Self Preservation or Brave Determination?
I have a natural tendency towards self preservation. I suppose we all do, it’s an inborn instinct with the design to prevent harm and ensure life.
On the surface it doesn’t sound like a bad thing. We make choices, what appear to be wise choices, to keep ourselves safe.
We drive carefully, we avoid dark alleys at night, we park in well-lit areas, and hopefully we follow laws meant to protect us. All wise choices, all done to play it safe.
But what happens when our playing it safe mentality transfers to our spiritual walk and keeps us from experiencing the miraculous?
One my favorite women in the Bible is the woman with the bleeding issue. For twelve years she suffered with prolonged bleeding, and although she spent all her money on physicians, none were able to heal her infirmity.
At that time, because she was considered ritually unclean according to the Jewish law, she was not to leave her home nor touch anyone. For the average healthy woman this was not an issue, but since her blood flow would not stop, this law became an impossible burden. (As a side note on the law, it was at least in part created to be a benefit to the woman. During this time of the month Jewish women were excused from their normal duties. They didn’t have to cook or serve meals to their family members, amongst other things, and instead got to use this time as a “quiet time for herself”. . . ahhh . . . who made that stop?? Just saying.)
But one day this woman made a choice. What might on the surface look like a very bad choice because it meant she was breaking the law; she chose to leave her house anyway. Knowing she could have been humiliated, knowing she could have been disgraced, she bravely determined to reach out and touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak, and she was instantly healed.
The law she was bound under was never meant to imprison her, it was meant to protect and preserve her. But when protection and preservation prevent your ability to prosper, it’s really not preservation after all.
Sometimes preserving ourselves keeps us stuck in the status quo. In that place we think self defeating thoughts, masked as wise choices, to prevent imagined disgrace. . .
“I can’t step out and do that, what will other people think? I’ll make a fool out of myself.”
“I have been dealing with this for so many years, why get my hopes up that it could change only to watch myself fail and be humiliated?”
“There’s no way I can accomplish such an incredible calling, I might as well not even waste my time and try.”
Sometimes we are so busy trying to preserve ourselves, that we can protect ourselves right out of our calling. Whether that is a calling to be healed, a calling for restoration in a relationship or financial situation, or whether it’s your life calling, your divine destiny to fulfill . . . at some point we all have to make a decision and answer this question . . .
“Am I going to live in the shallow waters of self preservation, or am I going to dive into the depths of the miraculous with brave determination?”
The woman with the bleeding issue would never have experienced the miraculous if she didn’t bravely step outside, cross the line of fear and intimidation, and with FAITH grab ahold of the King.
So I ask you today, what side of the line are you standing on?
Are you standing on the side that is more concerned with self preservation, playing it safe? Or are you willing to step over the line with boldness into brave determination?
I know out of fear I have spent far too long in the shallow waters, afraid to cross the line and see what would become of me on the other side. But bravery is not the absence of fear, it’s the willingness to move forward in spite of it.
I want to see the supernatural, the miraculous, and I’m willing to more forward . . . how about you?
Let’s take this brave step together and remember the affirming words of the Lord,
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27
About Diane Swan :
Diane Swan is a credential minister, professional Christian counselor, speaker and blogger who is passionate about using her God given gifts to assist ladies in living victorious lives in Christ. She enjoys sharing true life messages that relate to the complex lives of every day women and leaves them feeling equipped to be more than conquerors in all their battles. Diane and her husband Todd are the founders of Seven Swans Ministries, an organization devoted to living out the gifts of the Spirit by offering a unique array of services to encourage, edify and expand God’s kingdom. Diane can also be found online at www.sevenswansministries.org.