I have no wisdom of my own, knowing my limitations as a finite individual. However, God gives n wisdom generously to whoever asks Him with a humble, pure heart. And I know that wisdom from God n is more precious than any amount of treasures on this planet. God’s wisdom is better than time, better than riches, better than power, better than honor, better than the best luxury or vacation mansion. How can that be? God’s wisdom provides the big picture, the eternal perspective and view of God and Jesus that allows and instructs you to live in thr luxury of the fruits of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control, with an enormous injection of hope. ❤ ❤ ❤
As I Fly through this life,
And the turbulence grows,
I know who holds up my wings.
For I once used to walk
And sluggishly climb
But God gave me the Spirit for my keeping.
And along now I fly
Through life’s high points and low
And I never run out of fuel
For even if I glide
For a little while
God raises me body and soul.
We are not alone
On this flight we are on
Even if it seems that we are.
No, God’s in control
When we ask Him to be
So we can have peace and just smile.❤
Love this list of attributes of God that we can build on and work toward. These characteristics are the natural traits of God, who He is, what He wants us to aspire to and grow to be. And what a powerful and graceful list! Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Wow. How perfect is that list and God whose nature entails all of those. Perfect! How great is our God! May His will be done.❤❤❤
The Holy Spirit working in us is not usually a dramatic work, although He can function however He wants. He is God. I will never limit Him. But the Holy Spirit most often works in a beautiful flow. A flow of truth, of thought, of shows of love, of generous encouragement. We can easily stifle His gentle urging by distractions, loudness, super-activity, sin, clinging to unforgiveness, many things. But when the Holy Spirit is flowing in your life and you free yourself (or humbly ask God to free you) to listen and move with His flow, it is peaceful, joyful, gentle, kind, good, loving, patient, faithful, self-controlled and is intrinsically hopeful. There is a reason we need Him. These things are life to the soul and eternal life. Beautiful flow. ❤❤❤
Blite (early in this case) is this horrible disease my tomato and blackberry bushes acquired from the incessant 3 week rain we had last month. It comes from the dirt splashing up on the plants and is a fungus that eat leaves when the plant can’t dry out. It sucks because it is a death sentence to the leaves but is slow to kill it. The treatment is removal of effected leaves and spray with a baking soda mixture to prevent spreading to good leaves. One tomato plant could not be saved but the other is now thriving again and jury us still up on the blackberry plant. We shall see. But the blite comes on as a few black spots then the outer edge turns black then curls and the death spreads to the next leaf. That is the slow death. The fruit is not effected but the leaves die so there is no nutrition to the fruit and it dies too. Now, I realize we are talking tomato plant here, but how like sin and lies that is for us. Sin and it’s accompanying lies are like blite for us. Sin cannot damage our fruit, our service to God but He can suffocate us with distractions and guilt and sin and lies until our fruit dies from a lack of spiritual nutrition and health. But what we need to remember is that hope is never gone. The Holy Spirit is the cure, the baking soda mixture we need to overcome. God prunes from our lives the dead parts sin caused and spreads medicine on us to cause what remains to thrive even better than before. God has all power and that certainly includes Jesus’ power over sin/blite. All we need to to receive that power and healing is humbly ask Him for it and stop doing n the sin. How awesome is that?!😄❤
John 16:7. ‘”But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9. about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10. about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11. and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”‘
“Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” I love that hymn. It is a true story.
Simple true story: sin caused and continues to cause a debt rift of holiness (He is holy and now we are not) between us and God. Jesus came to give His life to repair that rift. Death could not keep Him (because He is God) and He rose from the dead and is in heaven now interceding for our benefit. Jesus Paid it all for anyone who calls on His name, humbly asking to be saved. To anyone who humbly and truly asks, Jesus saves from an eternity separated from God (and therefore horrible) and they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for strength, the amazing fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) development and character building. It is simple and very cool. And God has worked in my life over and over as proof of this truth. It is beautiful, God is gloriously beautiful!❤❤❤