Happy New Year, family!
We’ve missed you so.
We’re starting off this year with our eyes set on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Being an author is a great responsibility: it’s not just about the hours spent writing the story, it’s about crafting the storyline, thinking about every little detail, creating characters and working tirelessly to bring it to life until it is perfect.
That’s what Jesus has done for us: He has thought about us, created good plans for us, worked out how those good plans would work, figured out everything that could possibly cause us trouble and created a solution for each of us individually, and He has done this work and perfected it from the beginning to the end.
He did not ask for our assistance, He did not need our help – or anyone else’s. All by Himself, our God is the beginning and the end, the Author and Perfecter of all that concerns us, and we have access to every single one of His blessings. Well, as long as we believe, sha. He’s not going to force us to collect a gift if we don’t even believe the gift exists.
“…Anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Heb 11:6
We all struggle at the start of the year: we have a million things we want to achieve and habits we want to change, but even before January is over we find ourselves slipping. It’s not rocket science, it’s because we weren’t built to help ourselves. Isn’t that why Jesus sent us a Helper? (No, not bae.)
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” John 14:16
We human beings are somehow, sha. How can somebody give us a brand new Benz, leather seats, air-conditioning, full tank, fully serviced, ready to go, even add a personal driver, and then we choose to walk in the hot sun?!
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.” Gal 5:19-21
“…the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Gal 5:22-23
A major key to living in the perfect and finished work of Jesus is to walk by Holy Spirit. And, this year, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to remind ourselves of Who we belong to, Who lives in us, and who we are as a result of that.
These personalised affirmations of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit should help set us on the right track:
My Father is Love. I am my Father’s child, therefore I love and I am loved. I work in love, I think in love, I speak in love and I act in love. I receive love with gratitude and grace and I give love generously.
The Joy of the Lord is my strength. I spread joy everywhere I go. I see all of life’s situations through the lens of the joy of the Lord, and I am strengthened because of it.
I carry Peace with me everywhere. My feet are covered with the preparation of the gospel of peace. My words are of peace, spoken in peace and filled with peace. Strife has no place around me or in me because I carry peace in me. Everywhere I go is more peaceful because I was there.
I am Patient. I suffer long, and my patience is never exhausted. I treat everyone with patience and everyone treats me with patience.
I am Kind. My thoughts are kind, always. My words are kind, always. My actions are kind, always. People are kind to me, I attract kindness and favour wherever I go.
God is Good, and God lives in me. Because I carry Him inside of me, His goodness radiates through me. I am good to people and they are good to me. I am good to life and life is good to me. God’s goodness is a compass for my thoughts, words and deeds. I am led by His goodness and I lead by the same goodness. I do not go anywhere His goodness does not follow.
I am Faithful and trustworthy in my thoughts, words and deeds. I am reliable and faithful, and I can be trusted to do whatever I say, because I never use empty words. God’s faithfulness works in me and shines through me. I attract faithful friends, faithful colleagues, co-workers and associates, faithful bosses, faithful mentors and faithful employees.
I am Gentle. My words are gentle. I handle people with gentleness. I handle situations with gentleness. People are gentle toward me – gentle in speech and gentle in manner.
The I Am lives in me, and He teaches me how to be in control of my self. I am not subject to my emotions or to the emotions of those around me; I am subject to the control of the Holy Spirit within me. I am in control because I Am is in control. I live surrendered to the Holy Spirit and my life produces the fruit of self-control. My actions, thoughts and words are tempered and controlled. I am not reactive, I am not easily moved.
I am grounded in power and love and I have a sound mind.
“Let your lives be guided by the Spirit, and then you will certainly not indulge the cravings of your lower natures.” Galatians 5:16
Have a great 2017!