Faith & Life: Preparing Your Spirit in Uncertain Times


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Preparing Your Spirit in Uncertain Times

Listen More, Obey God, Build Your Foundation, and Focus on Him

by J.M. Troppello


I was listening to the Glenn Beck Radio station, and he said something that truly resonated with me. He said that we need to be so in tune with the Spirit more now, than ever. He continued to share that if you’re driving or walking somewhere and the Spirit tells you to stop and go another way – you need to listen.


I completely agree with him. That has been my spiritual philosophy for all my life as a Christian. However, I understand why he has been mentioning that truth multiple times in recent years.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you have seen how crazy and stressful the last two years have been. With inflation and gas prices on the rise, the future seems even more uncertain. This is especially true if you’ve been listening to conservative news platforms that have talked about the Great Reset and how that is detrimental to our freedoms – and how it will be bad for those who don’t follow the Woke ideology of our culture.


Trusting Moment by Moment


My husband and I have been doing our part to prepare for the tougher times ahead. Yet, the most important part of that preparation is preparing our spirits. It’s so vital to survive and thrive in this world – and for your future in Heaven – to be prepared spiritually.


Consider the following ways that you can prepare your spirit as you trust God moment by moment to guide you in this life:


  • Listen – The Holy Spirit may be speaking to you. Yet, you may not be open to hearing what He has to say. The first part in preparing your spirit in these uncertain times is to make a commitment to hearing and listening to the Holy Spirit. Stay open to God’s leading. He will lead you on the right path.


  • Obey – It’s one thing to hear what God is saying to you. However, it’s another thing to actually obey what He’s directing you to do. Believe me, I’m preaching to myself here too. I’ve received direction from God before and didn’t obey. Other times, I’ve heard and reluctantly obeyed. However, other times, I’ve obeyed with joy. Just remember that God has the best in mind for you – even if it doesn’t seem like He does in the moment.


  • Foundation – Continue building on a firm foundation in the Lord. Read the Word each day. Study it so that you can find the deep truths woven into every passage. I know I’ve hammered this truth into many of my articles, but I have found so much value in using a study Bible to help me dig deeper. I love the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (NKJV). It provides helpful descriptions of the passages. That’s been useful when I haven’t been able to completely grasp a passage. I love reading the notes and reference verses for each passage.


  • Focus – Keeping your mindset (emotionally and spiritually) focused on God is pivotal to preparing for these uncertain times. One important way to stay focused on God is to move in an attitude of thanksgiving throughout the day. Thank God for what you have, not what you don’t have. Praise Him in the good days and bad days. Spend time in deep worship and prayer to God.


4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. (2 Cor. 5:4-8, NKJV)

I read this passage of scripture today in my devotional time. Life is fleeting, but Heaven is for eternity. Stay focused on trusting God moment by moment. He will guide your steps. Just stay open to His leading.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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