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10 Warnings in the Bible about Complacency

1 Peter 5:8 says to be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. While we dont need to walk around in fear of the enemy, we should be mindful of his mission and his methods. Genesis 3 and Matthew 4 give us a clear picture of how he aims to deceive us.

Perhaps one of the biggest dangers of complacency is not accepting the truth of Ephesians 6:12. “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. 

There is a spirit realm. There are unseen forces that hope to see us turn away from God. But when we are aware of this, we can grow in Christ and be victorious.

How to Avoid Complacency

A list of warnings from the Bible can feel daunting, but God doesnt ask us to do anything without empowering us for the task. He gave us the Holy Spirit and walks patiently with us.

Staying in His word helps us to recognize our shortcomings. If we find ourselves struggling in any of these areas, Hebrews 4:16 says we can come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. God is willing and able to help us uncover and eradicate all complacencies in our lives.

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Jasmine Williams, founder of Built To Be, is an agent of change with a passion for Jesus and a love for family. As a wife, mom of four, homeschooler and seminary student, she knows the challenges and rewards of living purposefully for God even through lifes busy seasons. 

Jasmine is pursuing her M.A. in Biblical Studies and seeks to inspire parents to embrace their homes as places of ministry, where they welcome Gods presence and raise children to be disciples of Christ. Visit her website, builttobe.com, and connect with her on Facebook for more encouragement.

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