Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Worship of Safety

So many times I hold myself back from embracing new opportunities or trying something different because I haven’t done it before.  I decide to sell myself short and limit my influence in order to stay within my comfort zone.  I choose to ignore His voice and His direction because I am afraid I won’t be received. 

I’m too young, I’m inexperienced, I don’t have the right personality – these are all thoughts I believe as truth instead of believing what God says about me.

Sounds a bit like Moses, a man that heard God’s voice audibly… 

Moses objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!”. . . Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.”. . . God said, “And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, God? So, get going.  I’ll be right there with you – with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.” Excerpts from Exodus 4

But you know what?  God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery - a man that stuttered, that feared how he would be received and then elevated his fears over God’s voice.  This is a Bible story we’ve heard time and time again – but are we applying it to our life? Are we accepting the responsibility that God has given us to speak freedom into His children’s lives?  Are we trusting that He will give us the words and that He will go before us?  How I wish doubt and fear wasn’t a part of so many areas in my life.  That I believed the truth that He is handing to me – you are loved, you are My vessel and I will pour out My spirit through you

The worship of safety emasculates greatness

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  1. Courtney, I completely relate to this! Thanks for putting words around what I have been feeling too. The enemy wants us to get scared and feel powerless, but we must press on!

  2. I'm glad you talked about Moses. His leadership was phenom in action, but the time the people spent suffering in the wilderness was not without fruit. Everyone 20 years or older with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, were not to enter into the promised land, though many made a vain attempt to do so and were put in check. The ripened fruit of God's ways (the secret) would come not only from the obedience of a great leader like Joshua, but from the lives of the children of the desert, having suffered extensively by hard-scrabble living day-to-day and yet having known something in advance of entering Canaan -even though young and in training (teenagers and younger), they learned before entry into the promised land what freedom really meant - you can only possess the land of promise if you LIVE FOR THAT LAND OF PROMISE and not for the slavish way of the past. God bless you. Your thoughts really helped me.