Today, I begin the series, God’s Diet Food. Spiritual food that is cultivated by an intimate and on going relationship with the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of the spirit is God’s divine personality and character traits that lives in believers.
- Joy (gladness)
- Patience (an even temper)
- Goodness (benevolence)
- Gentleness (meekness, humility)
- Self-control (self-restraint)
If you think you can produce the fruit of the spirit in your own strength. You have been deceived. You must yield to the Holy Spirit’s commands and teachings. A process that requires time and your active participation— repenting, obeying and abiding.
- Decide once and for all whether your flesh or the Holy Spirit is your commander in chief.
- Allow God’s Truth— His righteousness to reign in your heart and life, not corrupt affections and evil practices.
- Cherish God’s grace. It alone empowers you to overcome sin, not self-righteousness or piety.
- Have faith in Christ and His salvation promises, not others or yourself.
- Admit that obedience does not come naturally to anyone because the heart is easily deceived and corrupted.
- Develop a biblical worldview. Only God’s righteousness, His Truth is the standard by which you process the nuances of life, not political correctness or humanism.
- Spend quality time with the Holy Spirit in that place called solitude.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you how to quiet your mind and emotions so that you hear only His voice.
- Learn to enjoy the quiet by not filling your environment with noise.
- Be alone rather than settling for relationships that are devoid of affection and respect.
- Rest when tired or sick instead of self-medicating.
Daily you are assaulted by a multitude of voices clamoring for your attention. Unless you learn to distinguish between the voice of the Holy Spirit and the voices of this sinful world. You will be vulnerable to the schemes of satan.
Jesus understood the importance of developing an intimate and authentic relationship with the Holy Spirit. Before beginning His ministry, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness where water, food and people were absent from His daily existence for forty days and nights. It was during this time that Jesus learned how to deny the wants and needs of His flesh by totally depending upon God’s grace. Yes, even Jesus had to learn how to overcome the desires of the flesh so that His spirit could grow.
As you spend time with the Holy Spirit. His thoughts will become your thoughts. The life lessons learned will transform you by producing the fruit of the spirit. Spiritual food that will nourish not only you but also others as you fulfill your Kingdom destiny.
Thanks for listening to my voice! Feel free to like and share it with your friends.
I know it’s Monday. Have a fun day anyway! Rita
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!