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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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. They are the by-products of Christ’s control—we can’t obtain them by trying to get them without his help. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our life to his. We must know him, love him, remember him, and imitate him. As a result, we will fulfill the intended purpose of the law—to love God and our neighbors. Which of these qualities do you want the Spirit to produce in you?
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 tracers 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, vocational. 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.
O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8 (NRSV)
Ann Stewart (South Australia, Australia) titled her story “RENOVATIONS;” here is a portion of Ann’s story:
“. . . This conversation reminded me of our spiritual renovation process through the work of the Holy Spirit in us. As the Spirit works in our lives, God brings to the surface areas that need healing, attitudes that need changing, sins that need repentance, and relationships that need restoring.
“Like the house renovations, the process can be messy and sometimes painful. However, God deals with us lovingly and gently. God is the Master Builder with perfect timing. We are works in progress, and we become more like Jesus during our spiritual transformation.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will strive to be all that God wants me to be.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the work of your Holy Spirit in us. May we reach our full potential as your children and serve you well and with joy. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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1 How have we been crucified with Christ? Legally, God looks at us as if we had died with Christ. Because our sins died with him, we are no longer condemned. Relationally, we have become one with Christ, and his experiences are ours. Our Christian life began when, in unity with him, we died to our old life. In our daily life, we must regularly crucify sinful desires that keep us from following Christ. This, too, is a kind of dying with him.
And yet the focus of Christianity is not dying but living. Because we have been crucified with Christ, we have also been raised with him. Legally, we have been reconciled with God and are free to grow into Christ’s likeness. And in our daily life, we have Christ’s resurrection power as we continue to fight sin. We are no longer alone, for Christ lives in us—he is our power for living and our hope for the future.
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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