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Complacent? Complacent. Ugh. | Kim Chipman
S~ You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say! Isaiah 32:9 (NIV)
My study Bible says: ” The people turned their backs on God and concentrated on their own pleasures. This warning is not just to the women of Jerusalem, but to all who sit back in their thoughtless complacency, enjoying crops, clothes, land and cities while an enemy approaches. Wealth and luxury bring false security, lulling us into thinking all is well when disaster is around the corner. By abandoning God’s purpose for our lives, we also abandon His help.”
A~ Another wake up call. Complacent would definitely describe how I’ve been feeling in my heart. It is disconcerting to learn that complacent is defined as being self-satisfied. That’s not what you designed me to be. You designed me to be dependent on You, not self-satisfied. While I don’t want to live paranoid I can’t live complacent either. Over and over again You warn me to be alert.
Mark 13:33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
There IS an enemy! He wants me. I’m making it easy for him quite honestly. It is a jolt to realize that by abandoning Your purpose I also abandon Your help. I need Your help.
P~ Lord help me to break out of this complacent, self satisfied, blah heart place. You are so amazing and worthy of so much more than complacent. Help me to choose diligence and integrity over fast, fun, and easy (as Brene Brown would say). My brain wants it but my heart hasn’t gotten the memo yet. I love You!
Keeping my First Love | Joni Tyner
S~ But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Revelation 2:4 (NLT)
O~ Day 2 in my Revelation book study. God speaks LOUDLY to me again.
A~ I’m a forty plus something gal—translation—I’ve been doing life for a while and sometimes I get into “seasonal” kicks. Over the years, I’ve had different hobbies and interests. I used to be into decorating cakes. I baked and decorated a lot of cakes. (I also did quite a bit of spatula licking!) 🙂 Then, I got into sewing. I made blankets and baby clothes and curtains and attempted a king-sized comforter. (it was a disaster). There was a time I was totally into garage sales. Every Thursday morning I hit the sub-divisions. Oh… this is embarrassing– I went through a phase of reading secular romance novels. I couldn’t put them down. Then, I got into fitness. I loved going to step aerobics classes at the YMCA. More recently, I got into playing Words with Friends on my phone. At one point, I think I had 12 games going and joked that I didn’t have time to go to work or make dinner because I had too many games to deal with.
All of the phases I went through seemed important and I spent large amounts of time pursuing them. And now, …I could care less about them. I don’t love them or make them a priority anymore. Honestly, it’s basically a distant memory.
My questions today is this. How many Christians started out “really into God”? They pursued Him and talked about Him and life centered around Him. Now, He is mostly a distant memory, something they “used to do”. Perhaps like my cake decorating tips, He is lost in the junk cabinet and impossible to find. In Revelation 2:4, God is telling us he doesn’t like it that we lose our first love of Him. He is a jealous God.
P~ Dear Lord, I love You!!! I still have passion for You after all of these years!!! I want to keep it fresh, keep it excited and new and filled with awe-struck wonder. I know for myself, this new journey of reading Your Word is what has done it for me. Wow!! This is right where I want to be, a child hopelessly in love with her loving Father and Constant Companion. Thank you for keeping my flame alive all of these years.
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