DAY THIRTEEN of 50-Day Spiritual Journey

I hope so far this week you’ve grown in your devotion for Christ. I pray that you see Him as your all-encompassing Treasure and King! I pray that you are seeking the glory of God the Father!

But yet, we also relate to the Holy Spirit. Remember who we are in relationship to the Spirit? We are indwelt, empowered, and sanctified by the Spirit.

So as we love and glorify the Father, and treasure and submit to the Son, we also in turn wholly depend on the power of the Holy Spirit. We declare our need for Him to produce His fruit within us and we call upon Him to do that deep work of transformation in our lives to make us look more like Jesus.

Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Paul is speaking about his personal experience of pleading with the Lord to remove his “thorn in the flesh”. We really don’t know what that was, but it was excruciatingly painful to him and he desperately wanted to be rid of it.

But yet, for us, this truth is still the same. We are called to rely upon or depend upon the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Christ.

When we are weak, then we are strong.  We must rely on the power of the Spirit in our lives to grant us the grace and strength we need to live the life of faith.

Read Galatians 5:16-26

Multiple times in this passage, Paul urges us to walk by the Spirit or to live by the Spirit.  This most clearly means displaying the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

We cannot produce this fruit in and of ourselves. We need the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit in us and yet we must rely upon Him to do so.

One of the things that I often do is to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit in my life. Especially one of the aspects of the fruit that I am particularly struggling with.

For example, I often struggle with patience. I get angry when I have to wait in line at Wal-Mart or in the drive thru at a fast food restaurant and I know this is a weakness in my character. I often pray for the Holy Spirit to cultivate patience in my life.

The word “cultivate” is an agricultural term related to fruit. How does He often “grow or cultivate” the fruit of patience in my life? By orchestrating circumstances or events where I’m put in a situation where I need to rely upon Him for this patience.

Maybe your struggle is not with patience. Maybe it is peace, or self-control, or gentleness. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to cultivate His fruit within you so that you can grow in those areas.

Spend some time in prayer right now confessing your dire need for the power and grace of the Holy Spirit in your life. Confess any sins or areas where you are struggling to display the fruit of the Spirit and ask Him to grow those in your life.  And be prepared for the ways that He might do that—it could get “uncomfortable!”

Holy Spirit,

I want to keep in step with You. I want to walk in your power and not my own. I know that I am weak and helpless and clueless many times, and that is exactly where You want me to be. You desire to show Christ’s power in my weakness. I want to rely on Your grace today and I ask that you please cultivate and grow Your fruit in my life so that I would look more like Jesus today.

In Christ’s name,

Amen

 

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