Upon entering this new year, like opening to a new chapter so to speak, I decided to take an account of my own personal “state of the spiritual union”.
In other words, based on His word, I looked at how close I was walking in accordance with God’s desires for me. Let it suffice to say that I saw some glaring areas that needed significant attention. I decided what needed to change and chose to follow King David’s example of proclaiming the desired end.
Throughout the Psalms you may have noticed that David repeatedly made declarations about God and how he, David, would walk in His ways. (Psalm 91:2, Psalm 89:1, Psalm 108:3 and 13, Psalm 116:9-10, to name a few.) I invited the Holy Spirit to lead me in taking stock of the positives and negatives in my life. Then, based on God’s ideas rooted in His loving kindness, I came up with some of my own proclamations of the ends that I desire.
- With God’s direction, I will make wise choices based on what I sense as God’s leading and not on what other individuals may consider appropriate. I choose faith and trust not fear and doubt.
- I will seek to please God while being true to myself. I will avoid being a “people please-er”.
- I will rely on God to show me when another tries to manipulate me. I will simply trust the Lord to alert me at the proper time and save myself some additional gray hairs.
- I will stop construction of all walls and switch to building fences with gates! (Even just the thought of fences vs. walls is freeing.) While enlisting the Holy Spirit’s guidance to knock down present walls, I will not fear the inevitable feeling of exposure.
- I will stop being lazy and distracted when the house work needs to be done. I will find a place for everything and put everything in it’s place.
- I will prioritize according to the Lord’s direction. First things first.
- I will remember to ask for the Lord’s guidance when making potential, life-changing decisions.
- I will not resist love but will re-learn how to receive it joyfully and thankfully and will not withhold love from others because of fear.
- I will not isolate myself but will take time to recharge while visiting with my Lord and Savior. He delights in my company and I, His.
- I will trust in the discernment that the Lord gives me. If I find I was wrong, I will make necessary amends.
As you read through the list, I may have hit upon some areas that you, too, need to adjust. Feel free to use any of my declarations or create one(s) of your own. The individuals in God’s Word are there as examples. We do well when we follow the examples of those who loved God–especially David was called “a man after God’s own heart”.
When was the last time you took a personal, “state of the spiritual union” assessment? What declarations will you make to align more fully with God’s desires for you?