our place and not move forward in conviction?
Complacency. It means a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements. We become smug, and seemingly uncaring.
But we do care.
Our faith is becoming attacked more and more with each passing day in our society and around the world. Churches that have been “allowed” to come out of their underground service have to crawl back in for their own safety. We have to guard our children from our own street corner outreach for fear of backlash in our free society. Social media is a bust because people don’t know how to discuss any topics in a logical manner but only know how to throw ad hominem spears out of spite or ignorance. People want our faith to shrink, become silent, and taken under ground in our own homes because they cannot see hope or freedom in it, only despotism through their blindness.
A lot of us will chose to just settle out. We stop sharing scripture on social media or speak up at an unjust post. We stop going to rallies or marches because someone said it’s no place for children to speak up about the atrocities of this society. Our sandwich boards are used as kindling and our Bibles become hidden on our phones. No more bumper stickers because our cars can’t endure any more scratches and no more Easter invites for our neighbors in order to keep the peace. We settle for privacy and closed doors… in the land of liberty, of freedom, all for the sake of complacency.
James 1:12 ESV
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Christian, stop standing in the shadows. Live your faith. Don’t be afraid because the Lord is always with you. We are not called to hide but to shine.
Daniel 3:16-18 NIV
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.
May this be our testimony of faith. Strive for fearlessness in faith while applying discernment and truth. Stand against the idols, false gospels, godlessness, and adversity. Pray through oppression and for the persecuted. Live your faith to the fullest and don’t settle for anything less.Live your faith to the fullest and don't settle for anything less. Click To Tweet
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