Saturday, March 16, 2024

Fruit of the Spirit 5

Broadcast 3972
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Galatians 5:22 (NET) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness

Before Lanre believed in the Lord Jesus, he was a very insecure, awkward and unhappy young man. But after he gave his life to Christ, he got filled with the Holy Spirit and the joy of the Lord filled his heart. He was no longer the unhappy, insecure person that he used to be.

His adopted mother couldn't help but notice. This was the most remarkable thing about his faith in Christ that drew her attention. This was the reason why she ultimately gave her life to Christ.

Heaven is a very very joyful place. Scripture reveals that there is a lot of singing in heaven. The mood of heaven reflects the nature of God. When we have the divine nature, joy will be part of our nature. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Joy engenders the flow of the divine life.

The devil understands this very well, and one of the duties of evil spirits is to send thoughts and imaginations that are calculated to keep us heavy and unjoyful.

Being heavy and depressed is an attribute of old Adamic nature. Sorrow and depression weaken our spirits and strengthen the flesh. Since we now have the divine nature, we have to be deliberate and intentional about being joyful. Do not let thoughts and imagination that bring sorrow and depression dock in your heart and mind. When such thoughts and imaginations of evil reports come, replace them with God's promises that are contrary to them.

Another secret of joy is thankfulness. When the flesh or the devil wants to make you heavy because of things happening that are not going your way, remember to get yourself out of the black hole of heaviness by remembering all the benefits of God in your life and giving Him thanks. You always have reasons to be thankful because you are in Christ. Being in Christ is heavier and more valuable than any other thing you could ever have in this world or in the world to come.

Go into today remembering that rejoicing in the Lord always is not a suggestion. It is a commandment (Philippians 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16). Believers who flirt with heaviness and depression are walking in disobedience.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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