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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, November 1, 2014
These are the fruits we can produce: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia) wrote a story in The Upper Room titled “WHOSE AM I?” Meg has some good questions in her story that we can ask ourselves.
To read the entire story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found in the nature of Christ. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our life to his. Which of these qualities do you want the Spirit to produce in you?
Because the God who sent the law also sent the Spirit, the by-products of the Spirit-filled life are in perfect harmony with the intent of God’s law. A person who exhibits the fruit of the Spirit fulfills the law far better than a person who observes the rituals but has little love in his or her heart.
In order to accept Christ as Savior, we need to turn from our sins and willingly nail our sinful nature to the cross. This doesn’t mean, however, that we will never see traces of its evil desires again. As Christians we still have the capacity to sin, but we have been set free from sin’s power over us and no longer have to give in to it. We must daily commit our sinful tendencies to God’s control, daily crucify them, and moment by moment draw on the Spirit’s power to overcome them (see Galatians 2:201; Galatians 6:142).
God is interested in every part of our life, not just the spiritual part. As we live by the Holy Spirit’s power, we need to submit every aspect of our life to God: emotional, physical, social, intellectual, vocation. Paul says that because we’re saved, we should live like it! The Holy Spirit is the source of your new life, so keep in step with his leading. Don’t let anything or anyone else determine your values and standards in any area of your life. (NLT)
Galatians 5:22-25 – But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
Jesus said, “If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.” –John 14:7 (NIV)
Here is part of Meg’s story: “. . . I wonder if my actions, habits, and preferences reflect my heavenly Father. I ask myself if people who know me can recognize something of God in me: Do my words and actions show the influence of the Holy Spirit in my life? Does my life reflect the teachings of Jesus? Am I faithful, patient, and loving – not just on a good day, but every day?
“If my Christianity is ‘real,’ I will reflect my Father to the people around me. That’s a pretty awesome challenge – and responsibility – for each of us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus reflected the Father to those around him, and so can I.
Prayer: Loving Father, we want to be like you. We want to help others get to know you better. Help us to work toward reflecting you in all our words and actions. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FATHERS AND SONS
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1 Galatians 2:20 – I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2 The world is full of enticements. Daily we are confronted with subtle cultural pressures and overt propaganda. The only way to escape these destructive influences is to ask God to help crucify our interest in them, just as Paul did. How much do the interests of this world matter to you? (NLT)
Galatians 6:14 – As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world died long ago, and the world’s interest in me is also long dead.
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