Good evening. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1v7
Today I am dedicating my devotional to a dear friend I talked to today about the fruit of the Spirit. She did not understand why she was having so much trouble with her self-control and patience. She often says her patience runs thin, and she tries very hard, but the more she tries the more she losses her self-control and patience. Today this devotional is dedicated to her, a dear beloved friend that learned today she does not have to do anything but have faith in Jesus Christ and He will give to her all she needs for this life through His promise of the Holy Spirit by His gift of grace.
Galatians 5v5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
When we are reborn we are reborn a new creature we are not the old person at all, he is dead and crucified. Our sinful nature has to be dead before the Holy Spirit comes in a lives in us and gives us the fruit of the Spirit. If we say we are having trouble with self-control and with patience it is because it is our patience and our self-control. We do not have faith in receiving His patience and self-control because ours is getting in the way. We have to have faith in working out what Jesus Christ puts in. If we are not showing His patience and His self-control then we are not letting go of our sinful nature, we are holding on to something that is hindering His power to work in us. It may be pride, selfish ambition, dissensions, discord, envy, and the like. We have to look deep in ourselves through the Holy Spirit and ask Him and He will reveal the truth of what is holding back His gifts of the Spirit. As long as we think we are strong in ourselves God will not work in us. He will always humble the proud. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through the love we have for Him. Faith and love give us a humble heart, they go together when we are keeping step with the Holy Spirit. We have crucified the sinful nature it is dead with Christ and we now live by the Spirit and surrender ourselves to Him in who He is making us, always wanting to please Him. If we are still trying to be what the "law" requires, meaning what we do ourselves to make us righteous, then we are being alienated from Christ; we have fallen away from grace. That is why we do not have any self-control or patience. With the nine fruits of the Spirit there is no law, meaning there is no self-righteousness or self work to accomplish what we are becoming, it is through grace we receive all that we receive. We do not or can not make ourselves have the fruit of the Spirit, they are gifts that come along with the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 30v15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would not have none of it.) We still do not want to have none of it. He does not mean quite in noise or voice. He means quiet in spirit, poor in spirit, resting our spirit in faith in Him so the Holy Spirit can take over and lead us to be who we are suppose to be. The image of Christ is revealed in us when we are poor in spirit, when we are weak He is strong. Read Galatians 5 and 6. I love everyone with the love Christ gives me for you.