UNCOMFORTABLE

“If God made every uncomfortable situation in our life comfortable, we’d stay there and never learn anything from it.” ~ Sowfull

“God at times has to cause ‘spiritual turbulence’ in our lives to get our attention.” ~ Doug Warren

 

Hello readers! First, I would like to apologize for the wait on November’s blog. I’ve had many ideas for this month’s blog but after typing them up and looking over them, they just weren’t doing it for me. I know the true problem was that I was writing what I wanted instead of waiting and listening to what God had for me to write. So I held off on posting until one morning, the idea for the post hit me! It has been in my face all along and it is something that I, as well as others around me, have been having to learn to endure. The whole theme of the blog can be summed up in one word, UNCOMFORTABLE.

This month’s blog is inspired by this scripture here:

Romans 8:17-18 New Living Translation (NLT)

17 And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. 18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.

 

The “suffering” in this scripture refers not only to physical abuse that Christians endured in the past and that Christians even now in other parts of the world face, but it also speaks to the struggles we will face daily such as losing friends, being hated by those who don’t believe, being persecuted, and having to deny our fleshly wants and desires. However, whatever one may endure for deciding to live for Christ will all be nothing when compared to the worthwhile and immeasurable gift that we will inherit in the end. Nothing done in, through or for the Lord will ever be in vain. It is our call to be willing to be temporarily uncomfortable for an eternal gain.

 

Christians during Biblical times, and even Christians today in third world countries, face torment and become martyrs for their belief in Christ. Although we may not face that kind of persecution, we do face a level of persecution amongst family, friends and acquaintances who may not fully understand the new life we are trying to live…that’s what I will be discussing in this blog. (Warning: some things within the blog may make certain readers uncomfortable.)

People often declare that they are willing to die for Christ, but the question is, “Are you willing to live for Christ?”

 

Many of us go places and do things as a way to fit in with the majority. We don’t necessarily enjoy the lifestyle we live but we continue it because we feel that it’s what everyone else likes doing. We fail to realize that, in reality, no one is truly happy, fulfilled or at peace. Everyone just keeps partaking in these things because they’ve been brainwashed to believe that it’s the norm and even worse, that it is the answer/solution to their problems. This is called pluralistic ignorance.

Pluralistic Ignorance is a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it.

Don’t conform to this world any longer but allow yourself to be transformed by the renewing of your mind…the renewing that only Christ can do. Romans 12:2

We have been brainwashed into believing that there is only one way to live a fun, satisfied life. But it’s a lie. We must break free from the pattern of this world, or else we will continue to live a redundant lifestyle never receiving complete joy and satisfaction, never really feeling whole or living abundantly.

I come that they may have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Many are searching for the answer to their emptiness – not realizing that the answer is Jesus – and others believe He is the answer but they are nervous about breaking away from the norm and taking the steps towards Him.

Who knows? By stepping out and deciding to go against the crowd, you may give someone else the strength to step up and stand out. The world is just trapped in this cycle of temporary highs that leave you low. People keep going to the world for the answer, the answer that it doesn’t have. You wouldn’t go to a lost man for directions so why go to the world for guidance?

Once we make the decision to live a different lifestyle, the real battle has just begun but the end result is so worth it.

One of the hardest battles we ever fight is with ourselves, but I believe the second hardest battle is with family and friends. We put so much weight on their opinions of us and care so much about their validation that we often put them before ourselves and sometimes even before God.

When we find the Answer and finally decide to leave the worldly life behind and live for Christ, our “friends” can easily become our downfall, therefore it is wise that we have to be careful.

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Watch the Company You Keep and Where You Plant Your Feet

The saying that “association breeds assimilation” is so true. The more you’re around someone or something the more like them you become. That’s why couples start to pick up each other’s slang or best friends start to act and dress alike. As much as we try to deny it or act like we are in total control, the truth of the matter is, whatever you surround yourself with, whatever you absorb through your eyes and ears, plants seed and takes root within you. That’s why it is imperative that once we decide to live for Christ, we allow Him to be our Lord and surround ourselves with others going in the same direction.

The world feeds your fleshly nature twenty-four hours per day – seven days per week. How much do you feed your spirit?

The truth of the matter is, once we choose to seriously live for Christ and change our lives around, there are certain places we don’t need to go and things that we shouldn’t partake in. We shouldn’t even want to partake in them because we should be so dedicated to Christ and our spiritual wellbeing that we refuse to go anywhere or do anything that would taint us (and the further we grow in Christ, we won’t even care to do those things or go to those places).

Growing in Christ means that we do not seek to determine how much we can get away with but what we can do to serve the Lord the more.

“When you decide to no longer live for the enemy, he isn’t going to let you go that easily. The devil will use family, friends, and temptations, whatever he can, to keep you on his team.”

Things are about to get uncomfortable…

Stay off of satan’s playground.

The things we see, the people we hang with, the places we go are so much deeper than what they appear to be. When we no longer live for the world, we can’t just hang with everyone and go everywhere.

Have you ever gone somewhere or been around someone and you just felt so much joy and peace? You felt safe, comfortable, totally at ease.

And then have you ever gone somewhere or been around someone and felt uneasy and had a funny feeling?

That’s because people and places have spirits attached to them. (I’m not going to go too deep into this on the blog just yet, but feel free to email or DM me if you’d like to know more in depth.)

I recently watched a documentary on a satanic who converted to Christianity. He spoke about how he got into the practice and then he went into great detail about what he would do within the practice, the spiritual realm and how he used to prey on people spiritually. I am not trying to creep you all out here and I am not going to elaborate on everything he said but some things he said stood out to me the most and I felt they were appropriate for this blog to prove the point.

The converted Christian said that when he was a satanic worshiper he used to prey on Christians in particular. He would go to the club and scope out Christians because he said that he could touch them there for they were on the devil’s playground.

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After he scoped out a Christian he would then approach them and tell them that he had something he needed to tell them. He said they would of course ask him what it was and “that opened the door and let him in”. !!!!!!!!! He said he would go through different neighborhoods looking for people to throw curses on and that when he would stumble upon Christians praying, for some reason, he couldn’t work his witchcraft so he stuck to communities where it was “party, party, party all of the time” and he would speak curses in those neighborhoods. He said that he understood that the spiritual realm controlled the physical so if he could just speak curses over them, terrible things would happen to them.

I brought all of this up to prove the point that we can’t just go everywhere and entertain conversations with everyone. We must stay off of the “devil’s playground”. My mom always tells me to stay off of satan’s territory. Yes, Jesus is All Powerful and can protect His people anywhere, but why even step in satan’s dominion where he has control and open yourself up to evil spirits. The converted Christian said that “they opened the door and let him in”. I’m sure those Christians had no idea that a simple party at the club was satan’s dominion or that there would be demonic people walking around in the club. Those Christians probably didn’t even realize they opened themselves up to by holding a conversation with him. The enemy knows his limits and his limitations. He understands that he can only go so far and do so much and that is why he lures us onto his property and sends people to get us to open the door and let him in. Eve held a conversation with the enemy and it lead to the fall of man. (Genesis 3)

People come and go like seasons, and it’s always for a reason.

“We as humans have a tendency to believe everything is long term when God works in seasons.”

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Sometimes people aren’t on the same page as us and don’t fully understand the new lifestyle that we have chosen to live. They get upset with us for not wanting to go out anymore or drink or get high. They tell us that we have changed, and that we are trying to be “better than” them. Well, you know what? We have changed. Don’t ever, Ever, EVER allow someone to make you feel guilty for wanting to better yourself. And so what if they think you’re trying to be “better than”?? You are! You are trying to be better than who you used to be and if they feel doing what they’re doing is less than what you’ve decided to do, that should be an indicator to them to change as well but if not they should (if they’re your “friends”) at least love you enough to encourage you in your decision but if they don’t, LET THEM GO! They aren’t for you. Anyone who encourages you to go against God and gets upset with you for deciding to follow Christ instead of partaking in your old lifestyle, isn’t someone you need to hang around.

“As you enter new seasons in your life, you sometimes have to leave others behind.” ~ Sowfull

“The difficulty of the journey is often determined by who you carry with you.” ~ Pastor C.

We can all make it, but sometimes we can’t make it together.

We have to be able to let go of those who stunt our growth and development. It’s not being disrespectful, it’s self-respect and sometimes respecting ourselves will cause us to appear disrespectful to those who don’t respect us.

We have to get comfortable being rude at times because we aren’t dealing with people here, we are dealing with spirits.

“Some people you can meet there but you can’t ride with them. There’s nothing wrong with telling someone that they reach their destiny but you can no longer be on the road to destiny with them.” ~ Pastor C.

Some people cause you to stop [your progress] too much, they delay your journey, and bring too man costs with them when they aren’t even paying gas money [contributing to you fulfilling your purpose]

“You don’t have time to deal with people who don’t contribute to your destiny. It doesn’t mean you hate them, it just means you love yourself and you have to do what you’ve got to do.”

~ Pastor C.

Guard your heart.

Cleanse your circle.

Monitor your sphere of influence.

 We have to realize that Self-respect will cause us to come across as disrespectful to those who don’t respect us because we no longer tolerate their disrespect.

Stop allowing people to disrespect your decision to live an abundant life. If they don’t respect your relationship with Christ, your Lord, they don’t respect you and they must go! Surround yourself with people who encourage your spiritual life not bring your spiritual death.

I have been there and done that and I totally understand how uncomfortable it is to have to let old friends go, but if they don’t support your relationship with Christ, they don’t support you and they aren’t true friends.

“Friends come and go but God is a friend Who is always there for you.”

“We can’t have more loyalty to our friends and esteem them higher than God.”

God is not dead

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Do you swerve God to serve your friends? When we deny God or do things that we know aren’t pleasing to Him in order to please our friends, we’ve swerved Him. We must stop jeopardizing our relationship with Christ in order to keep our friends happy. We wouldn’t want our boyfriend/girlfriend to deny us or do things that hurt us in order to keep their friends happy. We would expect their friends to respect them enough to respect their relationship with us and the same goes for our relationship with God. And when you’re in a relationship, the only way to get to know your partner, how they talk and what they do and don’t like is to spend time with them. Spend more time with God than your friends. Surround yourself with people who are after God just like you are.

And that isn’t to say that our friends are awful, I’m not saying that. For the most part, our friends mean good, however we have to be careful of those who mean good but bring spiritual harm. Those who love us should want to grow with us, not stagnate our progress. Cut off that which is spiritually killing you. Avoid places that taint your spirit. And beware of those who bring you back to your old self instead of leading you to God. True friends would encourage you to be better, not make excuses for you to keep sinning. Be around those who push you forward, not those who try to bring back.

Disclaimer: I am not saying cut off all your friends and only talk to Christians! I am not saying that at all. But I am saying monitor your sphere of influence. And just because you are friends with them doesn’t mean you have to partake in their sinful habits.

We can’t have more loyalty to our friends and esteem them higher than God.

Do you swerve God to serve your friends? When we deny God or do things that we know aren’t pleasing to Him in order to please our friends, we’ve swerved Him. We must stop jeopardizing our relationship with Christ in order to keep our friends happy. We wouldn’t want our boyfriend/girlfriend to deny us or do things that hurt us in order to keep their friends happy. We would expect their friends to respect them enough to respect their relationship with us and the same goes for our relationship with God. And when you’re in a relationship, the only way to get to know your partner, how they talk and what they do and don’t like is to spend time with them. Spend more time with God than your friends. Surround yourself with people who are after God just like you are.

KEY POINTS:

Association brings assimilation. If you hang with your friends more than you hang with God, you’ll be more like them than like God. Spending time with God is imperative.

Be aware, demons don’t always attack us through enemies (that would be too obvious), they sometimes come through those close to us.

Be willing to be temporarily uncomfortable to get eternal gain.

 

You can have friends and not partake in their sinning. There’s a difference between love and support. Love the sinner don’t support the sin.

Do what it takes.

“The difficulty of the journey is often determined by who you carry with you.” ~ Pastor C.

“If the devil can’t get you, he will go to the weakest ones around you… Everybody in my circle may not have it all together but we can’t all be struggling in the same area. How can the blind lead the blind? You can’t help me when you’re struggling with the same thing.” ~ Pastor C

“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.”

Philippians 3:7-9 NLT

 Live whole, live complete, live abundantly. There’s so much more to life.

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