Friday - April 3, 2020
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:22-24 (ESV)
We have been reflecting on the Fruit of the Spirit, because we want to become bigger people for God. So we want to produce these fruit in our lives. But notice what Paul says immediately after talking about the fruit of the Spirit. If we follow Jesus we produce the fruit of the Spirit. We add on these qualities and character to our lives. But if we follow Jesus, also get rid of some stuff. We crucify the flesh with its passions and desires.
As we fast, we are learning to say “No!” to these passions and desires. To be bigger we have to get smaller. We have to humble ourselves. We have to die to self. We have to serve God and people who don’t seem to deserve our service. Because if we follow Jesus at all, we follow Him to his Crucifixion, His humbling, His serving sinners like us. Before we experience real resurrection, we must die.
Help us to embrace this death, which is really life.
What passions and desires do you need to say “No!” to?
Identifying these passions and desires and naming them and sharing them with another person to pray with you will be a great start of putting them to death.
Filling ourselves with Jesus, empowers us to kill the flesh.
How are you doing so far in this fast?
What is God doing?
Please pray for your spiritual and governmental leaders.
Please pray that our church family will be faithful in putting to death, the passions and desires that are of the flesh and not of God.
Please pray for your personal influence on others for God.
Write about one thing for which you are grateful.