What is Your Mark?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, self control … Since it is through the Spirit that we have Life, let it also be through the Spirit that we order our lives day by day.” Galatians 5:22,23a,25 CJB

A fruit, in this context and according to the Webster dictionary, is defined as

  • a result or reward that comes from some action or activity
  • the effect or consequence of an action or operation : product, result

The result, effect or consequence of being filled with the Spirit of God is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control. When we possess Him, these attributes will be evident in our lives. It is impossible for us to have the Holy Spirit, much more to be filled by Him, and our lives are not marked by these characteristics. Moreover if we possess Him then we will be influenced by Him. If we are influenced by Him then we should order our day to day lives through Him.

If, on the other hand, we produce hatred, deep sadness, confusion, impatience, evil deeds, fear, pride, a lack of control and these attributes influence our daily life, we do not have the Holy Spirit.

“For no good tree produces bad fruit, nor does a bad tree produce good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit–figs aren’t picked from thorn bushes, nor grapes from a briar patch. (Luke 6:43-44 CJB).

These traits reflect our fleshly nature. When we have Holy Spirit, our lives should not be marked with the characteristic of our carnal nature for

” … you do not identify with your old nature but with the Spirit–provided the Spirit of God is living inside you … ” Romans 8:9 CJB

As we continue on in the journey of life, let us realign our daily lives and allow the Spirit of God to direct our day to day activities as well as allow our character to be marked by the result of His control.

– controlled by Ruach HaKodesh

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