How’s Your Fruit – Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness

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Hey guys we had a great conversation this week about the fruit of the Spirit. My intentions were to just go through the fruit of the Spirit that spoke to me mostly, but at the last minute I figured I would just go over 4 more.  🙂  Enjoy this last installment!

Joy.  To have joy is the ability to be consistent in a state of mind of happiness in spite of what is going on. Joy feeds off of nothing but Faith, your strong belief that all is well no matter what. It’s a consciousness that bleeds into everything you do and say.

Peace.  There is a word that is used often as a phrase and it’s “unbothered” That’s what Peace is. It’s not the absence of turmoil, but it’s a response to it. When you have God’s Peace you are as this generation says. “unbothered”.

Patience. A lot like long suffering, it’s the ability to endure any sort of ill treatment from life without reacting negatively.

Kindness. First of all like all other gifts of the Spirit mentioned, Love undergirds them all especially this one. It’s the ability to adapt- to meet the needs of others. You have to have genuine Love for this gift to properly operate in your life.

Now if you look at the explanation of each fruit, do you get the picture of the life the Christian is suppose to live? When we sway to far from this template for living we actually do God and His agenda a disservice vs service. It’s almost better to put your I’m A Christian banner up until you’re able to arise to as close to this character as you can, then to wave the banner and dishonor His name.

Hope you enjoyed the discussion this week. Looking forward to talking to you guys again next week!

How’s Your Fruit – Long-suffering

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So long-suffering ey?

Who wants to talk about that and why in the world is this a fruit of the spirit? Yes those are my question as well 🙂

When we were coming up in Sunday School long-suffering was taught as the ability to suffer long. The webster definition is:

1. (n.) Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily provoked.
2. (n.) Long patience of offence.

Long-suffering is a fruit because it is what is produced when you are able to uphold your integrity and your belief for an extended period of time without giving in to the temptation to be weak or lower you standards. As a parent or a spouse you need long-suffering. You need longevity or you’ll end up in divorce court. So long-suffering doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have to literally “suffer” long, but it means you have the ability to stand the test of life and not fold under it’s pressure. Doing that over and over consistently produces a long-suffering characteristic in you.

Long – suffering can only be established in tribulation. You do not form such a fruit in the midst of peace. It is forged in difficult painful situations, in the midst of trials and tests.

So this isn’t really a gift or characteristic to shy away from. Instead of focusing on the suffering you should focus on the Faith you need to apply to endure. By keeping the Faith you automatically will grow a long suffering characteristic!

See that wasn’t bad was it? Leave your comments below, what situations are you in where you need a good dose of long-suffering?

How’s Your Fruit? – FaithFULLness

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Hey guys we are halfway through the week! Let’s keep on pressing through.

Today I want to talk about FaithFULLness. I put emphases on FULL, because you have to be FULL of faith. See that’s the key, I have heard the term faithful thrown around carelessly a lot. It’s have been used for people who are always available when you call for example the faithful few. It’s more proper to call them the committed few.

The reality is you can be a dependable person, but not faithFULL person (full of faith). I know a lot of people who will come when you call them, but bring their friend negativity Nancy with them. Those people are not faithFULL. So we can deduce this- your attitude determines your true faithfulness. Faithfulness is a position of heart before it’s an outward action.

From an evangelism perspective, you can have perfect attendance and be on the top of your game at your job, but what proves true faithfulness that is a proper representation of Christ is your attitude. In school we use to have attitude check moments where the teacher would say aloud ATTITUDE CHECK and we would have to respond A-OK! I believe every pastor in America need to do this during their next service. 🙂

Let’s even talk about our Faithfulness to God. Do you pray, give, study your word, and come to church weekly without your heart really in it? If that is the case, no matter what anyone tells you, you are not being faithful, you are more than likely being committed to a religious regime.

I want to challenge you today to inspect your heart and find out have you really been faithful or just committed? If you are committed, it shows and those who are reading the billboard of your life are not impressed. They love your commitment, but probably are not interested in your Christ.

Joy is Coming

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Well we are at the end of the week and I must say God has brought us through it!

I want to take sometime and share my heart with you. I believe that the upcoming months are going to prove itself to be good for us. Psalms 30:5 comes to mind as I type this: For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 

Life is nothing but a cycle of seasons, and for some of us we have been in a long season of wandering through the wilderness trying to find our way. Though the wandering comes with invaluable life lessons, which we are all the better for. I sense a turning of the season. I believe it’s time for joy to come!

No matter where you are in your life right now, remember this – JOY IS COMING! Your weeping is seasonal, and that season is almost up. Make sure you are learning all the lessons you are suppose to learn while you are in the wilderness. The last thing you need is repeats and do-overs. If you are ready for what’s to come start preparing yourself, because JOY IS COMING.

Trusting in Someone Greater Than You

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One thing I know for sure is the world is filled with uncertainties. From terrorism, to the economy– not one second past the present is really guaranteed. With that being said I often wonder how those who don’t believe in anything greater than them handle the inescapable trouble of life. I’m reminded of the scripture

Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

This scriptures totally sums up my life— when life gets hard I reach out to something that is bigger and better than what I am and he helps me EVERY TIME. See it’s my Faith that gives me the strength to do what I do. My Faith fuels my smile, my drive and my temperament. It is the motherboard of my soul. Without faith, I’m left to myself and my own reasons.

Psalms 3:5 – 7 says:

5. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

This is the benefit of trusting someone higher than you – I’m not stuck with my own understanding. The truth of the matter is I don’t understand it all and I can’t figure it all out all the time, but when I pray he gives me direction.

I want to encourage you today to not take it all on yourself. This is what God is for, take time right now to talk to him, give him all your troubles, he’ll give you an understanding that’s far beyond what you can see right now.

Life is Like – Part 1

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This week we will be talking about life and metaphorically comparing it to objects that we all use daily or in this case eat. I wanted to start it off by rehashing an old blog – ENJOY!

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. That is one of the famous quotes from the movie Forest Gump. In other words, life is so unpredictable, there is no telling from moment to moment what will come next. I’ve had days that started off great and ended horribly. As well, I’ve had days that started of horribly and ended great. What I’ve learned from both type of days, is that life I can’t control, but me I can. I’ve spent years trying to forecast life, wondering will this happen, asking myself why that doesn’t happen, till I realized I can’t control the this and the that, but what I can control is myself. Empowering myself means that I wear life experiences like a loose shirt. Easy on and easy off. I stopped focusing on the experience and started focusing on the lessons that the experiences was trying to teach me. I discovered my personal temperament and dedicated myself to stay at that level whether things are good or bad. This is what the Apostle Paul says, I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12,13) Today make a commitment to never follow the unpredictability of life, but focus on empowering yourself to handle each experience with the purpose of learning lessons that will make you better.

Pressing Toward the Mark

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Happy Wednesday Everyone! It’s the day affectionately known as “Hump Day”

I wanted to encourage you today to keeping going no matter what.

Philippians 3:14 says

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Press means to move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force.

I want to highlight the word continuous – to press is to continuously exert force until whatever you are pressing against moves into position. Now the aforementioned sentenced can be applied to your life everyday. Do you have something that is out of place in your life? What about that goal that you keep starting and stopping – I have a one-word response to you PRESS!

Now I have to say this – it takes less energy to stay in the press then to stop and start. This time when you dig in to press – stay in! Press until what is out of place is now into place.

There is a mark that we must get to according to Philippians 3:14 and you can only get to it by pressing in and staying in!