In the previous post I wrote about the need to process what we hear externally, Running our words through a filter, and only the responding to our current environment.
As we grow & mature in our relationship with God He fills us with His Holy Spirit & rather than acting & responding to the world around us, as we did before Christ’s Lorship, we now bear the fruit of His Spirit.
With this dear to our hearts & in the forefront of our minds only God can begin to help us overflow with His characteristics.
The more of Him we allow deep down within our souls, and the more of us He has, the more He enables us to display all these traits and others will be witness to the difference He makes in us.
Here is the thing, God does not force us into a relationship with Him, living as a bond-servant unto Him. We must submit to Him. Only then will His nature be exhibited through us.
Here is a reminder of what kind of fruit is seen when we are filled by God’s Holy Spirit. Try putting your name before each descriptive adjective, example below-
But the fruit of the Spirit, the result of His presence within us:
- (insert your name here) is love, gives unselfish concern for others,
- (insert your name) expresses joy,
- (your name) has inner peace,
- (Your name) is patience. Not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting,
- (Your name) applies kindness,
- (Your name) shows goodness,
- (Your name) displays faithfulness,
- (Your name) exhibits gentleness,
- (your name) exercises self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Let’s do the same thing with PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9 AMP. As we reach verse 8 & 9 apply our own name before each adjective & adverb, describing our new mind set in Christ.
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit, graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over (your name here) hearts and (your name here) minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. Finally, believers,
replace of the word whatever with your name:
- whatever is true,
- whatever is honorable and worthy of respect,
- whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word,
- whatever is pure and wholesome,
- whatever is lovely and brings peace,
- whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any
- excellence, if there is anything
- worthy of praise,
think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is THE SOURCE] of peace and well-being will be with you.
PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9 AMP
It is great to get into God’s word and even better when His Living Word gets into us.
Remember love is a verb. Perfect love only comes from God; however, with the help of His Holy Spirit we can be love. So let’s insert our names before each verb we see in 1st Co. 13 (God’s definition of love). Put your name where you would see love –
- (Place your name here) endures with patience and serenity,
- (Your name) is kind and thoughtful, and
- (Your name) is not jealous or envious;
- (Your name) does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.
- (Your name) is not rude;
- (Your name) is not self-seeking,
- (Your name)is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered];
- (Your name) does not take into account a wrong endured.
- (Your name) does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail].
- (Your name) bears all things [regardless of what comes],
- (Your name)believes all things [looking for the best in each one],
- (Your name) hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times],
- (Your name) endures all things [without weakening].
- (Your name) never fails [it never fades nor ends].
But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part [for our knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete]. But when that which is complete and perfect comes, that which is incomplete and partial will pass away. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face.
Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God].
And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-13 AMP
I just can’t help but notice the wording,
“growing out of God’s love for me”
The deeper I fall in Love with The Lord the higher He lifts my spirit & grants His Spirit’s control. Like any good relationship it takes both sides to be in love, walk in love, stay in love.
As we apply God’s Word, asking Him to create in us His attitudes, think before we speak, or act, we find that God is able to handle things in a way we would not.
It all comes down to being a “Romans 12 Christian“
Warning – Romans 12 is not a “try-hard” moral code to live up to, but a faith response to what God has already done for us.
(If you’re part of a small group or just want to do an even deeper study on this go to link above or: The 6 Part Series On Becoming A Romans 12 Christian by living on the edge/Chip Ingram (https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/becoming-a-romans-12-christian-the-whole-6-part-seriesaudios-notes/)
This thought was continued after the previous post: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/word-filtration/