Identity: Who Am I

Day 2 of 6

Who Are You?

I trust that after spending time with the Creator yesterday you are intrigued to go deeper into the answer to your identity. Every day as you read this plan I want you to remember the statement, “exact likeness in nature and qualities”, from the definition of identity we looked at yesterday. We established that our identity is not wrapped up in what we do but rather it is found in the person of Jesus Christ; therefore in order to know who we are, we must now begin to know who He is. In the book of Genesis, we see how God the Father created everything by the spoken word but when it came to the first man God got personally involved. He did not speak us into existence, but used his hands and dust from the ground to mold and give shape to the form of man. After God formed man that was all, it was a form, a shape but it was not alive and God did not speak the man to life. I get so excited when I think about the awesomeness of humans. Imagine with me for a moment how God took a deep breath in and then blew into the nostrils of man and all of a sudden the dead form became alive. The Bible says, “The man came alive – a living soul” (Genesis 2:7 MSG). God released a part of Himself into man and man became alive.

We are not what we do but the answer to who we are is – I am a living soul. I was not spoken into existence but I was formed and shaped by the very hand of God and then the very breath of God makes me alive and continues to sustain me. I get overwhelmed every time I ponder the thought of who I really am. It should then come as no surprise that the enemy of our soul, better known as Satan, is after our identity. Being a living soul sets us apart from the rest of creation and from this point of understanding, we are then enabled to function in our God-given purpose. I often used the excuse of, “I’m only human” to cover my mistakes and live outside my purpose. The enemy loves it when we downplay what being human really means. Being a living soul allows me to commune and have fellowship with God. It allows me to make intelligent and godly decisions and choices. It allows me to have emotions and be moved with compassion. Most of all, it allows me the opportunity to be like Jesus. We are made in the image and likeness of God with a soul consisting of the mind, will, and emotions. We have the ability to think, we have senses to access this natural realm and we have the ability to choose. As you sit at your Heavenly Father’s feet today may you ponder on the truth that God’s very breath is sustaining you right now and celebrate the fact that you are a living soul!

“If we take our meaning in life from our family, our work, a cause, or some achievement other than God they enslave us” Tim Keller

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:26‭-‬28 KJV
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And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Genesis 2:5‭-‬7 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 25
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 5:1-2.
This is one of my favorite Bible passages. I love its simplicity. Humbly bow before the Lord and ask Him to bring this truth to bear in your heart, your mind, and your life. Allow Him to do whatever it takes to grant you the ability to walk in love as His beloved child. Take time right now to pray, using this passage as a guide.
“Lord, I do not want to follow after my own devices and desires. I do not want to go my own way or the way of the world around me. It is so hard when everyone around me is gossiping, judging, or focused on earthly things. I need your help. I want to be like you. I want to imitate you as your beloved child. I want to walk in love as Jesus did, loving you and others more than Himself. Lord, help me walk in love just as Jesus loved me and gave Himself up for me (Galatians 2:20).”
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 5:2
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
WATER THE SEED
We are asked to demonstrate our love, as Christ demonstrated His love, and offer ourselves as a sacrifice – a living sacrifice, according to Romans 12:1. Have you done this? Will you do this today? And if not today, will you make it a part of your prayers from this point forth until you do? Don’t put it off for long. Remember, God has given you everything you need in Christ to do what He commands. This is not only a command, but it is the example that Jesus and Paul set before us. If we want a lesson in love we must cast our gaze upon the cross of Christ (1 John 4:10-11). The command is not for the spiritually “elite,” because there is no spiritual elite. We either obey or we don’t. (1 Corinthians 13 is a helpful tool to examine your heart.)
BEAR THE FRUIT
Love as Christ loved us.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Ephesians 5:1‭-‬2 KJV
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Walk Through The Bible 365

Character Development
Some may ask what is different between a believer of one religion and a Christian? Jesus just presented one of the world’s greatest messages from eternity and tells the listeners to come, listen, and practice. From the illustration of a fruit bearer and house builder we can understand from his truth that Christians are distinct. He told His listeners that He would show them their character. Is your character pointing others to Jesus?
Prayer: Lord, you are the master designer and builder of my life. Please help me to come to you, listen and understand your teachings, and live according to your ways so others may see you living in me. May your name be glorified. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus. And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Luke 6:1‭-‬49 KJV
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We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out. For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them. Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob. Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us. For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us. In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah. But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies. Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen. Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price. Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
Psalms 44:1‭-‬13 KJV
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Walk Through The Bible 365

Job Requirements
Why were the requirements for becoming a priest in service for God’s people so meticulous and thorough? It would seem that there would be no long lines in the employment office to enter this work. Numerous times we read the “must not’s” and the “must be’s” to be clean and holy. “Keep my commands and follow them,” because He is the LORD (Jehovah-The Existing One) Thank God that He provided Jesus as the perfect Holy One to be our priest! Let’s acknowledge Him as holy!
Prayer: LORD, you are holy. Thank you for being my High Priest and ministering to and for me. Only You are holy, pure, and righteous. Help me to be in Your service, dedicated and holy. Blessed be your holy name now and forever! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about. And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! But wisdom is justified of all her children. And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Luke 7:1‭-‬50 KJV
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Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people. My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me, For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
Psalms 44:14‭-‬16 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 27
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 5:6-10.
What is Paul instructing you to do? You were once darkness, dead in sin, a child of wrath, an enemy of God, disobedient, unholy – the list goes on. But now you are light; you are in Christ and He is in you. Paul is telling us to live as though Jesus Himself lives in you.
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 5:8,10
“Walk as children of light É and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.”
WATER THE SEED
The Holy Spirit is in you and with you. It’s hard to believe this and to remember it, but Galatians 2:20 is very true, you have been crucified with Christ and Christ, the light, now lives within you. We are to walk IN the light, as children of light, growing more each day and becoming more like Him.
Consider what it means to be the light. Ask the Lord to help you be truth and light in your home or office today. Imagine what that would look like. How can you shine brighter? How can you be less? We can’t do this on our own. Paul tells us to find out what pleases the Lord. Paul is trying to help us. If we listen carefully and are intentional, we will take what we are being taught to heart and seek to bring it to life in our daily lives by God’s grace. As we do this, we will be walking as children of light.
BEAR THE FRUIT
Walk as children of light.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:6‭-‬10 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 21
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 4:15-16.
How does Paul say we are to grow and why?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 4:15
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”
WATER THE SEED
As we put God’s word into practice, we will grow into maturity. We will no longer be tossed to and fro by the waves or carried around by the gust of wind. Our footsteps will become more and more steady, no matter what the weather. We will have gained our footing by daily putting His truth into practice. When we plant the seed and water it, God will cause it to grow, and we will begin to bear righteous fruit.
Practice this today. Make it a practice to speak in love to each and every person the Lord brings into your path. A time will come when you will be tested. Will you be ready and not shy away from speaking the truth? We must help each other grow. But it must be done in love! Love others the way you would want to be loved. Pray that the Lord will give you a special opportunity to be Christ, either to your husband, your children, or to the clerk at the supermarket (Matthew 22:39, Ephesians 5:1-2).
BEAR THE FRUIT
Speaking the truth in love.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:15‭-‬16 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 18
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 4:1-3.
Slowly and prayerfully reread verses 1 and 2. What is God saying to you about your role as a wife, as a mother, as a sister, as a friend? What thought pattern, heart attitude, or behavior do you need to change? When do you need to be more gentle? With whom do you need to have more patience? What do you need to do to bear with others, in love, and not just BEAR with them? Remember, beloved believer, do this all for the glory of God and for the sake of His precious gospel.
When we get angry, have a critical spirit, or jump to conclusions, we break unity with the body of Christ. The Lord wants us to watch over our hearts with all diligence. Paul says to be eager, on the alert, make every effort, and be quick to restore any brokenness or any offense. Today be one who is “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 4:1-2
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.”
WATER THE SEED
The memory verse for today needs no explanation. It is a call to holiness inside and out, a holiness that comes from putting the Lord first and then others before self. I urge you to accept Paul’s challenge and make this verse your goal, not only today, but also for the remainder of this study, or better still, your life! Now ask the Lord for His help to make this scripture true of you.
BEAR THE FRUIT
Walk in a manner worthy of the calling.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:1‭-‬3 NIV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 15,
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 3:1-6.
Who does Paul say he is? According to verse 2, what has he been given? And for whom? What does Paul say about us in verse 6?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 3:1
“For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles.”
WATER THE SEED
First Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that we, too, have been chosen for a purpose: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” We may not be in prison literally, but we are bondservants of Christ Jesus (Romans 6:15-23). As you go about your day today meditating on the scripture above, continue to keep your “flesh” in chains and the Spirit free to do its will. Remember the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
BEAR THE FRUIT
Bondservant of Jesus Christ.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Ephesians 3:1‭-‬6 KJV
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What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:15‭-‬23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.6.15-23.KJV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬26 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gal.5.22-26.KJV

Seeds of Spring:A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 6
PREPARE THE SOIL
Read Luke 8:19-21.
Listen to what Jesus is saying once again. Jesus is reiterating the same point. Something repeated is important.
Today, quietly, tenderly, but fearlessly ask yourself, “How am I responding to God’s word? “Do I merely agree with it or do I really obey it as well?”
Recently, I have witnessed dear old friends come to the realization that they had been hearing God’s word and believing God’s word but not really doing it.
They thought that they were following Jesus. Everyone around them thought the same, but upon closer examination, they discovered that really wasn’t the case. They wept in deep sorrow for all the years that had past, for all the opportunities missed, and for the impact their disobedience had upon their children and family members. They realized that they had been trying to follow Jesus without completely dying to self. No one has the ability to follow Jesus if they don’t follow Him in absolute surrender.
“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” There is an inseparable connection between love and obedience. You may be distracted, lulled to sleep, or so challenged by your circumstances that you aren’t able to focus on God’s word and take it seriously. You may be giving yourself excuses. But Jesus’ words are clear:
Luke 14:26
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”
Luke 14:33
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
As painful as it might be, ask yourself this question: “Do I merely agree with God’s word or do I obey it as well?”
It is better to weep now rather than later. Ask the Lord for His help, for His mercy on you, a sinner. Confess your apathy, your fear, and your unbelief. Ask Him for His grace to surrender all. What might it mean? Loss of control? Possible failure? Loss of self? Admitting that things aren’t as they seem?
“O Lord, help me see that you don’t want to take anything away from me, but that you want to give me abundant life! You want to give me yourself!”

Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
Luke 8:19‭-‬21 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.8.19-21.KJV

The Angel Strengthens Daniel

While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my Lord, and I feel very weak. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my Lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.” Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my Lord, since you have given me strength.”
Daniel 10:15‭-‬19 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/dan.10.15-19.NIV

The battle in the heavens just to get the message to Daniel seemed to replay itself in the body of the prophet. Daniel desperately wanted to hear the message of the angel, but felt the weakness of his worn and pained body. He heard the words of angel telling of the delay in reaching him and later wrote them down for our benefit. However, perhaps sensing renewed distress Daniel simply bowed his head and remained “speechless.”

For the second time the angel touched the prophet. This time he touched his lips enabling him to describe his painful and weakened condition (vs 16-17). Daniel felt severe physical pain as he considered what he had seen in the vision. He wondered how he could carry on a conversation in his weakened state with his affecting his ability to breathe and certainly his ability to comprehend the angel’s message.

For the third time, the angel touched Daniel this time giving him the strength to grasp the details of the vision. Strengthened as a result of the angel’s last touch and the reassurance of God’s favor (again, the prophet is called a “man highly esteemed” by the Lord), Daniel asked the angel to proceed with his message ( vs.19). The details of the angel’s depiction of the vision help us understand why it received such intense opposition in the spirit world and wht it caused such emotional turmoil for the aged prophet.

In explaining the vision, the angel spoke of great wars in the future that would threaten Israel’s very existence. The last ruler,described in the later verses of Daniel 11, would cause great harm to the people Daniel loved. Michael, the archangel mentioned in the text, would arise to protect the people of Israel from this future villain (12:1). Some believe the later king mentioned in Daniel 11 is the still future antichrist. With the sight of such violence and destruction ahead for the people of Israel, it’s no wonder the vision terrified the prophet and left him with such little strength.