If you are an individual, a family, church, or community that puts their activities before our Lord then how is His presence ever going to be experienced in you, your family, church or community? What we put first in our hearts will always comefirst in our lives. If you have a family activity planned, or an activity inyour church, then these are some suggestions you can address before eachactivity to make His presence known. This can apply to any activity we arefaced with each day in who He is making us during each activity in our lives. Ihave been to many activities in my life and His presence is not known by thefruit of the people that are present. Therefore His presence is not experiencedand no one will grow in faith in Him making them to be what He created them tobe, His children, which is who we all truly are.
The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit are given to us by Godand if we are acknowledging His presence being the most important thing in our livesthese will be evident in each activity he gives us.
Is His patience being shown more or less by the way we treatpeople through our words and deeds during this activity? Are we waiting patiently for others toreceive what He has for them through what He has given us? Or are we making awrong judgment and condemning others, instead of patiently waiting on God to doHis work all around us?
Is His love being shown more or less in how we look atothers, how we receive and communicate with others?
Is His joy being shown more or less in us because we are sojoyful in being wherever He has placed us or are we complaining abouteverything around us because we truly do not want to be there, or because weare there for the wrong reasons?
Is His undisturbed peace showing more or less within us whensomething bad happens during this activity? Are we easily moved to anotherdirection other than His peace we are supposed to be showing through the HolySpirit we are saying we are being guided by?
Is His patience showing more or less in us because anobstacle has occurred that we were not planning and we may have to wait or movein another direction?
Is His kindness showing more or less in us because someoneelse is not showing His kindness?
Is His goodness showing more or less in us because someoneelse's goodness is not showing or something has happened to us that would pushour spirit of anger?
Is His faithfulness showing more or less in us because it isalways easier to give up and not show love, joy, kindness, patience, goodness,gentleness, and self-control. Because we cannot be faithful but He can!
Is His gentleness showing through us more or less because wetreat people above ourselves and we lift them up with encouragement with Histruth, and we do not keep others down?
His is self-control showing more or less because we do notget angry quickly or for long periods of time. We are not prideful, have fear,doubt, or worry about anything because He has given us all we need in this lifeto overcome all temptations. Nothing can affect us or separate us from the loveof God, we will not be shaken!
If we use these steps of His gift’s given to us forourselves then His presence will grow in each of us every day! We need to always test ourselves through eachrelationship and circumstance we face. If we are giving what our Holy Spiritdesires we will be paying attention to Him so God can work through us and makeHis presence known.