Pick a Fruit!

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Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

During a recent Bible study, I was asked what fruit of the Spirit I needed to work most on in my life. That’s a tough one for me because I need to practice them all!

I’m thinking right now would be a good time to make some changes. How about you? What would our world be like if all believers focused on one or two of the fruits and practiced them as the Spirit leads and gives opportunity?

For example, I choose to work on love and kindness. Not just a loving feeling, but to concentrate on anonymous acts of love and kindness as I listen for the Spirit’s voice to whisper his guidance. Pretty soon, love and kindness will be a regular thought process, a supernatural transformation of my mind.

So how about it? Why not choose one or two fruits as your focus and see what God can do? I can’t wait to see what He will do.

And there you go!


You Are Worth It!

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Matthew 10:31 says, “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Sparrows weren’t worth much in Jesus’ time, and they are very common in our time as well. There are at least 35 species in North America.

As common as they are, God knows when even one falls to the ground. And Jesus tells us we are worth more than many sparrows.

So why are you and I afraid? Maybe it’s the awful news all around us. Maybe we can’t see a way out of our circumstances. Maybe we are in a dark place that Jesus wants to break through with His light.

But whatever we are facing, we don’t need to be afraid. Jesus knows. He cares. He is good. He loves us.

Oh, Child of God, you are so worth it to Him! To the extent He died for you then rose again to live forever. He forgives your sins and makes you new. You don’t even need to be afraid. He is with you. He is for you!

And there you go!

Spread the Light!

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1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

We have the amazing privilege to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light! We are chosen by Him, made a part of the royal priesthood, declared holy as Christians, and have been designated as people of God’s own possession. What a wonderful opportunity the Lord has given us!

But what do we tell?

Are we proclaiming Jesus and how amazing He is? Or are we proclaiming how hard our circumstances are?

And if our circumstances are hard, do we still proclaim that God is good and that darkness will not overtake us? God has called us to share His gospel and bring His light to a dark world. That is His plan! And it is going to move forward.

And we have been called to declare it! Won’t you do your part in sharing this excellent news? Spread the light, dear Christian, spread the light!

And there you go!

Taking Time to Rest

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures".

When writing this, I am resting in quietness in a screened-in patio in Florida. Outside is green grass and plant life of all kinds. The grass is prickly, not soft and smooth as some sodded yards in Missouri or for that matter, on the golf courses in Florida.

But I still feel like I am relaxing. Lying down in calmness with my Shepherd to guide me as I rest tranquilly. Without one care in the world.

My mind needs rest, and yet I hurry a lot. Not thinking on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report or what is of virtue or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Instead, I think on what is imperative and urgent. And God just wants me to lie down in green pastures and let Him have all my cares. Depending on Him and not worrying about what is coming next.

What a difference it would make to a lost and dying world if they just saw us resting and confidently trusting in our good Shepherd, no matter what!

Now I am not saying let’s get lazy and not work. But let’s slow down and see what God truly has for us today! We might be missing life in the green pasture if we don’t take the time to lie down, allowing the Lord provide for our every need.

And there you go!

Transformation

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Romans 12:2 says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Letting God transform your mind is no small thing. It requires ridding yourself of your own thoughts and taking EVERY thought captive. Literally surrendering EVERY thought to Christ, and then taking on Christ’s thoughts as revealed in God’s Word.

It’s a process to know, understand, then DO God’s will. Renewing your mind is not easy, but so worth it. With a transformed mind comes unspeakable joy and the glory of God. Oh the half has never yet been told!

Renew our minds please, Father, that we may be transformed to do only Your will in Your time and in Your way!

And there you go.

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