Life in the Spirit

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Food and Christianity.

The longest a person can survive without food is three weeks according tohttps://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/how-long-can-you-live-without-food Food provides nutrients, fuel and the growth we need to keep functioning. Now what does food have to do with Christianity, you asked? Scripture tell us that our body is a temple for God, a living sacrifice (1 Corinthians 6:19) so if we truly believe that verse, then we should be taking care of body. Meaning, we should be conscious about what we put in our body. Why? it can and will affect the work you and I are called to do.

Before you wonder off, this post is not an advertisement for you to become vegan or to join a specific diet but instead it’s on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle as you fulfill the calling on your life. According to https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626 food can affect your mood, productivity, emotions, health, and skins. For example, certain food can make you tired, sleepy and lack of energy, whereas certain food can increase energy, boost your metabolism and endorphins . So, if food can affect your body then it can definetly affect your works.

Imagine a pastor who has a poor eating habit, he eats all type of food which makes him tired, lack of energy and unmotivated. Although he is called to ministry, he is having a hard time to stay up to finish his sermon, lack of motivation, and his health is getting worse etc. All those things affecting him will eventually affect the congregation as well. Don’t get me wrong, unhealthy food is not the only thing that can affect this but it does play an important part. Nonetheless, God can still use this pastor to deliver a message but that shouldn’t enable him to stay unhealthy.

God wants us to be healthy and proficient in our callings. And as believers we should also want to be healthy and profiency as we continue on the tasks set before us. So take a food and health assessment and make the necessary change to improve your health. And don’t worry, you are not alone, as I also struggled with my weight for quite sometime. You see when God brought me into ministry, he has also open my eyes to see my unhealthy eating habits with the desire to make a change and that is what i am also hoping for you after reading this post.

To conclude, this post is not to fat shame you or make you feel guilty about your weight but instead to open your eyes on the impact food has on us. With that being said, food is not above God or his power, however, the things we put in our body can affect the productivity of our work for God.

Stay bless 😊

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Church Hurt! Is it me, you or maybe all of us.

Church hurt can happen to anyone, from visitors, to long time members, part time members and seasonal members. It doesn’t discriminate and it can also prevent believers from continuing going to church. Because church hurt happens to the most of us, its important to know how and why church hurt happened? can it be prevented and how to deal with it.

Three reason why church hurt happens:

sin, leadership conflict, expectations.

As believers we are called to overcome sin and not allowing it to control our lives, however when we are not doing that personally as a body we will continue to hurt one another. Example, not dealing with our anger, jealousy, hatred, lust, and envious, can affect the whole body.

Jesus came to us not to be served but to serve us, to show us the way and what it really means to be a a leader. In my own experiences, I have seen leaders live a double life, look down on people and have a lack of compassion for others. But I have also seen some great leaders who genuinely care about people’s growth. So you see we have good leaders and also bad leaders. Therefore it is important to know and understand how to lead so you won’t be carelessly hurt the church family.

As believers, we have this expectation that church is nothing but roses and the only place that can’t hurt us. The church is filled with sinners who became saints through Jesus Christ. The reality is although we became saints, we sometime still have sinner tendencies. Therefore when you give that expectation to God because you realize only him who is good then you can began to bear with one another and give each other room to grow and flourish.

Can you prevent Church hurt?

Yes and No

As we are growing in Christ we can prevent church hurt to some extent but we can’t control church hurt. The reason is because, as much as you are allowing the Holy Spirit to work in you, the outside world is out of your control which is why we have to understand the real enemy. Scripture tell us in

Ephesians 6:12 New King James Version

12  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [a]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places“.

So, the real enemy has never been each other but instead what is mention in scriptures. However, because we are not carrying our cross daily, and dying to self, it will be hard for us to realize the real enemy.

After we realize the real enemy then we need to armor up.

The Whole Armor of God, Ephesians 6:10-11

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the [b]wiles of the devil

To conclude, church hurt can happen the first time you visit a friend church or at your home church. However, don’t let that stop you from attending church, growing with the body of Christ and being the best version of ourselves. I leave you with this verse

Galatians 6:2-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.

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Five powerful prayer you should know about.

Prayer is essential in the christian walk, for it provides comfort, healing, and joy. As we face things in life, it is important to have a open line of communication with God to receive what we need to be victorious. While on earth, Jesus made sure he stayed in communication with God until the very end to show us the way we ought to be in life. The apostles also remind to us in the bible, over and over again the importance of prayer as they faced difficulties, trials and persecution.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 says “Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” In other words, you’re having problems, pray, you’re having the best life, pray, so whatever season you’re in we are reminded to pray. The apostles prayed when they were in prison, harsh situations and during persecution because prayer is the lifeline they need to get through the situation.

When you have a prayer life, you will witness its power which will encourage you to keep praying even if things don’t look in your favor. I have listed five powerful prayer in the Bible that will encourage you to pray.

Five Powerful Prayer in the Bible

Hannah’s Prayer

And Hannah prayed and said:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My [a]horn is exalted in the Lord.
[b]I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.

“No one is holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.

“Talk no more so very proudly;
Let no arrogance come from your mouth,
For the Lord is the God of knowledge;
And by Him actions are weighed.

“The bows of the mighty men are broken,
And those who stumbled are girded with strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
And the hungry have ceased to hunger.
Even the barren has borne seven,
And she who has many children has become feeble.

“The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to the grave and brings up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
He brings low and lifts up.
He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the beggar from the ash heap,
To set them among princes
And make them inherit the throne of glory.

“For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He has set the world upon them.
He will guard the feet of His saints,
But the wicked shall be silent in darkness.

“For by strength no man shall prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces;
From heaven He will thunder against them.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

“He will give strength to His king,
And exalt the [c]horn of His anointed.”

Elijah Stops the Rain

17 Now Elijah the Tishbite was a prophet from the settlers in Gilead. “I serve the Lord, the God of Israel,” Elijah said to Ahab. “As surely as the Lord lives, no rain or dew will fall during the next few years unless I command it.”

Paul and Silas Prayer

Acts 16:25-34 King James Version (KJV)

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

Jabez Prayer 1 Chronicles 4:10

10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 New International Version (NIV)

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

I hope these verses inspire you to stay in prayer and keep pushing forward.

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Life after #COVID-19

Happy New Year! Last year 2020, you created goal charts, vision board, and you had your making money mindset ready to take on the world. To push this a step further, some of you even started seeing result of your hard work, but not all had a chance to start before the world went into a crisis. Here’s a link to my last post to catch up 👇🏽https://lifeinthespirit.blog/2020/03/18/church-during-the-coronavirus/

I am glad you all caught up 👌🏽. Since we have nothing but time in quarantine, have you thought about your life after this virus 🦠 or the changes that comes after surviving this virus?. 🙋🏽‍♀️I have! and one thing for sure, it will be a new normal for everyone. First thing first, please understand that you can’t control the changes in the world but you have control over your reaction.

The recovery from this pandemic will take time and I am not talking days, I’m thinking months because we all have to adapt in our own way. Such as creating a new schedule to help you ease back to life and society. Others may try to catch up with time by participating in all type of activities. While some will change, for good or the bad. At the end of this pandemic, it can feel like a new year but with less time. However, with all that being said even if it takes us sometime to get back to normal, what are you going back to? Are you going back to God because you realize you wasn’t truly saved? Are you going back to the job you hated? Or are you going back to being depressed?

In the book of Daniel, https://biblehub.com/nkjv/daniel/3.htm King Nebuchadnezzar made a new rule that everyone must bow down and worship the golden image, no expection. As expected, Daniel continued with his daily devotion to God. So how was Daniel able to still carryon with his daily prayer to God?

If your mind has gone there, and you know what there is, let me just clarify. This post is not a confirmation for you to disobeyed the order that came from the government to social distancing and temporary closing churches. As we should know, scripture tell us to follow the law of the land with the exception if the law is in conflict to God’s law.

Daniel was able to remain devoted to God because he was devoted to Him from the beginning. He didn’t start when the hard time came but instead he continue the work. Let’s compare that statement with our current situation, ———–what did you do before quarantine time, did you spend time with God on a regular?, were you eating healthy before this started? lastly, did you have structure before this new schedule?. ———–The answer is, whatever you were doing before this pandemic you will most likely continue to do it. 😶 This is not to say that you will not adjust and move few things around but for the most part, the important things will stay the same. Therefore, if you were truly committed to God you will continue to be so, even more, if you were eating healthy and exercising before quarantine you will find a way to do the same and lastly if you were organized before, you will push yourself to keep a structure while you are quarantine.

On that account, bad time doesn’t bring new habits, but instead it reveals habits you already have. You’re not going to suddenly eat healthy because you’re in quarantine or spend time with God because you finally have the “time” to do but instead you will continue as is and hope for a different outcome.

We all want to be saved, healthy and successful but all of that will not come without a price, commitment, self control and discipline. This quarantine has shown me that if you were committed before this started, you will remain committed in the middle and after it all. That being so, use this quarantine time to reflect on your habits and most importantly open your eyes to deal with the habits you have. I say all of that because I hope you don’t come back from this quarantine the same but instead a stronger person and the only way you can do that is with Christ.

Please leave your comments, I would love to hear from you. Stay Bless 😇😊

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Church during the Coronavirus

For the past couple of weeks things have change rapidly; we went from reminding people to wash their hands, to the government shutting down schools, churches and businesses to prevent this virus from spreading. And yes! I am still trying to figure out why people are buying bulk of toilet paper 😳. Nontheless this post is not about how to survive homeschooling for the next couple of days or what tv show to binge watch during quarantine time but instead it is to remind you that you are a living sanctuary aka the church.

The book of Chronicles illustrate a visual of the temple where God’s dwell. King Solom was precise with the detailing of the temple such as the type of gold, appliances and how the floor would look like. The reason is, the temple served as the physical place where God would dwell and hear his people at a all time as he would forgive and restore them. If you think back of the some of the verses in the book of Psalm, you always find David qouting how he long to dwell in the temple of God. Sound familiar 😃, Good.

The temple that was built for God by men, was a foreshadow of what is to come. Jesus came to fulfilled that prophesy and build a temple that will last forever. (Sidenote: if you like the book of Hebrew, then you should definetly read the book of Chronicles.)

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

That’s right, God’s spirit which is the Holy Spirit lives in us, we are a living tabernacle😇. Therefore, since the physical place where you meet is close, you can still have church at home. Scriptures tell us that in Matthew 18 verse” 20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Jesus is assuring us that he is here with us even if its only three of us. And if Christ is there then we know God is there because Jesus and the father are one.

So have service at home with your family, pick topic to have a sermon on, do bible study, have an open discussion and most importantly worship God who is the author and finisher of your faith. Stay bless 😊

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I win, you lose.

For a long time I believed that if God’s will was done in my life, then it means I got the short hand of the stick, that God didn’t care about my wants, needs or desires. When I was writting this blog, the Holy Spirit kept bringing me back to the story of Adam and Eve, precisely when the serpent convinced Eve that God didn’t want them to be like a god and they would know good and evil . You know the end of the story, Eve ate the forbidden fruit and boom the fall of humanity. I feel like that how’s my life has been going, I keep falling for the enemy lies instead of trusting God’s will for my life.

Have that happened to you, where you know God’s will is better but yet you find a way to do your own will. You know his plan is to give you a new life and yet you can’t seem to get out of your old one. You are not alone for It has been the same for me for a long time. I put my plans, desires and wants above God’s will and that resulted in me pushing him away and doing own thing.

When Jesus lived among us, he made sure to tell the disciples and the Pharisees that he came to do God’s will and not his. He continued telling them he came from heaven to do the work of God so that humanity would believe and be saved. So what is the will of God?

The will of God is whatever God has called you to do, to be direct, the work God has call you to do. Now please understand we share a common work but we all have a unique work or will God has assigned in our lives.

God’s will, not my plan

I didn’t want God’s will to be done because I didn’t have a genuine experience/relationship with him. Without a genuine relationship, you can’t fully trust that God’s plan is not to hurt you, or to deceive you but it is instead to give you a better, and brighter future. You know God’s character based on scriptures but its through experiences with him you will come to trust him.

This new shift in my relationship with God help me to be at ease with his will in my life. I am no longer afraid or concern about my future because I know who God is and I trust he will work everything out my for my good.

To conclude, it is a blessing for God’s will to be done in our lives. For his plans is never to hinder us or forsaken us, but it is to give us life, abundantly. I hope you began to start trusting God today with your life, wants, needs and desires.

After reading this post, three question you need to answer for yourself: why don’t I trust God, his word and promises?

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Let’s talk about your bless life.

Family pictures, career updates, and falling in love, are some of social media post that indicate “I’m blessed”. And if you want everyone else to know it, don’t forget the hashtag #blessed. You know it’s true! Nothing scream I’m blessed better than these posts. Now, there’s nothing wrong with posting these type of content and if we are honest, we all have these post on our social media, however is it the same thing in the Bible when it comes to being blessed.

Things to think about!

Singleness or Marriage? who is more blessed?

 Do you think there’s a difference between world blessed and God’s blessed? Are they the same or a combination?

 🚨🛑 This post is not about criticizing what you have or don’t have but instead it is about gaining a new perspective on the word blessed according to scriptures.

First: nonbelievers also have families, careers, found love, and can also be a great help to the environment and community. So are these things the standard for a bless life?

Second: a blessed life has nothing to do with your status, married, or single, it also has nothing to do with how much stuff you have, the access you have or your accomplishments.

Let’s see what the bible says about who is blessed.

Matthew 5:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.

While meditating on these scripture I realize that a blessed life is about the transformation work God is doing in your life. He is molding you to be who has called you to be, a son and daughter and that’s how you know you are blessed.

Reflection

After reading these scriptures, how do you view your life?

do you still feel the same way about the word #blessed ?

Next time you measure how blessed you are based on what you have, think of Matthew 5.

Conclusion

When things are going well it’s easy to accept it as the blessed life. However, a biblical blessed life is not based on what you have or don’t have but instead it is based on the transformation God is doing in your life. Though it might seem impossible because of the difficulty in life, always remember, you are not without hope for God’s spirit is living inside of you.

In addition, Jesus didn’t have riches on earth or be the king the jews expected, but he did something beyond that, he did the father’s will. Isn’t that the ultimate goal, to be obedient to God’s will, to live a life pleasing to him. So let us never forget the true meaning of living a blessed life as we go on our day. I hope this post brough some clarity on what it means to have a blessed life. Please leave your thoughts. Stay blessed!

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When your little faith moves mountain.

In the Gospel of Mark, the Kingdom of God is compared to a mustard seed that is small but when it sown into the ground it becomes larger than all the garden plant. The plant branches are so large, that it creates a nest for the birds outside. This parable makes me think of how sometime we don’t value the small things in life until it surprises us. I see it in the same way as our faith, when we try to bypass the early stage. Now please understand, the goal is for you to grow in faith but let us not underestimate the power of the little faith we have in the beginning.

LITTLE FAITH

Matthew 17:20 

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Your faith only increase if you keep walking with God.

BIG FAITH

Mark 9:23 

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman :Matthew 15

21And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”28Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.e

THE END GOAL

These two scripture describe how we start and how we can finish in our walk with Christ. For example, Peter started with little faith when he started to sink while walking on water with Jesus as he became afraid of the wind. However, he became a well known apostle for the church, teaching believers how to live a life pleasing to God. Peter was able to grow in faith because he continue to walk with Jesus even after his death, Peter continued to persevere. You and I can do the same, we have never seen Jesus physically but we believe in him and through our relationship with him we will continue to grow in faith.

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Christianity and Minimalism

I consider myself pretty simple, and easy going, but after some self evaluation, I realize I may not have been as simple as I thought. I heard of minimalism sometime last year but I didn’t look into it until this past week or so and why not blog about it. But in all seriousness, based on the meaning of minimalism, I am curious to live that lifestyle or at least consider some of the ideas behind this movement. And of course as a believer I wanted to make sure this new lifestyle doesn’t contradict my faith and the bible. So let’s take a look on what it means to live a minimalist lifestyle and the ideas behind minimalism.

A minimalist is person who likes to keep things simple in all aspect of their lives. According to https://www.moneyunder30.com/minimalist-livingMinimalism is all about living with less. This includes less financial burdens such as debt and unnecessary expenses. … For many minimalists, the philosophy is about getting rid of excess stuff and living life based on experiences rather than worldly possessions.” Sound pretty cool right! I mean who does not want unnecessary expenses, and living a debt free life. So I did the next best thing, I YouTube it and I found tons of information on how to start my journey. Check it out!

My Journey so far….

 The first thing I realize is that, I did not have a simple lifestyle at home, my home was cluttered, started from my kitchen to my wardrobes, and other materialistic things. I realize I purchased things out of impulse, assuming that it would make me happy, or change what I feel inside, but it only left me with a crowded closet, and overload of unused products.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:19 to not store up treasure on earth, but instead to store your treasure in heaven, why? Because treasure on earth can be destroyed, gone and stolen by thieves. After some deep conversations with myself, I realize I was storing treasure on earth such as my clothes, shoes and beauty products. I mean who needs 10 pair of jeans, 3 sets of makeup brushes, and 6 beauty blenders.

All these things did not add anything in my life, but it did take away my money, space and time. Please understand I am not against of having a few pair of jeans or makeup because I do still have those things, but now I don’t put them on a high pedestal and I definitely prefer quality over quantity.

Contentment with less

Here comes that word again creeping at my door, making me question the type of relationship I have with my clothes, asking myself weird question but not so weird, like does my clothes own me or do I own them. Before the transition, I took a look at my closet, suddenly I’ve had anxiety and I didn’t even know I had anxiety 😅. My shoe rack was falling apart because it was overloaded with shoes and dresses that’s been on the hanger for too long.

My impulsive shopping and my ” self-care” routine was the reason behind these things mention above. My routine decisions led me to become a hoarder, lover of unnecessary things and unhappy. As I decluttered my closet, I am reminded that I brought nothing into this world, and I will leave with nothing so if I have food and clothing, I should be content with that.  Well, you might say, there’s nothing wrong with having things, which is true but when your value is based on having things and these things becomes your comfort and happiness then there’s a problem.

Minimalism is not Christianity

The Bible does not mention minimalism but it does emphasis on living a simple and full life. Jesus spoke on people selling their possessions, to give to the poor and to follow him. One can argue, I don’t have a lot of things, I am not rich but living a simple lifestyle have nothing to do with being poor or rich. It simply means you are content with living with less, not depending on things to make you happy. If you take the time to look you will find that you have more than you think. To conclude, I chose to start living a minimalist lifestyle to help me focus on relationships and not materialism, and to create an stress-free environment for my family. Do I still own stuff, absolutely, but they no longer own me. Check out my pictures goal for our home.

have you consider living a minimalist lifestyle? comment below.

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Goodness, Faithfulness, and Kindness.

What is the reason behind your deeds or works? do you do it out of righteousness, obligation, or personal code ? This week we are talking about goodness, faithfulness and kindness to end our fruit of the Spirit series. Let’s dig in.

Goodness

Whenever I think of the word goodness, I think of psalm 23, “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”. I used to think goodness was all about feeling good, you know the warm feeling you have inside when you think about God, but as I reflect on this week fruit, I realize how wrong I was. Goodness is not a feeling but instead it is when your deeds or works is motivated by righteousness. You can summarize it with this phrase ” holiness in action”, or in plain language you become a blessing to someone. Knowing the true meaning of this fruit put the right perspective when reading the psalms or any verses in the Bible because I know the intention of God’s heart and it is never to harm me but to bless me. Example of goodness is giving to the poor, feeding the homeless, confronting someone about sin, praying for the enemy and visiting the sick.

Faithfulness

If you can’t be faithful to God, then you most likely can’t be faithful with others on earth. Faithfulness has to do with having faith in God, consistency, following through with what you believe and not giving up in the hard time. We can’t be faithful to God with our own strength or will, but if we trust in him, the Holy Spirit will help us to be faithful. Once you understand the importance of faithfulness to God then the Holy Spirit can help you to be faithful to others. 1Thessalonians 5:24 says, “He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it” . So we never have to worry about if God can do it, because He will.

Kindness

Are you a kind person? well, I just realize I am not as kind as I claim to be when studying for this week fruit. God has revealed to me that kindness doesn’t mean having a nice attitude or to be pleasant. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s important to be nice and pleasant but these things don’t always mean that you are useful. Smiling when the person is struggling to open the door does not reflect your kindness. Driving by when you see your friends standing in the rain waiting for the bus will not reflect “your kind heart”. Kindness is the compassion we have for others that lead us to be useful, to do something to help them with no expectation. God showed his kindness when he provided salvation to us because it was free. God’s kindness protects us when we are afraid, as he wraps us up under his wing, and he helps us breathe when we’re being kicked by life’s trouble. God’s kindness lead us to repentance. Because of the Kindness God has towards us, we can learn how to be kind to others.