Faith

Fruit of the Spirit
https://youtu.be/W7EoK6P5BP8   What is faith?Definition (Heb 11:1 NIV)  Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. We hope for God promises to be fulfilled in our life even though we cannot see how this can happen in our present situation. That is faith. What does it mean to have faith? It does not mean that if we have faith in God, we have to lose all faith in natural methods or in ourselves. (Phil 4:13 NIV)  *I* can do everything through him who gives me strength. Faith is believing that *I* can do it – but only with God’s help. God does use natural methods to help us. When we are sick, He uses the doctor to administer help to…
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Joy

Fruit of the Spirit
What is joy Definition JOY is  defined by the Homan Dictionary as “the happy state that results from knowing and serving God.” Joy is found over 150 times in the Bible. If such words as "joyous" and "joyful" are included, the number comes to over 200. The verb rejoice appears well over 200 times. This means that rejoicing is an action than we can carry out. We can choose to be joyful. Joy is different from pleasure The Bible distinguishes joy from pleasure. The Greek word for pleasure is the word from which we get our word hedonism, the philosophy of self-centered pleasure-seeking. Paul referred to false teachers as "lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God" (2 Tim. 3:4). The Bible warns that self-indulgent pleasure-seeking does not lead to…
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Patience

Fruit of the Spirit
What is patience? Definition PATIENCE is an active endurance of opposition or suffering; it is not a passive resignation. Patience is associated with endurance, steadfastness, longsuffering, and forbearance. An aspect of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23 NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Col 3:12 NIV) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Why we should be patient God does not forget His promises (Exo 5:22-23 NIV)  Moses returned to the LORD and said, "O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? {23} Ever since I went to Pharaoh to…
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Gentleness

Fruit of the Spirit
The call to gentleness Colossians 3:12 (NIV) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. The Bible calls us to be gentle. Yet gentleness is one trait that we don't really pray for or seek to cultivate. We usually pray for the rest, such as love, patience, self-control. Why? Perhaps we don't understand what it really means. What is gentleness? This Greek word has no English equivalent. It is usually translated gentle or meek, and at other times humble. How to be gentle? 1. Avoid conflict Titus 3:2 (NIV) to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility (or gentleness) toward all men. Here the Greek word is translated as humility instead of gentleness because…
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Contentment

Fruit of the Spirit
What is contentment? Discussion: What do you understand by the word "contentment"? The word "content" is actually the same word translated "sufficiency". 1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV) But godliness with contentment is great gain. 2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (NKJV) 2 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. Therefore, to be content is to believe that what we have is sufficient and not to grumble and complain that we should have more.…
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Self-control/How to ward off temptation

Fruit of the Spirit, Growing up spiritually
Why do we need to practice self-control? Self control is an aspect of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23 NIV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Sin will bring dishonor to God’s name (Prov 30:7-9 NIV)  "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: {8} Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. {9} Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Sin causes us to dishonor God. People…
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Showing our love for others

Fruit of the Spirit
Why is it important to show love? Because God is love 1Jn 4:8  The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13). God is love. And He demonstrated that love when He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross for us while we were yet sinners. Therefore, when we want to be more like God, the first thing to note is that we need to love others more. Ephesians 5:1-2  Since you are God's dear children, you must try to be like him.  (2)  Your life must be controlled by love, just as Christ loved us and gave his life for us as…
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Peace

Fruit of the Spirit
Why must we have peace Peace is an attribute of God To have peace is to be more like God because peace is an attribute of God. (Judg 6:23-24 NIV)  But the LORD said to him, "Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die." {24} So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Peace is an aspect of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22 NIV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, How to have peace Ask from God We can ask God for peace because it is the Lord who grants peace. (Num 6:23-26 NIV)  "Tell Aaron and his sons,…
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2 Chronicles – Humility

Books of the Old Testament, Fruit of the Spirit
2 Chronicles - Humility Background The first part of the book talks about the reign of Solomon. In response to Solomon's request, God granted him much wisdom. During his reign, he launched many great building projects, including his greatest achievement, the Temple of God. In the midst of the temple dedication, fire flashes down from heaven and God's glory filled the temple. After Solomon's death, the northern tribes revolt and the nation of Israel splits apart. The remainder of 2 Chronicles recount the alternating periods of apostasy and reform in Judah. In the end, Judah would not repent and the tragic result was a 70-year captivity in Babylon. Theme (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV) if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my…
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God teaches us Patience in the lives of…

Fruit of the Spirit
Abraham God wanted Abraham to learn patience when His promises seem to be slow in coming. God gave Abraham a son many years after His original promise and only when Abraham was 100 years old. As the years went, Abraham had to keep the faith that God will fulfill His promise when increasingly it became more difficult for him to have a son because of his wife’s old age. (Heb 6:12-15 NIV)  We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. {13} When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, {14} saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants." {15}…
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