SEPTEMBER 29
   
Today's Bible Readings
     I Kings 1
     Galatians 5
     Ezekiel 32
     Psalms 80
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
      “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)
 
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
      As the Holy Spirit lists these beautiful characteristics of a Spirit-filled Christian life, several things need to be understood. First of all, though some of these are characteristic of some people who are not saved, it is totally impossible for a lost person to continue to express these characteristics without Christ in their life.
      For the believer, perhaps the most important thing to understand is that these are not different kinds of fruits. Paul is not referring to several varieties of fruits, like apples, oranges, pears, bananas, etc. These are, instead, like a stalk of bananas. There is just one source, with many characteristics and virtues that come from that one source. For example, you are not the source of kindness or faithfulness. The Lord is the source of all these things. You are the instrument through which He produces these wonderful characteristics.
      It is also important for you to realize that these do not come from the natural life. They are not products of the flesh .All of this fruit comes from one Source -the Lord Himself, through the spiritual man.
      There are several manifestations of the filling of the Holy Spirit in your life. When you are filled with the Spirit of God, you will:
1.     Witness for Him.(Acts I :8)
2.     Exercise spiritual gifts.(I Corinthians  12-14)
3.     Serve with anointing and power.
      You will also demonstrate a holy lifestyle, characterized by the Fruit of the Spirit. Sometimes a person who spends a lot of time bragging on his spirituality will boast of speaking in tongues, will lose his temper and lash out at someone who has offended him. I know immediately that this person has not been filled with the Spirit because when he has the Spirit of God working through him, he will practice these characteristics.
      You may spend your life working to develop these traits and utterly fail. It is far better to realize these come from the Person of the Holy Spirit when you are controlled by Him. This is the essence of the Christian life and is available to you now!
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
      Pray today for the JESUS film project, a ministry of ''Campus Crusade for Christ International." The JESUS film has been used of God to touch more lives and to bring more people to Christ than any other single project known to us. The film has been seen in every country of the world and translated into hundreds of languages since its initial release in 1979. Campus Crusade estimates more than 200 million people have indicated a decision to place their faith in Jesus Christ through this film. Pray for God's continued anointing upon the JESUS Film Project.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
      "God will not use dead tools for working living miracles."    
Charles Spurgeon