(P A S S I V I T Y)
Unknown to most of us we are people largely controlled by how we feel. A good number of us have come out of this bondage, with an understanding that “Feelings don’t really determine anything”. Of course these emotions were created for a definite purpose; a good one I’d presume, but the effects of an emotion can be really detrimental to our functionality and likewise our walk with God. If there’s anything we have to understand is that Truth has nothing to do with our emotions. How you feel cannot simply justify anything. It just can’t!
This misconception has succeeded in producing out of us Passivity; a believer’s shortcoming in embracing Truth. The passive nature of man depends on these emotions to survive, when we feel it then we act or believe it’s true. This now brings us to the dangers of passivity.
Passivity hinders our faith walk
Coming to terms with this truth was difficult. Nothing’s gonna happen if you don’t do something to make it happen. Passivity stops you from moving and keeps you in that spot for so long to just finally conclude, “This faith thing is not for me”. From Truth’s perspective we have two kinds of individuals – the Builders and the Takers. Remember this scripture verse? “But be doers of the word, and not just hearers (readers, receivers, lovers) only, deceiving yourselves” (added emphasis) James 1:22. This verse describes both parties – “The Builders” as those who take the TRUTH and decisively build up and align their lives with it, whilst “The Takers” as those who hear, study or receive the word of God and wait until they feel or see the need to do it. Our long hours spent in church service would only remain just what it is “long hours spent in church”. No one’s going to push the Truth down our throats or force us to embrace it. You cannot know the Truth and wait until you see or feel something before you make it part of you.
Passivity makes you settle for Ordinary
The passive nature of man is also one that allows him to be ordinary. Ordinary in the sense that he wouldn’t originally want to make things happen so he doubts the possibility of it ever coming into existence. In essence he’s waiting for something; a feeling or magical manifestation to help facilitate his need to believe in the extraordinary, and when he gets nothing he settles for less – The ordinary.
Ordinary steps for an extraordinary God, not a good combination don’t you think so?
Passivity allows you to yield and not dethrone
Some of you are fortunate not to have passivity as your default mode, but if you are like me who greatly depends on these fickle feelings, God is bringing this unction to our front door. We have a part to play in dethroning every lie and distorted thought pattern and we can definitely not be passive about it. To move onward our minds need to be renewed and it’s not going to be done accidentally because you’d just find yourself yielding instead of dethroning.
In all this Conscious faith building is required. Dethrone that passive nature of yours because you’re not going to need it in our journey of embracing TRUTH
Emotions come from our thoughts so they don’t really determine the reality of anything.
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