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MORNING THOUGHTS ☕️: Happy Friday everyone! It could not be more beautiful in the NC mountains, and we are soaking up every minute.
I thought I’d wrap up this week sharing a convo I had with a friend last night…and, I know it’s something I’ve shared before, but here it goes again.
For years, I had an alarm on my phone that would pop up every morning with the list of the fruit of the SPIRIT. For YEARS.
You see, I was not operating in it or experiencing it in certain areas of my life. I was experiencing quite the opposite, actually.
One day, I realized that ANYWHERE I was not experiencing the fruit of the spirit in my life, it meant I was NOT being spirit-led or allowing the spirit to touch those places. I was trying to control those places in my own strength and not allowing the Lord in.
I used the fruit of the spirit as a BANNER to hold up. I’d stop, pause, be still and allow the spirit to begin to guide me and work in ME on those places.
It’s a much better plan.
And yes, when we yield TO the spirit (which usually involves dying to self…so, there’s that), we discover and live in the fruit OF the spirit.
Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Now, I experience these fruits in overflowing measure. And major point…I DIDN’T PRODUCE THESE FRUITS IN MY OWN STRENGTH! We don’t get to simply want more peace or patience and then try to work it up by ourselves. NOPE…the spirit produces these fruits so yielding to him is the only way.
Have a FRUITful Friday y’all! (Ok…I know that was corny:) love me anyway!