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August 30, 2017, 8:25 AM

Comfort


Goodmorning,

How do you define comfort? For me it is in the quiet times in my home, with all the comforts of country living.  I love the sound of the birds at the feeders; the beauty of the sky; the fields and the neighbors pond. I enjoy my times alone all too often.

Now how do you define discomfort?  It is interuptions; others expectations of who and what I should be or be doing. It's out in the elements of cold, wet, hot and humid weather. It is facing a situation that could be described as a "giant." 

When the Israelites faced the Philistine army and the giant called Goliath; they stayed in their tents; with all the comforts of home. Food to eat; clothes for the elements; and a bed to sleep in.  Fear griped this army that could have defeated their giant; for God was with them; God would fight this enemy. Yet, they stayed where it was comfortable for 40 days.

Then Daivd arrives and announces he will fight this giant who has slandered his God for 40 days; taunting his brothers and the whole Israelite army. In 40 min. David stepped out of comfort into discomfort; taking but a sling and a few small stones; confident that God would win the fight.

What is your area of discomfort that God is telling you to step out of? Do you not know that God will be with you all the way. 

Look at Jesus, He had all the comforts and authority of the Father; yet, He came to earth as a man. Stepping out of his comfort into discomfort to do the Fathers work. He humbled himself and brought honor and glory to His Father.

Do you not know that when Jesus left this earth; He gave you and I a mission to continue His work and to receive a place of honor in eternity.

Mark 8:34:35 "The he called the crowd to him along with His disciples and said: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it." 

bjz

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