Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Joy

Grow in the spiritual fruit of joy

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Joy

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice!”

-Phillippians 4:4

The other day, my husband and I were at Wal-Mart. He whispered to me, “Have you noticed people always look angry?” I scanned the room and He was right. The majority of the people looked like Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh. They looked miserable. Where was the joy? I did not want to get in any of their way, that’s for sure. This grumpy faced lady passed by me and I smiled at her. To my surprise, she smiled back. A smile can change everything.

Joyful people are so fun to be around. When your day is going rough, they have the ability to make you smile and laugh. Their perspective is different and surrounding yourself with them can lighten your focus on life. Jesus said He came that we may have life in abundance, and that means our joy, too!

The core desire of every person is to be happy. Your joy is what the enemy wants to steal from you. He may attack your stuff but that’s because he wants you to be flushed with aggravation, frustration, stress, and depression. I guarantee that he wouldn’t attack something if he knew it wouldn’t affect you. What would be the point?

“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

-Nehemiah 8:10 Read more

Begin To Grow Your Spiritual Fruits Intro

Begin to grow your spiritual fruit series

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Welcome to the ‘Begin To Grow Your Spiritual Fruit’ Series!

“You will know them by their fruits.”

-Matthew 7:16

It’s clear that we should grow in the fruits of the Spirit. In this series, we will cover all the fruits and ways we can see growth in each area. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for joining us!

The Bible states that we can accurately evaluate if someone is a godly person by their actions. That doesn’t mean that godly people are perfect, but that they would have one or more of the following character traits:

Although it takes time, a believer in Christ should fully develop into all of these things. Typically, a believer in Christ should not be:

  • Hateful
  • Unhappy
  • Stressed
  • Impatient
  • Rude
  • Selfish
  • Harsh
  • Unreliable
  • Out of control

My goal is to help you to understand how you can grow out of these areas and into the fruits. I want to see the church of Christ get along and work with one another to save people. I want unsaved people to thirst for the living water from the well when they see our lives. That’s only going to happen if we change our actions (thereby changing our results). Read more

The 9 Fruit of the Spirit

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The 9 Fruit Of The Spirit

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

-Galatians 5:22-23

Do you want to come up higher with God and experience numerous blessings? Do you want to impact the world around you and become a walking sermon? A great way to start is by growing in understanding of the fruit of the Spirit. I’m going to break them down to you and hopefully answer any question you may have about them.

Imagine traveling through a nature wonderland: orange trees, apple trees, peach trees, strawberry bushes, honeysuckles- anything you can imagine. The aroma would be amazing! Where would you begin? I know I love me some fresh peaches. Mmmm! But then imagine one scraggly tree, withering away screaming “Help me!” Among all the other trees, this one sticks out like a sore thumb. You walk over to it, concerned. It doesn’t make sense why this tree is the only one in a dead state because all the ones around it have abundant life. After analyzing it, you realize you don’t even know what kind of tree this is. There’s no leaves or fruit on it.

The bible describes the righteous as ‘a tree of life’. But in Matthew chapter 7, it’s clear that all people are compared to trees, whether good or bad. Jesus told the disciples that ‘by their fruits you will know them (v. 20).’ We don’t want to look like the tree in the description above. We want to be full of goodness that make people flock to us. People should speak well of you and your character. I understand that these things take time; just like a giant thick oak tree in your front lawn. The good news is that great, enormous tree once started as a little acorn.

When we become born again, everything that God is enters our spirit in seed form. As we water them with the water of the Word, our fruits begin to sprout. People start to notice there’s something different about you. In this post, we’ll explore each fruit of the Spirit to gain a deeper understanding of them and their meaning. Read more