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Evidencing the Fruit of the Spirit

How has your week gone in evidencing the fruit of the Spirit? Good, bad, so-so?

We are not perfect and you won't find a perfect person. When we use this terminology we are setting a Christlike standard for the disciple to reflect Jesus above all else. We want the Holy Spirit to change our lives so we produce the fruit of the Spirit. So as we are in situations with those around us at work, school, home or church, we need to be the type of person who is pursuing after God and His heart.

It needs to be clearly evident what type of fruit is being produced. When we have a desire to grow in our walk with the Lord we begin to add Christlike disciplines in our lives such as Bible memorization, so as a disciple we should strive for the fruit listed in Gal 5:22-23. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. Have we mastered this? Of course not. But we strive for it out of our desire to please the Father and be more like Jesus.

"Fruit is always visible. When a tree produces fruit it is tangible, you can see it and touch it. The fruit of the Spirit is visible characteristics of Jesus being produced in a believer's life." Ken Adams

Spiritual fruit is a reflection of the character of Christ in our lives.
Fruit always benefits others. A tree bears fruit so that people can enjoy it. The fruit produced by God's Spirit in our lives makes the relationships in our lives better. This is where much of the tangible comes in, when scripture says they will know you by your fruit.

I like to remember when I'm leaky, I don't need more of the Spirit, the Spirit needs more of me. I haven't let go of the junk in my life to allow Him full reign. It's an ongoing process that the more we surrender, the closer our relationship with Him becomes. Adding the discipline of memorizing scripture is vital to spiritual growth. It helps enable us to "wear" the Fruit and bear fruit. Join me this week in memorizing John 1:14

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John Week 2

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Why Jesus Became A Man

As we study the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we come face to face with the extent of the Love of Jesus.  In his incarnation Jesus came to feel what we feel to show us what God is really like.  Being perfectly human, Jesus demonstrated what it looks like to prioritized our lives in the greatest possible way.  Jesus is not only the living example of the abundant life but He is the Savior of our lives.  The incarnation became the gateway to the cross.  Jesus became a man to lead us to God through the cross.

Paul Harvey tells about a raw winter night on which a farmer heard a thumping sound against the kitchen door. He went to a window and watched as tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the warmth inside, beat in vain against the glass storm door.

The farmer bundled up and trudged through fresh snow to open the barn for the struggling birds. He turned on the lights, tossed some hay in a corner, and sprinkled a trail of saltine crackers to direct them to the barn. But the sparrows hid in the darkness, afraid of him.

He tried various tactics: circling behind the birds to drive them toward the barn, tossing crumbs in the air toward them, retreating to his house to see if they would flutter into the barn on their own. Nothing worked. He had terrified them; the birds could not understand that he was trying to help them.

He withdrew to his house and watched the doomed sparrows through a window. As he stared, a thought hit him like lightning from a clear blue sky: If only I could become a bird—one of them—just for a moment, then I would not frighten them so. I could show them the way to warmth and safety. At the same moment, another thought dawned on him: He had grasped the whole principle of the incarnation.

A man becoming a bird is nothing compared to God becoming a man. The concept of a sovereign being as big as the universe confining himself to a human body is too much for some people to believe (cited in Swindoll, The Tardy Oxcart, pp. 294–95).

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