faith-filled friday: Remaining faithful when life is comfortable

img_1647-1Because of my personal story that sparked the creation of Mess into a Message, I often times write about remaining faithful through suffering and remaining faithful when times are tough…but in the reality of this world, it’s just as big of a challenge as a believer to remain faithful when life is comfortable.

When life gets comfortable…when things are going good, fine, status quo…it really is easy to lose sight of being faithful. Because…when life is comfortable, who needs help and guidance from God, right!? (Obviously that’s WRONG!) But isn’t that the mindset that tends to creep in?

Jeremiah 17:9 reads,

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

This is the struggle of the flesh.

Our flesh desires things of the world. The easy life. The comfortable walk. When our flesh gets what it wants…it is satisfied with just that. Can’t you picture it? Imagine a really hard time in your life…during that hard time, during those struggles…you were probably on your knees in prayer. Pleading with God. Begging for answers. Asking for deliverance from the trial. Now imagine a really great time…a really easy time in your life. Were you relying on God’s direction and provision just as much? Or were you on to the next thing…working to fulfill your worldly desires?

Perhaps you were, perhaps you weren’t…I can’t speak for you. But in my experience…it’s easy to think that we (our flesh) has everything under control when life is status quo…or better! Often times, it’s the trial…the miscarriage, the lost job, the broken relationship, the $0 bank account balance…that gets our attention and puts the focus back on our need for our Savior. And it’s the walk down Easy Street that tells us we’re good to start making decisions on our own again.

But we’re not. Through the messy parts of life and through the easier parts of life…our focus should remain the same and our eyes should be set on Jesus.

Galatians 5:17 reads,

For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

As Christians, we often times experience this struggle within…flesh vs. Spirit. It’s like an internal war is going on. Thankfully, we know the Spirit will easily win…if we walk by the Spirit, we will stamp out the desires of the flesh (v. 16).

But what does it mean to “walk by the Spirit”?

John Piper puts it like this and I LOVE IT!

The answer is plain. We stop trying to fill the emptiness of our lives with a hundred pieces of the world, and put our souls at rest in God. The Spirit will work the miracle of renewal in your life when you start meditating on his unspeakable promises day and night and resting in them.

Meditate on his unspeakable promises DAY and NIGHT…and rest in them. No matter what…good, bad, happy, sad, hard, easy, struggling, coasting…meditate on God’s Word and His promises. When life is comfortable…don’t get comfy.

We need Jesus no. matter. what.

We need a Savior daily.

We need His mercy and grace no matter how hard or easy our life is according to our world’s measurement.

Put to death your flesh by walking by the Spirit. Remain just as faithful in the comfortable times as you are through the tough ones.

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How would you say you do at remaining faithful when life gets comfortable? Share your thoughts and comments below or use #faithfilledfriday on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Happy Friday…have a wonderful weekend!

His will, His way…

Lisa

One thought on “faith-filled friday: Remaining faithful when life is comfortable

  1. As usual Lisa, you hit the nail on the head. One thing I do try to do daily, is to remember to tell God just how awesome He is. Although it is very easy when things are going well to become complacent. Our family has been through some rough times so you do start to depend more on God. Maybe that’s one of the reasons he permits some of our problems to happen.

    I still think you need to start thinking about a daily devotional book.

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