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The Complacency Distraction

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William Pollard said, “The arrogance of success is to think that what we did yesterday is good enough for tomorrow.”

C. S. Lewis said, “Security is a mortals’ greatest enemy.”

Dan Rather said, “Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.”

…and Mae West said “Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.”

You know why you cant remember three weeks ago? Because it was the same as nine weeks ago and the same as twenty weeks ago.  Andy Stanley calls this the principle of the path – which is: Your life – and the results you’re getting will stay the same as long as you keep doing what you’re doing. Your destination will never change, if the road you’re on never changes. And I think this speaks volumes for us especially as Christians.

When we talk about spiritual growth (cause that’s what we’re talking about here) and becoming more of who God designed you to be. How much of our inability to grow comes directly from our satisfaction about how life is going?

It’s called being in a rut, it’s called going through the motions, it’s called “same ol same ol” and we’ve all fallen into it at one time or another.” If it aint broke, why fix it? Right?

Let’s use the principle of the path for just a second, Ok, let’s say your life is a road, and you’re in the car and you realize. This isn’t the life you want. You’re not going in the direction you want. You’re not the person you want to be. What’s the first thing you should do?

Stop driving and turn around! Right? Even the first step of A.A. is “admit” you have a problem. The old joke of “Yea I’m lost, but I’m making great time.” That’s not so funny when you’re talking about your life.

Step #1 – Admit the problem

You can’t fix any problem until you face it. God knew that the Israelites felt trapped and hopeless in Babylon. And God wanted Ezekiel to know just how dead these bones were. And just how impossible this task was. Admit it, Ezekiel, this problem is a God sized problem.

I think, the problem most Christians face is that even though they might find themselves in a valley of dry bones spiritually, their pride keeps them form admitting it. We think we can get out of it, we think that we can just keep driving and probably the road we’re on will change. If you want to begin this journey, the first step is admitting that you need to change.

Ok, you’re lost and you’ve admitted it and you’ve turned around. What’s the next step? GPS! Right? Oh, thank God for GPS.

Step #2: Read the Map

Wait a minute David! Didn’t you hear me! I’m bored with life and that includes the bible. It doesn’t seem to impact me the way it once did. Here’s my answer. “I don’t care, Read it anyway.” Yes, even when the bible seems as dry as the bones in the valley. Because listen, The problem isn’t the bible, the problem is you. Why do you think people exercise? You think people like exercise? Well, some people do, ….but no… you do it because you’re training your body. The bible will never get easier or more simple to understand, the only way you’ll begin to feel more comfortable in the word of God is if you pick it up and read it.

Jeremiah 15:15 says, Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart,

Psalm 119:103-105 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

If you’re life is stuck, look to God’s word to begin to lift you out.

All right, so you’ve turned the car around, you got out the map, what’s the next thing you typically start doing? Typically, what I start doing is praying out loud, right? “God, I’m so lost, help me find my way.” When I’m in the car and I get lost, I get scared real fast.

And remember I’m from L.A. and I have been lost in some places you should not ever get lost in.

Step #3: Pray for help

Listen it’s a simple fact, if we are going to become the person God made us to be, it won’t happen because we talked ourselves into it. No, it will happen as we pray for the power that only God can give.

1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Here, listen to these people who are much smarter than me

C.S. Lewis- “The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back – in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”

Martin Luther – “If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.”

Abraham Lincoln – “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.”

Nobody has to stay “stuck in a rut” there is hope, you can grow. Make a plan and take the steps you need to get back on the road!

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