Life is Amazing! Are You Missing it?


Life is amazing, are you missing it?

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.

— Jonathan Edwards 

Life is extraordinary. We are given such a short time to honestly appreciate life, even though God designed us to live for 120 years.

Life is one of a kind, a unique opportunity that can never happen twice. Life is filled with innumerable amounts of beautiful moments, moments that one can easily miss. I think COVID has helped many of us understand how precious and short life is. I am not ignoring the chaos that COVID has brought; however, I believe COVID has helped people clearly see what is really important to them.

However, it’s essential not to disregard this fact: You can never get a moment back! Please don’t be foolish! When it expires, it permanently expires.

 Of course, you may experience similar moments in the future. Still, that moment – that exact moment is only available to share once. Praise the Lord, our God – the God of the highest – redeems all things to work for good (Romans 8:28)! This is excellent news for believers. Why? Because you will mess up or miss something in life, but God redeems all things to work for the greater good! Therefore we always win!

Think about it this way. Life is forever moving forward – you cannot go backward. It’s one time, permanently moving forward, not stopping for anyone. You are only ever 40 years, four months, and six days once. When that day ends, it is gone forever. 

However, you get 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds TO CHOOSE how you will spend your day, and then create that reality. In that same amount of time, you also get to make choices, and those choices will shape your reality and life. If you don’t like your life, then start making NEW, DIFFERENT AND CONSCIOUS DECISIONS!

You will work to create your most dominant thoughts (Proverbs 23:7) – this is how fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your choices, even at a thought level, are responsible for how you respond or react.

Now each day, you have a binary choice. (1)You can either choose to focus and find positive, joyful, life-filled moments, or (2)you can choose to be anxious, worried, angry, and stressed out all the time. In short, you either pick to live in God’s spirit with the mind of Christ or out of the spirit of fear, where only death, suffering, and destruction exists.

Whatever you choose, you will create! 

Either way, life is happening. Life will not stop for you! If you choose to live and think like Christ, something unique happens. When you focus only on positive thoughts, you will find positive stimuli. God designed our brains to work for us. There’s something called the Reticular Activity System (RAS) in your brain. It filters in and out the stimuli you put into it. Your self-talk, what you expose yourself to, and the things buried in your heart directly influence the content your mind brings to your awareness, both consciously and unconsciously.

Again, this is why God tells you so many times to hide His Word in your heart so that you might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). It is also why Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:8 to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or worthy of praise. If what you are meditating on does not fit into any of these buckets, then I’d argue you probably need to let that thought go or tell that thought to Be Gone in Jesus’ name!

Let me explain what I am saying here with an example…

Ever gone car shopping? What starts to happen? You begin to feel like everyone in the world has that car you are considering! It’s like everywhere you turn, you see that car! This is your Reticular Activity System working with you. Since you were contemplating that car model, your brain will bring to your attention that car every time you pass it!

When you consciously engage in God’s word and positive thinking, the same will happen. Your brain will alert you of all of the positive and godly things happening. Yes, you will still see negatives, but not to the same extent.

  Have you noticed that negative people usually only focus on and talk about negative things? 

It will feel as if you have rose-colored glasses on, as you will find yourself seeing the optimistic solution-minded side of situations. You will also start to see God working more in your life. Remember, in John 10:27, Jesus says that His sheep know and listen to His voice, and they do follow Him. The more you tell yourself you know and hear God’s voice, the more you will begin! But the opposite will work too.

You start to see just how extraordinary, beautiful, and precious life is. You begin to see how God is for you, so who can be against you (Romans 8:31)? You begin to see all that you have and all that you can be grateful for. God wants you to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:18). However, that’s really hard to do when you have a negative mindset or outlook on life!

I personally get much comfort from watching animals be. I specifically love to watch squirrels for some reason. I find it fascinating how nature and animals don’t worry, and if they don’t, why are you?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?  (Matthew 6:26 AMP)

You are so important to the Father. You are the apple of His eye  (Psalm 17:8). 

God does not want you to worry or think negatively because of the damage it does to you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Jesus is your Savior. Everything Jesus asks you to do, He knows you are capable of doing, and that it will save you, not destroy you. The Godhead will never ask you to do something without first giving you the power to do it (John 5:8). Some of us are not walking in that power or authority (Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:20; Romans 16:25). Your Father in Heaven wants to give you life – He wants to provide you with good, good things (James 1:17)! However, God honors free will.

It’s important to remember that you may need to train (renew) your mind to think differently so you can TAKE what God is offering you instead of passively waiting for Him to move. Some of you are praying for things that God has already given you, and when this happens, it’s an indicator you need to renew your mind.

Sometimes, God is waiting for YOU to move!


If you choose death over life, then I must ask: Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life (Matthew 6:27)?

Is worrying bringing you comfort or torment? Remember, things that bring torment are from the devil. There is a real enemy that wants to destroy you (John 10:10). Trust the Father and cast your cares on to Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). 

Life is special. Life needs to be cherished. Life needs to be lived intentionally, not passively. Don’t chase the wind either (Ecc. 2:11). It is hard to relish or be present in the moment if you choose not to be present. Choosing not to be present occurs when you are too busy in your head about the past or the future; when you’re too busy worrying about what if…

God tells us to take no thought for tomorrow because tomorrow will bring its own issues (Matthew 6:34). Now God is a redeemer, but He is not going to bless you so you can keep sinning. Some of you are your worst enemy because you choose to hold on to your pride ( Proverbs 13:10) and victim thinking (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

A victim mentality is when you blame everyone else for what happens in your world). It is when a person thinks that the future only holds terrible things for them. 

But God says:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

When you choose to renew your mind and allow God to transform you (Romans 12:2), you will start to cherish life. You also begin to walk in the mind of Christ. But, YOU have to desire to be like Christ. YOU will have to do the work too. Christ does most of it – remember His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). 

You can also choose the latter, where no matter what is happening around you, you see your life as terrible. You see, the people who love you the most hurting you. You see how people are letting you down. You see how life is awful, and you focus on how unhappy you are. You allow your feelings of unforgiveness, bitterness, depression, worry, and stress to weigh you down where you become their prey. This is precisely what the devil wants. He wants you oppressed by the Spirit of Fear.

Whatever you choose – know your brain will help find it


Of course, one day, you may wake up or see through the fog of darkness. You may start to question some of the lies you have been sold. Once you become calm and no longer focused on yourself, your crappy life, or fears – all darkness – you start to realize some things. Like how many memorable moments you might have missed or taken for granted because your pride, fear, and carnal ways seemed more critical. It’s okay. Repent and start to renew your mind.

I am telling you life is so extraordinary, and you do not get repeats or second chances.


If you choose to have a Christ mindset, you then appreciate and are grateful for every moment. You will start to be overcome with joy. You would not be able to outrun joy even if you tried. Why? The most significant difference between the two scenarios I described is that one person focuses on life as a whole. The other is focusing only on himself or herself. When you focus only on yourself and how life only affects you, you have limited yourself only to see a slither of the world surrounding you.

By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom (proverbs 13:10).


Life is more powerful than just what is going on in your life. The world doesn’t revolve around you. You are to give thanks and the glory to God always (1 Cor. 10:31).

This year, I encourage you to focus on finding joy, positivity, and things you are grateful for in every moment of your life. Start to consciously direct your thoughts to only be on things that are lovely, just, pure, admirable, right, noble, and anything worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). If you are fighting with someone, lay your pride down, and look for understanding and agreement (Amos 3:3). Or if you are in a conversation, you find it boring to find something about that person you appreciate and are grateful for and focus on it. By doing this, you will find yourself walking out of that negative sensation.

We are all interconnected. We are all going through internal suffering. Kindness, positivity, and gratitude must be spread to reflect God’s light through us – His chosen people.

Life has to be fully lived in the present with an attitude of joy and appreciation. Or the once-in-a-lifetime experience of life will pass you by, and you will not even see it go.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore, my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him (Psalm 28:7). 

 

Embrace a Christ-like attitude. Be positive, compassionate, unconditionally loving, joyful, helpful, and emerge yourself in living today!

Lastly, if you mess up, forgive yourself. Give yourself mercy as Jesus would do. Repent and even ask God to redeem it and then move on, trusting that God will do what He knows is best for you and the greater good.

STOP, Do You Know How to Receive God’s Wisdom?


STOP, Do You Know How to Receive God's Wisdom?

By: Austin Creecy

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

— Colossians 3:16

You can gain wisdom! We all could benefit from more wisdom in our lives. God wants to give you His understanding – His knowledge! James 1:5 says, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. All you have to do is ask God for wisdom, and He will give it to you! How glorious is that? Another example of how much God loves you! Now, remember you must be willing to do what He says!

 

God shows us through Proverbs how to gain divine knowledge, as well as how to put aside our foolish ways. 

 

The word Proverbs refers to “sayings of the wise.” The Book of Proverbs compares and contrasts what living wisely versus foolishly looks like and will bring. The goal of Proverbs is to clearly show the reader how to live life wisely and skillfully. 

 

It is believed that if one implants into his or her life the moral disciplines commanded in chapters 1-9 and masters the practical application of wisdom expressed in chapters 10-31, he or she will indeed have an abundant and successful life. 

 

Most of Proverbs was written by the wisest man ever to live, Solomon. He was writing to his sons. He hoped to make sure they lived long lives and lived them well for God. In doing this, he walks us through how to live wisely and how to live foolishly. 

 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7 NIV).

 

The word “fool” in Proverbs 1:7 means foolish or silly but can also mean perverse. It views another as behaving like a “fool,” which signifies the individual lacks wisdom and allows the enemy to perverts what they perceive. 

 

Let’s say one is reading his or her Bible to check a box. Let’s assume said individual is not paying attention to the words or meditating on them the way God advises. Essentially, the person commits 30-minutes to God and then does the rest of his or her day without Him. Therefore, this individual would be participating with foolishness. 

 

God wants to be in every part of your life. 

 

God is good! He loves you so much. Yes, maybe the person in the example above is getting some insights, but the real question here is – Is the individual growing godly fruit? Remember, the Father is the vine, and His body of Christ are the branches. Jesus evens says a person can recognize another by their fruits. What fruits are growing on your vine? Godly fruits or fruits of the devil? 

 

Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law must not depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in all you do.” 

 

Please understand that merely reading the Word to check a box is not what God is asking. The Father wants you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). He wants a relationship with you. He is asking you to grow godly fruit and abide by Him in all things. Reading the Word and believing God will do it all for you is foolish thinking! This kind of thinking makes an individual a fool in that department. 

 

Proverbs 1:7 states, “…fools despise wisdom and instructions.” I can attest to this as it is something I have struggled with in my past. I didn’t see my thoughts as being foolish, let alone even behaving foolishly. Yet, when I would sit down and reflect, I realize I didn’t want instruction or help. I was operating from a self-righteous stance, not a righteous one. I was playing the role of God instead of obeying God. 

 

After all, I was living what I believed at the time was the “right way.” At least that is the lie that the enemy was feeding me, and I chose to agree with it. 

 

Of course, the enemy wants us to stay foolish in our thinking and lean on our own understanding. However, Proverbs 3:5 reminds you: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” That means sometimes you will not understand why God is encouraging you to do it the way He is. That’s okay. Trust Him. He’s wiser than you!

 

I know some Christians struggle with thinking they are doing things the way Jesus would. Yet, when they take a closer look, they realize they are missing those subtle and sometimes not so subtle nudges from the Holy Spirit.

 

If you are anything like I once was, sometimes it’s a pile of nudges! 

 

It’s easy to struggle with pride. I have learned my pride can sometimes sound like this: “Oh no, you’re doing everything right. You are doing everything as close as you can to Christ. You do not see growth in your spiritual life because the Spirit just isn’t feeding you.” 

 

That, my brothers and sisters, are lies from the devil! 

 

The truth is I was struggling to grow in my spiritual life because I was spending more time checking boxes and being double-minded in some areas of my life instead of focusing on the word and keeping my eyes set upon the Lord. I thought my focus was on the Lord. However, when I held the mirror up to myself, I realized I was not. We all stumble at times – that is to be human. That’s okay. Quickly repent and move on. Our Father in Heaven is incredibly loving and forgiving. 

 

What we need to remember is God loves you so much!! If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

 

He will give you wisdom! All you need to do is ask. A healthy prayer life casts those prayers to Him, entrusting them with Him, and seeking wisdom or discernment when something is not adding up. The Father does not want to hide anything from you, but He also might not tell you everything you want to know. That’s okay. Trust His wisdom. 

 

For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6).

 

If you follow the passage above, you will ask the Lord for wisdom, and you will want to spend time in His Word. You must trust that He will show you, but it may be in His perfect timing, not yours. 

 

When I struggle with a lack of wisdom, I ask the Lord to guide me, and then I choose to abide in His prompts. If I feel I am not hearing Him clearly, I remind myself that I know His voice, then I read Proverbs or go to those letters in red. Who is better to learn wisdom from but Jesus Christ Himself! Do I need to remind you that Christ is God in the flesh?!

 

Usually, once I spend some time in His word, wherever that may be, He shows me the area I am struggling with and how to defeat it. Sometimes God guides me through a conversation with my wife or a family member. Sometimes it’s even a short conversation with a stranger. 

 

If you ask, God will show you. We must remember to be still, know that He is God, and listen to Him. Remember, Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”

 

I have found myself at times behaving foolishly, yet I still believe I am doing the right thing. Except I start to notice life seems a little harder, and I don’t always clearly hear God. When I see this, I recalibrate and find life is more comfortable, more joyful, and smoother in all ways with Him guiding me. Walking with Christ next to you through life and allowing Him to guide you and fill you up allows for the opportunity for the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) to manifest in your life. Living in the fruits of the Spirit is EMPOWERING and FREEING! 

 

I invite you to take a moment today and ask God for wisdom. Perhaps you are searching for divine knowledge on how you live better for Him and His Kingdom. Or maybe you need wisdom regarding a current temptation or sin in your life. Perhaps you are looking for divine knowledge to navigate the normal day-to-day in this hectic, crazy fallen world. Whatever it is – ask God today and entrust that He is or will answer you! 

 

I hope that by gaining wisdom, you will hopefully STOP choosing to live foolishly and continue your growth towards being more like Christ. 

 

Your holy Heavenly Father loves you more than your human mind can even fathom. He yearns for a relationship with you! The Father can grow His relationship with His children to impart His wisdom – His way of thinking and seeing- on to you. 

 

The new year is right around the corner, and I hope you start, if you haven’t already, asking The Father to show you His wisdom and love for you every day so that you can be even closer to Him now!

 

Make gaining God’s wisdom a priority in your life! Don’t be fooled by the biggest fool of all, the devil. 

Does Your Spirit look Like this….?

Does Your Spirit look Like this….?

Understanding God’s Love Series

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

No one ought to be confident in his own strength when he undergoes temptation. For whenever we endure evils courageously, our long-suffering comes from Christ.

Augustine

The Fruit of the Spirit

Last week, I discussed what the fruit of love is and looks like. The newsletter ended with Galatians 5:22-23, which is the fruit of the Spirit. Today I am going to break down the fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

I understand that it is easy to read these words, but my goal is to make the fruit of the Spirit come alive in your mind’s eye! I am going to do that by breaking down the fruit of the Spirit.

The first piece of the fruit Paul lists out is love. Now, I have already spoken about what love is, but I will share a quick recap.

Love:

God’s love bears little resemblance to the emotional meaning so often given to the world. God’s love is shown by Jesus. I believe love is the foundation for all of the other components of the fruit of the Spirit to gain its richness.

Love is ultimately saying I am going to treat you well because you are a child of God. Think: If God loves you (and He loves all), I will love you too.

God’s love is a choice, and it takes maturity, wisdom, and discernment to walk in. Jesus showed the perfect example of love. I encourage you to create your own Bible Study, where you study how Jesus operates when interacting with people and his disciples. Ultimately Jesus shows love as self-sacrificing and unchanging. The Father demonstrated this kind of love when He sent His only Son for sinners. Can you imagine sacrificing something you love or want so others can be blessed?

Now hope (trust, confidence) does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5; parenthesis are mine).


This is the kind of love, hope, and desire you will need to practice if you want to participate in God’s love. It’s not ALWAYS doing what is best for you, but what is best for others. Now the Father and Jesus provide plenty of examples where they had healthy boundaries and act on those boundaries. Please do not view love as a place for people to walk all over you. At the end of the day, there will be times when you may not do what is best for another because that other person is a stranger to you. That’s fair enough. However, there are always opportunities to act in love toward strangers. It’s the willingness and sacrificial giving of oneself for the benefit of another without thought of return. How can you make sure people benefit for the better when you are around? What are the things you can do?

For starters, you can hold the door for someone. Or you could allow someone in line behind you who has fewer or more items to go in front of you. Additionally, you could buy someone’s food that is in line behind you. You can always create an opportunity where someone benefits without you gaining any return from them.

Love forms the foundation for all the other fruit identified by Paul. If you do not have love as your foundation, you will misrepresent or misuse the other parts of the fruit of the Spirit.

Joy:

Joy is an inner sensation that abides rejoicing despite your external circumstances. Joy comes from God’s presence!

 

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11 NKJV).

Joy is gladness of the heart. There is always something to be glad about. For instance, God loves you. He chose you. He wants you. God is also good. So be glad about that at the very least!

And as the Bible reminds us: Listen, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right course (Proverbs 23:19 NIV). If you are struggling to create a glad heart, then change your thinking. Remember, as a man thinks, so he is (Proverbs 23:7). There is plenty of things to be joyful over.

Therefore, joy becomes a choice.

Understand joy is not happiness. In fact, happiness is fleeting, but joy is everlasting. Believe it or not, no one wants to be happy all the time, but people do want to feel joy. You can be joyful and unhappy. Joy is not dependent on happiness.

According to Ed Diener (2013), (the world’s leading expert on subjective well-being), happiness contains both an affective (feeling) component and a cognitive (sensation) component. Happiness is more of an experience, you could say. It is best thought of as the total amount of pleasant emotions people feel, plus their cognitive evaluation of how satisfied they are with their life as a whole or with a specific aspect of their life, such as job, marriage, or hobbies (Dean & Biswas-Diener, 2013). Think of happiness as the experience of frequent, mildly to highly pleasant emotions, the relative absence of unpleasant feelings, and a general sense of satisfaction with one’s life.

Joy is having gladness or delighting in the Lord.

….for the joy of the LORD is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).


In Psalms 16:9, David says, “No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety (NLT).” David had found the secret to joy. Regardless of what is going on externally in your life, you can feel real joy (God’s joy). Despite your deepest troubles, David understood that his relationship with God determined his outlook in life. Some people base their happiness and joy on external circumstances. Doing so is stupid, reckless, and dangerous! Why would you allow others, events, and other variables you cannot control to dictate your internal joy, peace, or happiness? That seems scary and like a losing battle! That’s like putting a sign in the front of your house, that says, Come on in, and take whatever you want from me! The result of allowing external stimuli to dictate your internal peace is a rollercoaster from hell that you cannot get off of until you change your mindset.

It’s by celebrating God’s daily presence and what He has done for you! This is how you will find contentment and joy. As you walk with God and He unfolds His plans for you, I promise your joy will increase and grow strong. Remember, disciples, are to base their joy and life on God, not circumstances.

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

 

Peace:

Peace is an inner quietness, trust, and stillness in God’s sovereignty and His promises (Word). The fruit of peace in work in your life is the tranquility of your mind, which in turn frees you from worry or fear. It is holding on to what Romans 8:28 declares:


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Peace is the profound agreement with the Bible’s word and that God remains in charge of the universe. Allow God’s peace to enter your heart (Colossians 3:15). He has you. He loves you. Let Him have your worries and stay focused on today.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).

Longsuffering (Patience):

Simply put, it’s controlling yourself and how you respond or react when you are exposed to annoying, frustrating, and inconvenient things. It’s being comfortable with being uncomfortable. I promise the Holy Spirit will increase your endurance and help you successfully deal with the things that annoy you. You have to want this too! Free will is real!

Please note longsuffering is more of a marathon or lifestyle change than a race. You have to train for it! In short, patience or longsuffering has restraint or calmness with others. It is the opposite of a short temper. It is quietly and calmly handling or processing disposition and or bearing injury.

Kindness (Gentleness):

Kindness is acting charitably or benevolently towards others, as God does towards you. Kindness is responding to other people’s needs. Think – acts of kindness. Or merely being attentive to the needs of those you love and care for, but also strangers. There are some basic needs that we all have in common. Help people meet those needs.

A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself (Proverbs 11:17)

Goodness:

Goodness is responding to do nice and considerate things to others, REGARDLESS if they deserve it or not. Goodness does not react to evil but absorbs the offense and responds with a positive or loving response/action. Goodness is generosity! What are some ways you can be generous to your loved ones and to strangers?

 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also [for the Lord repays the offender].  And whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you (Matthew 5:40-24). 

The last three fruit pieces are more general character traits that need to be valued by Christ’s followers. Values are personally chosen life directions. It’s your moral compass.

Faithfulness:

Faithfulness is having faith in others and God. Seeing the best-case scenario, not the worst. What Paul also means is being dependable. Keeping your word and doing what you say you are going to do. If you asked everyone in your life if you are reliable and trustworthy, what would they say?

Gentleness (meekness):

Think of humility. Think of how John the Baptist was. Gentleness is being considerate of others or mindful. One can still get angry as Jesus did in the temple but remain in control of him or herself and respond with love. Please note Jesus was not angry at the people, but at the sin. And, who is the Father of sin?

Self-control:

Self-control (self-discipline, sound mind, temperance) is having discipline or victory over the lusts of the flesh, the ability to harness and control one’s passions and lusts. I do believe this is why the Father encourages fasting. It takes discipline to not buy into those hunger pains or follow the carnal mind’s cravings.

Self-control means having the restraint not to do something even though your flesh desires it. While self-discipline sucks at the moment, in the long run, it feels great. However, not developing self-discipline can cost a person his or her life. Ironically, it is those sinful desires or lust of the flesh that provide an illusion of fulfillment and power but only lead us to slavery and the fruit of the devil.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:16). 

The best way to see where you are with the fruit of the Spirit is to rate yourself on a scale of 1-5.

(1) never true of me; (2) rarely true of me; (3) occasionally true of me; (4) frequently true of me; (5) Always true of me.

  1. I respond from a place of love, regardless of my annoyance or dislike for the individual.
  2. I am joyful.
  3. I do not worry or fear many things. Instead, I have peace (calmness/tranquility) inside of me.
  4. I am a patient person.
  5. I am a charitable and kind person.
  6. I am nice and considerate to everyone, not just those I like.
  7. I am a dependable and trustworthy person.
  8. I am courteous and considerate in my relationship with others.
  9. I am a disciplined person. I harness and control my passions and lusts.

The assessment above provides insight into how well you are operating in the fruit of the Spirit. Remember, you do not need to do this alone. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13 NLT). Allow God to work through you. Today I encourage you to take a few minutes to pray to God, asking Him which fruit do you need to consciously work to improve in? He will tell you, and when you start to do what God wants, life gets better!

Prayer: Father, I want to grow spiritually and emotionally. I do not want to be enticed by the world’s ways. I do not wish to adopt worldly behavior but Jesus’ behavior. I want to do Your will and not my own. Help me to use Your strength to grow and operate in the fruit of the Spirit. In moments of weakness, please correct me and show me how to respond – how to represent You and Your glory. Father, Thank You for all You have done in my life. Thank You for helping me grow in the fruit of the Spirit. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Reference: Dean, B., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2013). Positive psychology coaching. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.