“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2Timothy 2:22 NIV)
“Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.” (Hosea 4:1 NIV)
Towards the end of last year (around November), I got back on track with God. Prior to this, I had allowed other things to hinder my relationship with God and my focus. I made bad decisions out of loneliness. I didn’t spend time with God as much as I should have. I allowed lust to cloud my vision. It wasn’t until I participated in a journal challenge that my mentor had for her ministry, Wives in Waiting, that I was able to completely put my focus on God. The journal challenge was during the months of November and December. November 1st-14th we read the book of Hosea, November 15th-Nov. 30 we read Romans, and Dec. 1st-Dec. 31st we read 1st Samuel. I read a chapter for the books I had to read each day and wrote down what the passage meant to me. The more I got into God’s word I began to get stronger spiritually. I was able to stop putting myself in compromising situations.
Before I started the challenge, I thought I was in a good place with God. Boy was I wrong! Reading the book of Hosea cut me deep! I realized that my heart wasn’t pure and I was unfaithful to God like Gomer was to her husband Hosea. Ouch! I had to repent and ask God to forgive me for my unfaithfulness. I realized that I needed to put more focus on God and make Him a priority. I made the internal decision to not allow anything or anyone to get in between my relationship with God. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)
I try my best to spend time with God daily. I don’t ever want to drift away from God again. For Valentine’s Day this year I bought myself a purity/promise ring as a reminder that I’m committed to God.
Forgive me for being unfaithful towards you. Create in me a clean heart. Help me to stay focused on you. I want to be close to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to keep God first. Spend time with Him daily. Don’t allow yourself to drift away from Him. Cut off the things, places or people that take your focus off of Him.
Are you faithful or unfaithful to God?
Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL . She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as treasurer of the Kings Alpha E-line Chapter, the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director, and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)