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.
You wouldn’t know it by the image of society today, but back in the day, it was considered profitable to have curves. Men would desire to be with curvier women because it was thought that if a woman was curvy or overweight, they were of wealth. It was assumed that they had the finances to eat whatever they wanted. Also, men didn’t want a woman who was presumptuously, unhealthy or not strong enough to take care of things.
Another assumption, was that if a woman was of larger capacity, they were more likely to bear children. After giving birth, stretch marks on the wife were considered a “trophy” of sorts to her spouse.
Why have things changed so much? Our minds are programmed to think that if we are overweight, we are less of a woman than we are meant to be. I have always had the mentality that I am fat, therefore, I’m ugly or not worthy of attention.
Not knocking skinny girls… I know that they have their body issues also.
My body image in my mind must cease as is. As long as I strive to be healthy and live a healthy life, I don’t have to obsess over my weight issues. It takes up too much of my thought process. I am created in God’s image, therefore I can not put down His creation.
Songs of Solomon paints a picture of the bride as a well endowed woman, stating that ‘thy navel is like a round goblet…thy belly is like a heap of wheat set about with lilies.’ (Songs of Solomon 7:2)
So, if your on the skinnier side and have a “pooch” or stretch marks, it’s more than OK. It shows that you have life or have given life! If your overweight, like me, it’s OK also! (As long as we aren’t practicing gluttony or indulging EVERY meal. LOL)
And, if you still feel bad about yourself, (because I do at times and it does get depressing), pray for God to help you change some of your situations. He can change your cravings, give you will power, and motivation. We have to do our part though.
DISCIPLINE2 obsolete:instruction3: a field of study6: a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity
1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.3 A man is not established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. Proverbs 12:1-3 NKJV