“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:22-23.
“…for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”
2 Peter 1:10
The Scripture teaches us that we are to develop the character of God and allow it to flow through our lives. When people see us, they should be seeing a manifestation of the life of God. There is a union of the Holy Spirit and our spirits and as we renew our minds to the Word of God, what is in our spirits because of that union will have the potential to find expression through the actions of our lives. As we gain knowledge of what is inside of us and begin to do these things, the character of God will be revealed through our lives.
Scripture reading: 2 Peter 1:1-13
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 15:1 New King James Version
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.”
Proverbs 15:1 The Living Bible
Have you ever noticed in life that when you have gotten into a disagreement with someone that the way the “conversation” progresses hinges upon the way that you respond? If you answer back harshly, in most cases, it causes the same kind of response (or worse) to arise from the other person? However, if you answer softly, or, in a gentle manner, it keeps things from getting out of hand. This is so important to us in our communications with one another. We cannot afford to be in strife because of its damaging effects. The next time that you get into a “discussion”, remember the effect of a soft answer. It will save you from a lot of trouble.
Scripture reading: Proverbs 14:29; 17:14
Trust God: Not An Option
“Thus saith the Lord, Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
Trusting God today is not an option, especially in the material realm. This world system is seeking to destroy the people of the earth, oppress them and bring them into bondage. We must learn the principles of how the kingdom of God operates and then commit to operating materially the way that God would have us to. It will take some drastic mind renewal, but it must be done. Begin by giving God what belongs to Him and believe Him to show you how to increase. Then, if you have not done so already, make the decision to get out of debt and stay out. These two decisions are primary when it comes to doing what God wants us to in our material lives. Start today. Take the above Scripture to heart and let the Holy Spirit guide you.
Scripture reading: Matthew 6:24-34
Wisdom Is Waiting On You!
“Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: to you, O men I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. O ye simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart. Listen for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; for my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.
We’ve Been Delivered!
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” Colossians 1:13
We have been redeemed! Purchased! Bought with a price! Because of the blood of Jesus, we are no longer under the dominion of darkness. Let the light of God’s Word and let the light of God’s life shine through you today. Remind the darkness that it has lost dominion over you and your affairs.
Scripture reading: John 1:4, 5; Psalm 119:130; Matthew 5:14-16
Speak The Word Only
“The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Matthew 8:8
This is the kind of confidence that the Father would have us to have: that we would have faith in the authority of the spoken word of God. The Father has already spoken concerning every situation in our lives. As a matter of fact, everything has already been taken care of before the foundation of the world. So, whatever God has already spoken, let us say the same thing, let us receive what He has already said, let us offer Him praise and thanks for what He has already spoken and let us act on what He has already spoken.
Scripture reading: Hebrews 1:1-3; Psalm 103:20
Let The Word Be Your Counsel
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
As you go about your day today, keep this thought in mind: let the Word counsel you. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God are the Best there is when it comes to counsel and guidance. Bend your ear toward the Word and keep your inner ear open to Him speaking from within. He will not lead you astray.
Scripture reading: Proverbs 2:1-11; 3:13-18
Here Is Faith
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
In this Scripture we find one of the simplest Bible definitions for what faith is. It is believing that God is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Putting in other words that flow out of these Greek words, it can be said like this: faith is believing that God exists and believing that He rewards those who crave after Him and search Him out by means of worship and prayer. Real simple, wouldn’t you say?
Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:1-6; Isaiah 55:6-11