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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

As you yield to the Holy Spirit and grow in God, you can expect your life to produce fruit…the fruit of the Spirit. You should see God’s love evidenced in your life…His joy, His peace…and even the ability to suffer long! You are becoming more like Jesus!

The fruit of the Spirit is “radiated” from your life. It just begins to naturally become a part of you, and others will notice the changes. God is changing even your desires by placing within you His desires. (See Psalm 37:4.) You are growing in the character, nature, and makeup of God.

Further evidence of His Holy Spirit in you is the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit. (See I Corinthians 12:7-10.) These are the physical, outward workings of the Spirit, such as tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, and the like. These workings must be “exercised” as the Spirit gives utterance.

Do you see how complete the Holy Spirit is making you? Yield your life more to Him each day. He must increase and you must decrease! (See John 3:30.)

PRAY:  “Gracious Lord, thank You for making my life fruitful. I want to be useful to You by radiating and manifesting Your Spirit to others. Fill me, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” Luke 3:16

John the Baptist was baptizing with water, but Jesus spoke of a “Spirit” baptism that carried with it an anointing and “fire.” At salvation you were given a “measure” of faith (Romans 12:3), but God expects that measure to grow. He desires your infilling of His Spirit to grow to overflowing…that is, a baptism in His Spirit like the Upper Room experience at Pentecost. (See Acts 2:4.)

Receiving more of God in your life always requires your DESIRE. God does not force Himself on you. It begins with a deep hunger and thirst for God. “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37b-38). He was speaking of a Holy Spirit baptism.

The disciples were filled with the Spirit as they persevered in worship and prayer, expecting to receive more from God. (See Acts 1:14.) The result was a noticeable increase in power and boldness to do the works of God. They began to preach the Gospel like never before and saw the gifts of the Spirit more evident in their lives. Ask Him today to fill you with His Spiri

PRAY: “Father God, I yield myself to Your precious Holy Spirit for a greater infilling. Increase Your anointing in me. I desire Your spiritual fire. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  I John 5:13

Your total assurance of salvation…the goal of the Gospel—guiltlessness…comes by trusting and believing God’s Word and NOT your own good works. (See Ephesians 2:8-9.) Review these ABC’s:

  1. A) ACKNOWLEDGE – Do you acknowledge and accept your need for a Saviour? Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
  2. B) BELIEVE – Do you believe in your heart that God sent His Son to die on a cross for the sins of mankind and to be victoriously resurrected?
  3. C) CONFESS – Do you confess Jesus as Lord and Savior as an act of surrender to His path and purpose for your life by obeying His Word?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then KNOW that you are saved! Do not live with an “I’ll never be good enough” sin complex. Do not get preoccupied with sin! God is preoccupied with forgiveness! Accept God’s gift of salvation…today is the day of SALVATION. (See II Corinthians 6:2.)

PRAY: “Loving Father, I accept Your gift of salvation, paid for by the blood of Your Son, Jesus. Make me whole in my spirit so that I might follow You without reservation. I love You, Jesus! In Your Name, I pray. Amen.”

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

The Bible says, “COMMIT” your way unto the Lord, not “SUBMIT” (under duress). It’s your decision to give your life back to God and trust Him in all your ways. God will not force you to love Him and serve Him. He has given you a free will. It is YOUR choice.

When you “commit” your way unto God, you are exchanging YOUR way for HIS Way. You are actually putting your own way to death and choosing God’s Way instead. You are “sanctifying” your way…“devoting” it to destruction. However, when you are ready to die, God is ready to give you life!

“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” (Romans 6:8) It is God’s law of divine exchange. You give Him your old dead plans, and He breathes life into them and gives them back, plus more!

Commitment is a painful but rewarding process. As you allow your way to line up with God’s Way, He promises to “bring it to pass.” Therein lies the reward… God will bring it to pass. Go ahead. “Commit” that plan 100% to God. It is YOUR decision.

PRAY:  “Faithful God, You have never turned Your back on me, even when I tried to run from You. Help me to die to my selfish desires and ‘commit’ wholly to Your will. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.” Psalm 105:4

You will never GROW in God without a willingness to CHANGE. Growth requires change. Many people are satisfied to remain the same and therefore will never see growth in their Christian lives.

For things to remain the same, you simply must DO NOTHING. For things to change, you must make a decision to DO SOMETHING. If you do nothing, you can never be wrong! However, you can never be RIGHT, either! Besides, doing nothing is boring!

The Bible says that to grow in God you must “SEEK” God. To “SEEK” God means to PURSUE Him. You can pursue Him through PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP, INVOLVEMENT (in God’s work), GIVING (of finances), and WITNESSING. When you pursue God, you are pursuing RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow [idle] ground: for it is time to seek the Lord….” Are you ready to change? Are you ready to grow? Have you made the decision to “SEEK” God? Remember, Hebrew 11:16 says, “[God] is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

PRAY: “Dear Father, I am willing to make whatever changes are necessary for me to grow. Increase my desire and discipline to ‘seek’ You more. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“… I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion.” Jeremiah 3:14

God speaks of relationship with Him as a marriage…“I am married to you.” See how the marriage customs of the Jews of Jesus’ time closely parallel our Heavenly Father’s marriage plans for the Church.

The betrothal began with the Bridegroom approaching the Bride with a Covenant of Marriage, signed with a price (dowry) paid to the father. In the same way, Jesus has sealed your covenant (salvation) with the price of His blood.

A cup of wine was ceremoniously shared with the Bride, then the Bridegroom left to build a bridal chamber for the honeymoon. Jesus shared the Passover supper with His disciples (Matthew 26:26) before departing to heaven where He is presently preparing a place for us (John 14:3).

The Bride waited, not knowing exactly when the Bridegroom would return. It was up to the Bridegroom’s father to decide when, just as Father God alone decides when Christ will return (Matthew 24:36).

The Bridegroom would return with a shout and steal away his Bride to a seven-day celebration, ending with a great marriage feast. You also can expect your Lord’s return to be heralded by the trumpet sound and followed by a seven-year celebration and Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).

PRAY: “Father, thank You for Your Covenant of Marriage through salvation. I am married forever! Amen.”

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” II Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Scientists say all things “seen” spring forth from that which is “unseen.” Hebrews 11:3(NIV) says: “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” There was creative “substance” which could be seen only under a microscope.

Consider now your spiritual eyesight. Hebrews 11:27(NIV) says: “By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”

Paul wrote, in Romans 4:17b(NIV), that it is “God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” Your faith is appropriated by an“unseen” spiritual eyesight.

John 20:19-29 tells how Jesus simply “appeared” following His resurrection in the room where the disciples were gathered fearfully behind “locked” doors. He was seen; yet, He was able to pass invisibly through doors. Why? Because His resurrected, glorified, immortal body had replaced His earthly, mortal body of flesh so that things “seen” by the disciples were “unseen” in a spiritual sense. Pray now that your spiritual senses will be increased.

PRAY: “Thank You, Father, that my body will become immortal someday. Increase my faith today so that my spiritual eyesight will be 20/20. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

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