February 22, 2016
GLORIOUS MORNING PRINCESSES!
Last week we concluded our study, the "Fruit of the Spirit” by looking into the ninth characteristic, “self-control”. This week will put it all together and outline the steps for walking in victory utilizing the Fruit of the Spirit. Are you feeling excited?
Let’s re-cap. Can you recite Galatians 5:22-23…
"The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
As we unpeeled the layers of the fruit, the following statements were key elements to understanding each characteristic.
1. Love Never Fails.
5. Kindness Tenders and Goodness Does.
2. Joy Cometh.
6. Faith Fights.
3. Peace Rules.
7. Gentleness Bows.
4. Patience Waits.
8. Self-Control Stops.
Victorious Living- Where Does It Begin?
Over the past few months we discussed each element of the Fruit of the Spirit and now we need to tie it all together so that we can begin to walk in victory. That’s right ladies; we are victorious through Christ Jesus. We are not defeated and we are definitely not forgotten! So what does living victorious look like as we walk in the Fruit of the Spirit?
Well, it starts in the morning. That’s right, at the beginning of each day and it wraps up at the end of our day. Victorious living is 24/7. We must be mindful in that we are God’s ambassadors. Our life is not our own and our daily living is to bring HIM honor and glory. Yes, it can be hard and we struggle, but be of good courage. As Christians, God is with us every step of the way.
So, before we start our day, we need to take some time to inspect our walls, ensure our armor is in order. It’s like conducting a Holy Spirit well check before we leave the house. To put this on the ground, there are just a few things that we wouldn’t dare leave the house without each morning before getting those things done. Think about it, when you get ready in the morning, you take time to complete a few activities such as hair, makeup, shower, dress, breakfast, and oh yes, coffee, etc.!
Similar to us taking time to primp and prepare for our day- physical health (externally), we need to also take the same care for our spiritual health (internally). Through the Holy Spirit, we can do it!
Now, I’m not sure how you start your morning, but try this week to get up a little early (think of it like your Holy Spirit morning workout class). The more we start to practice the following steps, the easier and effortless it will become. Basically, we are retraining and exercising muscles that are out of shape. Like any exercise regime, the first couple of weeks will be hard, but then it gets easier. So, what have you got to lose? Let’s get started!
At the beginning of our study, Beth outlined steps of prayer and she concluded last week with a discussion about living victoriously. As I prayed about our journey, the following pathway for prayer and living beyond became clear. These steps pull together our journey over the last few months. Some of these steps we have discussed at various points during this session. One last thought before we get started, we will not be able to cover all the steps in this message, so consider this your warm up!
Life in the Spirit requires that we come to the Lord each day in prayer.
Cleansing + yielding= filling of the Spirit.
With the filling of the Spirit comes the Fruit of the Spirit! I’ll explain as you read further. See if any of these steps below you find yourself nodding your head. Oh, another footnote, I started praying this way at the beginning of our study (some of you may have as well). I must admit that it really made be pause and think about my prayer time, my relationship with Christ and what it really means to walk lock in step with the Holy Spirit. Personally, these steps have made a difference in my prayer life. I am more focused and quieted.
My prayer for all of you reading this message is that you will try these steps as well. For many of you, it will be a totally new way to pray. I found that initially, I had to stop and think through the steps before I started. There were also times when I started I would have to stop and begin again! The order of these steps makes sense. I’m interested in hearing from you, so let me know how it goes.
When you pray,
· Pour Out- make your confessions.
Galatians 5:16-26-- v. 16 states “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh”) and spill forth your concerns, fears, and frustrations to God.
Psalms 62:8 states, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
1. Acknowledge HIS authority!
Remember our discussion on Gentleness (gentleness bows)- week 9 we discussed “bending the knee”. In Joshua 24:15 (ESV) it states, “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It’s either God’s will or your will.
2. Abound in HIS presence!
Pray that the Holy Spirit fills you each and every day. In Psalms 63:1 it states, “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”
Then YIELDING (ask the Lord to):
· Pour In- we can do nothing without the Lord.
Ephesians 5:18 states, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit”. Remember that daily filling of the Holy Spirit will not only change your life, but your day.
3. Ask to see HIS glory and power!
Power appears in the works of God (what He does). Glory describes the ways of God (who He is). When we seek God with our whole heart, we will find HIM. Jeremiah 29:13- “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
4. Award HIM with your mouth!
Pray that from your mouth you will speak words that glorify the Lord all day long. See the following Psalms 39:1- I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”Psalms 63:3- Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
5. Approach HIM with praise!
Praise the Lord all day long!! You don’t need any particular reason; just celebrate! Try the songs of praise at the end of the Monday messages to kick start your day! Psalms 63:4 “I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
Alright, we will stop here for this week. Try practicing the first two: Pour Out and Pour In this week.
Next week we will continue discussing Pour In and move into Pour Forth which will conclude with the Filling of the Spirit.
Until then dear Princesses, the Lord hears the prayers of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29- The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.) AND
Know that through the Holy Spirit you can:
• do things you couldn't;
• feel things you didn't; and
• know things you wouldn't.
For your praise and worship (I recommend playing the first song before you pray and the last two songs afterwards):
Prayers of the Righteous - Israel and New Breed
Good Morning – Mandisa (featuring TobyMac)
Let the Praise Begin- F. Hammond and RFC
If you haven’t learned it, try our memory verse in sign language. Galatians 5:22-23- Fruit of the Spirit (verse with sign language (est. 6:22) Spread the word and invite someone to Session 3 (coming March 15- April 2016) as we continue our conversation and study about life in the Holy Spirit. More to come next week!
Remember, each day is an opportunity for us to...
Lead, Serve, GO!
Each day we have an opportunity to be the light and salt God has called us to be to others. Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)