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!!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer Abayowa (Jaycee)
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 01:42:31

    Complacency is the most dangerous thing that can ever happen to any child of God, for the enemy is always on the alert, seeking whom to destroy…so why should we be asleep when he’s watching? Thanks for this reminder.

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