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The Fruit Of The Spirit

TODAY’S VERSE
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When I think of our human propensity for anger, confusion, impatience, harshness, lack of control and impulsiveness, I am amazed at God’s solution. Our humanness, a result of man’s fallen condition, has been trumped by God’s Holy Spirit. What a plan. God gives us a body in which we house our personality with enough room for His Holy Spirit. The result is the ability for the Holy Spirit to produce in us new attitudes, motivations and behaviors. Paul calls it fruit. What a great analogy – the Holy Spirit alive in us, growing into a beautiful fruit tree. The fruit that the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. You don’t have to make an apple tree produce apples. When watered, nourished and receiving adequate sunlight an apple tree produces beautiful luscious apples. Likewise, you don’t have to manufacture the fruit of the Spirit; rather, you begin reading and meditating on His Holy word and spending time in relationship with God through confession and prayer and the Holy Spirit will generate the results. Begin today to nourish your Spiritual life and let the Holy Spirit produce its fruit.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I desire the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be evident in my life. Help me to read and meditate on your word. Help me to relate to you in prayer and confession. Help me, Holy Spirit, live the life you want me to. Produce your fruit in my life, even today.
AMEN

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Heavenly Shepherd

TODAY’S VERSE
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.”
Psalms 23:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
David wrote this famous Psalm from experience. As a young man, he spent his time shepherding a flock of sheep for his father. He knew the value of a shepherd to the flock. He also knew the value of knowing God. David writes that the shepherd provides all that the sheep need. David writes that God, like a shepherd, lets us rest in green meadows, leads us beside peaceful streams, renews our strength, and guides us along right paths. And like a shepherd, even in the darkest times God is right there close by our side, comforting us. With God as our shepherd, David concludes that goodness and unfailing love will pursue us as long as we shall live. I love the concept of the shepherd; it is being a sheep that I struggle with. Perhaps that is because I am not a sheep. I am human, and being so, I struggle surrendering my will to God. But even still, His love cuts through my pride. His love compels me to live for Him. It wins and woos me to surrender myself to His control. I can trust Him. I can lean on Him. I can be my needy self and know that God desires to shepherd me. It brings Him great joy. Today, respond to His love. Let Him be your shepherd.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for all Your care. Thank You for all You provide and do for You. You are my Heavenly shepherd and I gladly live for You.
AMEN

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Holy Spirit

TODAY’S VERSE
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 14:17 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to get caught up in all the trappings of this life. We live in a very materialistic and mechanistic world. But there is more to life than fame, fortune, and fleshly appetites. We are emotional and spiritual beings and can choose to live by different standards and values than the world. Paul wrote that the Kingdom of God is about “living a life of goodness and peace and joy.” But not just any goodness, peace and joy. No, the source of these emotions is none other than the Holy Spirit. There is a life that God desires us to have and the secret lies in our life in the Spirit. Isn’t time we get to know the Holy Spirit and let Him appropriate these qualities in our life? Today, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you, teach you, guide you and assist you in living all that God desires for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Holy Spirit. You, who is so instrumental in my Christian experience. You, who is so misunderstood and unappreciated. I ask forgiveness for my ignorance and apathy toward You. Instead, I come today to You and ask You to help me live a life of goodness, peace and joy in and through You.
AMEN

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It’s Your Choice

TODAY’S VERSE
“So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering His glorious miracles and obeying His commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors-stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.”
Psalms 78:7-8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We have choices. This new generation had to choose whether they were going to treat God like their ancestors did or follow a different way. Their ancestors chose not to follow God, being rebellious, unfaithful and stubborn. They refused to give their hearts to Him. But now, for the new generation, it was time to choose. Would they follow the old way or choose a new way?
Thankfully, they chose to remember God’s goodness and follow His ways. This started with a choice, a choice to break from the bad and follow the good. Now, anyone who has struggled with behavior knows that “one” choice won’t get a person through a life time. Life is full of choices. This generation’s ancestors did not start out rebellious and stubborn, but became so one choice at a time and soon they were far from who they use to be. Where are you? Are you refusing to give your heart fully to God? Where has the road you’ve followed taken you? Which side of this generation gap represents you? It’s not too late; a new pathway is only a choice away- Today choose to follow God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for the freedom to choose. Thank You that by Your grace it is never too late to follow You. That is what I want; I want to follow You. Help me to that end.
AMEN

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A Fruitful Life

TODAY’S VERSE
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 (NIV)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

 TODAY’S THOUGHT
I live so much of life as if it all depended on me. I must achieve. I must make people happy. You know, “If it’s going to be, then it’s up to me!” mentality. Now this might be good filler for a PMA book (Positive Mental Attitude) but how realistic is it? More than that, how Biblical is it? Don’t get me wrong, I believe in personal accountability but we need to realize that we cannot live the kind of life Christ wants us to without Him. He is the one that came to give us a full life. It is “with” Him. We need to add faith to whatever we do. We need to bring God into the picture. We do this by changing “me” to a “we”. It is “Christ in us” that makes all the difference in the world. Jesus said that He came to give us a life that is to the full. He didn’t come to make us busy, or famous, or rich, or any other obsession that we may have. He came to give us the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This is what He wants our life to be built on. This is the life He desires for us. Today, let’s quit striving and start living. Come to Jesus and let Him fill you with His Holy Spirit. Ask Him to produce the “fruit of the Spirit” in your life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I ask that You would produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life. Help me live for You in Your strength and Your power.
AMEN

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Pursuing Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.”
Psalms 23:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Psalms 23 is perhaps the most popular passage in the Bible. Parts like, “Though I walk through the shadow of death I will fear no evil” make it a favorite at funerals. At the end of the chapter there is a glorious verse. Usually it reads, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” It sounds so poetic but do we really understand the meaning? Today’s passage says it in a slightly different way, a way that really brings out the true meaning. It reads, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.” See the difference? It is not some passive “following”. It is not a result of any good we have done. Instead, it says that God “pursues” us with His unfailing love and goodness. Not just temporarily, but all the days of our lives! He pursues you. If you ignore Him, He pursues, if you take Him for granted, He pursues, even if you turn your back on Him, His unfailing love and goodness pursues you. Today, live in the joy that God is pursuing you with His love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father, thank You for Your pursuing me with Your unfailing love and goodness. Today, help me live in the joy of that reality.
AMEN

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