The topic in this week’s reading in What Happens When Women Say Yes to God was about getting #FreshVision.
The verses that were our focus were James 4:4-7 (NLT)
“You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God?
I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can’t be a friend of God.
What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the Holy Spirit,
whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful?
He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires.
As the Scripture says, “God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.”
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.”
I also like verse 8, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinnners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites.”
A challenge this week was to find your ‘white space’ which I did. After spending some quiet time away from all distractions and really reflecting on the above verses and the whole concept of getting a fresh vision. Since starting this study I have really felt that God is speaking to me to make some changes. I have been struggling with delegating some of my work related tasks. For me it’s not just a matter of handing over duties, what I do is part of who I am. I felt as I continue to delegate that I am loosing part of my identity. I realize that this is not true, but it’s how I felt.
The parts of the above verses that really stuck with me are:
‘friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God’ and ‘draw close to God and God will draw close to you’
Is my aim to be friends with this world? This really made me stop and think about my actions, my priorities and my focus. Is my priorities based on what will make me popular in this world and please those around me? Or is my focus and priorities on following God and doing what he needs me to do? I honestly struggled with trying to determine who was in control of my focus, my priorities. I wanted to say right away that God was definitely in control.
But, if God is in complete control, why am I having such struggles in giving up some of my responsibilities? I have spent alot of time over these last few weeks in my ‘white space’ and really trying to figure this out. I know that God does not want me to be constantly overwhelmed to the point where relationships are suffering. I have made progress in the last year, but as soon as something is taken off my plate, it seems like two more are added.
This week it seemed that the light finally went on. I need to be completely focused on God through it all. I can’t just drop everything that I am currently working on, but am trying to not take anything new on.
And this is where the second phrase really comes into play. ‘draw close to God and God will draw close to you’ So in my ‘white space’ I have been working on being still in his presence to clearly hear his voice. It is only when I can clearly hear his voice that I will get a #freshvision for what his plans are for me. As I am drawing closer to God, my passion for him is becoming new and fresh! I love it!!
As I work through this I am continuing to reduce the amount of my responsibilities and making room for God’s directions. I have found that being overcommitted is a major road block for following God’s direction. I am excited for what God has in story for my future and will continue to work with him (instead of against him) and make myself open to say #YesToGod!