“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 KJV
Immediately as I read this devotional, I was pricked in my heart by my current state of mind, body, and soul. In this time of pandemic and isolation, I have been consumed with thoughts of brokenness and fear at times I have surrendered my mind to poverty of this world rather than the riches of his glory—to the barrenness of my flesh rather than the fruitfulness of the spirit within me. I need to focus on the fruit of the spirit —love, joy, peace, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness, longsuffering, goodness, and self-control—and stop sowing seeds within my own life of hopelessness, impatience, frustration, envy, fear.
In fact, I feel particularly repentant of frequent bouts of rage and suspicion and the overall lack of love, peace, and joy in my life. I am filled with the Holy Ghost! The only reason for these deficits in my life lay in the fact that I am not walking in the gift God has given me. I pray for deliverance but I keep my feet chained in the wilderness. The Red Sea parted before me, I stand at the shore and look to the enemy for repeated blows to beat me down with every attack and strategy known to historically distract me and work together for evil in my life.
Jesus, I pray right now that the fruit of the spirit would be alive in me today, now, and that the lies of the enemy would be silenced. In Jesus name, I reach for the fruit of your sweet spirit to rise up in my life—my today, each day, and every day. I bind the flesh and its desires to rule my thoughts and actions. I loose the spirit of God to work together for his good, all things according to his riches in glory. My will relents. I surrender to your will—the most perfect and righteous plan for my day, my days, my life. I choose fruit, not rot. As the stench of death could not cover Christ, so rot will not cover me. The same spirit that raised Jesus is alive in me. Thank you Jesus!
Do you feel the war between your flesh and the Spirit? In what areas of your life do you feel it the most?