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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Heart~New Spirit

Imagine how different our relationships would be if we were always people of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control!

The fruit of the Spirit is a PORTRAIT of Christ.

 The fruit of the Spirit is about inner CHARACTER, not outward CONFORMITY.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws”
Ezekiel 36:26-27
 
How is the fruit of the Spirit developed?
The fruit of the Spirit is SUPERNATURAL in origin.  There is a contrast between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. “Works” puts the emphasis on human endeavor; “fruit” puts the emphasis on divine empowerment.

 
 
The fruit of the Spirit is CONDITIONAL in growth.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life

Galatians 6:7-8



 The fruit of the Spirit is GRADUAL in maturity.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers
Galatians 6:9-10


~Today's Inspiration~
Taken from a sermon by:
Jonathan McLeod
Forest Hills Fellowship Baptist Church
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Until Next Time
Dear Lord,
Strengthen my inner character so I may
stand against conforming to the world.
Amen.


 

 

4 comments:

  1. An excellent lesson for us this morning! Thank you, Mary!

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  2. Oh, no....you used those two dreaded words....SELF CONTROL!!! God's already spoken those words to me once this week....now it means I've gotta really LISTEN!!! ;-) Thanks, sweet Lady for obeying HIS prompting and posting TRUTH....even if it does prick my heart!!! Happy Thursday!

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  3. Amen....wise words...I pray that I will be a blessing wherever I go.

    Thanks, Mary!

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  4. Amen, Mary! I love your photos!

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