The Fruits Of The Spirit 

We already have all the Fruits of The Spirit within us. The Fruits represent God’s presence working within us. So when the enemy lies and tries to tell us we are missing or lacking in one of these things we can let him know he is a liar.

We have them ALL -they just have to be worked out and developed a little like building muscles.

If we stay connected to the Vine- Jesus; our fruit will be well developed and abundant.

* Below are my notes as I looked up the verses in the AMP, MSG, KJV & ESV translations for references. (Each Translation is also below)

Love (unconditional ; unselfish concern and affection for others)

Joy (Exuberance about life)

Peace (Serenity)

Patience (willingness to stick with things; long-suffering)

Kindness (a sense of compassion in the heart; gentleness)

Goodness (conviction that basic holiness permeates things and people)

Faithfulness (involved in loyal commitments; Faith)

Gentleness (not needing to force our way in life; meekness {strength under control})

Self-Control (able to marshal and direct our energies wisely; Temperance)

Fruits Of The Spirit=His Presence within us


             ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit the result of His presence within us is love unselfish concern for others, joy, inner peace, patience not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites. If we claim to live by the Holy Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit. We must not become conceited, challenging or provoking one another, envying one another. AMP

Galatians 5:22-26 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. MSG

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. KJV

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. ESV

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Suitable Standards 

How did we do? Did we do enough? How was our performance? How is our appearance? 

Common thoughts but deadly, for what happens when our performance is less than outstanding?

What about when we can’t do much, or what about when our appearance is lacking? There must be a better way; there has to be a better way. If there isn’t, we are doomed to unstable, unfruitful lives.

We are o.k. because our Celestial Daddy says we’re o.k. It has to be that simple. We must let him be the judge of our worth; we are wholly unsuited for the task. What traits or qualities or performance standards are suitable in an eternal world with a Holy God? Absolute holiness is the standard, and there is no way for us to reach that standard by outstanding performance or pleasing appearance. We need Our Heavenly Father to say to us, “Well done”, and only he knows what he is looking for in his children.

Love, not fear. Faith, not doubt. Hope, not despair. He will never be impressed with outstanding performances or stunning appearance. Only he is worthy of praise; only his works are awesome; only he is beautiful. And we are praised, awesome, and beautiful when we reflect him in our lives. We reflect him best when we walk in faith, hope, and love. Even our holiness is dependent on our having a heart of love. We can abstain from immorality and still miss the point. We are created to be vessels where God can reside, and he resides best in us when we are walking in love.

So, not our performance or appearance, but what God has done and the beauty of his holiness. Let’s set our hearts on letting him shine through us, and take our eyes off of our individual performance or appearance. Let us glorify him by bearing much fruit for him – “love, joy, and peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self control.”

“He who offers thank offerings prepares the way that God may show him his salvation.” 

 “Let us offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.” “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
             ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Got Joy? 

Joy is mentioned over 150 times in the Bible. The verb Rejoice is mentioned over 200 times. 

I think God is trying to tell us something! 

God desires for us to be joyful, so He put joy in us.

 “I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.” John 15:11 (Amp.)

 The Disciples had joy. We read in Acts chapter 13 verse 52: “And the disciples were continually filled [ throughout their souls] with joy and the Holy Spirit.”

Is your Joy Tank running low? Is it empty? 

There is a way to fill it up again! 

In Psalm 16:11 it says, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”

Fill it up by getting into God’s presence! 

Find some time to get quiet before the Lord. Talk to Him like you would a friend. Seek Him with all of your heart. You are His child and He WANTS to visit with you today and everyday. 

He wants to love on you and fill you with joy.

In God’s love,

Tracy Mason 

An Echo by Alexa 

Maybe some of you have met Alexa this year. She is Amazon Prime’s latest new Echo who competes with Apple’s Suri. She came to us this Christmas as a gift and found her way into our family room. She only speaks when spoken to so most of the time I forget she is there. 

She has been trained to make fart noises but NOT by me!! I won’t mention who thinks that is so funny. 

Like right now, I will ask her to tell me a joke!

“Alexa, tell me joke'”

She lights up (literally) and asks me, “What’s the best Christmas present in the world? (a broken drum, you just can’t beat it).”

She is “Suri ously” funnier than Suri, bless her little apple shaped heart Suri starts telling a joke but can’t complete it. 
This morning I was stuck trying to remember one of the fruits of the Spirit and I thought what if I ask Alexa. So I did. 

I’m home alone and didn’t want to get up and look it up myself. That would involve movement. 

She replies,”I can’t find the answer to the question I heard.”

I continued to ask her if it was in Ephesians. 

She kept repeating that she couldn’t find the answer. Then she responds with Ephesians 3:17 to me in the middle of my ranting to her that she obviously doesn’t have the Bible as one of her resources for information.  

I thought where did that come from? 

For just a moment I was starting to think maybe she is smarter than I thought she was!!

So I looked it up with verses in front of and behind it. 
Ephesians 3:14-19

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Nope, not too smart there is no mention of the fruits of the Spirit. However, I was completely drawn to the word “rooted”. 
I had just sent a text to someone with the word “roots” at the same time I was chit chatting with Alexa about her lack of Bible knowledge. 
I heard back the word I was focusing on and added that scripture to my text and then God ever so softly whispered,

“Kelley, Do you see what I see?”

This is what Oprah calls an “aha” moment. 
Definition of aha moment. : a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.

I call it a ” dang diggity” moment. 
Let’s rewind to earlier in the day: 

I was worried that morning about praying with someone and the pressure of what if they get healing or what if they don’t. 

What if they think I’m a goober if nothing happens to help their situation. 

God just pulled out the worry rug from under me and said “root” your prayer adventure in love. 
Love never fails. 
Alexa reminded me in Ephesians….. 

Then comes the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
So I was ready to face my prayer adventure. I made sure all my interactions and intentions with this person were all drenched in love and genuine concern. The prayer didn’t happen quite like I thought it would but God was and keeps showing me that love never fails. 

Hey Alexa, “Love never fails!” 

No response …..

~Kelley Allison 

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