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
The most important advise I’ve ever received is – “Follow the peace.” which came from a great Christian leader in the midst of years of personal turmoil and confusion. I have never forgotten those words, they have guided me through important decisions, emergency situations, knowing things about my kids (and their circumstances), and how to be lead by the Holy Spirit. Every time I’ve quieted myself and sought peace, I’ve always come out on the best side of the situation; peace has truly been my friend.
Here are some scriptures about peace to help you in times of hard decisions, or finding the perfect hair color (the Lord loves to help you even in the littlest things), even to helping you find things that are lost.
The righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace… Ps. 72:7, Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. Ps. 119:162, For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Prov. 3:2, For Her (wisdom) ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Prov. 3:17, When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7, A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. Ecc. 3:8, For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6, Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Isaiah 9:7, You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3, The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. Isaiah 32:17, But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5, All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13, “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12, “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. Isaiah 66:12, These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; Zec. 8:16, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14, But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house Luke 10:5, Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1, …to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15, For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17, Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control Galatians 5:20, Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:7, And let the peace of God rule in your hearts
These are the most repinned Pins on my Pinterest boards:
Christmas Altoid Altered Tins on my Holiday board
And this favorite Saying or Quote:
My input on what this means:
This is so true!!! Many times when we have been in need, God has always supplied those needs in many and various ways. We have gone on mission trips to places like India and we were supernaturally left money on our doorstep, the next time our way was paid for and we had to pay the money back, and still another time we went with nothing, and had to trust God along the way every day. The Lord wants us to trust Him, not methods or manipulation (trying to figure it all out on our own).
We had other means of financing trips and projects: selling all that we could – even cars, working part-time jobs, and trading services. God is creative, He wants to bring ideas to you that you wouldn’t think of except by a “word of knowledge”, by the Holy Spirit. Believe Him for the things you need, He will supply them beyond what you can think of or ask for! I love that about God! Once when I needed money for a trip He specifically told me, “When you were a child and you went on a road trip, did you ever question your dad about where you would sleep, what you would eat, or how much the trip would cost?” I had to say “no”. “So put that same kind of trust in Me and I will take you where you need to go!” I have never forgotten that!
Didn’t January just fly by? I wonder if the entire year will be this way, I hope it slows down to be able to savor every moment because so many things happen even in one day. I am looking forward to this year being filled with hope, new adventures, new things, and the promises coming to pass that I posted on my vision board.
This is my art journal page of the month of January, the worst thing was having our washing machine break down, which was out for 3 weeks…we had to haul everything to the laundromat. The best thing was gaining wisdom and insight for the year to come and the “Those Who Dream” conference and treasure hunting!
The Best of January
Scripture of the month (and my year!):
“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 AMP