Find Your Focus
Spiritual health as I address it involves a trust in the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever noticed that you keep having opportunities to learn the same spiritual lesson over and over? I sure have.
In the Castle I’ve returned to a spiritual spiral, a lesson to “pray and to wait, to ready” myself for direction. Since I’m not good at waiting I seem to have to be reminded or given another chance to pray and wait for divine direction.
I’m really not good at waiting. Are you? I get an idea and I dive-into it. I hope that I’ve learned and I think I’m doing better. Problem is I don’t always succeed. I do trust the Holy Spirit. It is real for me, not some mystical fantasy. It is my spirit guide.
The Holy Spirit will never misunderstand the Father’s will for your life. The Father has a purpose to work out through your life. In order that you not miss it, He places His Spirit in you. The Spirit’s job is to guide you according to the will of the Father. Then the Spirit enables you to do God’s will. You are completely dependent on God for the knowledge and the ability to accomplish His purposes. That is why your relationship to Him is so important. That is why you need to wait until you have heard a word from Him about His purposes and ways. Blackaby, Henry T. & King, Claude V. (1994) Experiencing God. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman Publishers.
To allow the Holy Spirit to guide we must first surrender. As the poet Tagore wrote, our “daily worship of God is not really the process of gradual acquisition of him, but the daily process of surrendering ourselves, removing all obstacles to union and extending our consciousness of him in devotion and service, in goodness and in love.” Sister Teresa of Ávila understood “how difficult it is to utter the prayer of unconditional surrender.” I think it is difficult because we like to be in control. We like to think we can be in control when truth is the goal, not control. “Exposure to truth changes your life.” Truth opens us to reality—God’s reality. I like Blackaby’s “Seven Realities of Experiencing God.” (pp. 33-38)
- Reality 1: God is always at work around you.
- Reality 2: God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
- Reality 3: God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
- Reality 4: God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.
- Reality 5: God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
- Reality 6: You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
- Reality 7: You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.
Of all the studies I’ve done over the years Experiencing God has done more to put me back on track when I have lost my focus or when I need guidance than any other.
Let me know what you think.
I am a Certified Professional Coach and I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My Website.