Peace 2: Spiritual Fruit Series

Spiritual Food Series
Galatians 5:22-23  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT) In the first part of this study on the Spiritual Fruit of Peace we looked at the promise in Philippians 4:6-9 which tells us that it is God’s own peace which can come to us in difficult times. There are many troubles we may face but God is able to help us through them all. At times it may be His plan to change the circumstances we are in but, for reasons we may not understand at the time, it may instead be His will that we endure difficult times and rely on His strength. It is…
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Peace 1: Spiritual Fruit Series

Spiritual Food Series
Galatians 5:22-23  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT) Welcome to study 5 in our 'Spiritual Fruit Series'. This post is the first of two regarding the spiritual fruit of peace. If you would like to begin at the beginning of this series click here. We are living in a very broken world and you would have to cut yourself off from it entirely to escape its troubles. There are so many things that can bring worry, fear and uncertainty into our lives, robbing us of peace and testing our faith in God. There may be personal issues such as sickness, finances or broken relationships, but…
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Joy: Spiritual Fruit Series

Spiritual Food Series
Galatians 5:22-23  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT) Look up the word Joy in the dictionary and you will of course be provided a list of other words intended to describe it. e.g. Delight, happiness, elation, glee, exuberance etc. None of these however can truly capture what the apostle Paul is referring to. The Greek word he uses is chara (khar-ah') and while joy is an accurate translation, we need to remember that he is talking about something that has a spiritual quality to it. This kind of joy goes beyond the words given in our English dictionary. You see, this ‘chara’ joy and has…
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Love ~ Part B: Spiritual Fruit Series

Spiritual Fruit Series
Galatians 5:22-23  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT) In the previous session on Spiritual Fruit, 'Love Part A', we discussed the importance of loving the way God does. Godly love is a big topic so we’re going to dig a little further in this part 2 post. The love we’re talking about here is not the kind that depends on what we get out of a relationship with someone or from the way that person might make us feel. Consider how you might relate to a best friend. The time you first met them you may have considered them just an acquaintance but over time…
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Love ~ Part A: Spiritual Fruit Series

Spiritual Food Series
Galatians 5:22-23  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT) Ask a group of people to define love and they might come up with a lot of ways to describe it from simple physical attraction, to something much deeper and more substantial. Some might say there are different kinds and that is certainly true, which is why people’s descriptions can vary. When the Bible uses the word love it is helpful to understand that it also distinguishes between different kinds, although this is not always obvious when translated into the one English word. Therefore often several words are necessary to capture the meaning of the original text.…
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Overview: Spiritual Fruit Series

Spiritual Fruit Series
Galatians 5:22-23  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT) True growth for the Christian is to be seen in how Christ-like they are becoming. This is the work of God’s Holy Spirit who softens hearts, reveals truth and brings about the transformation of those who have truly repented and let Jesus into their lives. The Holy Spirit is a teacher, a counsellor, a guide and a source of strength without whom the Christian journey would be impossible. It is important to understand that the work the Holy Spirit performs in our lives requires a response from us. The process of becoming more Christ-like is not automatic…
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The Lord’s Table: Spiritual Food 5

Spiritual Food Series
This is the final post in our ‘Spiritual Food’ study series. Our focus for this series has been the importance of what we take in as ‘spiritual food’, with the premise that scripture is the main diet for a Christian, and therefore the need for caution in regards to feeding upon what we may call, ‘worldly wisdom’. With scripture as our main diet, we have Christ Jesus as our authority. Now this is such an important part of being a Christian. With Jesus as our authority we guard ourselves from not being led astray. Furthermore, it is integral for Christians in order for them to grow and mature and therefore ‘bear fruit’ for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. For Jesus said, no-one will bear any fruit without Him and we…
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Spiritual Detoxing: Spiritual Food 4.

Spiritual Food Series
So much dieting advice! The Internet is full of it and a lot involves big promises about quick results but often with little to back up the claims. Detoxing is very popular with numerous pills, teas and super foods all said to rid your body of toxins accumulated from eating poorly and just from living in a polluted world…Many people follow prescribed detoxing rituals with the aim of cleansing their physical bodies, but is there a spiritual equivalent? What about spiritual detoxing?   Spiritual detoxing is a personal attempt with the help of God, to rid one’s life of any ‘toxins’ which can be hindering their closeness with Jesus. Spiritual detoxing is actually as old (and even older) than the Christian Church, when we consider the Jewish purification rituals (see…
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Artificial Preservatives: Spiritual Food 3

Spiritual Food Series
Benzoates, Propionates, Sorbates, Nitrates and Nitrites plus many, many more! There are just so many different chemicals added to food these days to preserve it, so that we can have the convenience of eating whatever we desire at any time we like. While much of it is generally tolerated by our bodies, there are certainly some things that can lead to health problems. As time goes, by more and more chemical additives get struck off the list of those considered safe for consumption, because their long term negative health impacts have been uncovered, and others get added as manufacturers try to replace ones they can no longer use. It’s tempting to think that there is more concern for preserving the food than preserving our health… Common sense tells us we…
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Taste & See: Spiritual Food 2

Spiritual Food Series
‘Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.’ Psalm 34:8-10  In part one of Spiritual Food 'Becoming what we eat', we referred to our senses of sight, smell and taste that can help us discern whether or not food is good or bad. It’s true that we can be fooled by junk food that is designed to satisfy our senses, but even so, later we usually get warnings from our bodies because over indulgence can cause many health problems! These days in the west, there is more than enough information available to…
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