Category: Spiritual Growth Tips

Fruit of the Spirit

How do I pray? 

When in prayer, request the best:Pray for the Fruit of the Spirit:

Fruit of the Spirit “That which brings forth the righteousness and truth of the Holy Spirit when growing us through His Sanctification process. They are the things that define us as Spirit-filled disciples of Christ. They are the things that depict the holiness that has been imparted to us in this growth process. They are the attributes that others see as we reflect the image of Jesus Christ.

While all Fruit of the Spirit are not listed per se, they are implied in several places.

Colosians 3:12-17 Is a listing of the Fruit of the Spirit

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Another admonition that I consider when thinking about the fruit of the Spirit is found in Philppians 4:8.

Meditation on the good and positive and (virtuous) things (Phil. 4:8) (NIV)

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

These are things I think are very much related to the Fruit of the Spirit.

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Can the Christian sin and not know it?

As a committed disciple of Christ, one of the things we can be sure of is the conviction of sin. When we are saved, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. One of the things the Holy Spirit does is to convict of sin. John 16:8 (NKJV)
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

That means, that when we commit sin, we know it. If not immediately, the next time we try to pray, we will be convicted of that sin. To not be convicted of unconfessed sin calls into question the truth of our salvation. He will convict us if we are open to the fact of our sin.

A person can go on denying that something is a sin. He often does this to cover up his conviction of that sin because he is reluctant to give it up. If he is truly a child of God, he will eventually feel the undeniable conviction of the Holy Spirit in his life.

If he doesn’t, at some point, yield to the Holy Spirit’s continued conviction, then a logical conclusion is that person has not received the Holy Spirit, been saved and/or has rejected the Spirit’s work in his life. All of this boils down to a vital fact, he has not truly been saved.

This is not a discussion on whether a person can lose his salvation, but whether what he has counted on as his salvation was real salvation. One of the statements the writer of Hebrews makes in Heb. 6:4 is that part of their enlightenment is the obvious realization of the Holy Spirit in their life.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit . . . to renew them again unto salvation.

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Bad Days

In 2 Corinthians 1:8, Paul writes, “We were completely overwhelmed, the burden was more than we could bear, I feared I would never live through it”

Do you ever have days like that? I do – not often, but every once in a while I have a day when nothing goes right. I have trouble getting along with others, my finances get low, my car breaks down, I feel bad and I just want to stay in bed and sleep all day. Everybody has them.

We pray for our loving Father to make it better, but even our prayers seem to get caught somewhere near the ceiling. These are the days when we really doubt that God cares and neither does anybody else.

In a devotional called “Facts of the Matter” by Dwight Hill, he says that the thing that compounds these troubles are those he calls, “Teflon Christians” who seem impervious to these kind of problems. They seem to be able to smile and excuse their troubles easily. Don’t you just hate that?

The real fact of the matter is, there is no one totally impervious to this kind of trouble. In fact most people go through seasons of depressing times. Granted, a lot of what we feel comes about by chemistry. Whatever those “feel good” hormones are, there are just times when they hide somewhere in the folds of our gray matter and fail us when we need them most.

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Prayer Part 3 – Supplication, Petition & Intercession

Man in prayerSeeking His Will

Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law.
I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.
I hold fast to your statutes,
O LORD; do not let me be put to shame.
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
Ps 119:29-32

Supplication is for those things of which I am aware and conscious of the need in my own life. Seldom is it material although they sometimes are. Usually however, they are more of “attitude” than “material”. When I am aware that my love and seeking Him are lacking, I ask for more desire for Him.

Sometimes I develop a negative attitude toward another person that I know is not a Godly attitude. My deliberate prayer for that person begins to soften and become more Christ-like.

Sometimes I feel I am becoming resentful for an event or circumstance that I am in. My prayer then should be to seek what God is trying to teach me through that.

Intercession
My supplication and petition also reaches into my intercession for others. When the Holy Spirit brings to my mind a need or needs in others, it is a signal for me to include them in my prayers. I have friends and even acquaintances of which I am aware that are dealing with great burdens.
Then there are those whom the Spirit brings to my mind that have problems of which I am not even aware. Yet, the Holy Spirit brings them to mind even during my prayer time. I know that is His signal that I am to intercede even if I don’t know the nature of their need.
It is a great comfort for me to be the intercedent for people I hardly know, yet having been brought to my mind by the Holy Spirit I am aware that they have a need and I don’t even need to know what it is. If God grants, I may learn later what that need was but He doesn’t really owe me that.

 

 

10 Tips For Spiritual Growth

cross-silhouette1Spiritual growth is a process of shedding our wrong and unreal concepts, thoughts, beliefs and ideas, and becoming more conscious and aware of our inner being. This process uncovers the inner spirit that is always present, but hidden beyond the ego-personality.

Spiritual growth is the process of inner awakening, and becoming conscious our inner being. It means the rising of the consciousness beyond the ordinary existence, and awakening to some Universal truths. It means going beyond the mind and the ego and realizing who you really are.

Spiritual growth is of great importance for everyone. Spiritual growth is the basis for a better and more harmonious life for everyone, a life free of tension, fear, and anxiety. It helps us learn not to let circumstances influence our inner being and state of mind. We manifest composure and detachment, and we develop inner power and strength, all of which are very useful and important tools.

Spiritual growth is not a means for escaping from responsibilities, behaving strangely and becoming an impractical person. It is a method of growing and becoming a stronger, happier and more responsible person.

A balanced life requires that we take care not only of the necessities of the body, feelings and mind, but also of the spirit, and this is the role of spiritual growth. Read more »

7 Spiritual Growth Tips

4056350680Read Your Bible

Get into God’s Word daily. You don’t have to dedicate every waking moment to Bible reading, but you should spend time in God’s Word each day. Find a Bible reading plan that you can stick to. Many people read three chapters a day in their Bible to help them read completely through in one year. Instead of reading for a certain number of chapters each day you can choose to read for a set amount of time.

The last two years I have taken the number of pages and my Bible and divide it by the number 300. For me that works out to just over five pages a day. With that schedule I can read the Bible in a little over 10 months which gives me a few extra days to linger on certain passages or get distracted in studying a topic if I want.

Pray Every Day

While reading the Bible is God’s way of communicating with us, prayer is our way of talking to Him. You should have a prayer list that you pray through. A few suggested items for daily prayer are your spouse, kids, extended family members and missionary families you know. You can also pray as God brings needs and blessings to your mind. Certainly you can pray at any time or place; but having a dedicated prayer time each day will help you stay connected with the Lord. Read more »