I’m feeling the impression to bring a word of hope today, inspired for this season. Maybe it will encourage you.
All these years the Lord has been depositing seeds into your spirit, from promises, from encounters, and people speaking into your life. They have been dormant for a while, perhaps a very long time. Perhaps you have forgotten or thought with discouragement that those promises would never come to pass, or you have begun to give up, that you have just been forgotten. Remember God’s promises are “YES” and “AMEN”! Even if you don’t feel or know any specific promise or word given to you, begin to claim what God has promised in His word. There are so many promises in the Bible regarding health, provision, children, etc. His word abides forever, there is no expiration date!
Those promised and inspired words need to be watered with prayer, believing God for them to take root, and an unwavering knowing that He loves you and always keeps His promises. Watering will bring them to life, even after decades of being dormant. Those promises will begin to sprout. This is the day that those seedling will begin to come forth bursting from the ground of your spirit, fulfilled in a way that you can not even imagine. The provision for those promises are from God’s own hand. The soil that those seeds were deposited into is now fertile and crafted to give nourishment to what is to come. They will begin to bring forth fruit, bearing abundance not only for you but the world around you. Now is the time! Now is the time! Now is the time! Water!
I have worked on this Faith Art Journal since the end of June with weekly assignments given by Erin Leigh @ Art by Erin Leigh and with Melissa @ Pink Paper Peppermints, both with websites and Etsy businesses. They were offering free classes via Facebook and I welcomed some new ideas and tutorials that would help me develop my own journaling. Enjoy! May it inspire you to begin journaling and finding the heart of God for you in your life.
In our lives we sometimes don’t understand exactly what God is doing or saying. When we ask, “God, I don’t know what is going on and I can’t hear your voice.” We have a sure way of understanding His purposes: His promises to us; whether in the Word, dreams, visions, or the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts.
Recently, a prominent Christian leader suggested to look back at the year 2008 to see where we were going and what God was saying then. That was the year the world changed; economically, politically, and personally. I know in my own life it was a very significant season and things did change. I can look back at my journal of 2008 and see exactly what it was that was going on by what I wrote. I was very surprised by the specifics of what happened (I had forgotten most of it), especially the passion that I had in seeking the Lord. I realized that I wanted to return to that place of utter faith and dependence on Him. My heart was crying out then and as I read more over that year my heart began to yearn more deeply for the things of God now. This became a prayer:
What was God speaking to you in 2008? How does it change your life now? Do you want to go deeper and deeper still?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
“Youwillknow them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16
When it really comes down to it, the Gospel is very simple. We have a loving and good Father (God), who desired to have a relationship with the mankind that He created, giving them a free will. When man made the choice to turn away to their own reasoning, sin entered the world and their hearts. The only way for God to restore this intimate relationship with His people was to send His Son, Jesus, to this world to become the sacrifice for the sin that ensnared them. With His precious blood that was shed for all and His resurrection from the dead, Jesus broke the curse of sin forever. Man was free to step into eternal life and the reconciliation of relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and was given the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, to do the greater works that Jesus did. Our part is in the cooperation of being led by the Holy Spirit to be transformed into the image of God’s dear Son, producing fruit in the world around us.
The final fruit of the Spirit (as listed in Galatians 5:22) is self-control. I think it takes all the other fruit working in your life to establish self-control, and when you gain it, there is faith and peace abundantly prevailing in your inner man. Doesn’t it feel awesomely wonderful to obey God and His Word! It is the fruit of self-control that causes us to be surrendered enough to want to do His Will.
One verse really stands out when you study it, and it becomes evident that self-control is an important discipline to be walking in:
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter1:5-8