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    How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith and any miscellaneous topics! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions and become bold in your faith. We love you, PI readers!

    This week, a PI Girl asked about stepping out of her comfort zone and doing things that may seem scary, which requires faith. I want to address idleness, laziness, fear and some other topics that oppose faith.

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    The first thing I want to talk about is stepping out in faith, which can seem scary. Many times we want to stay in our comfort zone and don’t want to go beyond what is required. When we stay in a comfortable place in life, we can become stagnant. Do you want to grow in life? Then I challenge you to step out of the boat in life and take some risks so that you too can walk on the water and see God’s miracles and provisions.

    The Bible talks about idleness and how it is the enemy’s playground. The enemy of our souls does not want us to grow spiritually, so we will be ineffective. When we are willing to grow, learn and be stretched in our faith, we then have a larger capacity to reach more people.

     

    Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece. (Proverbs 16: 27-29)

    Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. (Proverbs 10:4)

    …making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)

     

    God has entrusted us with time, talent, treasure and the ability to earn money to be free to serve and bless others. We don’t want to idolize money and we must also have a balance between resting and working.

    Idleness doesn’t just pertain to finance, but also to growth regarding our faith. We should be plugged into at least one community group or Bible study to have rich fellowship and accountability. We also want to have our own personal communion with the Lord, which is staying connected to the vine (John 15:5) personally through prayer, the Word.

     

    The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)

    Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

     

    If we are faithful in the little things, God says He can entrust us with more. If we cannot be faithful in earthly entrustments, how can we be faithful in heavenly investments? (Luke 16:10-12) We must be willing and teachable, even when it is scary. God will always come through and be with us. Overall, we are called to be bold and to step out in faith in all areas of our lives, which God will honor.

     

    For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:29-30)

     

    PI Girls, do you have a hard time doing things that stretch or challenge you? How can we pray for you?

    If you would like to ask for prayer, or have a personal message and need advice, ask Christi here or on facebook.com/ChristiGiven.

    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

    3 COMMENTS

    1. In my Bible Study one week, someone brought up a new outreach group. I immediately said no, it wasn’t for me. But this week the same person said : “We are called to make disciples. You should not be scared of outreach. Fear is of the devil. If you are scared, you need this”. I am excited to step out of my comfort zone and join the group tomorrow!

    2. This year has been a major growing & stretching time for me. I was going to start a college class (then decided a different route would be better) and I’ve started work on a dream that requires a huge amount of doing things that scare me. There is a quote that says something about “doing life scared, but at least you’re doing it”. That’s what I keep telling myself. It’s okay to be scared, as long as you do it anyway.

    3. Hi Christi, I love your post but I do have one big problem. I’m the type that likes lazying about and doing absolutely nothing. A lot of times I have things to do but do not have the energy to do them, so I procrastinate a lot and end up not doing them. This has been a lifelong habit but it really disturbs me now because now that I want to grow into God’s plan for my life, the habit is standing in the way, affecting my spiritual and academic life. I don’t know if this is where I ought to do this but am desperate for a practical solution. I’ve tried a lot of methods but it hasn’t changed.

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