2.1.2018 [DAY 1]
I would like to kick off this new year with the theme “shaken but not stirred!” [No it’s nothing to do with James Bond!] I will be doing a 31 days devotional to help encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and succeed like never before. Now, as we are already into day 2 of January, I’ll post two today. This will be day 1 and later day 2!
I’ll be using my S.A.P. format! Scripture Application Prayer. Sap is the life force of every plant or tree! Jesus said we are His branches connected to Him [the True Vine] so the life force that flows into us is the Holy Spirit [sap] who produces the fruit that we bear!
TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY
This year get out of your comfort zone.
Scripture: ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’
Two of our biggest fears are – failure and criticism. And they never completely go away. You can overcome them, but they’ll show up when you face your next challenge. It’s in accepting fear as part of life’s journey instead of running from it, that you learn to conquer it. Indeed, as you look back at what you’ve already overcome, you realize that most times failure doesn’t do permanent damage – you actually grow stronger through it. If you’re anxious today, God is saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’ So trust Him, and get out of your comfort zone! An unknown poet wrote: ‘I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I couldn’t fail; the same four walls of busy work were really more like jail. I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, but stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much; I said I didn’t care for things like dreams and goals and such. I claimed to be so busy with the things inside my zone, but deep inside I longed for something special of my own. I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win; I held my breath and stepped outside and let the change begin. I took a step, and with new strength I’d never felt before, I kissed my comfort zone goodbye, then closed and locked the door. If you are in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out, remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.’ The word for you today is: this year, get out of your comfort zone. [Bob Gass]
Application: I think the best way to apply Bob Gass’ thoughts and mulling’s are to get before the Lord at the start of this year and ask Holy Spirit to help you identify your comfort zone! Do your utmost not to follow the pattern of your comfort from last year, but determine to WRITE out what your comfort zone is and determine TO DO something about it this year. Make a prayer and promise before the Lord, then take a deep breath and just jump. Happy successes.
Prayer: Gracious God and Father. Thank you for all the good things you did for me last year! [Name them]……………………………………………………………………………………………………. This year Lord Holy Spirit I want to go one step further, I want to get out of my comfort zone. Help me identify that zone of comfort, help me to face and overcome any fear, then help me to jump as a leap of faith into the divine destiny you have laid out for me. Thank you. Amen.