July 29, 2012
I am just amazed how God keeps speaking to me about the fruit of the Spirit. Today in Springs in the Desert it says:
“Have you ever asked God to make you like Him? Have you ever desired the fruit of the Spirit and prayed for sweetness, gentleness and love? If so, then never fear the fierce storms that even now may be blowing through your life. Storms bring blessings and rich fruit will be harvested later.”
The storms bring rain for the grass and the flowers. It nourished and helps them grow. If it is a fierce storm, it blows the tress and makes them stronger against the wind.
Likewise, the storms in our lives will make us stronger and bring forth blessings and fruit if we will just hold on through the storm.
“These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor.” (1 Peter 1:7)
The storms come so our faith is tried which results in praise.
“And I will praise you in this storm… and I will lift my hands… You are who You are no matter where I am…”
And when we praise Him through our circumstances, we add to our faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. And if we possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)
And now, here we are again, being fruitful, all because of the storms in our lives. And as God uses these storms to nurture us, we can, likewise, use these storms to nurture others.