There is nothing like good fruit. Good fruit harmonizes with the senses and produces a euphoria that sends one searching for that same satisfying taste. In order to produce good fruit one must first plant their seed in fertile ground. Second the fruit must be watered and protected from the cold so that the harvest won’t be destroyed. Third, we must remove the clutter and debris that may cause harm to the fruit. In essence, we also must take care of the spiritual fruit in our lives. Spiritual fruit has to be planted in the spirit of the believer and cultivated so that it can grow and produce a harvest that will bless the lives of others. A bearer of good fruit will show kindness when kindness is not shown. A bearer of good fruit has peace in the midst of turmoil and patience when anxiety is all around. A bearer of good fruit will remain humble when there is a chance to boast. A bearer of good fruit will love because God said so. Take some time today to examine your fruit. If your fruit is good then share it with the world. If your fruit is bad then it is time reconnect with the vinedresser (God) and allow him to prune away the dead areas in your life so that your spirit man can be revived and you can bear good fruit.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Matthew 12:33
There is a thin line between deciding “should I trust God” Or “should I just go do it myself.” When God takes his time with our repetitious prayers, we become anxious and rebellious by telling God that his services are no longer needed. Faith is what moves God. Faith is what makes God discover if you can be trusted during the waiting process. Whether your faith is as large as the ocean or small as a mustard seed, it is in your faith that God decides what is best for you. Those days when anxiety takes over just begin to encourage yourself by telling your soul that God has a bigger plan for you. Tell your soul that you have declined your premature blessing and have decided to wait on God. When you are in need of an answer and it seems as though God is taking his time, just remember that the level of your faith determines the size of your blessing.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
As women, we love to shop for shoes, clothing, and make-up, not to mention the latest trend….hair! We get so caught up in our appearance and the material things that we have forgotten to tend to our emotional soul and dying spirit. A spirit that is dying is usually depressed, angry, sinful, unsatisfied, unashamed (of their actions or words) and without restraint. So to make sure that the world doesn’t see past the beauty and fashion, more luxury and self-gratification is applied which then turns into what Jesus calls “whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean (Matthew 23:27).” Ladies, looking beautiful is what we do, but if we don’t allow God to wash us (cleanse us) and make us whole (heal us) then we are just beautiful women with a dead spirit and a decomposed soul.
but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 1Timothy 5:6 (ESV)
Most fights involve two people whose anger has gotten the best of them, they either say words that are hurtful or use bodily harm that endangers them. Bodily harm brings about unnecessary forces while hurtful words destroys emotions and the willingness to forgive. Although a hurtful word may go further than a punch, we have a Savior and Advocate that will protect us and fight for us during times of turmoil and chaos. No longer do we have to waste our time shouting frivolous words and using acts of violence, all we have to do is take our concerns to the Father and watch him win the war, speak a calmness into our soul and give us a peace that is hard to understand.
Exodus 14:14 – The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace
“Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity” Margaret D. Nadauld