SPIRIT WEEK Part 2: Peace

It’s SPIRIT WEEK Part 2 here on GUWG, where we’re taking an up-close and personal look at each Fruit of the Spirit.

Today’s featured fruit: PEACE.

Peace with God? Sin damages our relationship with God. So, first we need peace with God. That’s exactly why Jesus – the Prince of Peace – came. His sacrifice on the cross wiped out sin’s penalty and gives us access to peace with God by grace through faith (Romans 5:1).

SPIRIT WEEK: Joy

It’s SPIRIT WEEK 2017 here on GUWG. For the next few days, we’ll be taking a closer look at each fruit of the Spirit.

Today’s featured fruit: JOY.

What exactly is joy? Joy isn’t an emotion. It isn’t happiness. It isn’t pleasure. It’s waaaaay deeper than that.

Joy comes from God. It’s available 24/7, no matter the circumstances.

SPIRIT WEEK: Love

LOVE-ICONIt’s SPIRIT WEEK 2017 here on GUWG. For the next few days, we’ll be taking a closer look at each fruit of the Spirit.

Today’s featured fruit: LOVE.

Why love? There’s a reason love is first on the list. At its heart, the Bible is one gigantic love-fest. In fact, God IS love. The Bible says:

SPIRIT WEEK: Fruit Test

Got-FruitThe flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other. (Galatians 5:17)

It’s SPIRIT WEEK 2017 here on GUWG where each day we’re taking a deeeeeep dive into what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit.

Building on what we’ve covered already this week, here’s today’s topic …

THE FRUIT TEST

Our flesh is direct conflict with the Holy Spirit. Who’s winning in your life?

SPIRIT WEEK: Gardening With God

It’s SPIRIT WEEK 2017 here on GUWG. Each day, we’ll be looking at one of the most misunderstood (at least by me) topics in the Bible: the HOLY SPIRIT.

Here are today’s verses, straight from the mouth of Jesus:

Fill Up

workout-newI will ask the Father and He will give you another counselor to be with you forever. (John 14:16)

Yesterday we unveiled our official 2017 Spiritual Workout Plan to help us all train for the Big Race.

Today we’ve included a handy graphic suitable for framing, posting on your fridge, tattooing on your biceps or anything else that will help you shun spiritual flabbiness.

The first step? It all starts with the  lit up by the flame in the center. Before we even think about moving a muscle, we need to plug into our power source: the Holy Spirit.

The Bible tells us to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). It’s the only way to live:

Christmas Never Ends

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)

The presents have all been opened. The food has all been devoured. Aunt Melba has gone back to Toledo. The radio stations have stopped playing Christmas music. The after-Christmas sales have started. Soon all the lights will be dimmed, the decorations shoved back into boxes and the trees kicked to the curb.

Christmas is over, or so the world says.