I was hesitant to write this as I feel that this is very personal. However, I feel as though God has led me to write it in that it would encourage another and allow them to know that they are not alone. Typically, when we are told to guard our treasure we might automatically think that it means to protect your body, to dress modestly or refrain from sexual acts. While those are all great ideas, I want to talk about guarding your spiritual walk with Christ and the purpose for which you have been placed here. The enemy is constantly prowling around in attempt to discover ways to distract us from our purpose. He may try to distract us by use of anything that we hold in high regard or anything that we’ve dealt with or struggled with in the past. If we do not pray for a discerning spirit and do not operate using the wisdom that God has given us, we may become vulnerable to the things of this world.
One area that I want to highlight especially is emotions. It is so important to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in the area of emotions. We all know that they may cause you to feel various things such as love, happiness, anger, frustration and so on. If we are not careful, we can be distracted by the emotions that we are feeling. For example, I was in a situation in which I was getting to know a guy for a brief period of time. It was the opportune time for the distraction to come as I was in the midst of a particular season. There were obvious red flags and my spirit was so restless while getting to know him. I knew he wasn’t a part of God’s plan for my life but yet I persisted. He would be the only person I had gotten to know since my last relationship and I felt as though I was ready. But again, there were obvious signs that he was not the one that God intended to be in my life. One of the most obvious signs were the fruit of his spirit. We were not equally yoked and did not have the same spiritual standards.
We have to be so careful to acknowledge what God shows us about an individual and to act appropriately in that. What God may reveal to you about a specific person does not necessarily mean that they are a bad person but it can however mean that they do not compliment your spiritual walk with Christ. 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 NLT reads, “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols?”. That reading doesn’t imply to isolate yourself from those that have beliefs different than your own. We are called to show the love of Christ to all people. However, we should still be cautious not to allow our spiritual walk or standards to be compromised at the expense of unintentional relationships. By that I mean relationships that clearly do not foster an atmosphere for God’s presence or are in no way conducive to one’s growth.
It is essential that we are spiritually led in this aspect of our life because whomever you choose to allow into your circle or life can either encourage your walk with Christ or hamper it. In the same way, one cannot expect to effectively build a relationship with an individual whose spiritual standards or lifestyle is different than your own. In that situation, I couldn’t allow myself to become involved with that person as our life styles did not complement each other. Being that I am strong in my spiritual beliefs and desire to be more active in church, I couldn’t allow my growth in Christ to be hindered because of fleeting emotions. As daughters, our purpose in Christ is too valuable to be compromised by emotions or fleshly desires. Continuously pray for discernment and trust where God is leading you.