Daily Devotion for April 17, 2017

'Walk by the Spirit'

Galatians 5:26 NAS
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Matthew 7:16-20
You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.

Galatians 5:22-24
...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Confession: I wish I ALWAYS walked by the Spirit...so I would ALWAYS produce good fruit—no matter who I was with, what I was dealing with, what I was thinking about, or what I was doing. Today, I'm asking my Savior to help me “walk by the Spirit” better. Specifically, I desire...

More of the Spirit's “LOVE”—an intense desire to love and please God, the desire to do good to Him and to those around me...

More of the Spirit's “JOY”—joy arising from a sense of God's incredible mercy in forgiving my sins, and joy which comes when I consider my eternal future with my Lord...

More of the Spirit's “PEACE”—peace and calm which comes when I remember 1) God is in complete control, 2) God is always GOOD, 3) God is working out everything for my good (because I love Him), 4) I am forgiven, and 5) I am His child forever...

More of the Spirit's “PATIENCE”—patience and long suffering as I bear with the frailties, annoyances, and provocations of others (since God has been so long-suffering and patient with me!), patience as I submit to the temporary difficulties God sometimes allows (for my benefit and for His Glory)...

More of the Spirit's “KINDNESS”—kindness towards others which reflects GOD's great kindness and grace...

More of the Spirit's “GOODNESS”—goodness which enables me to abstain from every appearance of evil, and goodness that enables me to do GOOD to others (to the utmost of my ability)—springing from a heart purified by the Spirit of God...

More of the Spirit's “FAITHFULNESS”—faithfulness so my thoughts/words/actions never betray my King, faithfulness so I completely obey my Lord, faithfulness so I carefully DO whatever has been committed to me...

More of the Spirit's “GENTLENESS”—gentleness towards the weak and towards those who have stumbled, gentleness and patient suffering when I have been wronged (with no spirit of revenge), and gentleness (balance) of tempers and passions...

More of the Spirit's “SELF CONTROL”—self control to let the Holy Spirit and Word of God control my thoughts, my plans, my words, and my actions...

Lord Jesus, increase our ability to “walk by the Spirit” so we Believers are KNOWN “by (our) fruits;” Your Spirit's fruit of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” We “who belong to” You ask Your Spirit's enabling in this, so we increasingly crucify “the flesh with its passions and desires.” We ask this in Your name, for Your glory...

AMEN!!!

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