LOCAL – DAY 9
Bearing the fruit of Spirit in our lives is a consequence of communing with Christ. Deep wounds in our past that we haven’t worked through with God, will skew our perspective and will make it difficult to live in and with Christ in freedom and joy.
Poisoned soil cannot receive good seed and nurture it into a harvest of good fruit. Our communities are filled with troubled and wounded hearts that need healing. No human escapes being wounded. Jesus, our Healer, came to save us from ourselves and bind up our wounds. All He needs are willing and receptive hearts.
Today we will pray through the fruit of Spirit of faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
- Faithfulness [loyalty, devotion, reliable, constant] is a characteristic that has been derided in our pop culture in favor of selfishness. Pray for the characteristic of Christ, the Spirit of Faithfulness, to storm through our communities.
- The enemy has corrupted gentleness [tender, mild-mannered, calm] by deceiving us into believing it is foolish to be gentle – that we should power our way over or through others to get what we want. Pray over our communities against this deception, and instead for a new movement into gentleness in families and friendships.
- Self-control is likely the least talked about fruit of the Spirit. We are bombarded with every man-made “reason” to indulge. This has manifested as entitlement, materialism, and false contentment. Pray over our communities for God to reveal the falseness of materialism and entitlement, and declare contentment and security in Jesus.
Pray for yourself:
- Are there wounds you’ve yet to deal with that are holding you back? There is no better time than now to work through them with God, the lover of your soul. A healed heart is fertile ground – ground where the seeds of God’s love and redemption will take root and produce a mighty harvest of fruit of the Spirit.
Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people And will have compassion on His afflicted. Isaiah 49:13