Step/Week 10, Day 4 – Crossroads and Daily Inventory: The Fruits of the Holy Spirit
May 6, 2020 287
“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23, TLB).
Being addicted is an insidious thing. It takes over your life. It makes you a prisoner of your own making. In the past, your hurts, habits, hang-ups, and resentments have fuelled your addictions to keep them ever-present in your life. You have probably produced many bad fruits in your life; your character defects which you have now recognised, and which God has been working on, will have been a good indicator to have bad that fruit was.
Today’s verses show you what happens when the Holy Spirit takes residence inside of you. Jesus promised that the Father would send the Holy Spirit (Lk. 24:29; Jn. 14:26; 15:26; Ac. 1:4; 2:33) to all who believe in Him and what He has done. You gave control of your life to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is now your “Comforter” (Jn. 15:26); He will help you produce the many fruits listed.
Take a moment now to review each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Is there one or more of them that you are lacking in quantity? If there is, you need to stop and take some time-out in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to continue to produce these fruits that you’ve identified as lacking in your life. Be bold and ask for a real outpouring in your life. Ask Him to fill you to the brim.
The Holy Spirit leads you each day, guiding each step that you take, helping you make the right choices, assisting you to make a balanced evaluation of each day, convicting you of your sins, helping you to repent, and to pray, as you walk the path that leads to complete healing and recovery. This is not a one-time action; this is a lifetime commitment to evaluate your life and recovery and to constantly seek the Holy Spirit in producing the fruits you need.
– Graham Hood
Personal Reflection: What fruits of the Holy Spirit would you like more of in your life? Isn’t it an amazing fact, that the Holy Spirit lives within you? How does that make you feel? Take your thoughts and feeling to God, in prayer. Spend time listening to what He has to say to you.