THERE IS A GREAT HAZARD of returning to Egypt when you first come out; but perhaps there’s an even greater threat when you have been living in the promised land for a long time. It’s a little thing called complacency.
A complacent person has become smug and self-satisfied, you might say proud. They feel like they are good right where they are, after all they are “saved”. No need to really seek God anymore, it’s all good. No need to attend church or worship, it’s all good. I’m saved. I’ve arrived. No need to fellowship or serve the brethren. No need to crucify the flesh. No need to be obedient. I’m in the promised land! I’m pleasing God! No need to be on guard over the enemy. It’s all good. After all, I’m blessed of God! I’m saved. If you have any of these thoughts, you have entered the complacent zone.
God had a few words for Israel about being complacent, “At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do evil’” Zephaniah 1:12 ESV
Complacency my friend, is not good. A synonym would be “lukewarm”. It’s means you’re pleased with yourself and you seek your own desires. Your once gratitude for new life has waned and turned to self adoration. You think God is pleased because He has not yet punished. DANGER! DANGER!
God resists the proud and you need more grace- but the only way to experience more grace is to fall down in humility and return to your FIRST LOVE! “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:4-5
I was talking to a friend the other day who came out of the worldly lifestyle, much the same as I. When I came out of the world and was translated into the kingdom as a daughter of God, I wanted nothing more than to love Him and be far removed from the person I once was when I lived in the world.
At that time in my life, I literally had nothing, owned nothing, had no job, no car, no place to live, had only a few articles of clothing to my name. But I was happy and content to be at the altar of my little church every time the doors were opened. I was content to just be a daughter of the Lord and be called by a new name. Nothing else mattered but to know Him. I spent hours at the altar. I spent hours and hours in worship and in prayer.
My friend felt the same. I never want to lose that. I never want to forget that nothing else matters but to know Him. I do not care if I am blessed or I am abased. I just love Him with all my heart and if I can abide in His presence, nothing else matters. It is imperative that this is the mindset and actions that we keep always in our hearts and minds. Otherwise, we risk becoming complacent.
Friend, be on guard against complacency. Do not ever forget His beautiful sacrifice and that you were bought with a high price. If you are struggling with a complacent mindset today, go back to the cross. Remember what He has done for you. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” Psalms 51:10-12 #runyourrace
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