Devotional 7/8

Do those things which prove that you have turned to God and changed the way you think and act. Matthew 3:8

Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.

Reinhold Niebuhr

The Bible says that we receive the Spirit which is from God, we have not received a spirit of the world. And this Spirit teaches us God’s ways, as to how we should walk, what we should think about and what we should stay away from.

We can tell the difference in trees by their leaves and their fruit or vegetables. In the same way, people can tell if we are of God by the fruit that manifests in our lives! If we never cultivate self control, we will surely live disorderly and chaotic lives. If we fail to live in love, we will manifest enemies, gossip, slander, distrust and all sorts of envy into our lives.

The trials in our lives are intended to till our ground, and prune our branches. The storms and the violent winds build our strength and staying power. Maybe you’ve been hit many times, and feel tired, you longer have drive or enthusiasm for life. Maybe you have settled with where you are in life, maybe things have been the same for a long time. Maybe you have no joy, or maybe there is more negativity around you than positivity. Nonetheless, God is calling us to go higher. Today I want to remind us, that there is more.

I know you have gone through a lot in life, and you have changed in ways you cannot explain to others (me either, lol). But there is more, I urge you to push past this plateau. The Lord wants you to believe that He has placed so much in you. Nothing can change what is inside of a seed: if it’s an apple, it has apples and apple trees in it.

What do you have inside of you?

In order for you to reach maximum potential, you have to believe you already have what it takes inside of you. It all depends on what you believe, and see for yourself. Otherscan tell you what they see inside of you… God can tell you what is inside of you… but it is up to you … to see it for yourself… otherwise it cannot manifest.

Let’s pray:

Father God, you are He who created every part of our being. You know us completely and entirely. You know our personalities, our thoughts and our intentions. And I present to you each part of our being, as believers whether mature or new converts, and I ask you to enable us with grace to change whatever things you bring to our attention. I pray you begin to do a work in those people who do not yet know you as lord, and I ask that you visit them in dreams, visions and even with promptings in their hearts to know you as Lord, and identify as receivers of your grace. I pray that you would show off in all our lives, for your name to be glorified. In Jesus name, Amen.

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