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Monday, June 30, 2014

Day One: Living The Fruitful Life

Day One - Introduction

Key Bible Verse-
Galatians 5: 22-23:  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against these there is no law.  (NASB)

Thoughts to ponder-
There is a process to cultivating, growing and harvesting the fruit of the Spirit. These virtues don't just automatically show up in our life.  They are a product of a heart dedicated to following after the Lord. The Spirit does empower us to do the work it takes to ripen beautiful, sweet, aromatic fruit that can be a blessing in our own life and a meaningful witness to God's grace and power to those around us. 

Some of these fruits are easier for us to cultivate, they just come more naturally.  Others are more challenging, they require more attention and care.  I know in my life, I often have to "pull weeds" or take inventory of my thoughts and actions and bring them back into alignment with God's word. If I don't, those virtues get choked out and my walk with God is not as effective as it should be.  Fortunately, God is a God of wisdom and grace.  When we find weeds the gardens of our life, the Lord is there for us to seek guidance and direction from. He will reveal to us what we need to do when we ask.

Challenge/Action Step- 
Look at all nine of the fruits mentioned in the scripture above.  Determine which one is easiest for you to cultivate and which one do you often find yourself pulling weeds from? Spend some time in prayer asking God to reveal to you the source of those weeds and what He wants you to do to remove them.  

Prayer for today-
Father,  we come to you today and lay our strengths and our weaknesses at your feet.  We ask you to lead us with your Spirit, reveal to us how to operate in your power and how to cultivate a fruitful life that honors you.  ~ Amen

Thanks for joining me today as we begin this 
journey to understand and further develop the
fruit of the Spirit in our lives.  Please take a minute to leave a 
comment here or join Cherry Fargo of Being ReMade on Facebook
for further discussion on Living The Fruitful Life.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Living The Fruitful Life

I am so excited about this ten day journey to a closer walk with God! Romans 8:14 states "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God." I don't know about you, but sometimes I need to be a little more focused to grow in my relationship with God and allow myself to be led by the Spirit. Life gets busy and in the way so often, but I decided that I would do a challenge for myself. Then I thought I might really get more from it if I shared it with others. So I hope you will join me on this journey!
As Christians it should be our earnest desire to be led by the Spirit. God's word tells us that the act of living a spirit led life is living a fruitful life. There will be virtues developed in the process and it is our job to cultivate those fruits. Beginning on Monday June 30th, I will share a brief daily devotional covering The Fruits of The Spirit as well as a "challenge" for cultivating that virtue in your daily life. I will do this here on my blog.
Each day I will also post the link to the devotional and challenge here to my Facebook page, as well as inspirational quotes, Bible verses and thoughts about the daily topic. It is my hope and prayer that you will join in the discussions about Living The Fruitful Life on my Facebook page or in the comments below. Your insights might just be exactly what someone else participating in this challenge needs to hear.
Answers to questions you may have:
Do I need anything to participate? A: You may want to grab a notebook to record what God is revealing to you throughout the challenge.
What is the time frame for the challenge?
A: It begins June 30, 2014 and ends July 11, 2014. There will be no devotionals over the weekend of July 5 & 6.
Can I share the challenge with others?
A: Absolutely!! Please share the links to the blog and Facebook page with anyone you think could benefit from this challenge.  If you quote or repost any of it, please be sure to mention me as the source.
Is there a fee to participate?
A: Nope, it's free.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you might have. It is my desire that you would be uplifted and encouraged by this experience.

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Many Blessings,
Cherry Fargo
Being ReMade