Join us for the annual Grover Reeves’ Community Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 23, 2017. There are many opportunities to serve beginning at 9:30AM at St. John’s Church. If you would like a meal, serving begins at 11AM.
My wife and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week in two different places. On Thursday, we will go to her brother’s house in another city to celebrate with her family. Then on Saturday, my family will come to our house for Thanksgiving.
Both days require coordination for the meal. Who will bring the meat(s)? Who will bring the veggies, salads, etc. ? And let’s not forget the desserts; who will bring those? I imagine preparation for your holiday family gatherings is very similar.
I would like to encourage you this year, along with the great holiday dishes, to not forget the fruit. I’m not referring to apples, oranges, and bananas, but to the Fruit of the Spirit. The natural food is good, no doubt. But what if we focused as much on Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, and Kindness as we do on the turkey and dressing? Wow , that would make for a memorable Thanksgiving.
Your friends and family need the Fruit of the Spirit. Now the only question is ” Who will bring it?”
Well, why not you? Ask God to fill you with His Presence before each gathering. Ask Him to help you be a blessing to all. Let His Love and Joy fill you then share freely with others. Have a Great Thanksgiving!
Paul tells us in Galatians 5:16 that we should “walk in the Spirit”. Just a few verses later he speaks of the fruit of the Spirit which includes love, joy and peace among 6 other attributes.
To “walk in the Spirit” is to bear these spiritual fruits in our lives. Notice this is the fruit of the Spirit, not the fruit of good intentions, our best efforts or our own will power.
Romans 5:5 says that the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. So if we are going to bear fruit, we must first recognize the root from which the fruit comes. If you are a Christian, God has poured His love into you. To bear fruit for Him is to simply let that same love, His love, flow through you. Be a fruit bearer. Let His love and His light flow through you. As you give unto others God will give back into you!
Habakkuk 3:17-19 are 3 verses that give us an enduring life lesson. Verse 17 acknowledges that sometimes there may be difficulties. Verse 18 reminds us to remain full of joy regardless of the circumstances because God ( JESUS ) is our Savior. Verse 19 tells us that because of that joy we will be strong ( Nehemiah 8:10 ) and stable and actually able to go on to new heights right n the midst of the difficulty. Don’t lose your laugh. Hold on to your humor. Satan is already defeated. You are already free. You are already overcoming. God has already given you the Victory!