Fruit of the Spirit

Being a Christian is a continuous journey of growth and faith in which we diligently seek to be more like Christ. In the book of Galatians Paul describes in detail the works that humans living in the flesh encompass and in stark comparison the attributes of those that have given their life to Christ.

As we seek to become more like Christ these nine attributes will begin to surface throughout our daily walk with God. They can be seen in how we treat not only others but ourself. As we say farewell to the flesh and begin to embody the Spirit of Christ, this fruit will begin to manifest and transform us from within. It’s important to remember that only growth can produce fruit, and the growth happening within us is fueled by our love for Christ and His love for us.

Please join me as I study and write about the Fruit of the Spirit for the next nine days.

“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

– Galatians 5:22-24

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Power in His Name

Yahweh. Jesus. Son of God.

A series of events intricately woven together – thousands of years apart – have allowed us to call on the power of God’s name whenever we are in need. When Jesus sacrificed His life for ours on a rugged cross, He irrevocably passed us the baton. He handed us the power. I don’t think we fully comprehend or fully utilize the precious gift that God gave us that day.

When God’s name was spoken in the Bible He:

Cast out demons

Healed diseases

Brought salvation

Breathed life to the dead

He loved

God wants us to call on Him. He wants to help us, to save us, and to love us. He wants us to say His name with confidence. With boldness. With awe.

After all, He is the great I am. He is God.

“LORD, there is no one like you! For you are great, and your name is full of power.” – Jeremiah 10:6

Rules

Rules.

They are there for a reason.

Like many kids all across the world, when I was growing up I thought my parents were so strict. Now looking back I totally get it, and I am so thankful. The rules that they put into place were to protect me physically and mentally.

Now I’m 36 with two kiddos of my own. Half the time I feel like Frank and I are still college kids; yet, here we are adulting – whatever that means. And we have rules. Rules that our kids don’t understand now. Rules that cause them to give us the stink eye, and that’s ok. Rules that they will be thankful for later.

Rules.

Put in place by our Father in Heaven to protect us physically and mentally. Rules that we sometimes don’t understand. Rules that we don’t want to follow, that we question. Rules that may even make us angry.

Rules that we will be thankful for later. No doubt.

“But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it- they will be blessed in what they do.” – James 1:25

My Best Friend

God is:

Loyal

Loving

Forgiving

Powerful

Trustworthy

Dependable

Honest

Able

He is my Lord, and He is my absolute best friend. He will always be there for me. He will never let me down.

He is just a call away.

“Henceforth I call you not servants; for servants know not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.” – John 15:15

Holidays

The holidays unleash all kinds of emotions and behavior. It’s hard, but important, to remember that for whatever reason everyone doesn’t experience this time of the year like you do.

Some people are Santa here on Earth. They live for the traditions and the decorating and the cookies. They love the music, the weather, and even the holiday colors. – Let them.

For some people this time of the year is absolutely excruciating. Memories of past holidays well up inside of them and create an almost unbearable situation. – They can’t help it.

Whatever type of “holiday” person you are – just try and remember others. Pray for others. Invite others – but don’t be upset when they literally just cant.

Be patient. Be kind. Share the love of Christ.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

Gratitude

This is my prayer today and every single day:

-Always be thankful

-Always be grateful

-Always see the good

-Give everything for Christ who gave everything to me

“16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:16-17

Slumps

Sometimes we slip into a slump so quickly that we don’t even realize we are sinking until we are sunk. If you’re currently trying to dig your way out of a sinkhole and not making any headway – give the shovel to God.

Give the shovel to God, and be thankful that you don’t have to do this alone. He wants to help us, but we have to let Him.

“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”

– Psalm 40:2