I was reminded this morning 3/26/15, that we can do nothing without Christ (John 15:5). When we are converted we receive the Holy Spirit, but that’s not all. The Holy Spirit brings with His divine nature a Bundled gift of God’s graces. Like the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. There are other gifts that are imputed and imparted gifts like justification, righteousness, purity, holiness, and sanctification.
These gifts are like seeds which we must water and nurture so they may grow into fruition. Just like we nourished our old sinful nature. Here is an excerpt from “The Journey to the Renewing of the Mind”
“When we grew from babies into adults we learned who we were. We had all the seeds of a sinful nature grow and blossom from our fallen nature. Some of these seeds are: immorality, impurity, pride, greed, selfishness, envy and the list can go on. Each seed was watered, nourished and then coveted.
Now we must eradicate the old nature and put on the new. This nature comes with a bundled grace package, (seeds of grace); in which we, through diligent efforts, find our undeserved qualities, (which came from a supernatural divine source and is beyond our capable knowledge), and grow into them by watering and coveting them for God’s glory. God works in us to bring us through each growth stage from babies in need of milk unto spiritual adults eating meat. O, the joy of eating a well prepared steak! Who would want to go back to eating mush and pureed food, (Hebrews 5:11-14; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; 1 Peter 2:1-5).”
It all starts from within. Our thoughts place our desires before the heart and the heart eventual bows down to the desires. Our desires then become our outward actions, habits and lifestyle. Let us remember to covet and desire what God desires by keeping an intimate relationship with Him and staying focused on the bundled gift of God’s graces. When we do so our thoughts will place God’s desires before our heart and our heart will bow down to our Creator’s desires which will become our outward actions, habits and lifestyle.
May you live a lifestyle that brings happiness and joy both into your life and others.
This starts a discourse on the Holy Spirit and you. Sspirit will be used representing the Holy Spirit and your spirit in the communion and relationship with God. It will be a 4 part series please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thank you and God bless you.