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The Secret to Producing Sweet Spiritual Fruit

Is there a lack of evidence of spiritual fruit in your life? Would you like to see more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? The evidence of repentance and forgiveness is fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 The root of bitterness can crush the Spirit’s root and stunt the fruit of the Spirit. The root sits ... Read More »

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 »

Spiritual Mountain Climbing

We are all in a process or transforming. The  process includes spiritual, emotional, mental and physical (taking care of Gods temple),  The Bible is a map to the path up the mountain. In mountain climbing the terrain becomes steeper and steeper, but with each level there is greater vision. I’ve been Bible Journaling for a few months now. It has been an ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Love: The Remedy Against Trouble of Mind

As the love of God penetrates our hearts and minds, we become expressions of His love, kindness, and goodness to others. It is then we are doing what Jesus did–showing others the Father (John 14:8). The fruit of legalism is pride, arguments, jealousy, selfish ambition, and envy. The fruit of God’s Spirit is love beautifully described below. How excellent would ... 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 »

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 »

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 »