Comfort zones. We love them, don’t we? It is where we don’t have to step out in faith. It is where we can feel confident. It is where we don’t have to trust or rely upon God. It is where we are comfortable and safe. It is also where dreams go to die.
We will never grow in our faith if we stay in our comfort zones. Faith is like a muscle, and the more you use it, the more it grows. Comfort zones don’t require faith; instead, they keep us from being in a position of having to trust God. Throughout scripture God calls His people to step out of their comfort zones and trust Him. He called Moses to return to Egypt and speak to Pharaoh when speaking was outside of Moses’ comfort zone. Moses replied to God’s call by saying, “Please Lord, I have never been eloquent . . . for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” But God doesn’t let Moses off the hook. He replies, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” (Exodus 4:10-12) God expected Moses to obey and answer His call regardless of whether or not it was in his comfort zone. In the book of Acts, God called Ananias to go to a blinded Saul and lay hands on him to restore his sight. But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Thy saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon Thy name.” Ananias was certainly afraid of Saul, and for good reason, but the Lord said, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles . . .” (Acts 9:13-15) In both of these examples God does not accept their excuses. He expects their obedience, even if it requires stepping out of their comfort zones.
What has God called you to do that might be outside of your comfort zone? Has He called you to witness to a co-worker that does not know Jesus? Has He called you to mentor younger women? Has He called you to start a Bible study in your neighborhood? Don’t let your comfort zone keep you from obeying God’s call in your life. God does not consider His calling to be “optional”. He expects our obedience, and to choose to do otherwise is sin. Step out in faith and watch God work in you and through you. Albert Einstein said, “A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it’s built for.” Just as a ship has to leave it’s safe harbor in order to fulfill it’s purpose, you and I were created for a purpose, and we have to be willing to leave our comfort zones in order to fulfill that purpose. But oh how exciting it is to be a part of God’s plan! How fulfilling it is to live a life of purpose and to spend your days bringing glory to God!
It is a new year. What better time to make a fresh start by leaving your comfort zone behind and choosing to live sold out to the cause of Christ!
Happy New Year,
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the volunteers who helped us take down the Christmas decorations! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Spring Bible Studies
The minute the Creator breathes His breath into our lungs, He begins His pursuit of a personal relationship with each one of us. He knocks on the doors of our hearts and eagerly waits for the doors to open so He can enter and light the flame of an eternal loving relationship with us. Once the door is opened, and a relationship has been ignited, His Spirit lives within us and He is constantly wooing us to Himself, whispering guidance and teaching us who He is. His desire is to show us who He is, the Great I AM, and for us to embrace Him. He makes Himself known to each of us individually and uniquely and meets each one of us where we are.
Each spring I begin praying about what I need to be involved for the fall. I pray all summer for direction and guidance. This past year, I was led to a Bible study at Denton Bible Church titled Teach Me Your Ways, a new inductive study series by Kay Arthur. This particular study was on Genesis. I was not that excited about studying Genesis for the millionth time, but I thought I would give it a night or two and see what it was like. My mother taught me to always pray before you read God’s Word, so I would pray, “Teach me your ways, God. Give me new glimpses of who you are.” I would read the assigned chapter and then answer the homework questions early in the day so I could ponder and meditate on its meaning for the rest of the day. I began to thoroughly enjoy my time in His Word and would look forward to every reading. God showed me new and exciting truths about who He is through the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all those in Genesis, and how He is intertwined in my life just as He was in their lives. I marveled in wonder and awe every week at each new nugget of beautiful truth He would reveal to me about Himself. I began sharing with others (whoever would listen) what I had just learned! It was as if I was reading Genesis for the first time, and it was extremely exciting!
God reveals Himself to each of us differently and uniquely, but He has also given us His Word, the Bible, to read and to study and to get glimpses and understanding of who He truly is. Proverbs 2 explains to us that if we receive God’s Word, treasure His commands in our hearts, incline our ears to wisdom, apply our hearts to understanding, cry out for discernment, lift up our voices for understanding, seek Him as we might seek for silver, search for the Lord as for hidden treasures, then we will truly understand the fear and love for our Lord. Pray and listen to His call on your heart. Let Him meet you where you are and allow Him to reveal Himself to you by joining one of the Bible studies offered this spring.
Missions & You
Come to the Missions Women meeting on February 5
Meet some of our missionary women, learn about navigating cultures, hear about women traveling on short-term trips, and pray with us for our missionary women on the field.
You can make a world of difference!
Sunday, Feb 5, 1-3 pm
First floor classroom, the Annex (2121 Nottingham Drive, next to the Mill).
Truth in a Skirt Celebration
Women hold a unique role of influence in their families, churches, and communities. Come visit with our missionary woman, enjoy a tasty treat, and hear how God has called us to serve with Him for the truth! Please bring a friend! Tuesday, January 17 at 7PM in the Fellowship Hall. This event is free. Childcare available upon request.
Our Missionaries of the Month
DBC Missions Conference
DCHTC Expo 2017
Denton County Human Trafficking Coalition will be recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness month in January with a community wide event.
We will be bringing several agencies, organizations, ministries, and more under one roof to spread awareness to our community about trafficking and domestic/child abuse, and more. We will have National Speaker Ashleigh Chapman founder of Engage Together and Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice at the event. There will also be a Q&A time with Ashleigh Chapman, Dennis Ozment with 4theOne Foundation, and a representative from Child Advocacy Center of Denton County. One of the most important parts of the expo is to have each organization set up at their own table so the community attendees can meet each of you and learn more about how you fight these growing issues. This is a great opportunity to share resources, experiences, tools, and services with others. Also a wonderful way to expand our coalition and network with other groups from Universities, local churches and outreaches, law enforcement, and more.