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Fruit Of The Spirit – (Day 18) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 18 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 17 we talked about the only thing that counts in our relationship with God and today we’ll discuss the Fruit Of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

The other day I had a conversation with a co-worker concerning Love and Marriage. She was telling me how her parents had such a beautiful marriage, almost 60 years of marriage…

You could hear the admiration she had for their love and that’s obviously what she wants and hopes for herself…but she admitted that it’s something very rare these days and almost unattainable.

She then proceeded to tell me that her mother told her that the reason marriages don’t last these days is because people no longer have that Selfless Love…

People have become very selfish and most of us can’t just love without expecting something in return…and if the other person fails to return the favor or reach our expectations we simply bail out….

Most of us live by our egos, the ego says we are entitled to receive things from others while the spirit says, “I don’t deserve anything, but through, God’s grace and mercy, I receive these gifts.”

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When we are of Christ, we crucify our ego, our flesh, our passions and desires and are reborn. We are filled with God’s spirit and start to produce his fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is evidence of the presence of God in our life and our relationship with him.

Attempting to truly Love, have Joy, be Peaceful, Patient, Kind, Good, Faithful, Gentle and have Self-Control without the presence of God in our life or without having a relationship with God is a big and constant STRUGGLE… it’s much easier and natural to submit to our Flesh, our own desires/passions and ego…

When we try to live according to the “law”/a moral code using our own strength, we are simply living for our own satisfaction, boosting our own egos…

But if we surrender/ submit to God and allow his Spirit to work within us, by his grace and through Faith we’re able to effortlessly produce Fruit of the Spirit.

When we bear the Fruit Of Spirit, we glorify God and it becomes evident in our relationships with others.

Today, let’s thank God for the gift of the Spirit and his Fruit and acknowledge that we can’t walk by the Spirit on our own strength but that we need him to help us crucify our egos, flesh, desires and passions. Let us ask him to help us live a life that glorifies him through the Fruit of his Spirit. Amen

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee

 



The only thing that counts in our relationship with God (Day 17) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 17 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 16 we talked about Four things we should be praying for…and today we’ll talk about the only thing that counts in our relationship with God.

Galatians 5:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

I was talking to a friend the other day and we were discussing how everyone is a “Guru” of something these days…so many of us are just so lost, searching and seeking for answers…and thanks to the Internet, there’s an answer for anything and everything….whatever it is you’re trying to do…there’s an “Expert” out there, ready to give you the winning formula….

Most of us live our lives governed by a set of “formulas”…. It’s how we think we can at least determine we’re doing this thing called life correctly. It’s how we measure our success. It puts our mind at ease knowing that we’re headed on the right track. It at least gives us the sense of security and control that we seek.

From the moment you’re a child, you’re told go to school, earn great grades, work hard, get married and have children by a certain age and eventually everything will fall in place…but we soon realize that’s not necessarily true.

Life is unpredictable…and what works for one person may not necessarily work for everyone, sometimes we take a wrong turn…a detour and it sets us on a path we really never set on embarking and that’s the beauty of life.

But wouldn’t it be so boring if we all lived the same exact life, based on the same exact series of formulas…we wouldn’t be able to share the unique experiences that makes the world so rich with history, culture and diversity. These unique experiences is what life is really about, it’s what makes us human….

It’s the same thing with our relationship with God…some of us try to do this Christian thing by living according to a set of Formulas…we live our lives governed by a set of laws…we have a checklist and we say, if we do this or that and that…then we believe we’re “good” Christians…

But Paul warned the Galatians about this…he reminds us that we do not have to “Earn” our way to a relationship with God or into heaven, based on laws…because Christ already set us FREE.

If we do live our Christian lives based on a formula then we’re really just slaves and we’re actually forfeiting God’s gift of grace. It’s not something we can “Earn”, because God already gave us his grace and love through Jesus Christ who set us free when he died for us on the cross.

So how can we measure our Christianity then? how can we know we’re doing the right thing by God? Paul says laws don’t count…

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

So once again it all boils down to LOVE…ultimately all the formulas and laws don’t matter if we don’t live our lives as an embodiment of God’s love.

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee

 

 



Four things you should be praying for ( Day 16 ) – “What is Love? Challenge”

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It’s Day 16 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 15 we talked about the gift of Spiritual Rebirth, our inheritance and the purpose of pain and suffering.

Today we’ll talk about Four things we should be praying for…

Ephesians 3:14-21 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Praying doesn’t always come naturally, sometimes it feels like a routine where you’re simply repeating the same conversation over and over….and sometimes you simply go blank and don’t really know what to say…

On times like this you can always turn to the Word Of God, not only is the bible a guide for how we should live but it’s also filled with prayers…we can use it to learn how to pray and even use the scriptures as our own prayers…

Today we take a look at Paul’s prayer as a template of four things we should be praying for or including in our prayers…

The first thing we learn from Paul is how he prays..he starts praying by bowing his knees as a sign of respect, sincerity and worship to God. He also starts his prayer by acknowledging God, who he is and how great he is…

once he’s done he goes ahead and prays for 4 things:

1. For Inner Strength through the Holy Spirit: Inner Strength is important in our walk with Christ because it’s how we gain our integrity and it helps us keeps focused on our Journey.

2. Next he prays that Christ may dwell in our Hearts through FAITH: As a result of Inner Strength we gain FAITH…and as a result of FAITH we have Christ dwelling in our hearts.

3. He also prays that we’re able to comprehend what is the breadth, length, height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all understanding: When we have Christ dwelling in our Hearts, we have the privilege of experiencing and understanding just how much Christ Loves us.

4. Lastly he prays that we’re filled with the Fullness of God: Which can only be done once we’re able to comprehend just how much Christ/God loves us…

and at this point Paul ends his prayer with worship and praise to God, who is Able to to do far more than we ask for or comprehend…

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As we can see from Paul’s prayer, in order for us to get the full experience of God working in our lives we need to have Inner Strength through the Holy Spirit, we have to have Christ dwelling in our hearts through Faith, we need to comprehend the Love of Christ that surpasses all understanding and finally to be filled with the fullness of God…

Once we are filled with the fullness of God we’re able to see just how powerful God is in our lives, we’re able to witness his work and hand in our life…and we actually get to see his will for our life…that what he gives us, is not what we want it’s actually what we need and far more abundant than our minds can comprehend or even ask for…AMEN

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee

 

 

 



What’s the purpose of pain and suffering? – (Day 15) – ” What is Love? Challenge.”

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It’s Day 15 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 14 we talked about Why having a strong and consistent Prayer life, as well as why consistently reading the Word Of God (the Bible) is so important…because this is how we receive loving guidance from our Father, this is how we learn our purpose and how to live our lives.

Today we’ll discuss Spiritual Rebirth and the inheritance we receive because we are God’s precious children.

1 Peter 1:3-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

In today’s verses we’re reminded, through God’s mercy and the resurrection of Jesus Christ we’ve all been given the most precious gift, of spiritual rebirth. Because of this, anyone who declares and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and saviour, the Messiah, has access to the gift of Eternal Life and an imperishable inheritance in heaven.

You’ve probably heard people say, “If God loves us so much why does he allow suffering?” I actually saw someone question this as I was scrolling down instagram just the other day….and you’ve probably heard the saying “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

People who question this, usually argue that this argument proves that God doesn’t exist!!! because a loving, an all powerful, God/Creator would not just stand back and allow good people to suffer or bad people to prevail…and these people often say that the power is in our hands…that instead of relying on a “non-existent God” we need to save ourselves!!!

The problem with this faulty logic though, is that if you read the bible….God never promised us a life without misery or trials and tribulations…he never guaranteed us a lifetime full of success and happiness based on our behaviour…. he never implied that if we’re devoted to him, we would be exempt from the pain and suffering of this world…

He promised however that our reward and salvation is kept in heaven and will be for eternity…he did say that our time here on earth is fleeting…and we should keep our focus on preparing ourselves for our spiritual inheritance…

He did promise to never leave us or forsake us and to give us perfect peace amidst our trials….

So what is the purpose of pain and suffering then, if our time here is limited and our inheritance and salvation is in eternity? why do we have to endure trials and tribulation in this “short” lifetime?

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As we can see from today’s scriptures, the trials we go through in this lifetime is to build our faith, to shift our focus and attention on God and to remind us to put our hope in God and all this is to bring all glory and praise to Him…

For we know everything we go through is temporary compared to the gift and promise of Eternity. The suffering that we experience in this lifetime is nothing compared to the inheritance kept for us in heaven…and once this is revealed it results in his praise, honor and glory.

Today let’s pray that God gives us the faith and strength to endure all the trials that life brings. That through it all we may have hope and lean on him. That we may keep our focus on our spiritual inheritance which is imperishable,undefiled and unfading, kept for us in heaven.

Let’s also pray that he helps open the eyes of those who question his existence. That they may receive spiritual rebirth. That the true purpose of pain and suffering may be revealed to them and that they may be able to experience his love and glory as they lean on him through the good and bad. AMEN

Remember God loves you so much, this world is fleeting…. but one thing remains…his love never fails, it never gives up and it never runs out and nothing can separate you from his everlasting love.

XOXO

Dee