Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Are You “In Season”?

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.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

A few months ago a young man purchased the property next door to us
and eventually proceeded to plant various fruit trees.
In “farmer’s lingo” fruit is generally considered to be a
seed-bearing product of a plant ...
many of which are edible, enjoyable, refreshing, and nourishing.
Fruit are also seasonal.

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit should also be ‘edible’, enjoyable, refreshing, and nourishing.

However it should NEVER be seasonal!

I use the term ‘IT’ because the fruit of the Spirit is not individual “fruits” but one
nine-fold “fruit” that characterizes all who walk in the Spirit.
Therefore, these are the fruit that all Christians should be evidencing in
their lives with Jesus Christ.

Evidence of a transformed life!

I was reading something the other day by Jennifer Abegg:
“When we ask the Holy Spirit to direct our life He begins to form His character within us. This ripens into fruit that He can / will use to change the lives of others.”

The fruit of the Spirit in my life and in your life is the visible evidence of
growing in Jesus Christ!
And seeing others changing and growing also!

How “fertile” are you for the work of the Holy Spirit in your life?
Is the soil healthy, nourishing and well-watered?
Maybe there are some weeds that need to be cleared away.

Pull those weeds out and give them to God –
Get into the Word and let Him nourish you –
Let Him fill you up with His Living water –
Be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the fruit will be plentiful.

Praying for you today, I remain
Resting in Him,

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