As we get closer to Jesus, the things that illegitimately have influence in our lives get dealt with. Of course this is a process, and we go through it many times.
In some ways it is simpler, easier, and more comfortable to keep a certain distance from the Lord, especially if you intend to maintain compromise or are listening to and being influenced by other things. Selfishness is one of the chief motivators that makes us want to maintain a distance from the Lord. All of this thinking is based on the deception that you are better off without coming into complete surrender. This idea steals from us more than we can realize.
It takes courage to come close to the Lord, which causes turbulence and drags your stuff out into the light. For those who overcome this resistance and discomfort, the reward is beyond imagination. Take courage today.