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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Although he was brought up in a mansion and may well have been the
leader of the greatest nation on Earth at that time, he chose to give
it all up when he would not stand idly by when he saw another human
being abused. . He chose not to stay in his comfort zone. Let's
read about it:

Hebrews 11:24-29

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called
the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the
reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for
he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood,
lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which
the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

A comfort zone is one in which a person is content and they do not
want to do anything to disturb the status quo. Often they are in
their own little world. When they pray, we can almost hear them
say: "God bless mom, God bless dad, God bless me, us three and no
more." They avoid controversy at any cost and they do not make waves.

There are several excuses that can be used to stay in a comfort
zone.

1: "I do not want to get involved"

2: "It is none of my business"

3: "I do not have all the facts so I better not get involved"

4: "I do not know what to do" or "I do not have the ability to help."

5: "It is not my job"

6: "I do not want to cause or have conflict"

7: "I am letting God handle it"

God tells us to get involved. In Matthew 25 we are told that if we
feed the hungry, clothe the naked, or comfort the sick, we do it unto
the LORD. Paul tells us to comfort those who need comfort with the
comfort God gave us when we needed it and James tells us to be a DOER
of the word and not a hearer only. I contend that the excuses above
are actually cop outs to avoid conflict. We use them only to stay in
our comfort zones. Many say they do not want to make waves. I
ask….what is happening if a boat does not make waves? Is it not dead
in the water? When we refuse to leave our comfort zones, would it
not be like a speed boat not wanting to make any waves while a few
hundred yards away, people are drowning? Some of these drowning
people may be going down for the last time and in order to save them,
we may need to make some large waves as we rush to their rescue.

Often, we do need to act on things without being able to get all the
facts before we react. Would we need to find out why these people
above were drowning before we helped them? Would we need to "get the
facts" to see why they were in the water? Did they swam too far and
could not swim back or maybe they were pushed over the side of
another boat? Would it not be sufficient to know they needed help?

As to not having the ability to help, remember God does not call the
able. He enables the called. One does not need to be a grief
counselor in order to counsel those who have lost a loved one. Often
just being there, sitting with them for a spell will let them know
you care even if no words are exchanged. Just listening to someone
is often more then enough. I assure you, that doing something is
often far better then doing nothing. Again we are commanded to
comfort others in 2 Corinthians chapter one.

Not my job? When something needs to be done, There are four people
who can do the job: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
Everybody thinks Somebody will surely do it. It is a job Anybody can
do. But Nobody is doing it. At least I'm trying. What are you doing?

"I do not want to cause a conflict" Folks, if you are alive, I
assure you that you will have conflict like it or not. We would not
be able to walk without conflict as muscles work in conflict to be
able to do even the simplest of task. God has never promised us a
conflict free life even after we place our trust in Him. If
anything, He promised the exact opposite. He promised that we would
suffer…not may..but would suffer for HIS name's sake. He also told
us that our suffering will in no way compare to glory we will share
with Him. If you avoid the suffering, the conflict, you may well
also be reducing the sharing of HIS glory later on.

Going let God handle it? Are you ready to give up so many
blessings? When we get out of our comfort zones and become a DOER
of HIS word, there are so many blessings that we will have. Other
then the joy of my trusting the Lord for full payment for my sin, I
know of no other joy greater then leading someone else to the LORD so
they can have this joy too. This will not happen if we do not leave
our comfort zones.

In 1st Corinthians, Paul tells us about building on the solid
foundation. We can not build anything anywhere if we do not leave
our comfort zones. We are told about the building materials in our
efforts. Are they corruptible things such as wood, hay or stubble?
Or are they things that will last in eternity? If we stay in our
comfort zones, none of our efforts will last. If we say we are
letting GOD handled it, we are using another cop out. As we see in 2
Corinthians 1:4 "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we
may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort
wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God"

God uses people…people just like me and just like you to show HIS
love to those in desperate need. WE are the only Jesus many will
ever see and if we stay in our comfort zones, they will never see
Jesus.

There is a far more important reason to leave our comfort zones. If
we are to be like Christ, we need to remember HE was our example.
Where would we be now if Jesus refused to leave HIS comfort zone?
Remember, He left the splendor of GLORY for us to become a man but
not just any man. He became a servant and bore our sin on the cross
so that they could be nailed to HIS cross so we would not bear them
anymore. JESUS chose to leave HIS comfort zone to bear what we will
never have to bear…separation from GOD along with carrying the sin of
the world upon HIS shoulders.

If Jesus left HIS comfort zone for us…what in the world are you still
doing in…your comfort zone?

My friend, if you do not know the LORD, this message does not apply
to you but I do invite you to get into a comfort zone. If you do not
know the LORD there is no greater comfort then to know your sin have
been forgiven and God will remember it no more. The burden of sin
can be replaced with the joy of knowing we will be in the greatest
comfort zone for all eternity and we will never have to leave that
comfort zone. It is a land where there will be no heartache, no
pain, no more disease or sorrow. It can be yours by simply
whispering HIS name….

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