My One Word 2014 was “Fruit”. What I love about having a One Word for the year is that it doesn’t go away when that year is over. Once you’ve spent a year focusing on that word and why you picked it, it’s bound to stay with you. It just allows you to soak that word into your spirit in a deeper way so that it sticks with you for the rest of your life, causing you to grow. That’s what is intended, right? You may not think on it every day, but it shows up when you need it. Makes me wish I had started having One Words sooner in life.
Having “Fruit” was a reminder for me to pay attention to what I’m putting out there (on a daily basis and in my overall life). Am I producing Godly and beneficial fruit? Or is the fruit I’m producing so rotten it stinks? That One Word had me focusing on my fruit and despite my New Year and new word, it’s a reminder that I’ll always need and appreciate. Sort of like my own accountability partner.
That being said, I want to be sure I am walking in the Spirit at all times, therefore producing fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (NKJV)
I don’t even come close to perfectly exhibiting any of these, and I am striving to do better with them all. However, I have a particularly rough time with SELF-CONTROL, my One Word 2015. I believe this is listed as a fruit of the Spirit because it is somewhat of an ugly word to our flesh.
Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (KJV) This describes me to a T (whatever that means…)! my Spirit is oh-so-willing, but my flesh is the weakest of the weak, screaming, “LET ME HAVE MY WAY!”
It’s like John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (3:30 KJV) To deny/crucify my flesh so that the spirit is in control…that’s the only way self-control works…when there is MORE of Him and LESS of me. As long as I’m in the way, nothing will work out right. It is high time for me to take spiritual authority and force my flesh to submit. Will it be easy? Probably not. But if I want to produce Godly fruit, if I want His will over mine, then I have got to be obedient to the Father, NOT the flesh.
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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
If you know me personally, you may think I’m “cheating” by using this scripture for my #Verse2014. It has been my favorite since I was a little girl and I have it on display in various parts of my home. However, the truth is I prayed about what scripture to keep in focus this upcoming year, and this one kept coming to mind. It wasn’t until I was settled in on a One Word (serve) for this year that I was sure that Philippians 4:13 was the exact scripture I needed to remember day in and day out.
2014 holds a lot of changes for our family and for me personally. None of them will be easy. There are habits to break, routines to put in place, goals to reach, and a lot of growth to take place. No is not an option on any of these changes. They must happen. While some of them, like getting in shape after spending most of 2013 very sick, seem impossible, I know that with Jesus’ help I can make it happen.
We’ve all heard the explanation of this verse in a sermon, sunday school, children’s church, Bible study, youth group, etc… It doesn’t say some things. It doesn’t say most things. It says ALL things. I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!
I can raise my children the way God wants me to. I can accomplish the goals that seem so far out of reach. I can take my health back. I can beat insomnia. I can serve God the way I should even on the days my flesh wants to take over. I can do it all, but not on my own. Not at all on my own. I need Jesus to help me. I need Jesus to guide me. I need Jesus to open the doors that would close in my face. I need Jesus.
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To help me remember, I’m creating events in my calendar at random times throughout the year to pop up and remind me. Who knows, maybe they’ll pop up at just the right time. 😉
On a final note, I want to mention that Emily and I did not discuss what our scriptures would be. We just so happened to choose scriptures out of the same chapter in Philippians. (Click here to read Emily’s #Verse2014.) How cool is that? I love when God pieces things together that way.
Do you have a particular theme verse for 2014? Please share it with us! If you don’t have one yet, go to http://blog.youversion.com/ to help find your #Verse2014.
Now we all have our ups and downs and battles and bad days. I depend on my Heavenly Father to get me thru those times. And boy, do I have a lot of them!
That said, (let me pull out my soap box right quick), OK, I can not stand a nasty attitude, especially in a grown woman. It looks nasty and sounds nasty when woman go around bad mouthing, threatening to whoop somebody, and always trying to tell somebody off. It’s a big turn off for potential friendship.
In Ephesians 4:29 says,
“Let no corrupt communication come out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use if edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Lying, gossip, telling someone off, and bad language all fall under corrupt communication.
2 Corinthians 6:17 & 18 –
“Wherefore, come out from amoung them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
Being a Christian, I can not live like the world. I have to set myself apart from all things that are not of Christ. Which means that I can not pop off at the mouth or tell everything I know about someone. I have to live a separated life and ask God to “create in me a clean heart.” (Psalms 51:10)
“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!”
Blessings and cursings do not come out of the same fountain. I can not stand it when people say that they are desperately praying for this or that, or praying for someone, and in the next breath, they are cursing someone else or putting someone down. I do not believe that God honors prayers from a heart that does not honor Him. It stinks in His nostrils. You want Him to do something for you, but you don’t have time to live for Him? You don’t put Him first but you want things your way?
Strive to spread the good things in life and of God and to speak the gospel of peace, not corruption. When you find yourself falling being and into old habits, just cry out, “Oh Lord Jesus, help me!”, and He will be there for you.