Inconsistent Fruit – Fruitolicious #2

Posted: August 16, 2011 in Inconsistent Fruit

While joy is not an easy outward expression for me, peace has become much more so. If i can join the expression of joy with my peace i’ll be in good shape. It’s not that i am not filled with joy as i am but, expressing it is inside. There are times when my joy overtakes me and actually brings me to tears. But as for bouncing off the walls joy, it would have to be a God thing as it’s not me, and thus that could be the point. I see God’s joy looking much like mine, quiet and reserved but very much there. i could be totally off?

PEACE – eirene – Serenity,  I have the mind of Christ, my thoughts are established in Him, and my steps are ordered by Him. i take great delight in this process. i believe i have the mind of Christ because i do study to not only know the word but to apply, to live it out, to “be” it. Many of my thoughts are established in Him, even though some of those thoughts escape the process of being taken captive to the word and it is then in those moments of escape, that my steps become inconsistent.

Proverbs 3:5,6 Lean on, trust and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

Mt 5:9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

Ro 8:6 If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.

Peace is the presence and experience of right relationships. The tranquility of soul. The sense of well-being and fulfillment that comes from God and is dependent on His presence.

Peace, ia a quality that i need operating in my life, especially with all of the uncertainty of life and never knowing what is going to happen next. Nothing is as secure as it used to be. i never know when things may change. With all the heightened negative activity, it becomes very easy to lose my sense of peace, especially my peace in the Lord.

The Holy Spirit has His peace to give to me and He can give it to me in great abundance. It has been my experience that once His peace starts to flow up into my mind, soul, and emotions, it really is as the word says – a peace that surpasses all human understanding. Without the peace of God operating in my life,
i may become easily rattled, shaken, tormented, and knocked right off my game in the Lord the first time any type of adversity comes my way.

PATIENCEmakrothumia – Willingness to stick with things. i have been am set on a course of sitting at His feet and gazing upon the beauty of the Lord. i am not one for quitting. Just recently i was coming to the end of a Words with Friends scrabble game with someone. It was more than obvious he was going to win and so he texts me that i can resign this game and begin a new one as it was obvious i was going to lose. i text him back, “it’s not in my nature to quit but it seems as though it is in yours so feel free to resign yourself. He didn’t. He did win and i did lose, but i finished.

1Ti 1:16 But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.

Patience is Forbearance, endurance and steadfastness under provocation. Forbearance under ill-will, with no thought of retaliation. Forbearance under suffering and endurance in the face of adversity. Ability to endure persecution and ill-treatment.

One of the main definitions of the word patience is that it is longsuffering. Patience is another needed quality in my fast paced world. Just watch me standing in line at the grocery store or at my local fast food restaurant and watch how short my fuse can be. It is no wonder to me that road rage is a major problem on some of our highways. Look at someone the wrong way and they may want to take your head off. Many people have been killed or seriously injured because someone lost his temper.

For me as a Christians, this poses a major dilemma. God is very patient and longsuffering. His ways are not my ways. And one of the things i see over and over about His ways is that He works on a much slower time frame than i do. Unless i learn to adjust to His slower way of working things out, i will find myself easily losing my patience with Him and how He wants to work things out in my life. At times, it may become of battle of wills – my will against His will.

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