Deuteronomy 1:6 "The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount."
Moses in his last message in Deuteronomy strongly advised the children of Israel, that they had dwelt long enough where they were. We need to heed this message today in our own lives!! Many Christians have stopped where they are in their Christian growth. They are not witnessing to the lost at all or are witnessing very little. Many Christians have gotten used to little Bible reading, little prayer, little faith and many are not even tithing, let alone giving sacrificially.
Israel could have testified for a long time about the great battles they had won but those battles would not do for today. God had more battles for them to fight. They needed to get out of their comfort zone. It would be painful to get out of their comfort zone but it had to be done.
We need to not stay in our comfort zone of thinking that you're not where you were last year so you are doing okay. No...no...no!! We need to strive to grow in our Christian life. Is it painless to grow? No it isn't. God uses the pains in our lives to help us grow. Remember when you were a young child and you had growing pains? They were needful. It meant that your bones were growing. They weren't pleasant but you had to go through that to be the person you physically are today. It will hurt to grow spiritually also...but we need to realize it is needful to become what God wants us to be for Him.
Don't be satisfied with where you are today. Strive to be more for God tomorrow and in the days to come. Prayer will get you through those hurting times when the pains are either mild or intense. Prayer is that healing salve that God will use to soothe those growing pains.
I don't know about you but I have set some spiritual goals for myself for this coming year. And for me to reach those goals I'm going to have to experience some growing pains. Those goals won't come to pass if I dwell where I am today for the rest of the year or even till tomorrow. I want to be further along in my Christian life tomorrow than I am today.
Have you dwelt where you are long enough?