Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Honoring God: a review of the film A Man for All Seasons +

    How a man who is devoted to honoring God stands against a king and an entire government who want him Read More
  • The Winter Season of Faith: Philip Yancey's blog +

    The following is taken from Philip Yancey's blog. A link to his website is at the end of this excerpt. Read More
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SylviaHave you ever tried to walk up hill in snow?

Not an easy task, if you are the first one to attempt it. But if you find a path that someone has walked before you, the climb up the hill is made much easier by walking in the footsteps of the one who came before. Galatians 5:22-23 says: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

How often have we read that list as a check list and found ourselves lacking?
Love?  Well, it depends on the person.
Joy?   I am happy most of the time.
Peace?   Sure, when things are going well.
Patience?   I have some, until somebody makes me lose it!
Kindness?   I am a pretty nice person.
Goodness?   I am better than some people I know.
Faithfulness?    I usually do what I promise most of the time.
Gentleness?   Depends on how you define it.
Self-Control?   There are areas where I could use some more. Doesn't everybody?

Often reading this list leads to conviction and determination to work harder. Quickly the burden of trying to be more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more everything becomes overwhelming. It feels like trying to walk uphill in snow.

We must put our feet in the nail-pierced footprints of Jesus, according to Galatians 5:24. "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there" (NLT). That's our motivation and power. Galatians 5:25 tells us, "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." What sweet relief comes from knowing that my job is not to produce the fruit but to keep in step with the Savior, in alignment with the Spirit who lives His life in me and who produces the fruit.

We have all experienced glimpses of being in step with the Spirit. Think back to that situation when even you were impressed by the level of grace and love you had in a certain tough situation because that wouldn't have been your normal response. Rather than it being surprising, God wants it to be the norm, the natural flow of being in step with Him.

Be blessed to bring your spirit, soul, and body in step with the Spirit, so that your true beauty, the beauty of God's Spirit living in you, may show forth. He has given you the good gift of Himself in you. He makes you more like Himself as you let Him transform you into His image. The Holy Spirit reaches into the deep places of your inner being and expresses Himself through you. "As this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives" (Galatians 5:25 The Message). 

Be blessed to bear much fruit

as you keep in step with the Spirit of all fruit...

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness, and self-control.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • Jesus be the centre

    Center is a song that speaks of the essence of our life in Christ, and echoes the words the Christ Read More
  • I Lift My Hands

    A powerful hymn of adoration and praise Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. This succinctly captures the joy of knowing our savior. Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Dallas Willard: An interview with John Ortberg on Understanding +

    Ortberg interviewed Willard toward the end of Willard's life about Understanding, Read More
  • Dallas Willard on C.S. Lewis +

    Willard discusses the  impact of Lewis on Christian thinking Read More
  • Dallas Willard: the genius of Jesus +

    Dallas Willard discusses the way that Jesus brings us to the Father, Read More
  • February 26 Devotional: Henri Nouwen, Ash Wednesday +

    When I speak, let it be of blessing and gratitude; Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Enigma of King Saul +

    Why did God choose Saul as the first king of Israel? Read More
  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
  • Truth versus Deceit +

    As stated countless times throughout the Bible, God is pure–God is truth. Read More
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