Inhale. Hold it for five seconds. Exhale. Now do it again for ten seconds with your eyes closed. Exhale.
Was your mind still cluttered?
Try to focus in. Try to feel and hear your heartbeat. Notice where you are holding tension in your body. Are your feet stiff? Hands balled into a fist? When is the last time you took a moment to assess yourself?
When is the last time you noticed yourself? You see yourself everyday, you talk to yourself, and you have tons of thoughts but do you notice yourself and how you’re doing?
I came to the conclusion that I don’t know what I will encounter in my current season or the next. But I know that God is faithful. I know he has called me to host yet another women’s conference next year. But I don’t know what challenges I will face.
I know I am called to host a few events in Virginia to empower women–but it’s new to me to do it in a new place that is not home base. I don’t have all of the details. I have a loose blueprint. But I just feel God saying hold onto faith not the details.
I think this message is for someone.
Hold onto faith, not the details.
Let’s meditate on the scriptures below and just commune with God right now.
“It’s best to stay in touch with both sides of an issue. A person who fears God deals responsibly with all of reality, not just a piece of it.”
Ecclesiastes 7:18 MSG
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?”
1 Peter 3:12-13 NIV
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9 NIV
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”
Galatians 5:13, 16-26 NLT
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way (James 1:2-4 MSG).
Recap: Which scripture spoke to you regarding your current season? How, if at all, did it provide a sense of clarity?
God is with you!
Love, Imani Coles