So Lately God has been speaking to me about focusing back on the basics that make up our Christian walk: love, patience, and mercy; pretty much the fruits of the spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
I have not been producing the fruits of the spirit to the level I should be. From Galatians 5 I can pin point the problem right away: it’s my lack of time with Holy Spirit.
How do I know this? Well what am I lacking? Fruits, right.
So let’s say you had an orange tree in your back yard and you always kept fresh oranges in a bowl to eat in the house. Well one day you go into the kitchen to get an orange to eat and the bowl is empty, what do you do? Well you don’t go look under your bed for an orange, inside a toilet or the cabinet where the dishes are.
No, you go to the orange tree out back and you pick some more oranges to put in the bowl.
Same thing my bowl (my life) is lacking the fruits of the spirit, but instead of going to a tree to pick off more fruit I go to Holy Spirit who resides in me. It takes communion spending time and getting to know Holy Spirit intimately in order to produce his fruits in my life.
Therefore when I am not spending as much time hanging out with Holy Spirit and letting him teach me things I am unable to surrender my will and be transformed into His likeness.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (New King James Version)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Anyway so I have been praying along these lines that the fruit of the spirit be produced in a greater level of my life. It has been a battle, because it takes sacrificing time and my flesh despises that. I am providing myself with nourishment (reading the bible), but it’s not until I sacrifice the time necessary to just sit with Holy Spirit and begin to sew his ways into my heart providing me with something to give nutrients to. Then I grow and produce fruit!
So before reading my bible this morning I was praying asking God to help me produce the gifts of the spirit today and then I began reading todays proverb. It was God taking a scalpel to my chest and doing open heart surgery. He began to speak to me about my actions and how my walk changes when I am not constantly communing with Holy Spirit and seeking whole heatedly to live as a disciple of Christ.
Proverbs 18 (New King James Version)
1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding,
But in expressing his own heart.
3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also;
And with dishonor comes reproach.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked,
Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention,
And his mouth calls for blows.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,[a]
And they go down into the inmost body.
9 He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own esteem.
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,
And before honor is humility.
13 He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,
But who can bear a broken spirit?
15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.
17 The first one to plead his cause seems right,
Until his neighbor comes and examines him.
18 Casting lots causes contentions to cease,
And keeps the mighty apart.
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the LORD.
23 The poor man uses entreaties,
But the rich answers roughly.
24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.