12. The bricks in our lives (5) (1)

As I have mentioned before, if your foundation (your faith) is rock solid and you built your house with Jesus as the cornerstone and time with your family as your bricks, then you are ready to face any curveball that life can throw at you. At least you know your house will stand.

Now looking after yourself inside the house made with bricks is also important. We have discussed your thought life and how it affects everything you do and how you should nurture your thoughts to think only pure thoughts, in order to give you victory in life.

Another way to walk in victory is to apply the fruits of the Spirit in your life. In case you cannot remember them all, here they are again; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I know it is easier said than done. We do not always feel like wearing them like a necklace and embracing every situation with them. In our rushed life, we do not even have time to think about them, let alone memorize them. Life is not that easy. It is difficult to be patient, when a slow moving truck moved right in front of you when you are already late for a meeting, it is difficult to have peace, when there is gossiping all around you, it is difficult to be faithful when the secretary looks sexier than ever, it is difficult to exercise self control when someone parked on your parking space, it is difficult to love someone with a godly love, when all they do is use you for their own benefit, it is difficult to have joy when your husband has been retrenched, it is difficult, I know.

But despite all this know that the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. He is the One displaying the fruit. You cannot do it out of your own strength. You will most certainly fail. The only way to succeed is to grow closer and closer to Him that lives within you. Allow Him to take over the reins of your life. Allow Him access into all areas. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit, but be free to allow Him to move. God loves a willing spirit. The closer you grow to Him, the more freely His fruit will flow. And when it does it will lead to an inner peace in your life and a sense of perfect harmony. Despite storms raging around you, your house will stand.

Remember what the Word of God says:

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives." Galatians 5:24, 25

Let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. God wants us to represent Him here on earth and with His Spirit to lead and guide us, we will portrait His love to the world on a whole new level. Give Him free rein to display the fruit of His Spirit through your daily life. You will stand amazed, it will be worth it.

Lord Jesus, You are awesome and we are so glad that You can be our cornerstone. Thank you for assisting us in our life's journey. Please help us to grow so that the fruit we show will be the fruit of Your Spirit. Amen


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