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Want More Fruit? Plant More Seed!

Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Gal 6:7) Henry Wingblade said that Christian personality is hidden deep inside us. It is unseen, like the soup carried in a tureen high over a waiter’s head. No one knows what’s inside,unless the waiter is bumped and he trips! Just so, people don’t know what’s inside us until we’ve been ... Read More »

Patiently Waiting on God for Patience

What first comes to mind when you think of patience? As a mother, my first thought is having patience with my children. Then I think of being patient with my husband. Next, I think of patience with cashiers, waitresses, and the doctor’s office or in line at the post office. pa·tience ˈpāSHəns/ noun the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or ... Read More »

Love One Another as I Have Loved You

Loving one another is the core of our Christian walk. The phrase “love one another” is repeated at least a dozen times in the NT. We are also commanded to submit to one another, encourage one another, care for one another, forgive one another, and edify one another. Jesus taught to “love one another as I have loved you.” Such ... Read More »

Are You Seeking Religion or Relationship?

The Hebrew word for faith is אמונה (emunah – Strong’s #530) and is an action-oriented word meaning “support”. Our Western concept of faith places the action on the one you have faith in, such as “faith in God.” But the Hebrew word places the action on the one who “supports God.” Emunah means faithfulness, persistent determination, holding steady, holding firm, ... Read More »

Spiritual Fruit Begins with Spiritual Rest

Jesus said He would give rest to those who were weary and heavy laden. Spiritual rest is not lying down to take a nap. God didn’t rest on the seventh day because He was tired. His rest was a cessation of labor. Rest is the opposite of work or striving; it is found in relationship with God through Jesus. Resting ... Read More »

Long Suffering – The 4th Fruit of the Holy Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) One of the main definitions of the word long suffering is that it is referring to patience. And patience is another sorely needed quality in the fast paced world in which we live in today. Just watch people standing in line ... Read More »

Spiritual Roots of Diseases (Fear)

I went to a conference on the spiritual roots of diseases with my daughter Victoria in 2008. It was such a blessing to spend a full week with her before she passed in 2014. It is no surprise that there are spiritual roots to many diseases.  Christians have  same statistics in the areas of cancer, heart disease, depression, divorce, diabetes, etc.  ... Read More »

Religion or Relationship?

God does not want a people who simply adhere to a set of rules, no matter how well intended. God said in the book of Hosea, “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6 ). Sacrifices meant nothing because their hearts were unfaithful to God. God wants obedience ... Read More »

No Branch Can Bear Fruit By Itself: Remain in Him

I’ve been pruning hickory trees in our yard–cutting and cleansing for better growth and health.  It reminded me of the uncomfortable and sometimes painful pruning we go through during sanctification. I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he ... Read More »

Survey Reveals American's View of God

The ancient Greek’s viewed god as judgmental, angry, and elderly–detached from the world waiting just for someone to do something wrong. Sadly, this Greek view has permeated Western society. According to USA Today Religion survey: Out of the  91.8% say they believe in God, a higher power or a cosmic force, they had four distinct views of God’s personality and ... Read More »

Sweet Fruit of Intimacy with God

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest… I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. (So 2:3). Solomon compares love to a surprise apple tree in the forest being a delightful sweet treat. He speaks of sitting in the shade as a metaphor for God’s protection. The word taste in ... Read More »

My Mouth Needs a Backspace

My Mouth Needs a Backspace We can measure the fruit of the spirit by what comes out of our mouths.  Scary, huh? I know you imagine only kind and loving, caring, words and praise come out of my mouth but sometimes complaints come out, sometimes anger and bitterness fly out. It’s like Paul describes in  Romans 7:15 For that which ... Read More »

Condemnation or Conviction?

I vividly remember the first time I read Paul’s passage in Romans 7:15-17. I was breathless. I was a baby Christian in my 20s. “That’s me!” I cried. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.Now if I do what I do not want, I ... Read More »

The 8 Rs to Freedom

Fruit of the Spirit Friday: Joy and Peace Do you ever have thoughts that take you into a downward spiral?  I used to go into a downward spiral in my thoughts once a month around “that time.” I would throw a pity party complete with tissues, comfort food (usually chocolate), singing the blues music, and dark cloud themed decorations. I ... Read More »

Rooted and Grounded in Love

He loves me. He loves me. He loves me. Understanding His love is will produce fruit of God’s Spirit in our life. We can be rooted in the love of Christ, anchored in Him, supported by Him. Deep roots = firm foundations. …that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may ... Read More »

Being Understood is a Luxury

Christians who are passionate for God can be unaware of the critical need for people to be understood. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have deep emotional roots that go ignored. We all have a need to come to grips with the scars from our past, to be honest about our brokenness and become vulnerable and learn to grow through pain. We do this by being heard and being understood. Read More »

Do You Harbor Anger, Resentment, Bitterness, Hurt Feelings?

A few days ago I wrote about Brick Walls and how suffering can make us either bitter or better. Bitterness is a poison of emotional venom resulting in critical and judgmental spirits. Bitterness is a root sin linked with rage, with anger, and with malice (Eph 4:31) that produces fruit of broken relationships in families and churches. God warns us ... Read More »

Being Understood is a Luxury

Christians who are passionate for God can be unaware of the critical need for people to be understood. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have deep emotional roots that go ignored. Jesus took the time to listen and understand. He looked below the surface to the heart. People pay counselors thousands of dollars just to be heard in ... Read More »

Being Understood is a Luxury

Christians who are passionate for God can be unaware of the critical need for people to be understood. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have deep emotional roots that go ignored. Jesus took the time to listen and understand. He looked below the surface to the heart. People pay counselors thousands of dollars just to be heard in ... Read More »

Not My Will, But Yours Be Done

Faith is exhibited by submitting to the will of God. The greatest illustration of this submission is Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Remember Jesus wasn’t all-knowing while He was on earth. His omniscience was voluntary and temporarily put aside. Who, being in very nature  God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made ... Read More »

Producing Fruit of the Spirit

  The fruits are listed in Galatians 5:22: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Why don’t Christians constantly bear fruit? Because we automatically default to our sin nature. Walking in the Spirit is a moment-by-moment surrendering. It is a death to self, an unconditional surrender to do or be whatever He wills, in His timing. Fruit ... Read More »

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Chart for Children 1. What fruit are you focusing on this week? I want to be more patient with my children. You would think after a house full of children for 30 years I would have learned to be ... Read More »

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

Friday Fruit of the Spirit Friday is back. Bloggers join in this Friday Meme. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. How does the Bible define this fruit? Faith’s primary meaning is “firm persuasion.” The Greek word for faithfulness is pistis. William Barclay explains: This word (pistis) is common in secular ... Read More »

Fruit of the Spirit Friday: Love

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Two weeks ago today, I had open-heart bypass surgery. When my doctor explained the medical situation, my priorities immediately came into focus. I became conscious of what is truly important in life and what is merely trivial. We only have so many days on ... Read More »

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. What fruit are you focusing on this fruit this week? Gentleness. Let your gentleness be known to all men. Phil 4:5 How does the Bible define this fruit? Gentleness or meekness is the disposition to be gentle, kind, indulgent, even-balanced in tempers and passions, ... Read More »

Fruit of the Spirit: Let's Examine Fruit

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 1. What fruit are you focusing on this fruit this week? Instead of focusing on one of the fruits today I’m studying the word “fruit.” (it’s in keeping with our homeschool study this morning–I will share our homeschool study later today). 2. How does ... Read More »

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 1. What fruit are you focusing on this fruit this week? The greatest fruit of God’s Spirit in our life is love. I want to be rooted in the love of Christ, anchored in Him, supported by Him. Deep roots = firm foundations. Read More »

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

  I have to write about peace for this Friday’s fruit because that’s what I am feeling now. Beautiful peace. Shalom, shalom. I had two huge things going on–one with my health and another with business–things that would normally make me fret. But I have been praying and asked others to pray for me and I feel perfect peace just ... Read More »

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