BY. ROSEMOND ENNIN
There are two worlds that as Christians we are trying to live in: on one hand the physical world, a place where our
“old man” thrives, where the flesh is constantly glorified and where sin is exalted; a place where all of us Christian
have come from. On the other hand, we are trying to live in a world where God is glorified, where His Word gains
the final authority over every feeling, thought and action. This is the world where we should always thrive to stay in,
but truth of the matter is that the old, physical world that we try to leave behind calls our name and still desires our
For some this world calls out for you to come back to the thought patterns of lust and sex. For others, it calls them
to return back to failure and faulty thinking. Regardless of what it is, I believe this war rages in every Christian’s life
as they progress in their walk with God. It is important that as young Christians we aim to recognize these patterns,
because it’s difficult to defeat an enemy you do not know.
I believe one of the biggest enemies any young Christian will meet is the enemy of progress. It is an enemy
that comes directly from Satan’s world- a world that
despises our growth in Christ. You see, it’s one thing
to say the sinner’s prayer, but what truly makes the
sinner’s prayer a life transforming moment for any
Christian is the growth that happens after. It generally
doesn’t tend to be an instant growth where someone
changes overnight. It may take some time, but the
key is that there is progression- little by little there is
a transformation happening where the person begins
to look like Christ and ultimately win the battle between the two worlds.
Comfort is the voice that tells you to ignore the voice
of the Holy Spirit. Comfort tells you that you have all
of the time in the world to procrastinate, to read your
bible and pray at a different day and time. Comfort is
a lying voice that tells you where you are right now is
good enough and there is no need to look on further
to grow. It is a deceiving voice that in some way says,
“You have arrived, put your feet up and rest”. The
scary part about believing this voice is this: the moment you think you’ve arrived is the moment you’ve
reached deception. When it comes to God and our
faith walk, there is no moment where we should ever
say, “I’ve arrived. I learned all that there is to know
about God and I am now done”. We will never arrive
at that moment because the bible constantly shows
us that God is all Knowing, all Wise and beyond the
depths of our understanding; therefore, comfort
shouldn’t be a feeling we wait on to gauge our level
of progression. We should desire the need to grow
more in Christ, as well as the willingness to let the
Holy Spirit teach us.
What is it that makes us lose the battle over
comfort? There are many factors involved but I
think the main one is self-centeredness.
Self-centeredness eats at our desire to hunger
after God and our willingness to be obedient to
the Teacher’s instructions-the Holy Spirit.
Self-centeredness causes us to be lazy in our
personal development and settle with making
excuses. When our hearts are fixed on ourselves,
we have in one way turned around and walked
right back to the very world of sin we left.
To win the war between the two worlds of comfort
and growth first begins in our heart. When we
rededicate our hearts onto God and willingly ask
for Christ to sit at the throne of our hearts again,
we begin to take the crucial steps necessary to
regain ground and win the battle.