Even I find myself more likeable

The fruits of the Spirit should flow out through us as the Holy Spirit flows through us like a stream of living water.  They should not have to be forced or worked upon, as we grow in the Spirit, as we receive the Spirit we become filled with the gifts and our lives are changed.

This should be an ongoing process, one that changes us for the better day by day.

Galatians 5:22-25 (CEV)  –  God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. God’s Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:22 – set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Isaiah 12:3 – With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation

LIFE CHANGING

Life changing, giving my life to Jesus, nothing more, nothing less, just life changing. Obsessed, stressed, an effort to live, searching for a direction, seeking correction, out of my comfort zone, hard pressed and challenged on every side, holding on by my fingertips, slipping, ripping chunks out of my skin, failing to understand that sin had me gripped, sin had me chained, but that all changed the day I gave my life to Jesus, he put his seal of ownership on me, freedom from solitude, freedom from living a skewed existence from following the path of least resistance, no longer distant, God loomed large and gave me life, his Spirit living in me, changing me, living water flowed through me, washed away the old me, created a new heart within me, I may not yet be the finished article, but the change is remarkable, and even I find myself more likeable, life more enjoyable, nothing impossible because God is with me, life changing, the day that God picked me.

Talk about the “Big Bang”, talk about a life changing man

Happy Easter, what a glorious day of celebration.  After Friday and Saturday where death and uncertainty were rife, we now come to a day of excitement and rejoicing that our Lord Jesus is raised from the dead, he is risen, glorified, lifted high.

Luke 9:22 – And he said, ‘The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life

Psalm 16:8-11 – I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Romans 8:37 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

BIG BANG

Talk about the “Big Bang”, talk about a life changing man, this the greatest day in history, the day Jesus bought victory over death and sin, the day Jesus changed everything, “he is not here, he is risen”, yes death has lost its sting, death could not contain him, nothing could keep him away from us, no love could get more serious, he had to suffer many things, but was not shaken, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices, my voice sings out in praise and worship to my God who considers me worth the ultimate sacrifice, laying down his own son’s life, so that I will never be abandoned to the realm of the dead, he will never see me rot or decay, because he has led the way and conquered sin,  death could not contain him, he has made known to me the path of life, I turn my eyes towards him and am filled with joy in his presence, today the evidence speaks of victory, resurrection of the Son who died to save me.