“‘But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit’” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
The summer sun is so hot in front of my house that I could probably cook an egg on the sidewalk in the afternoon.
Knowing next to nothing about landscaping, I planted some flowers in front of my house last year, and it was a matter of weeks before most of them died.
Though I doused each one with a watering in the evening and eventually tried a hose, they seemed to soak up all that water in a matter of seconds.
My dad told me I needed to water the flowers way longer if they had any chance at survival. He was right, though don’t tell him I said that because it will go to his head.
The heat of this world can have a similar effect on us.
I’ve talked to many who spend time with God in the morning—reading Scripture and praying—but by the afternoon or evening, they are flat-out exhausted. The heat of this world has beat down on them, and they have nothing left in the tank. They’re dwindling plants by the end of the day.
First Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” God asks us to keep that line of communication open because so much can happen in one day.
There are unexpected twists and turns peppered across 24 hours that can knock us down.
We need a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the morning, afternoon and evening, as He supplies the nutrients to our languishing souls. The Holy Spirit can give us our second wind.
One pastor said, “If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?”
I want people to look at the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control—and know it is Spirit-wrought.
I should be a different husband, dad, friend and co-worker because the Spirit of God lives in me.
Jeremiah writes, “It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.”
Though many of the fruits of the Spirit are not in my nature, there is a God who can give me living water on the hottest and hardest of days.
The circumstances of this life may try to drain us, but God’s Spirit can provide enough sustenance to strengthen us.
>What fruit of the Spirit do you sense God wants to grow you in?
>Do you pray without ceasing? Why or why not?
>Do you rely more on God’s Spirit or your own strength?