Galatians 5:22-23 | Devotions of the Week Vol. 8

January 8, 2016

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. 

As I sit here waiting for my laptop's battery to come in, my stress level is up to the top. I have to get some files sent to someone by the end of the week. My photos from my recent shoot need to get edited. I have papers that need to be done. I have a God who says "Everything is going to be okay. Have patience." 

Patience has always been a virtue I have struggled with. I do not like waiting. You can just imagine me as I stand in a long line waiting to order my food. I have a short temper when it comes to someone not doing something on my time. 

How many times did I say 'me' or 'my' in that one paragraph? Yeah, plenty of times. When struggling with patience, I am struggling with being in control of myself. As Christians, we are commanded to give the controller of our life to God. Our Maker wants to be in control of our making. God desires to give our life the best. He desires to be in control of our life for that reason. 

As I struggle with my patience, I struggle with letting God have full control. As I was reminded about God's complete sovereignty and plan for us last night, I was reminded that God's plan for me is sufficient. All I need to say is "yes, Lord. Please help me as I struggle with this area. Please help me to bear this fruit that you so strongly know I can." 

Is that not the best thing that we always have God to help and listen to us? No matter what you are struggling with. God has a plan for you. God wants that plan to happen. God wants to be able to help you with that by you letting Him have control. 

Remember you are not bound by that sin once you give your life to Christ. You are free. You are blameless.

Blameless. I was asking God the other day to give me my word of year. To give me a word to really just focus on. The next song that comes onto my iTunes Radio was 'Blameless' by Dara Maclean. I was reminded that I am blameless through Christ. 

For my word of the year, I want to focus on 'blameless'. I want to focus on the fact that my freedom from sin came from a Man who was spit on and beaten. 

What's your 'word of the year'? What do you really want to focus on this year? Your patience, your freedom, your strength, your light? 

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