As you begin a fresh week and a new year, what is it you will seek? Will it be comfort or will you seek the will of Christ in every area of your life?
I believe God is calling us to rise up as women of God and be strong in these days, women who are not comfort seekers, but women who are not afraid to face the giants and do the hard things if that’s what it will mean to fulfill the will of Christ in our lives.
Have you ever wondered if Mary, the mother of Jesus, asked herself, “Am I comfortable?” when she took the 100 mile journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, riding on a donkey through rough terrain, and being very pregnant?
I wonder if she asked herself the same question while lying in the stable amongst the smelly sheep and goats, giving birth to the Son of God (see Luke 2:1-7).
I wonder if she murmured and complained as some of us would, or if she just embraced the pain knowing the child she bore would change mankind forever.
I wonder if Esther asked, “Am I comfortable?” going before the King knowing that it could mean her life? Was she comfortable when her uncle gave her admonition and warning about her own fate? Was she comfortable when she accepted her role, took her place in history and said, “If I perish, I perish?” (Esth. 4:11, 17).
I wonder if Deborah was comfortable when she gave Barak the word of the Lord concerning Sisera? Was she comfortable making the decision to go with Barak and 10,000 men to fight him, and then having to tell him that the Lord would deliver the king into the hands of a woman? (See Judg. 4:8-9.)
I wonder if Jesus was comfortable when the Spirit led Him into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days. Was He comfortable without food, water and a place to lay His head? Was He comfortable being tempted and confronted by Satan? (See Matt. 4:1-11.)
I wonder if He was comfortable on the cross. Was He comfortable being mocked, humiliated, beaten, spit upon? Was He comfortable enduring the isolation of abandonment and shame? Was He comfortable bearing the sins of the world?
Doing the will of God may not be comfortable, but it will always produce the fruit of righteousness. I believe the days of seeking comfort must come to an end if we are truly going to become glorious on the earth—His glorious church. God has called us, His people, to do exploits in the earth. This will not happen through a comfort-seeking church.
So don’t seek to be comfortable or to conform to this world, but seek and pursue the will of Christ even when it means doing the hard things! You will be victorious. God will fill your heart with hope and faith to finish the race well! Through faith and patience you will inherit the promises of God (see Heb. 6:12). You are precious in His sight; trust Him and He will make everything right.
Perhaps you have said, even today, “This is too hard, I just can’t do it.” God wants you to know that He has given you everything you need to face the giants and to conquer them. He’s made you more than a conqueror (see Rom. 8:37). Lean into and stand strong in Him! This is not a time to give in, but a time to win! God will so stir your heart and so strengthen you that nothing will cause you to back down or back away from the challenges you face today. Keep moving forward in faith!
I close today encouraging you to die to the cry for comfort in your life and come alive to the cry of Christ to arise, be strong and be glorious in the earth! As women of God we can and will run with great confidence into the battles of life, never shying away, knowing that He is with us and that we have nothing to fear! Let’s be consumed with a passion to please God enough that we will be willing to face discomfort, if necessary, to fulfill His will.
PRAYER POWER WEEK OF 1/3/2011
This week as you embrace the New Year and its unknown possibilities, know that the One who hung the stars and established time is the same One who holds you securely in His hands. Rest in that fact as you pray and seek His guidance for direction in the days ahead and thank Him that He is ever faithful. Continue to pray for our nation, the president, all in leadership with him and our military. Remember those entering into new positions of leadership in our states and legislature. Pray for wisdom regarding our position on Israel and for its safety. Continue to pray for revival to sweep through our churches, across the nation and the world. Jer. 29:11; Rom. 8:37
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