Were (or are) any of you afraid to be judged as you begin getting serious about Christ? Did you think you’d lose any friends? Family even? This phrase has been sticking out to me since I heard it from Prophetess Cycelia at the conference. It’s both calming and nerve-wracking to know that my faith in God will ultimately cause me to lose something. I wish I would’ve heard this prior to my journey but that’s why I’m sharing with you!
When we decide to go forward in our walk with Christ, we’re definitely going to be experiencing some changes – both positive and negative – but ultimately, its for our good. Some may be hesitant, but that’s just you also experiencing what it’s like to lean on your faith. I’ll go over a few things you may lose while on your journey below, but as I’ve mentioned, it can only push you forward!
If they’re not positive influences, let them go. Sounds simple, but when you’re constantly hanging around the same people all the time, you build companionship and the desire to always be around them and what they’re doing. If you’re able to see that whatever you’re participating in with them will hinder your relationship with Christ, you should cut them off. No reason to bring *extra baggage into your walk. It might be hard at first because it’s your norm to accompany yourself with them, but you’ll feel the difference in your energy. Instead, begin to open yourself up to not only just showing up to church, but getting to know other young adults while you’re there, join a ministry, maybe find an organization on campus you can be a part of…something. You’ll want to fill those voids with people who are also seeking God so that you have a support system as well.
This may include going out to parties, listening to secular music, smoking, drinking, you name it #NoShirleyCaesar lol. If what you’re doing is not going to glorify God, let it go. This may be harder than letting a friend go because this is your go-to. Now, I’m not saying all you should be doing is reading your bible, listening to Kirk Franklin or Mary Mary, and staying inside because the world is full of temptation lol. I’m saying that there are indeed other ways to have fun! Being saved does not equate to boring. Those friends you made at church? Kick it with them. The organization you became a part of? Stay involved. Heck, even Facebook has events you can search for and find something to get into. Here in San Antonio, a new friend I’ve made, Josh, hosts this young adult gospel event called LightItUpSA to get us younger people out and exposed to both local and traveling artists, poets, lyricists, etc. who want to spread the gospel! It’s basically a praise party and it really is lit. There are ways to be happy in your walk, you just have to look a little bit in the beginning.
Omg I know, this may hurt some feelings. Don’t worry, mine have been hurt too. I am no saint y’all. I love a good margarita or Long Island with some queso or guacamole during happy hour. However, if you were or are anything like I once was, you know you can go overboard. Sometimes this may happen in a spur-of-the-moment situation or if you’re out to eat, you keep drinking your drinks until your food comes. Either way, this too can be a hindrance. We all know that when we’ve consumed too much alcohol, we are not thinking clearly and possibly end up making irrational decisions or saying out-of-pocket things. Don’t let that continue to be you. Good thing for me, it wasn’t too hard because I had participated in the Daniel Fast this January, but for those that may have a bit of a harder time, ease yourself out of it. I can’t say go cold turkey because then you won’t be successful. But letting go of alcohol or having it once (in moderation) every blue moon will allow you to keep a sober mind and conscience as you continue your walk. I’m also not saying you just can’t have alcohol either; the Bible says not to get drunk with wine, not that you couldn’t have any BUT do so in moderation so that you don’t become wild or drunk. (Ephesians 5:18)
You are your own comfort zone. What I’m learning now is that when the Lord has a purpose for you, you should be open to following it. I had a breakthrough this past Friday at a worship night hosted by my campus’ Voices In Praise Gospel Choir and in those moments, it was confirmed to me that I really need to discipline myself and get on one accord with God. I knew that everything I like doing that does not glorify God will need to cease. That for me is cutting all ties with people and things that are not allowing me to truly move forward in my walk. Everything has an expiration date, and when it comes to my faith, I know I have to surrender myself completely to do what God has called me to do and He’s wanting to do the same for you. Find the places within you that need correcting and give it to God. Pray to Him that He will heal whatever is causing you to stumble and that you’ll use your trials as your testimony.
There are possibly more that I’m missing, but this is what I’ve picked up thus far on my walk. It may differ from person to person, but the overall aspect is that no matter what…if you want to walk in righteousness with God, it’s gonna cost you somethin’.
I pray this does something for someone. Please like, comment, and share with family and friends! Be blessed!
*Extra baggage meaning you will have your own things to deal with in your walk so no need to bring anyone else’s.