Week 1 Challenge: Memorize Galatians 5:22,23a “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Let me first express to you how very excited and humbled I am to be given this opportunity to work along side Courtney with her Good Morning Girls website. Courtney is such an amazing friend and I am honored (and yes still in shock) that she has asked me to join her! Courtney is like a super-woman and I guess with every superhero you need a sidekick…..just think of me as the sidekick!!! I don’t have all the bible credentials that Courtney has but I will tell you one thing……I love Jesus with all my heart and if I could, I’d reach out and give you a big welcome hug!
This summer we are going to focus our weekly challenges on developing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. I will expound upon each one, in the weeks to come. But today let’s start with an overview.
1. All growing fruit is connected to a vine, our vine is Jesus. In John 15:5 Jesus states “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me and you can do nothing.” In order to do this we must be in God’s Word. The most important thing that you can do for yourself, your family and your future is to be in God’s Word.
2. The “vine” gives nourishment to the branches, so the branches can produce fruit. In order to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, we must allow Christ to remain in us. One way to do this is by reading our Bibles on a daily basis.
3. Jesus clearly gives us our roles: He is the vine, we are the branches. The “vine” gives nourishment to the branches so that the branches can produce fruit. Without the vine the branches can not produce fruit. Jesus states in John 15:4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
4. The result: We find purpose and we bring glory to God! Many people today wonder what their purpose is in life. Many times they’ll ask questions like, “Why did God make me?” or “What am I to do with my life?” In John 15: 8 Jesus states, “This is my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit….”
Our true purpose in life is to bring glory to God! That’s it! In the good times, glorify God. In the bad times, glorify God. When we remain in Jesus by spending time in His Word, God gives us the ability to glorify Him in all our life circumstances.
5. You are chosen to bear fruit! Take heart my dear sisters in Christ, God has chosen you to bear fruit in your lives for Him! It says so in John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last.”
God loves you, He has chosen you and He wants to spend time with you daily in His Word nourishing you, loving you and giving you what you need in order to fulfill your true purpose.
Let’s get started! As we begin the summer Good Morning Girls groups – try to be in God’s Word daily. I know for some of us this can be really hard for many reasons so if you don’t, look on the positive side and say to yourself, “I was in the Word of God ___ number of days and that’s better than not being in His Word at all.”
For those of you who are new to this, please don’t allow Satan to beat you up and discourage you. I know from personal experience that the more you beat yourself up over missing a day, the more likely you are to miss another and another. Give yourself grace, shoot for being in God’s Word daily and if you miss a day or so then just shoot for that goal the next week. The most important thing is being in God’s Word, staying connected to “the vine” and growing that good fruit in our lives that will last!
Week 1 Challenge:
Memorize Galatians 5:22,23a “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Chat with me in the comment section:
Which of these fruit of the Spirit do you struggle with the most and why?
Love God Greatly,