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I just got back last night, Sunday Aug.8th. I will be starting a new thread called be an attitude. It will be thread much like this one, except the subject will be on the beatitudes. Hope to see you all there! It was great doing this with you, I had fun. Shelly

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Obviously, God needs to help us with all fruits and self control is a biggy! I think in this society it is easy to be an addict to soo many things. Computer, TV, food, drugs, sex, porno, the list goes on and on. I mean really we can be addicted and compulsive about anything including healthy life style, over exercising and obsessing about food. There is no such thing as a healthy addiction. I think the worse thing we can do is berate ourselves when we are trying to change and over come something. This stuff does not go away overnight. I have binged most of my life since 9th grade. God knows why and He knows all the hurts and lack of mothering I had. So, God understands this lack of self control and comes to me lovingly. I finally really let God in so now I am doing better then I ever have. I think we can get too caught up in "being good" we forget who we are. Jesus does not expect us to be perfect and understands when we don't' come up higher. I guess I just feel sometimes we can be even harder on ourselves when we don't' come up where we want to be. Peace out, Lenny

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Daniel and his three furance buddies are among the best examples we have of self-control in a hedonistic society. If you have never studied Babylon, it's a real eye opener. They maintained their holy habits, honoring God, reserving their bodies as vessels of honor, not polluting their spirits with idolatry or their bodies with destructive food and drink. Oh, what lessons we can learn there!!

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Self-Control - Our subject is self-control in an age of dissipation. The Word dissipation is defined as: a wasteful use of time or energy; a wasting or squandering of something; or a dissolute, irregular course of life, an excessive indulgence in pleasure. In certain contexts the Word has the meaning of scattering, falling apart or moving from organization to disorganization.

This subject is very important because as Christians we are called to a life of self-control, discipline, godliness or sanctification in a very ungodly, dissolute, hedonistic culture. If we do not maintain holiness, self-control or discipline as defined by Scripture alone, then in our private, family, business and church lives we will go backward and not forward. We will not preserve and transform culture but rather be transformed by it (i.e., syncretism). We will not be instruments of godly dominion but instruments of decay, ethical scattering, moral chaos or dissolution.

As we examine this topic keep in mind that we are not discussing self-control in general, but rather Christian self-control or self-control as defined by Scripture. There are unbelievers who exhibit a certain kind of self-control but such self-control is not biblical for it is not guided by the Holy Spirit speaking in the Bible. It does not flow from a regenerated heart that loves Jesus and it is not directed to the glory of God. For example, Napoleon at the peak of his career worked 18 hours a day, seven days a week. However, Napoleon lived for one thing only—the glorification of himself. There are gurus, monks and cultists who lead quite disciplined lives. However, their self-control is directed to the service of false gods, of demons and the kingdom of Satan. When Christians speak of self-control we mean thinking, speaking and acting from a regenerated heart, in accordance with Scripture in order to glorify God, grow in grace and expand Jesus’ kingdom. Christian self-control is an important aspect of our sanctification. It is necessary for a life of diligent, constant and consistent obedience to Christ.



The Foundation of Christian Self-Control



Before discussing biblical principles for self-discipline it is important to consider the foundation of self-control. If one were to survey modern evangelical books and essays on this topic, one would at best find some biblical advice on how to be holy and at worst find pop-psychology self-help books which are worthless. Unfortunately, there is little if any discussion of the person and work of Christ as the foundation for a disciplined, holy life. Before we look at the biblical imperatives relating to godly discipline we must first understand that Christ is the source of sanctification. Jesus says, “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth” (Jn. 17:19). Paul writes, “Our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin….Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:6, 11). The apostle says, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’” (1 Cor. 1:30-31). Peter also bases Christian living upon our mystical union with Christ. He writes, “Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God” (1 Pet. 4:1-2; read Rom. 6:1-7:6; Tit. 2:13-14; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Eph. 5:25-27; Heb. 13:12; Col. 3:1-5; 1 Pet. 1:2-4, etc).

The New Testament emphasizes that the decisive events that determine the Christian life all occurred in the past in redemptive history. There is a covenantal and vital union between Christ and His people. This vital union determines our death to sin and our life of holiness. The ethical imperatives in the epistles arise out of and are rooted in the gracious indicatives of the gospel. Christ’s past is our past. His death is our death. His resurrection is our resurrection. Note how Paul bases his exhortations to the Colossians on the accomplished fact of union with Christ in His death and resurrection. “If then you were raised with Christ seek those things which are above where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God….Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:1-3, 5).

How does this doctrine relate to Christian self-discipline? To live a life of Christian self-control we must continually look to the person and work of Christ. We must by faith look to His victory and draw upon His strength. Jesus’ overcoming of temptation, His sacrificial death and His glorious resurrection provides us with the spiritual power to overcome. The resurrected and enthroned King sends forth His Spirit to raise our dead hearts; to open our deaf ears and blind eyes; enabling us to believe, causing us to love God and repent of our sins. His work is the foundation. He is the “captain,” “author,” or “pioneer” of salvation in the most comprehensive sense of the term (cf. Heb. 2:10; 12:2).



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I can't even muster up the want-to to control this flesh. The desire to obey God comes from His bounty, and I am SO thankful that it does!! He does not leave me to my own inadequate abilities. What cause for rejoicing!!

Php 2:13 God is working in you to make you willing and able to obey him. (CEV)

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Dear Jesus thank you for the last eight weeks when we as a team practiced using all the wonderful fruit of the spirit that you gave us. This coming week we will do our best to use self control. Please help myself and my team to do the best that I and the team can. Please help us to remember to go to you for help, and strength,amen.

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On the topic of self control

1 Peter 5:8

(Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring loin looking for someone to devour.

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7/24/09 7:43 P

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I am posting the new fruit of the spirit today, instead of Sunday. ( For an explanation, look below this post)

This week's fruit of the spirit is self control.

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As most of you probably already realize I am leaving to go to Pa. tomorrow( Sat.25th) I am going there to visit my morn. I will be there for two weeks.

We are almost finished with the fruit of the spirit. I have posted each fruit once a week, for the last.....well, there have been eight fruits of the spirits so far, so for the last 8 weeks. Since I will not be here Sunday,( I have been posting the new fruit of the spirit, except 2 times I was a little late on Sundays) I will post the least one today, above this post.

Thank you for all your participation, I really enjoyed reading everything that you posted. Shelly

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The wonder of the fruit of the Spirit is that it's born of God, not of ourselves. When our love, joy, peace, kindness, gentlenes, etc., are in short supply or even non-existent, God's are bountiful through us, extended to all thouse around us. Thank you for sharing your post, Lenny. I rejoice that God has revealed so much of Himself to you, so much of His love.

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OK, I think I am behind on the fruits here. I think you have done faith and are now on kindness.

I have spent my life being a seeker and I came into this world knowing God. Most of my childhood and early adult life were in conflict. I had many combative relationships and God was no different. My family was very dysfunctional and my role was the scapegoat. The scapegoat is usually the strongest and I would say that is true. Story is too long but I got really sick in my 30's. I had two young children and was getting my Masters in acupuncture. I had to leave school and was really scared. I spent about 6 to 8 hours a day in prayer. I would sit in my family room and pray and cry the whole time my kids were at school. I found out pretty quick I didn't have much faith and did not know that God's promises were real. Luckily God had introduced Joyce Myers to me the year before my sickness. I had listened to soo many of her tapes I had a much better understanding of what God's word and promises were. Catholics are not soo big on that! This journey was my burning bush, healing and strength in faith. It was through this journey God finally broke me. IT took a long time for me to heal because God had to heal so much inner stuff. It was through this experience that I learned the true meaning of faith. I learned to trust God's word completely and his leadings for me. Faith is knowing God has it covered and will do what He said He will. We have to participate though and be willing to let him lead. I had many symptoms and had to have faith that God would heal regardless of what my body was saying. I was always convicted in my Christian belief but now my knowing is unshakable. I don't fit in a box though. I have studied many religions, practices and am a student of Metaphysics. I think God is beyond our comprehension and it makes me sad when different Christians damn someone else because they might have a different idea or perception. Those actions are not love, faith or kindness.

I believe a kind word can change someone's day. I think kindness is in the little things. Compassion is what I am working on as I am nuts and bolts type person. I am menopausal so sometimes kindness is like a foreign language. Sometimes I just have to keep my mouth shut or really think before I speak. Being kind is under rated and we should all be more aware of its strength.

Sorry soo long but wanted to catch up. Tried to modify my wordy long story. Lenny

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I agree, Lenny. Sometimes God gently massages the stuff of my life to bring me into conformity. Other times, the only cure is radical surgery. Both ways are love-flilled.

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I will join this group. Love is a great topic but as a Catholic I was taught to over value people over myself. For me, God had to teach me how to love myself before I could ever love someone else. I also think people often equate love with tender and soft emotions. I think Love can be soft but can also be tough. I know in my own life some of the most loving works God has done were super hard to see and go through. Often the more loving action is not easy. Lenny

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A gentle word turns away wrath. My words, especially to my kids, when correcting them, or in disagreeing with my husband, need to be more gentle.

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What issue in your life would improve with more gentleness?

Well, when I am having a really bad argument with my husband, I am sure if I were more gentle it would make God happy. I am good at arguing. I guess in some ways it was part of my life as I grew up. My mom yelled at my sister and I a lot when we were young. Sometimes we deserved it, other times we really did not. It taught me how to win arguments, and it also taught me how to be cruel. I will try to be nicer and kinder when I am really mad at John. (my husband)

Dear God help me to be gentle with John when I get really, really angry. Before mean things come out of my mouth remind me of your gentleness which you always give me. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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How can I exhibit gentleness in my daily life?

I can show gentleness when I reply to a person's thread. By not jugging them, and helping them anyway I can.

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Are you showing and using the fruit of gentleness in your life? Find out by asking yourself the following questions.

1. How do I exhibit gentleness in my daily life?

2. What can I do to develop a better attitude about gentleness?

3. How can I make gentleness function better, stronger, and faster, even in tines of uncertainly and stress?

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Using the fruit of the spirit gentleness does not mean that you are behaving in a weak manner. The spirit of gentleness is strength under control.


I received this information from the link listed a few different times below this entry.

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I am sooooooo sorry that it took me until Tuesday to add the next fruit of the spirit. I am truly sorry.

This week's fruit of the spirit is kindness.

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Fran, I am sorry, I have not looked at this since my last post. Then past week, I have been doing other things on the team, I am very sorry. I just got on this thread today(Tuesday) every once in a while I get a little behind, I try not to though.

I say the armor of God everyday. It is a prayer created to help us stay protected from the devil. There are certain spiritual things we must "put on"( meaning say out loud) that will protect us. It is a promise from God that he will protect us. It works better than anything else you could possibly do to protect yourself. Believe me when I tell you I used to be under attack all the time by the devil. God told me to start saying it everyday, when I did the attacks stopped. I will say it everyday until I die.

The armor of God tells us that when we have problems, or someone is being mean to you, or you have someone do something unbelievable, that person isn't necessarily doing it. In the armor of God it says, For our struggle is not from flesh and blood but against rulers, against authorities, of the dark world, and against spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places( the devil's angels, and devil worshipers).

It tells us that when we put on certain spiritual pieces of "clothing" it God will protect us. Joyce Meyer, said that a barrier is actually formed around us that the devil can see. By this visible shield and the spiritual pieces of armor, we can and will able to stand our ground. Win the battle, be protected, and stay strong against evil forces, and the devil's attacks.

When we have the belt of truth on we can see through the devil's lies and sachems. We can see his angle from every side. When he whispers in our ear, you're no good. You have tried and failed so many times, just give up, we learn we are closer than ever & he is about to lose!!!!!!!!

When we put on the breast plate of righteousness it protects our heart. This piece of armor covers your whole torso. When the devil attacks he often attacks your identity. When he was tempting Jesus during those 49 days, he said IF you are the son of God..... And he attacks us in the same way. He tells us that if we are really christians we would or wouldn't be doing....... He attacks us when we are doing something good (because he is mad) and when we do something bad (to make us feel bad, and to draw us away from God)

Having your feet fitted means that you keep your stance still. This gives us peace. God wants you to have peace at all times, but especially under an attack. Word from the bible will give you peace. God will give us peace when we ask for it, and when we read this.

The shield of faith protects us just as a windshield protects us when we are driving and a rock files toward our car. The rock hits the windshield instead of your face. The shield of faith works the same way. God's power shields us, this is what the devil sees all around our entire body.

The helmet of salvation is another piece of armor that protects us. it saves you from destruction of the evil warfare that goes on in your brain.

The sword of the spirit is the word of God. The sword is very sharp and very powerful piece of armor. God wants us to use his words in the bible to say these words out loud. I can't emphasis enough how important it is to say them and this out loud. Word from the bible will protect you, give you peace, and teach you, and God talks to us through his words in the bible.
Pray to God about anything and everything, and this adds to the protection.

Now, you would not go to work with out getting dressed, and we should not get up without putting on the armor of God. I used to be lazy about getting dressed in armor, and that made the devil extremely happy. We must do it, God will protect us in a new way, but he doesn't do this type of dressing for us.

I hope that this has helped. I am sorry that I was not hear after you asked. I feel badly about this.

Here is the armor of God for you to read.

ARMOR OF God

Ephesians 6:12 -

bE STRONG in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so you may take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers against the dark world, and against the spiritual forces of the dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places. Therefore out on the full armor of God, so when the evil day comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand; stand firm then.

With the belt of TRUTH buckled around your waist, the BREAST PLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS in place, and your FEET FITTED with the gospel OF PEACE. In addition to all this, Take up THE SHIELD OF FAITH, with which you will able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the HELMET OF SALVATION, and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT which is the WORD OF GOD. PRAY in the spirit ON ALL OCCASIONS WITH ALL KINDS OF PRAYERS AND REQUESTS.



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Sorry, I've been under the weather. I loved reading your post on faithfulness. Thank you all for keeping us grounded and rooted in the word of God.

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I'll do that RIGHT NOW!!!Thank you sooo much. emoticon

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Franann3, read Ephesians6:10-17. This explains what you are asking. God Bless.

“IN DOING WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO, WE DESERVE NO PRAISE.”


Live your life just as Jesus lived His! Because As He is, so are we in this world! (1 John 4:16-18)

God is Love...Imitate God...Any questions?


To live in pure "JOY"

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Please explain the " armor of God" thanks

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What causes you to doubt or mistrust God?

I sometimes struggle with understanding God. I trust God always. I can't think of a time when I did not trust him. Awhile ago I prayed that God would heal my mom while she was receiving physical therapy. Instead she got very worse. The person who worked on her was very mean to her. He caused her to cry after telling him he had hurt her. She was in worse shape then when she went in for treatment, due to mistreatment. She finally stopped going, but the damage was already done.

When this happened I was very confused. My mom and I both prayed he would heal her. I just did not understand. I had so much belief that he would heal my mom. I was frustrated sometimes when I thought about it. I would remind myself that God knows what he is doing, and would put my frustration aside. My mom is now swimming. She is getting stronger and healthier. She started saying the armor of God. I told her that I knew that God keeps healing her, but the devil keeps taking it way. I asked her to start saying the armor of God every day, and it has made all the difference. We must always trust God. His ways are not our ways. God always knows what he is doing, no matter what is happening in your life, if you trust God he will always give you the perfect ending, even if it rakes you awhile to make sense out of it.

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Thank you so much for sharing this. I did a bit of digging to find definitions of faithfulness and what the Word has to say about faithfulness in the lives of believers. Lest I be my usual, wordy self, I refrained from writing out all the scripture references, but I almost did! I hope you will take the time to dig into these scriptures to discover more truth about faithfulness for yourself.

1. Fidelity; loyalty; firm adherence to allegiance and duty; as the faithfulness of a subject.

2. Truth; veracity; as the faithfulness of God.

3. Strict adherence to injunctions, and to the duties of a station; as the faithfulness of servants or ministers.

4. Strict performance of promises, vows or covenants; constancy in affection; as the faithfulness of a husband or wife.

Faithfulness is exhibited in:

The service of God
Mat_24:45;

Declaring the word of God
Jer_23:28; 2Co_2:17; 2Co_4:2;

The care of dedicated things
2Ch_31:12;

Helping the brethren
3Jo_1:5;

Bearing witness
Pro_14:5;

Reproving others
Pro_27:6; Psa_141:5;

Situations of trust
2Ki_12:15; Neh_13:13; Act_6:1-3;

Doing work
2Ch_34:12;

Keeping secrets
Pro_11:13;

Conveying messages
Pro_13:17; Pro_25:13;

All things
1Ti_3:11;

The smallest matters
Luk_16:10-12;

Should be to death
Rev_2:10;


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Before I started to type what this week's fruit of the spirit I asked my husband, what is the difference between goodness and faithfulness? It seemed like you are being good when you are faithful, and faithful when you are being good. Although this is correct being good and having faith, ARE two different things.

What is faithfulness? Faithfulness to me means always having faith in God. ALWAYS, ,ALWAYS having faith in God. Now if you have lived on this earthling enough, or experienced enough things in life, you know that it is not always easy to have faith in God. It is most difficult when things happen that just don't make sense. The unthinkable happens, your prayer were not answered to your liking, or something else has happened, and you just can't trust God all the way. Faithfulness means having faith in God even when no one else dose. Faithfulness means having faith in God even if for every reason, and everything, tells you not to trust God; that your prayer just won't be answered. In those times it is crucial that we keep our faith. Having & keeping your faith through life's storms is the difference between having a victorious life, and an unsatisfactory life.



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This week's fruit of the spirit is faithfulness.

Psalm 40:10

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation I do not conceal your love and truth from the great assembly.

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Dear God please put your loving arms around Claris (I think, & hope I got your name right, however, God knows who you are) help her remember how much you need and love her. Let her feel your presence in her daily life. Give her your smile after a hard task was completed, your smile to take away a frown, and your peace during stress and times of unrest. Protect her from the devil, keep a thorn bush around her home, and a scripture in her heart to protect her always. In Jesus name I pray, amen. Shelly

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Clarissa, faith may not be the thing you lost. The Bible talks about losing your first love. Fall slap crazy, head-over-heels in love with Jesus all over again. You know that feeling that swells up within you when you gaze upon your little girl's face? That's the kind of love I mean. Gaze upon the Lord, girlfriend, spend time snuggling up next to Him, feeling His powerful and gentle love for you. The goodness (and so much more) will blossom from those times of intimacy with Him.

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Clarissa001, I pray for God's blessings to fall on you. I also pray that you recommit yourself to Jesus and ask Him to come into your heart. Accept Him as BOTH your Lord AND your Savior. Too often we find ourselves knowing He is our Savior, but not living our lives showing He is our LORD. Thank the Lord EVERY day for giving you the opportunity to do good works and to get closer to HIM. I pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior, AMEN.

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How can I make goodness better and stronger, even during times of stress?

I need to pray more. Somewhere down the line I must have lost faith. I lost everything and my health is bad so I just gave up. I need prayer.

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How can I make goodness better and stronger, even during times of stress?

I can make goodness better and stronger, even in ties of stress by becoming silent, and asking God to take over. Ask God to help me control my flesh.

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What blocks goodness being exhibited in me? This tongue, this tongue, this tongue, unruly lil bugger that it is!

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What blocks goodness working & being exhibited in me?

It is easier to not do what I am suppose to be doing if /when I haven't read the bible, or watched Joyce Meyer, or maybe something else. If I am having an argument with John and my anger gets the best of me, my mouth is NOT good.

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I liked the way the Joel Osteen daily e-mail devotional addressed goodness today:

Crowned With Goodness


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
"You crown the year with Your bounty and goodness…" (Psalm 65:11, AMP)



TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Are you seeing the goodness of God overflowing in your life today? If you´ll look with your eyes of faith, you´ll see that He´s already crowned your year with His goodness. In other words, you have been especially chosen; you are marked to receive His goodness. And when God crowns you with His goodness, it doesn´t matter what´s going on around you. It doesn´t matter what´s happening in the economy, in the job market, or the housing market. God´s crown of favor and blessing cannot be moved. You are the head and not the tail; above only and not beneath.

Are you ready to receive His crown today? Are you ready to walk in the authority you´ve already been given? When you choose to receive and acknowledge His blessings by faith, you open the door for His bounty, His supernatural blessing to overwhelm you in every area of your life!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing me and crowning me with Your favor and blessing. I open my heart in faith to You to receive every spiritual blessing You have for me. In Jesus´ Name. Amen.


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What can I do to develop a better attitude of goodness in my life?

Sometimes when I do something for someone I grumble about it. I tell my husband that I am just doing it for God, I don't feel like doing it, or I complain, saying I don't want to do it. I still do it, but I am sure I am not making God very happy in the process. In fact, I know I am taking something away from the act of kindness.

I can develop a better attitude about goodness in my life by doing what is right regardless of what I have to do it do it. If I feel that God wants me to help someone I know, or do what is right to do by obeying God, I need to do it with joy. Wow, do it with joy? Sometimes it is hard to do the things we are struggling to do, lef alone doing it with joy. But, that is what I wrote, so that IS what I must try to do.

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I try to show goodness in my life with what i call "the 10 foot rule". Anyone that gets within 10 feet of me gets eye contact, a big smile, and a "hello", "how are you" or "nice to see you". Most folks are not expecting it and seem to appreciate it. Some folks think I've lost my mind. LOL Either way, the more kindness we show to each other, the more we please God. And that's what it's all about!!! God Bless.

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HOW DO I SHOW GOODNESS TO OTHER PEOPLE?

I feel I show goodness to other people while I am leading this team, and while I am volunteering as a big sister. I believe that when I am out in public or at home around other people, whenever my actions represent God, I am showing the goodness of God working through me.

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T am very confident that all of you will have success at the fruit of goodness in your lives this week.

HOW TO WORK ON YOUR CHARACTER TO PRODUCE THE FRUIT OF GOODNESS ASK YOURSELF.....

how did I show goodness to others?

What can I do to develop a better attitude of goodness?

What blocks goodness from working & being exhibited in me?

How I make I goodness function better,m stronger, even during times of uncertainly & stress is in my life?

PLEASE ANSWER THE ABOVE QUESTIONS SILENTLY OR IN THIS FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT THREAD. hAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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This week's fruit of the spirit is goodness.

Psalm 31:19

How great is your goodness, which you have stored up , for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men i in those who take refuge in you.

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MOCACHOC I love what you said about what the opposite of kindness is. It ius so true! emoticon

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FILLANGES, MOCACHOC, & YAYAMAMA, thanks so much for your comments!!!! I am overwhelmed by your response to the questions. You all did such a good job! I hope all of you have a fantastic 4th of July. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I had some fun researching biblical kindness. After comparing various bible versions and dictionaries, it seems kindness is interchangeable with goodness and gentleness. Some of the definitions put a new light on what God thinks kindness means:

Usefulness; moral excellence in character or demeanor; integrity; benignity; conciliatory to others; opposed to a harsh, crabbed, crooked temper; a disposition to be pleased; mildness of temper; almness of spirit; an unruffled disposition; a disposition to treat all with urbanity and politeness; one of the regular effects of the Spirit’s operations on the heart.

I especially liked a comment by Barnes, "Religion makes no one crabby, and morose, and sour. It sweetens the temper; corrects an irritable disposition; makes the heart kind; disposes us to make all around us as happy as possible. This is true politeness; a kind of politeness which can far better be learned in the school of Christ than in that of Chesterfield; by the study of the New Testament than under the direction of the dancing-master."

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1. How would you define kindness? Kindness is when you can get to the point where nothing bothers you or surprises you and you still can minister in the midst of the situation to a person or persons.

2. what are the things that cause you to be cruel or rude? When folks are just downright blind to the fact that you are not a doormat and can’t be treated any kind of way.

3. How does rudeness contrast with kindness? They are total opposite of each other you can’t talk about people, spread gossip and rumors and then on Sunday morning smile in their face. You are a fake. God’s kindness never wavers it coincides with Love


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"THE FLESH AND THE SPIRIT"

The Fruit Of The Spirit - Joy

INTRODUCTION

1. Those who are influenced and directed by the Holy Spirit will
produce "the fruit of the Spirit" in their lives - cf. Ga 5:22-23
a. We noted in our previous study that there is not a plurality of
fruits, but one fruit
b. Yes, only one fruit that is made up of several inter-related
graces or virtues, all of which will be manifested if one is
truly walking in the Spirit

2. Prominent, of course, will be the virtue of "love", which we
observed...
a. Was defined as "active good will", that which seeks the highest
good of others
b. Is best exemplified by Jesus Christ, who through His example has
taught us what love really is - cf. Jn 15:13; 1Jn 3:16
c. Should be the "universal motive" for all that we do - 1Co 16:14

3. As noted in Ga 5:22, the fruit of the Spirit also involves "joy"
a. It is interesting to note the relationship between the Holy
Spirit and joy in several passages:
1) The kingdom of God is "joy in the Holy Spirit" - cf. Ro 14:17
2) The Thessalonians had received the word "with joy of the Holy
Spirit" - 1Th 1:6
3) And of course, our text in Ga 5:22
b. Therefore, one who is led by the Spirit, and walking by the
Spirit, will be someone filled with much joy in his or her life!

[But what is joy? How can Christians be filled with joy? As we seek
to produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, let's take a closer
look at "joy"...]

I. THE DEFINITION OF "JOY"

A. THE GREEK WORD IS "CHARA"...
1. Which Thayer defines as "joy, gladness"
2. Vine adds "delight"
-- By one count the word is used 60 times in the NT

B. THE VERB FORM OF "CHARA" IS "CHAIREIN"...
1. Which is most often translated "to rejoice"
2. It is used 72 times in the NT

C. CLOSELY RELATED IS THE WORD "CHARIS"...
1. Which is the word most often translated as "grace"
2. Vine defines grace in the objective sense as "that which
bestows or occasions pleasure, delight, or causes favorable
regard"
3. Therefore grace is what produces joy!

D. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN "GRACE" AND "JOY"...
1. One's joy is directly proportional to the grace one has
received, or at least to the perception of grace that one has
received
a. Receive a small gift, and your joy might be minimal
b. Receive a large gift, and your joyous reaction is greater
2. When Christians' don't have much joy in their lives, something
is wrong: "If you have no joy in your religion, there's a
leak in your Christianity somewhere." (BILLY SUNDAY)
3. Here is one explanation why Christians may be joyless: "The
reason why many poor souls have so little heat of joy in
their hearts, is that they have so little light of Gospel
knowledge in their mind. The further a soul stands from the
light of truth, the further he must needs be from the heat of
comfort." (WILLIAM GURNALL)

E. THE JOY OF THE LORD IS ABIDING....
1. The Lord certainly does not want Christians to be joyless
- cf. Jn 15:11
2. The joy He gives is "inexpressible and full of glory", able to
sustain us in the worst of circumstances - cf. 1Pe 1:6-8
a. Unlike the "passing pleasures of sin" (He 11:25) which are
fleeting
b. Even the good things in life eventually prove to be
"vanity" - Ec 2:10-11
3. Therefore He has made it possible for the Christian to say
with Paul:

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!"
- Php 4:4

[A failure to remember those things graciously given us which make for
joy in our lives can explain why some Christians do not have the degree
of "joy" (gladness, delight) they should have.

But Christians have every reason to be joyful. We just need to
remember what it is that produces joy. Let's review just a few...]

II. SOURCES OF JOY FOR THE CHRISTIAN

A. JOY IS A CONSEQUENCE OF FAITH...
1. Joy comes from having "a confident trust" (faith) in God - cf.
Php 1:25
a. Without faith in God and Christ, we cannot experience
abiding joy
b. Why is faith essential to joy?
1) It dispels the attitudes that prevent joy from occurring
2) Such as "worry" (cf. Mt 6:25-30), "doubt" and "fear"
- cf. Mt 14:27-31
2. Since joy is based upon faith, this emphasizes the importance
of the Word of God in producing joy...
a. For faith comes from the Word of God - Ro 10:17
1) The Word of God produces faith
2) In turn faith produces joy - cf. Ro 15:13
b. The very teachings of Jesus are designed to give us joy
- Jn 15:11; 17:13
-- Thus the need to read and study the Bible daily!

B. JOY IS ALSO THE RESULT OF OBEDIENCE...
1. Obedience to the Word of God fosters joy in the hearts of the
obedient
a. Notice the conversion of the Samaritans - Ac 8:5-8
b. Also the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch - Ac 8:35-38
c. And the conversion of the Thessalonians - 1Th 1:6
2. Conversely, disobedience dispels joy and produces fear! - cf.
He 10:26-27
-- Could lack of joy be an indication of lack of obedience on
your part?

C. JOY IS BASED UPON FORGIVENESS...
1. The guilt of sin is a major reason why many people lack joy
a. Awareness of such guilt causes stress, unhappiness, and
worry
b. Even as Paul illustrated in describing the condition of one
struggling with the problem of sin - cf. Ro 7:22-24
2. But where there is forgiveness, there can be joy!
a. Consider the 32nd Psalm of David...
1) He introduces his theme by speaking of the "blessedness"
(or joy) of one whose sins are forgiven - Ps 32:1-2
2) He describes how the guilt of his sin affected him
inwardly - Ps 32:3-4
3) But at last he confessed his sin and was forgiven - Ps 32:5
4) He describes the joy that the righteous (i.e., the
forgiven) can experience - Ps 32:10-11
b. The correlation between forgiveness and joy is also seen in
Ps 51:7-12
c. Today, those in Christ can enjoy forgiveness of sins and
the joy that follows - cf. Ro 5:1-2,10-11
-- If you have not yet received the forgiveness found only in
Christ, there is no way to experience the abiding joy that
comes only "in the Lord"

D. JOY ALSO COMES FROM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP...
1. It is a joy just to "see" such fellowship
a. Paul experienced joy by witnessing love and fellowship in
Philemon - Phm 7
b. He also found great joy in learning of the restoration of
brethren - 2Co 7:7
2. How much more, the joy of "experiencing" such fellowship!
a. Paul rejoiced in the fellowship he had with the Philippians
- Php 4:10
b. John spoke of the joy that comes of Christian fellowship
reunited - 2Jn 12
-- Are you developing and nurturing the kind of Christian
fellowship that adds to our joy?

E. JOY COMES FROM CHRISTIAN SERVICE...
1. There is the joy of spreading the gospel
a. Barnabas rejoiced in the conversions at Antioch - Ac 11:
20-23
b. The Christian Jews delighted to hear of the conversion of
the Gentiles - Ac 15:3
2. There is great joy in seeing the spiritual progress of others
a. This was a frequent source of joy to Paul - Ro 16:19; Col 2:5; 1Th 3:6-9
b. John wrote that this was the highest form of joy - 3Jn 4
c. One reason this is true is that those whom we have brought
to Christ...
1) Will not only be a source of joy for us now
2) But especially in the day of Christ! - cf. 1Th 2:19-20
3. Jesus also spoke of the "blessedness" (i.e., joy) of giving to
others - Ac 20:35
-- All those who are willing to become involved in serving the
Lord, whether it be through teaching or the giving of one's
time, energy or money, will experience joy from such service!

CONCLUSION

1. The wonderful joy of the Lord is open to all who would receive it
through such things as:
a. Faith in Christ
b. Obedience to His Will
c. Forgiveness through His blood
d. Fellowship with His disciples
e. Service in His Kingdom
-- And it is the kind of joy that can sustain us through life, as
Nehemiah told Israel:

"The joy of the Lord is your strength"
- Neh 8:10

2. Certainly those who are...
a. Born of the Spirit
b. Walking in the Spirit
c. Being led by the Spirit
...will be involved in all these things, and as a consequence will
bear the fruit of the Spirit which includes "joy"

3. Why not begin experiencing this joy today by...
a. Obeying the gospel of Christ
b. Receiving the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Christ
c. Participate in the fellowship of Christian love as you work
toward bringing others to salvation in Christ - cf. Ac 2:38-42

Peace and Love

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This is also a wonderful fruit. In today's society, this one can become tough. I pray every day for God to guide me and help me to be more like Jesus in my words and in my deeds. With keeping God in my every thought, those thoughts become words, (kind words). Those words then become actions,(kind actions), and those actions then become habit. We must be careful of what becomes habit for us because that in turn becomes our character. Before you know it, you can't help but be kind to everyone you meet. It ALL starts with God in your thoughts, your words, and in your heart at all times. God Bless.

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If you look six squares down you will see a list of questions. I have been answering my questions one after another, within an hour.

I just wanted to explain that there are questions below. I posted the questions to help you develop this weeks fruit of the spirit, which is kindness. I am not asking you to post your answers as I have done. But, I do encourage you to take a moment and answer a few by writing them out on a piece of paper, or answering them silently in your head. Good luck this week. May you walk in kindness this week and always.

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Answer to one of the questions below.

When were you most filled with kindness?

Several years ago I met a lady who was in her forties. she was blind and had a child, but was never married. She was very poverty stricken. She had family near by but received no help from any of them. I offered to help her do anything that she needed help with. She had a troubled past which caused her problems with relationships. This problem caused her to treat me poorly. She was very hard to get along with. While I would be spending time helping her she would become very difficult. Under normal circumstances I would not put up with such treatment. However, I knew that God wanted me to help this person. I put aside how I wanted to be treated, and served her with pure kindness. This went on for a few years. I got to the point that when I got home I would down load on my husband( I vented my feelings, but I wasn't acting out my frustration). I would go through all the things that the woman said or did. Many people told me that I had to stop helping her, that I didn't deserve to be treated this way. It was unusual for me to put up with someone treating me badly, however I knew that God asked me to help her. He asked me to help people who were blind, and a few months later I met Betty. Although it was very hard eventually I did stop helping her. It happened one day when she decided not to talk to me while I was taking her to the bank and taking her food shaping. After bringing all her food into her apartment, without a word from her, I said good bye. After I got home and told my husband all about the painful frustrating afternoon I decided that I could no longer take any more. Many people told me that God doesn't want you to allow someone to continuously hurt you, and that she was taking advantage of me. It was very hard for me, I didn't want to disappoint God. I learned that God wants me to be good to people, but he doesn't expect me to let people treat me badly. Even if you are doing something for God if a person is being unkind to you, you must stop serving them.

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My answer to one of the questions below.

How does rudeness contrast from kindness?

I feel that rudeness contrasts from kindness in the following examples. When you are being rude you are thinking about yourself, and when you are kind you re thinking of someone else. sometimes it is easy to be rude, and very hard to be kind. Kindn4ess sometimes requires sacrifice, while rudeness only requires self interest.

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Actually the question was, what are the things that cause you to be cruel or rude?

1. I hate when a telemarketer calls and does not take no as your answer to whatever they are selling. I feel like saying," do you understand english, no means no!!! Instead I just hang up on them if I said no, & they continue to sell their product. Ohio has a do not call list. We are on it, and almost are never bothered.

2. When I am wronged I have become rude. I start out nice, but if they don't say or don't do what they should, I usually have no problem being rude. I have gotten better at this, meaning not behaving in this fashion. Surrendering to God has helped meant the way I should. However, I have to work at being kind during times like those.

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