Slow Fade Part 3: Got too comfortable…

The enemy knows our weakness and if we fall asleep, if we become complacent He will overtake us!

Judges 16:18-20

When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”  He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him.

The enemy knows our weaknesses He knows what will make us fall.  He tries different things until He can find that one thing that will cause us to stumble and fall out of God’s grace.  Look at Samson, though he made mistakes throughout His life God still was with him.  He was able to rule Israel for 20 years (Judges 15:20).  But Samson became relaxed he allowed his current wife to persuade him into telling her  the secret to his strength.  He became sure in his own self and allowed this surety to cause him, his freedom.  He became so relaxed he didn’t even know that God had left him. 

We fall into this trap sometimes.  Things get going well, we’re happy, everything is flowing right for us so we forget to pray, read our Word.  We relax get complacent although the enemy is always lurking to trip us up.  Although God tells us to press towards the mark, throw off all that hinders us (Hebrews 12:1) and stay vigilant we get comfortable in the good times.  Now it took a while for Delilah to break Samson down and get the secret of his strength, but she was able to do it! (Judges 16:6-20).  The devil only needs one time of frustration, one time of weakness to ensnare us and our complacency will hasten that one good time.

God warns us against complacency and false security (Isaiah 32:9-10) but there is a solution!!!

Proverbs 1:32-33

…and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm”

If we listen to God the dangers of complacency won’t come upon us.  If we listen for God in His Word and through prayer we can’t even try to be complacent!  His word is a double edged sword that constantly calls us to action if we listen!  His word tells us to…

  • Renew our minds (Romans 12:2)
  • Take captive thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5)
  • Take up the spiritual weapons of warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18)
  • Throw off that which hinders us and the sin that easily entangles us (Hebrews12:1)
  • Take Pauls example and press towards the goal to win the prize (Philippians 3:13-14)
  • Be strong and courageous, go for I am with you (Joshua 1:3-9; just read all of Joshua lol!)
  •  Trust me and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6),
  • Stand firm! Let nothing move your (1 Corinthians 15:58; 1 Corinthians 16:13)

 And this is only a few of the things God moves us to do!!!

Let us not let complacency stop us and hinder us from the great things God has in store for us!

How has complacency stopped you???  Give me some other great calls to action from our God! I would love to read them!!


Are you a bush?

This is what the LORD says:  “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-8

Wow!!! Cursed is the man who trusts in the flesh…he will be like a bush in the wastelands!  The first thing I thought of when I read verse 5 was Psalms 1:3 when he describes a blessed man as a tree planted by streams of water and then I go and read the rest and He likens people again to trees. There is so much symbolism in these few verses I don’t even know where to start!!

Throughout the Bible God describes man as a tree and how that tree will be if it is planted in Him.  I guess we can learn something from trees and bushes about our own lives (spiritually and physically).  Let’s think on this bush He describes in verse 5.

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.  He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes.”

So a bush in wastelands, probably is pretty small and shrunken.  When I think wasteland I think desert, dry, dry desert. This bush in the desert probably is small, really dry and even stunted in its growth.  It possibly barely gets any water, and when there is rain, the water has a hard time soaking through the dry earth to get to this bush’s roots.  Its roots are probably weak and brittle.  You could probably pull this bush right up out of the ground with little to no effort.  This starved and scorched bush is a Christian’s life who looks at everything except for God for sustenance.  This bush is also the man who does not know Christ. 

SIDENOTE: Notice God is specific about using a bush…if this was a desert and he used a cactus…a cactus would flourish in this type of environment…but it still has its problems…thick skin that can’t be penetrated, spikes and stickers that tell people back off… but that’s a rabbit trail I won’t go down J

When we pursue the flesh and/or man we will never be satisfied.  We become starved for love attention etc.  We’re easily uprooted…easily provoked to anger, easily swayed to do this or  that.  We continue to look for water but we look in the wrong place…We miss prosperity because we’re too starved to notice it. When we focus on the things God made instead of focusing on the One who made it all we will always fall short.

So are you a bush?

Quick Thoughts…

Psalm 45:10-11
“Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house. The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord.”

Verse 10:
This verse is saying forget your family history, forget your past. Don’t dwell in what happened or what you did in the past. Don’t dwell in the history of your family but listen to what God says about you now. We must forget past hurts and things that hinder us from truly living the life God has called us to.

Verse 11:
This verse says God is enthralled with our beauty. He made us, beautifully and wonderfully, so of course He loves us just how we are. We need not worry about how we once were but now in our new knowledge of God, walk in holiness. Honoring Him in all we do.

God’s promises are immense but we cannot even begin to see them come to past if we dwell in our past. God doesn’t see us in our sin, He sees us washed clean by the blood of His son Jesus Christ. Let us not dwell in what we once did but move forward into the hope God has placed before us. Let us honor God NOW with our lives forgetting our past and pressing forward towards the mark set before us!


Proverbs 25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken down  is a man who lacks self-control

Wow!!! Without self-control you are vulnerable to any attack.  When a city’s walls are destroyed anybody can come in and plunder, hurt and destroy the people  within the gates and the buildings.  Maruders can come in and steal cattle (wealth), and destroy homes (physical harm to body). Just  like that is a man without self- control.  He is open  to get taken for everything he has.  Without self control his wealth coud be taken (think gambler).  Without self-control you could be physically and emotionally harmed or cause yourself physical and emotional harm, i.e. an addict, an alcoholic, a workaholic etc.  There are so many things and ways to destroy your life through lack of self-control. I can think of at least one area in my life where I need to demonstrate more self-control and I can definitely see how it affects my life for the negative. I think we all struggle with something in our life but God tells us we have to fight no longer.  With His Holy Spirit we can conquer all things that try to take hold us.  We can take captive thoughts (2 Cor 10:5), we can demolish strongholds (2 Cor 10:4)– our weapons are mighty against those things that fight against us!

Next time you think you can’t do it; you can’t win this battle of self-control…  Remember you have armor to put on (Ephsians 6) , be strong and courageous (Joshua 10:25), and  you have a God that wants to help you conquer all things that TRY to control you!

Sidenote: I’ve had this blog in my drafts for months but my pastor’s message on self-control yesterday reminded me of this post.  You may be seeing more on this topic!! 

How can we gain more self-control in our lives??? Why is it even important??  Would love to hear from you!