If you were not able to attend CLC the last couple of weeks I would really encourage you to listen the sermons on our website. Cam’s teaching on the Fruit of the Spirit was very thorough and insightful. The message that I shared yesterday was, in my personal opinion and experience, very freeing. I would encourage you to take time this week to listen to both of the messages.
If you were at church on Sunday or if you take time to listen to this past Sunday’s sermon, you will have heard about the Doritos tree. I talked about how if I was in the garden of Eden I would not have been tempted (based on my personal tastes) by fruit, but if it was a Doritos tree…I would have totally given in. The point of the Doritos tree is that we all have areas of weakness. I remember Brian Smith sharing one time with me that exercise became a huge stumbling block at one time in his life.
During this series on the fruit of the Spirit, I was trying through my flesh to make the 9 fruits of the Spirit to shine through my life. The last few weeks have been terrible. Then on Saturday in review of my sermon preparation for Sunday, I read these words, ‘But the fruit of the Spirit..’ (Galatians 5:22a NIV). Those words grabbed me. Then on Saturday in my personal devotion time, I read these words from Jude 1:20b, ‘pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.’
It started to add up in my head why I was having such a hard time with the fruit of the Spirit. I was not asking the Holy Spirit to use His power in my life to produce the fruit of the Spirit. I personally want to testify that I have had some noticeable freedom in the 9 fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22–23 since Sunday morning.
Here is what I did.
I prayed in the power of the Holy Spirit that I would bear the fruit of love. Then I prayed that same prayer for the other 7 fruits of the Spirit. Wait a minute there are 9 fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5: 22–23. That’s right there are.
On Sunday morning I accidently skipped over ‘peace’. After I had gone through the fruits I was about to conclude the sermon when my wife stood up and said, ‘Cory you missed peace’. I am so glad she pointed that out to me. After the service and a few different times on Monday morning others that were in attendance on Sunday said they noticed I had missed it as well. I love being a part of a church, a body of believers, who assist each other to make sure the whole message gets out. As I have stated before and will state again and again, we are all in this together.
I look forward to the next few weeks as we move into a new series about the heart of worship.
If you have questions, comments, insights, ideas, challenges, thoughts, visions, dreams or anything you think the leadership of CLC should know, please feel free to call me at the church 306.789.2727 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your brother in Christ,