Breakthrough won’t happen when we are operating in our comfort zone; breakthrough will happen when we are operating in the faith zone.
“Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
The Bible is full of examples of acts of obedience. One such example is Noah, who pleased God by respecting His warning and building the ark. He must have been a laughing stock, but he did it anyway.
Let’s ask ourselves, ‘What is the ark we’re supposed to build today?’
What is God asking us to be obedient in, that might even be uncomfortable?
Is it to reach out and share the Gospel with someone? To lead a Connect Group that we feel unqualified to lead? To speak up about something that is happening in our community? To step up in a leadership position? To work on and refine our talents and gifts and allow God to take us to the next level? To relook and refocus our priorities, finances or hobbies? To adjust our attitudes or actions perhaps?
Abraham was called by God to set out for the place in which he was to receive his inheritance, without even knowing where he was going! Can we follow God and remain comfortable, when we don’t know what’s next? We have a light in Jesus that pierces the darkness right in front of us, but it only shines so far; to go to the next level, to see breakthrough in our lives, it takes FAITH and it will take us out of our comfort zones.
With Christ, we only need to take one step at a time and wait for Him to illuminate the next. From a human perspective, sometimes it can feel like jumping off the high dive and then checking on the way down to make sure there’s water in the pool! With Christ, however, we are assured that there’s always water in the pool. He’s got our backs and the Bible is full of promises about who we are in Him – I encourage you to start speaking those things over your life.
I am loved. 1 John 3:3
I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
I am a child of God. John 1:12
I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
I am united with God and one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
I am a Saint. Ephesians 1:1
I am redeemed and forgiven. Colossians 1:14
I am complete in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:10
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
I am a new creation because I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21
I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I am God’s co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6
I have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
I am chosen to bear fruit John. 15:16
I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature. 2 Peter 1:4
I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me Hebrews. 13:5
God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do Philippians 2:13
I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. James 1:5
God calls us all to do some faith stretching now and then. Whether we are called to leave our comfort zones, to obey and act, or to rest and trust God during a difficult season of life, He always rewards great faith with wonderful blessings.
Maybe stepping outside of your comfort zone, to obey God, seems like too much of a stretch right now, but let me encourage you that when we are willing to be stretched, blessings begin to flow.
This year is a year of breakthrough for our church and it’s going to take some stretching. I don’t want to live my whole life in my comfort zone and miss out on the amazing blessings that God has in store for me. We don’t want to just do what is comfortable; we are called to break new ground, to take back what the enemy has stolen, to pave a way for people to experience the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit, to put on the armour of God, to bind up the broken-hearted and to set the captives free. We are called to operate in the faith zone. That is our mantle; are we willing to take it up? Are we willing to step into the faith zone this year and see breakthrough happen?
Two verses that encourage us to step out in faith knowing that our God has already given us the breakthrough are:
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
We are believing that 2016 is a year of breakthrough! What are you believing for? What are you asking for? What are you expectant for?
– Katie Swift
Energizer Creative Team Leader