Leaving The Familiar

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“I don’t want to stay in my comfort zone.” I said as I was walking with a loved one yesterday. When I heard myself say this statement, my flesh froze. I meant what I said but there was fear starting to bubble up from within.

Let’s admit it, we like our comfort zones.

I started reading about Abram this week. He knows some things about leaving the familiar.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “[a]Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.”Genesis 12:1-3

God was asking him to leave behind his father, his family, his inheritance, and everything that was familiar to him. He was calling him to leave it all, and follow Him where He was leading Him. God was promising him some great things, but none of these things could be seen or felt in that moment. Not to mention, his wife was barren so the idea of being a father of a great nation seemed impossible.

Abram had a choice to make. We have a choice to make. Click To Tweet

“So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.” Genesis 12:4

Abram chose to leave it all behind and follow where God was leading, even though he couldn’t see how it would all work out. He was trusting God to bring this promise to pass, with nothing else to go on except God’s Word.

We don’t see any conversation or questioning, but I wonder what Abram and Sarai’s conversation was like. I wonder what his family’s reactions were.

If I am going to be fully transparent here, I have to admit that I would have thoughts going through my head about what my family and other people would think. I would think about the money I was giving up, and I might be doubting a little bit about having a child at the ripe age of seventy-five.

I don’t like admitting these things because it sounds incredibly not Christian-like. We have gotten too comfortable putting on our Christian hats in front of each other, instead of being honest about our struggles.

That is a comfort zone sometimes.

Abram’s father and family were not following God. God wanted Abram to follow Him. He desired to fulfill His promises through Abram, but it meant Abram had to let go of some people and things in his life. It meant that Abram had to walk away from ALL that was familiar.

That is a really scary thing to do.

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The enemy wants us to believe this because then we won’t pack up and move where God wants us to live. He wants us stuck in those familiar places and patterns. He doesn’t want us to be blessed by God because he wants us to doubt God has our best in mind, just like he did with Adam and Eve in the garden.

Are there familiar places in your life that God is asking you to leave?

Are there familiar relationships in your life that God is asking you to let go?

Are there comfort zones in your life that God is asking you to get up from?

What is keeping you from taking those steps?

Take some time this week to seek God about those things. Ask those people in your life who will pray for you, to walk alongside you in these areas. God will strengthen you to follow Him where He wants you to go if you allow Him to.

Heavenly Father, we surrender every area, person, and place in my life. Give us the strength to let go of whatever and whoever you are asking us to let go. Help us to walk in obedience to you and to follow you wherever you are leading us today and every day. In Jesus Name. Amen!

26 responses on “Leaving The Familiar

  1. Barbara

    Thanks Desiree💗 What a great reminder for me! Just what I’m working on …What & Where God wants for me to leave , let go with love & step out of comfort zones🙏

  2. Donna

    This message is so timely for me Des. We are in a season of trying to move from what is comfortable but also bondage at the same time! Thanks for reminding me to keep my eyes on God. 💜

  3. Mary Hill

    I enjoyed your challenging questions. I am struggling in the area to find something new or even just renew my close walk with Jesus. Thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkup this past week.

    1. desireet Post author

      Hi Mary! It is a blessing to have you here. I am praying for you as you seek God about those things. Thank you for sharing!

    1. desireet Post author

      Hello! I am thankful you stopped by today. I am enjoying studying Abraham and I saw a few posts today about him. It is exciting to know others are studying the same thing right now. I will go over for a visit! Thank you for sharing and for the invite.

    1. desireet Post author

      Hi Michele! Thank you for visiting. I keep bumping into Abraham too. I saw a few posts today involving him. Yes! A sweet and needed reminder! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Calleen Petersen

    I struggle with anxiety and have to be careful to make sure I do push myself out of my comfort zone. It usually leads to an anxiety attack but then I work my way through it and have conquered one more mountain. If I didn’t do that my world would just get smaller and smaller.

    1. desireet Post author

      Hi Calleen! I am blessed to have you here. I am praying for you as persevere in these struggles. I praise God for your willingness to push through and allow Him to carry you. I pray God continues to strengthen you and give you the victory! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Linda Stoll

    Oh, I do love my comfort zones, too, Desiree! The questions you ask are powerful … so spot on.

    I’m so glad God steps out ahead of us, leading the way.

    Glad to meet you this afternoon!

    1. desireet Post author

      Hi Linda! I am happy to see you here. God has been leading me out of my comfort zone often this year. He has done this in many different ways. It is hard and uncomfortable but He is so faithful! I am glad to meet you!

    1. desireet Post author

      Hi Laurie! I am blessed to have you here. Amen! The first steps are the hardest but the most important. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Angela Johnson

    Great points! My husband and I always say one of the most dangerous things to Christians is complacency, our comfort zone. We get comfortable where we are and do not even acknowledge God calling us out of our comfort zone, because that is uncomfortable. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    1. desireet Post author

      Hi Angela! I am thrilled you came here to visit. I have learned that I can get stuck in complacency if I allow myself. God has shown me there is so much more He wants for us and for others. I pray we keep moving forward and not get stuck in complacency. Thank you for sharing!

  7. April

    This post definitely gave me pause as it makes me want to be praying to ask Jesus, “am I in a comfort zone in any area?” nothing stood out but I feel I should dig deeper here. Thanks for being a vessel that God most definitely used to speak to my heart!!

    1. desireet Post author

      Thank you for commenting April! I am blessed to have you here. I am praying for you as you bring these questions to the Lord.

  8. Oris

    Steeping out of the familiar us never easy but like you said, we have a choice to make. One of my goals this year is to stop hiding and do what He has called me to do.

    1. desireet Post author

      Hi Oris! I am thankful you stopped by. I am praying God gives you strength and courage to do what He has called you to do. Thank you for sharing!

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