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Living Beyond the Status Quo / Weekly Giveaway

The status quo is defined as the existing state or condition.

Each one of us has our own current status quo.

On our journey to live a fulfilled life in Christ, we will all be faced with mindsets trying to tell us that it is okay to settle.

The Holy Spirit reminds us of the majestic God we serve.

He encourages us to reach beyond our current condition, further than we ever thought we could; leaving a life of status quo and walking by faith into God’s territory where all things are possible.

Living beyond the status quo means we must be willing to face the limits we have placed on ourselves, and then, with God’s strength, run straight through them.

“For the Spirit that God gave to us does not make us timid (fearful), but gives us POWER, LOVE and SELF-DISCIPLINE” – 2 Timothy 1:7 

Fear is one of the main reasons we are tempted to stay anchored to the existing state of our lives.

God has provided all we need to face our fears and emerge into the people we were created to be.

The Spirit God has given to us has equipped us with…

Power:  The same power that rose Christ from the grave, lives in you.  God’s greatness is in you.

Love:  You are cherished and loved deeply.  No matter what opposition you may face; you can overcome it, knowing that your God loves you and is always with you.

Self-Discipline:  One of the most powerful fruits of the Spirit of God within us is self-control.  As God leads us, He teaches us and prepares us.  We grow and learn as we listen to His wisdom and partner with Him.  Through the refining process of self-discipline we develop the godly character we need.

Have you been hearing that soft, yet challenging voice of God calling you to step out in faith?   Take the step… He is with you.

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12 responses to “Living Beyond the Status Quo / Weekly Giveaway”

  1. I want to live beyond the Status Quo!!! I have been allowing uncertainty to speak into my heart for a few days now over a specific thing we are waiting to hear about and I need to be bold enough to let it go into the hands of God! So happy to join you from #RaRaLinkup today Danise :)

  2. Oh wow. I’m working on writing about fear, and have been stuck b/c it keeps feeling like such a deep well. This is so helpful: “Fear is one of the main reasons we are tempted to stay anchored to the existing state of our lives.” And moreso, that the SPIRIT has equipped us with power, love, and a sound mind. Thanks so much for this post, Danise!

  3. Thank you for this encouragement! I find that I always prayer for: wisdom, patience, joy, and love. But He has already given me all that I need!

    Wonderful reminders.
    Sarah (

  4. This is so good, “Living beyond the status quo means we must be willing to face the limits we have placed on ourselves, and then, with God’s strength, run straight through them.”.

    When we are willing to see the walls we erect with our perfect ideals then we open the door for God to build the very walls He intended to shelter us within and the door He longs for us to open to bring others in. :)

    Wise and encouraging words, Danise.

  5. Fear, the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you for posting the Timothy passage! It was a great reminder and a verse that I need to commit to memory. Visiting from Faith and Friends link up! God Bless:)

  6. Wonderful & encouraging. He will never leave us satisfied with the status quo. He always desires for us to be all we were meant to be in & through Christ. So grateful to have stopped here today!

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