What is motion?
Motion – “The action or process of moving or being moved.”
Synonyms: [Progress, Travel]
So motion simply means to move, or to progress; an action. What would the counter opposite be to moving? The answer is stagnation.
Stagnation – “The state of being still, or not moving, like a sitting puddle of water where stagnation attracts mosquitoes.”
Synonyms: [Decline, Deteriorate, Fall]
Stagnation apparently means to not move, and to even decline and deteriorate.
Now that we have a rudimentary understanding of these two words, let’s elaborate upon Stagnation in particular.
When I think of stagnation my mind begins to wander about a swampy, tree-filled area. Some would even describe it as wet, and….are you ready….MOIST. Okay, okay, I apologize for using the dreaded “M” word that so many of us cringe at hearing, but I digress. In this swampy area inside my mind I begin to look towards the ground. What I see is a rather large puddle of water that has no life, besides the occasional mosquito, fly, or a toxic germ growing inside of it. Yuck.
It’s easy to associate this puddle with stagnate water. Stagnate water is defined in the dictionary as “a breeding ground for diseases”
What does a disease do? A disease eats away at you! It prohibits the way in which you function. It even skews your perception of the world around you, depending on your symptoms. You may even begin to mistake positive and negative things, and environments as one big, gray, mushy blob area.
If you’re catching on, this information can be attached rather easily to the lives we individually live every day. Not all diseases are physical; some are spiritual, and to me, those are of the utmost danger.
I once lived with a spiritual disease that rocked my world. This state of disease in which I lived was not only attacking me, but I was even feeding it, and allowing it to thrive. For some of my friends, and family, the following may come as a surprise, and to others, not so much. It is time we begin talking about the things that no one else will… What was my disease, and how was I feeding it? Ever heard of Porn?
At the age of 15 I opened my laptop to begin searching my innocent, usual content: funny videos, comedic comic strips, sports websites, etc. For a split second, my mind wandered into a dark place that led me to search my first piece of pornographic material. From that very moment I was lost. I fought that addiction of pornography for five long years, and it seemed as if every time I may have found peace, the ugly face of my sexual desires would perch itself upon the TV show, computer, movie, person, or speech I allowed my eyes to see, and my ears to hear. I was feeding off of things that were never going to release me from that bondage. I was so broken, and the silent screams coming from my spirit were chanting to break me free. I would end up letting myself get caught up in a twisted fantasy, and “learn” about new things that would either entice me, or sicken me. I knew my addiction had reached a new low when the things that once turned my stomach began to whisper into the back of my mind: “It’s not that bad…I mean really…it could be much worse. It’s all the same…it’s all porn.”
My thought process was -“As long as I’m going to church, trying to quit, and I’m participating in good deeds, I’ll be okay. I’ll keep growing, and one day I’ll be strong enough to defeat this addiction.”
Those were the words I would utter over and over to my spiritually dead, stagnate self. I saw no need in reading my Bible more than just the verse of the day notification, or the bulletin notes from my pastor every Sunday. I saw no need in praying more than just over my food, or when I “really needed it”.
I’m ashamed to say that I was stagnant…
I thought I was moving in the world, but in reality, the world was moving in me. I was lost… I needed help…
When we let distractions like social media, our friends, and a TV screen influence us more than our Bible and God through prayer, we are definitely becoming, or already are, stagnant.
If we spend more time scrolling down Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, than we do reading our Bible, praying, and seeking the face of God, then something needs to change. EVERYTHING feeds us in some way or another. When I look in the mirror, the surface may seem fine, but what lies underneath the smile??
When you look into stagnant lakes, often times the surface appears beautiful, and even refreshing. Stirring the water however brings to the surface all of the debris of the past, and all the diseased inhabitants that have created a horrible waste of the one time healthy body of water. It may sound horrible to awaken all of the disgust that lies beneath, but it’s the only way to cleanse the water. You have to stir up the problem before you can purify the vessel.
God took away my pain, my sin, my hurt, and my addiction because I gave it to Him… I had to stir it up from the depths. He will not take what you do not offer. Our God is a gentleman, and will never force upon, or rip away forcefully that which we do not allow Him the freedom to deal with. I had to remove my distractions , and stir up my lake of filth before He could remove my hurt. I was feeding porn with music, TV, movies, people, environments, behavior, and things that were negative. Those things could never satisfy me.
Music, TV, movies, people, environments, behavior, and things are not all bad, but I was choosing the side of them that was. I put a wall between me and the Lord in doing so. I couldn’t hear Him calling because everything else was so loud.
When we don’t understand why we keep fighting and then falling back into the same shortcomings, failures, temptations, situations, and pain, we tend only to look at the present, and ask ourselves “How did I get here?” We fail to actually examine the right material that ACTUALLY got us there however.
As my pastor stated recently – “It’s about the direction, not the location.”
We can’t dwell on the pit, or the nasty water we lay in. We have to realize that our story isn’t over, and we must keep moving forward.
When you think about how hard it will be to remove yourself from your nasty situation, and how uncomfortable that process will be, imagine how easy it would have been for Jesus to remove himself from His nasty situation, and how He chose to be more than just uncomfortable for us… He chose the cross.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What kind of water am I drinking from?
- What kind of spiritual food am I feeding myself?
In Isaiah 55:1 it says:
“Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”
We have an opportunity to drink from a living water that is so thirst-quenching. The word of God and the intimacy through prayer that He provides is our greatest nutrition.
Verse 5 goes on to say:
“Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for He has endowed you with splendor”
When we remove our distractions and crucify our fleshly desires, we do more than let God liberate us; we help others begin their liberation movement as well.
When God speaks of summoning “nations you know not”, and “nations that do not know you will hasten to you” , He is giving us the knowledge that when we change, we create change around us. Others (nations) will come to us to hear and experience Christ, and we will go forth to people (nations) who do not know us, and speak of the greatest love of all time.
“The more you move, the more you create movement around you; ripples in the water.”
For anyone who has ever been on a lake, or at sea, and has been tubing, (yassss) then you know the goal. You always want to go higher while on that tube! Here’s the thing though…how do you go higher? To go higher, you must either create waves, or seek out waves from others to give you the freedom you feel from rising over the glistening, sun-warmed waters. You have to PURSUE those waves to go higher.
In the same way, we effect those around us by stirring up ripples in the water. What may start as a ripple can turn into a wave that reaches another shore. Imagine taking a stagnant you, and allowing God to create a thriving you that enables thousands or even millions of others to begin cleaning out their “lakes”.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” – Hebrews 12:1-2
In order to pursue, you must be in motion. The Bible compares our faith to a race. How can we run the race when we place a bag over our head, and refuse to use the proper equipment, or even remove the equipment not needed that weighs us down? We must “fix our eyes on Jesus”. We fill up, and equip ourselves too many times with vulgarity, and negativity. We place this bag or mask over our head that comes from the intake of our eyes, and ears.
We MUST run towards the light, even if we experience distractions, and obstacles along the way. Those obstacles and distractions will come from our own doing as well, so we must be ready for the revealing of ourselves as the source of hindrance.
In Hosea 10:12 it says:
“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes”
That unplowed ground is soil that has been neglected and hardened, and cannot receive seeding. Imagine your heart as soil. Has your heart been neglected, and hardened, and made unable to receive the planting of what God has been trying to seed inside of it? You cannot grow if your roots are broken, or dead.
Ask more questions:
- Have I, in ANY way placed a barrier in between myself and the voice of God?
- Am I scared, prideful, or purposefully ignorant towards the realization that I have much to learn from the Lord?
- What have I been missing?
- What could I miss in the future if I continue to only touch the surface?
In Jeremiah 29:11 most of us know the meaning behind it. God wants not to harm us, but rather to give us a hope and a future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
How many times do we look at verses 12-15 however? Throughout these proceeding scriptures it instructs the following:
“…call upon me…”, “…pray to me…”, “…seek me…”, “…find me…”, and “…seek me with all your heart.”
If we really want to have these promises from the Lord it requires us to take action! We must be in motion! Call upon, pray to, seek after, and find Him. Those are all progressive actions.
We HAVE to make an effort.
God is a gentleman, He won’t force you.
The gift of His promises are there, we just have to move, venture out, and run the race set out before us. If we don’t, then how can we have that perfect peace that He has promised us???
The very essence of growth involves motion, but get ready, because with growth also come growing pains.
When I woke up in the middle of the night as a child with growing pains, I was hurting, and my wish was that they would go away. I would even cry out in pain they were so bad at times, but my parents would come and assure me that the process was worth the pain, and that without the uncomfortable feeling, my reward of growth would never come to fruition. So instead of hating the pain, I began to welcome it as a sign that I was on the right track, and that I was growing.
That’s the thing about God… with Him, the pain will NEVER outweigh the reward at the end. Our daily struggle through this life is not in vain when we accept the process of growth as a positive implementation.
So in closing, where does your heart lie?
- Is it hardened?
- Is it open?
- Is it growing?
- Is it in positive motion?
- Is it covered with distraction by what you allow your eyes and ears to take in?
I want to be helplessly in love with Christ. Only you know the answer to all of these questions. So what does your heart really feed from? What kind of race are you running, and where do you want to be in your future? Stagnant, or in motion?
Make right now your declaration to become something more. Go deeper. Do you want to have the fulfillment of all the promises awaiting you, or are you happy with where you are at?
If you answered to go deeper, then pinpoint your distractions, obstacles hindrances, and stagnant behavior. Ask God to reveal them all to you.
-Be not hardened when He reveals, however. Stay open to whatever, or whoever He is asking you to release.
How bad do you want it – How much do you love Him?
As always, with so much love,
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