Comfort vs. Character

The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.” [Genesis 6:5-9]

Are you in the comfort zone or the character zone?  This is a question that I believe we need to take the time to really think about.  Don’t just breeze through this blog…but think about it.  In the scripture we just read, there was a whole generation that was in a comfort zone.  But Noah was a man of faith who was willing to leave that comfort and enter into the character zone. Are you willing to leave your comfort?

Here’s a quick look at Noah:

Noah held a hammer in his hand, Jesus absorbed the blows from a hammer upon his hands. Noah build with wood, Jesus was nailed to wood. Noah constructed a door and Jesus said “I Am the door.” Noah covered the ark with pitch inside and out, just like Jesus covers us with his blood.

What’s the difference between the Comfort Zone and the Character Zone?

Comfort Zone: it’s safe, takes no courage and no obedience. Place of no commitment.  Definition? A no grow zone!  And the longer you stay here, you’re going to shrink.

Character Zone: A place where God is hammering us.  A place where we need to trust God and allow him to work on us.  A place where we experience the growth that God has for us.

Noah did 4 things to get here:

1.    Treasure God’s Word Daily: God spoke audibly to Noah. And Noah treasured that word.  It took 120 years to come to pass but Noah never turned from what God told him.  In the same way, we need to treasure what God is saying in our own lives.

2.    Take Small Steps of Faith Each Day: Noah built the ark a little bit every day.  He didn’t do it in a day!  It takes small steps of faith for us to grow in our faith.  Gods not interested in the size of your steps as he is in the direction of your steps! Noah had never seen an ark or rain…but he stepped out and trusted God.  Step out on God and you’ll never regret it!

3.    Turn Your Future over to God:  Your future is secure in God’s hands.  When you’re obedient, it won’t just affect you but others too.  Noah followed every detail that God had given him.  And because of that, God had provided food (7 pairs of clean animals), water (built the ark till 18 inches from the top) and security (God closed the door to the ark).  Are you being obedient to the little things that God is telling you?  It just might be his way of taking care of your future.

4.   Tell others about your Faith stories: Moses wrote the book of Genesis.  How did he know about this story?  Someone told him!  Noah told his sons, who told their sons, who told theirs sons…and you get the picture.  It’s so powerful that it’s still changing lives today.  And that’s exactly what God will do for you! Tell your story and see lives around you change.

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