Saturday, July 16, 2016

Lead Me, O God

Photo by Grant MacDonald
Scripture: Psalm 139:24b
And lead me in the everlasting way.

Insights: Let me start today’s Thoughts by Scott with an apology.  This week has been Vacation Bible School week as you know.  The last two days, Thursday and Friday were incredibly busy and I was unable to get to my final blog thought.  So, I wish to say I am sorry to my faithful readers.  Here is the final point of the sermon from Sunday.  So far we have learned four parts of the ACTION steps.  They have been:
  • Acknowledge the emotion.
  • Consider why you have it.
  • Thank God that He will help you master it.
  • Identify the biblical response to it.
  • Obey the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Today we learn the last part of the ACTION steps and it is Nurture the appropriate fruit of the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the One who is leading us on this journey of life everlasting.  We are sealed with the Holy Spirit and He is the One who manifests the various fruits.  Notice even the title of the fruit of the Spirit.  Fruit is singular even though nine fruits are listed.  The significance of this point is that the fruit is the Holy Spirit and He manifests Himself in your life in these various facets.  In regards to the verse it is important to understand who is doing the leading.  We are not following just some mortal who is trying to figure this thing called life out.  We are following the One who created all of this and knows where the finish line is truly located. Another aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is that for whatever emotion you are dealing with there is an equivalent fruit of the Spirit.  Our example for the week has been about fear.  When we are in fear we need a peace in our lives.  The Holy Spirit gives us that kind of peace.  The list of the fruit of the Spirit is Galatians 5:22-23.  Let me encourage you to follow these ACTION steps regarding whatever you are facing.

1. What is the proper fruit of the Spirit you are needing to nurture in order to master your emotions?
2. What have some of the challenges been to you as you nurture the appropriate fruit of the Spirit?

Prayer: Father, thank You that You give me Your Spirit.  The fruits of the Spirit are the outflow of what the Holy Spirit is doing in me and I am grateful for that work.  Amen.

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