Hello Surrender Fast Family!
So you’ve made it to week 2. For those who are new to fasting, that must feel like a huge feat. Praise God for His staying power. Keep on surrendering, the best is yet to come!
This week we are continuing to unpack this Cycle’s theme: Mastering the Art of Contentment. As we learned last week being contented is feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation. Contented Christians find joy in every situation and circumstance because they have learned that God’s plan is best and if He allowed a situation in his/her life, He has equipped him/her with the tools to go through. As the scripture reminds us, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
I received an excellent question from Dave Dickinson via Facebook. Dave writes,
If you’re not comfortable with your job, should you be content? I am praying to control my anxiety over my work conditions. To me, contentment means just accepting and being happy with what I currently have. I have humbled myself and my lifestyle, but I am not content because I want better for myself. Is there a balancing point between the two or am I missing a lesson?
What Dave was asking unknowingly is, “What’s the difference between contentment and complacency?”
There’s a BIG difference. Complacency is a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy (see FreeDictionary.com). Another word for complacency is comfort zone. When we are complacent we are “content” with where we are because we can control it; we can handle whatever comes our way. For this reason, and others, we are unwilling to move even when it’s obvious that God is requiring us to.
Contented people on the other hand have a completely different attitude. They live by the motto “until my change comes I will continue to renew my strength, hold on, and wait on the Lord.”
When Paul wrote his profound teaching on the importance of contentment is was imprisoned in a Roman jail. Although he was content, he would have got up and walked out had God provided a way of escape. Contentment is not synonymous with words like stagnant, stuck, and hopeless.
Some of you are in another type of prison. God is offering you a way of escape, yet you are unwilling to move although God has sent several confirmations . Don’t be complacent, move in faith. In Cycle 4 there was a fellow Surrender Faster who quit his job. According to his testimony, God had been telling him for a least a year to move out into the unknown; to move out in faith. After a series of confirmations he decided to trust God, not himself, to get to the next level and he hasn’t looked back!
Join us this week for the Morning Prayer calls as we continue our discussion on contentment. Please invite others to call in!
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With God all things are possible,