Overcoming Complacency…

May 2, 2012

How do we Struggle with Complacency?

Biblical complacency is the callous disregard for God in the face of His manifold provision and protection.  What follows complacency is the slow subtle separation from God.  When we fail to honor Him through obedience, and we mistake His provision for our practice; we take for granted God’s provision and crave our comfort over His presence.  Complacency distances us from God and is the natural result of pride.  Complacency captivates the comforted soul and whispers the age-old phrase, “did He really command that?”  “Do you really need Him?”  “you’re capable without Him…”  The serpent uttered a call to complacency, surrounded by God’s provision and protection what more could be needed, and yet Eve was not watchful, Adam was not obedient, and the result was judgment.

We struggle with complacency because we are constantly struggling with the prideful idolatry of self.  We want to be self-sufficient and take every opportunity to gloat in our abilities and our comforts.  We lose sight of the source of our protection.  When we experience blessing our natural tendency is to take the credit and give ourselves the glory.  Every time we fail to give glory to God and honor Him with praise, we are in essence praising ourselves.  As we distance ourselves from Him, we slowly become immune to His call and to His commandments.  Our glory begins to crowd out His command; the result is disobedience, idolatry, dis-regard for His provision, and distance from His heart.

To “get out of complacency” go through the D.O.O.R.

Delight yourself in the word of God.  (Psalm 1) A blessed man, one who meditates on the word day and night, is content and not easily moved.   He is not complacent, he regards God and whatever he does he prospers.

 Open yourself up for examination.  (2 Corinthians 13:5) “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test.”  One of the ways to avoid complacency in your faith is to work out your faith in fear and trembling, examine yourself to see whether or not you are really a Christian.  Those who are not saved will inevitably be resigned to a life of complacency.  But those who are indwelled by the spirit will thirst for the word of God. (1 Peter 2:1)

Offer confession of sin. Sometimes we become complacent because we are unwilling to deal with sin in our own lives.  When we fail to confess our sins we often feel uncomfortable pursuing God with all our heart.  Confess your sins and he is faithful to forgive, and cleanse you. (1 John 1:9)

Run the race set before you.  We are called to run not to stand still. (1 Cor 9:24-27)  We must run in such a way as to win the prize, we must constantly remember to run after God like our life depends on it, for after all, it does.

One comment

  1. Thanks so much your words have blessed me so much and please the last scripture reference under the title “Run” is 1Cor 9: 24-27, perhaps you can edit.

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