COMPLACENCY - ZEPHANIAH
First of all, what does complacency really mean? According to the dictionary it means "quiet satisfaction; contentment; specifically - self-satisfaction, or smugness." Specifically, not great sounding traits that we would want to emulate. Eagles soar above the storms just as we should as we trust in God. They find peace in the "HIGH" places. Cuckoos don't even bother to build a nest for themselves. It is said they are to lazy and just steal any nest they can find. To soar high means we need to put in the effort to get above the storm. Trust God, spread your wings and go for it. Find that nest He will help you prepare for yourself, above the fray and turmoil, even while the storm is going on.
Walk in dynamic devotion
Be committed to continually seek Him, don't be tempted in this pursuit to be satisfied with what you have experienced in the past concerning the Lord. Don't hold onto what was without searching out new flows of His Spirit in your life. Complacency is the enemy of spiritual growth in your life. Complacency will rob you of soaring in the high places with Him.
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Zephaniah 1:6 - this verse speaks to the need for us to be aggressive in following the Lord. It urges us to not turn back but to find our answer in God. We can take the easy road and follow the example of the world, (steal a nest we haven't built) and miss the majestic view of His high place.
In the dynamics of whom God is we need to continually seek Him. Every day should be a new adventure in Christ. You are a child of the King and as such you should continually strive for a closer consistent relationship, not one that is compromised. In this pursuit we need to resist the temptation to be satisfied with what we have experienced in the past concerning the Lord. We need to make sure that we are not holding onto what was a glorious time in the past without searching out new flows of His Spirit in our lives today. It is said that if you are not moving forward you are going nowhere. That is exactly where we end up by being complacent, going nowhere spiritually. We become like that Cuckoo bird, looking for a spiritual nest to settle in that isn't our own. We need to make every effort to keep our spirit in tune and current in His flow. Spread our spiritual wings and discover new high places in Him. Don't forget this, complacency is the enemy of spiritual growth in your life. Sooner or later it will cause your spirit to submerge and die. Zephaniah 1:6 which says, "Those who have turned back from following the Lord, and have not sought the Lord, nor inquired of Him" is including those people in what He said He would do in the first verse of the same chapter. Verse one says, "I will utterly consume everything from the face of the land." This speaks volumes about our need to be aggressive in following the Lord. It urges us to not turn back but to find all our answers in Him. Much easier to rest in Him in a nest He has guided you to build than settle for one not meant for you.
Zephaniah 1:12 -
---urges us to be zealous and to refuse complacency in our lives. It is easy when all is going well and we see smooth sailing ahead to slip quietly into that place. We need to remember that soaring requires us to continually spread our wings. We can get so complacent in the rituals of a well-structured religious life that we begin to avoid God's voice and even avoid direction and correction that He is speaking to us. As storms come and winds change we need to hear His voice. We can't change direction if we can't hear the input. The sad part is that many times we are not even aware of the spiritual emptiness that complacency has rooted in our daily walk with Him. Scary as we look into verse twelve of chapter one. He is saying here that He will "search the city with lamps" and punish the men who are settled in complacency. He was talking too not only those that did not know Him, but those that did know Him. It sounds to me like God is not to keen on those that won't build their own nest in Him. They are in line for punishment. When it says they will say in their heart, "the Lord will not do good, Nor will He do evil" it means that although not openly scoffing, our intent is in our heart and our attitude literally places Yahweh in the same category as idols. Complacency is not a "NEST" that will take you directly into His presence.
Zephaniah 3:5 - seek God faithfully and daily. We need to learn to trust Him and know without a doubt that He behaves justly. Keep your appointments with your Father. Be where He desires us to be when He desires us to be there. If we promise to build our nest according to His instructions we need to be faithful to that task. We make promises to Him and we need to make sure that we keep our appointments with our Heavenly Father. He is in direct contrast to the sin that surrounds us daily. We can't beg, borrow or steal our way into His Kingdom so leave the "NEST" of the world behind you and soar with Him.
In contrast to the sin that surrounds us He is:
1) among us
3) does no wrong
4) daily shows His justice
5) never fails
Step into Holiness
We step into holiness when we avoid letting our attitudes and our character be shaped by the worldliness that surrounds us. We have been called to be set apart from this world, get into our own nest with Him. We are citizens of another Kingdom, the Kingdom of God. There is sometimes a problem with our being set apart. Here is the problem, we need to be set apart not in haughtiness, but with holiness. Many times we find ourselves struggling with this. God help us to be more in His likeness as we find ourselves not of this world but in this world. It is in that nest that He has helped us build that we can live in this world and at the same moment be separated from it. Why would you want to rest in something that was not made to fit you?
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Zephaniah 1:8 - The foreign apparel that was worn by some in those days was not just a very costly luxury, an over indulgence, but it was an imitation of what they saw the pagan people they lived among doing. Many times it is just the little and subtle things that the enemy convinces us are not important but one by one we give in to them. We don't just jump into the first nest we find. We just keep trying them out until it feels kind of comfortable and much easier than taking the trouble to build our own. They wanted to "fit in." Don't we all like to "fit in?" We need to reject anything foreign, anything that is out of place in God's Kingdom rule in our lives. If we are truly of His Kingdom everything outside of it is foreign. WWJD - What would Jesus do? Most of the time complacency is just the little and subtle things that the enemy convinces us are not important but one by one we give in to them.
Here is where we should want to be:
Zephaniah 2:3 - "Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth. Who have upheld His justice, seek righteousness, and seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger."
Our future might not be so peaceful. Build your nest in Him. I can tell you where I want to be and that is within the confines of Zephaniah 2:3. Let us not be caught in complacency, that place where God will actually seek us out with a lamp, not missing anyplace that we may try to hide, but daily and aggressively seek a new flow of His Spirit within us. This is no time to hide in a nest you didn't build. Complacency is where we negotiate away just a small amount at a time, our place in the Fathers Kingdom. It is explaining away that which we truly know is wrong for our own pleasure and benefit. Seek freshness in Him and keep your appointment with the Father. Soar like an Eagle.
HOW COSTLY IS COMPLACENCY? IT COULD COST YOU ALL!