changing…

Have you ever said to yourself, “Oh, if God will just change or fix this situation, then my life would be sooo much better!”  I know I have.

But I believe that God wants us to think a bit differently.  Did you ever stop to think that maybe….just maybe…God wants to change us!

The Holy Spirit has more than enough power to transform our life from the inside out, but working that change within us can be a very slow process.  Just as the delicious fruit on the tree, our spiritual fruit takes time to grow and mature.  That is why we need patience and the faith to believe that He is working, even when we don’t see the results right away.  Our sweet Lord is never in a hurry and will never, ever give up on us.

God doesn’t just have a purpose for your life, but a unique, individualized plan for all of us!  He wants to conform every believer to the image of His Son, Jesus.  And although it may make no sense to you right now, trust Him…..He knows exactly what He is doing.

son-ripened fruit

My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples. John 15:8, HCSB


You may be a brand-new Christian, or perhaps you’ve known Jesus for years. Regardless, it should be obvious to others that you belong to Jesus. He said that when people look at you, they should see evidence of God at work.
What kind of evidence? Jesus called it “fruit.”

When you put others first instead of yourself, that’s fruit.

When you get rid of an ungodly habit and seek to live a pure life, that’s fruit.

When you refuse to gossip but choose instead to build up others, that’s fruit.

When you control your temper, even when others are losing theirs, that’s fruit.

When you forgive someone who hurt you, that’s fruit.

The types of fruit are endless.
God doesn’t expect you to produce all this fruit on your own. In fact, Jesus said you’re not capable (apart from him) of living a life that glorifies God. Rather, he wants to live through you, as a way to show others that he is alive and powerful.
In fact, the only way to keep Christ from producing fruit in your life is to resist what he’s trying to do in you. If, on the other hand, you cooperate with all Christ is doing in you, you’ll see amazing things taking place in your life.
Think back to when you first became a Christian. Are you the same person you were then, or have you allowed God to produce fruit in your life as a testimony to his greatness?
Read Up: Matthew 5:14-16, James 3:13-18  (source:  LifeWay Devotionals)


be gentle….

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

Gentleness used here describes a condition of the heart or mind.  You can say that it is a gentle spirit.

Jesus was gentle and meek, but He was not weak. He blessed others out of a heart of love and compassion. In fact, Jesus and Paul both emphasized that we will have a right spirit toward others only if we approach them in a gentle, considerate spirit.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.   So affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”

Many people associate gentleness with weakness and that is incorrect.  Being wimpy or timid are NOT products of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7, “But God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”

Strength and gentleness are blended together.  God does not want us to treat our fellow human beings harshly…HIS nature is to be merciful, kind and gentle…and full of His power.

what? Self-control?

“The fruit of the Spirit is love , joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  (Galatians 5:22)

Ok…I’ll be honest here…when I think of self-control….I think of food.  This is a tug of war in my life every single day.

God has given us free will, but that doesn’t give us license to do whatever we please.  He gave us a free will so we would voluntarily love Him, and obey Him.  But that, my friends, can only be done with the help of the Holy Spirit.  It might be the last fruit of the spirit, but it is certainly not the least.

Temptation comes to us in soo many ways.  But if we immerse ourselves in His Word and let the Spirit guide us then we can overcome.  Our culture today might say, “if it feels good do it”…but many people that gave in to that (bad) advice are in the BIG HOUSE today for acting on it!! (not the White House, but prison, silly…)

A person without self-control is very vulnerable.  THAT person is controlled by self…which is in direct contrast to what the Holy Spirit wants for us.

So have you messed up?  Don’t let your sin doubt your salvation.  Deal with it, confess it and re-commit your life to Christ.  Surrender and admit that you can’t do it on your own.

Nope….we can’t do it on our own.  The Bible clearly says that there is a struggle within us.  It’s daily and sometimes hourly.  And without the Holy Spirit inside of us…..we will be powerless.

Remember….the fruit of the spirit aren’t something we can scrounge up on our own…but they are free gifts that God has given to us…….and that’s a good thing….

be gentle….

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

Gentleness used here describes a condition of the heart or mind.  You can say that it is a gentle spirit.

Jesus was gentle and meek, but He was not weak. He blessed others out of a heart of love and compassion. In fact, Jesus and Paul both emphasized that we will have a right spirit toward others only if we approach them in a gentle, considerate spirit.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.   So affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”

Many people associate gentleness with weakness and that is incorrect.  Being wimpy or timid are NOT products of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7, “But God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”

Strength and gentleness are blended together.  God does not want us to treat our fellow human beings harshly…HIS nature is to be merciful, kind and gentle…and full of His power.

faithfulness…

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

While we might not be able to see the outcome of what God is doing in our life or where He’s taking you…but always know that God will never lead you astray.  He has our best interest at heart.

I am so very thankful that God has given us the faith to believe His truth.  I am thankful that God is faithful and trustworthy.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

We simply need to have faith in God and trust Him IMPLICITLY!!  Do we have honesty and integrity in our actions?  Are we being reliable in our commitments and responsibilities?  We should be acting faithfully and know that our actions, our thoughts and our motives are under the constant observation of our Heavenly Father.

Revelation 17:14, ” ..for He is the Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen and faithful.” (NKJ)

That’s who I want to be…..called, chosen and faithful….

kindness and goodness..will get you places…

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

Kindness or gentleness, is a beautiful quality that touches our relationships with others.  This fruit talks about being thoughtful in the way we treat others.  Goodness speaks more of a moral quality.  It has more to do with our character than with our behavior….but it DOES affect our behavior.

Sometimes christians have both an agenda for themselves while earnestly pursuing God’s Will.  They mean well, but can sometimes fail to be gracious and kind in the way they try to pursue His Will.

Kindness is very much like love in the sense that it is an unselfish act.  Just because someone doesn’t do something nice for you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something nice for someone else.  We should always set an example for right living.

Romans 12:10, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.”

Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.”


hmm…..patience…that’s a tough one…

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,  peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

Ok, patience is not something we can truly pull off by our own will.  It is supernatural.  It is another fruit of the Spirit.  Often we think of patience as waiting for something to happen and then being in a good mood about it!  Some translations  call it longsuffering. and the dictionary explains it as, “long and patience endurance.” Ouchie….that sounds like it’s going to hurt.

God has an excellent reason for wanting us to have patience.  In His master plan of salvation, God intends to provide an opportunity for everyone who has ever lived to understand His Word and repent.  And in regards to our relationships with one another we are told…

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)

Let’s all try to have the quality of a calm, tranquil frame of mind…beginning by trusting in the sovereignty of God and by waiting on God’s perfect timing in all our circumstances and with other people.  Hmm…this is going to be a tough one….but a good one.

Tomorrow KINDNESS!