“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds” cited from the Crisis Prevention Institute Blog
Ladies, we are to love God with all of our mind, body, spirit and soul. If we love Him, we obey Him but that is easier said than done, right? The eternal destination of our soul depends on the one we feed the most, the fruit of the Spirit or the lust of the flesh. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and needs daily nurturing. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Body-Is-A-Temple/
We must be honest with ourselves. For me, there is a raging war between the fruit of the Spirit and the lust of the flesh both battling for control. What about you? Personally, I self-reflect to seek insight about my behavior, my values, and my spiritual growth. On the other hand, I self-examine to stay aware and improve in my words, conversations, charity, spirit and faith. Both are related and necessary for spiritual growth. My prayer is to aggressively cultivate the fruit of the Spirit and subdue the lust of the flesh.
Ladies, what are you planting in your garden [mind]? Which one is being fertilized? I am going out on a limb saying it is a daily struggle for converted Christians. Why? We are messed up people living in a messed-up world trying to live godly with a prolific of negative influences. Hence, the importance of nurturing the fruit of the Spirit. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” ~ Ephesians 6:12.
The flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and that the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. The lust of the flesh feed from our thoughts. I reiterate the outcome of internal battles depend on the one we feed the most.
The Lust of the Flesh. “The works of the flesh are manifest in adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like. I have no desire for those listed above. We shall not enter the kingdom of God when the flesh has control” ~ Galatians 5:19-21.
The Fruit of the Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long, suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against there is no such law” ~ Galatians 5:22-23.
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit we must also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking and envying one another” ~ Galatians 5:24-26.
What does it mean to quench the Spirit? It means to restricted what He might do in our lives. Do we self-examine to see if we are inadvertently quenching the Spirit’s work? What are ways the Spirit can be quenched? One way is attempting to carry out works of faith through other means than through the Holy Spirit.
We must not quench the Holy Spirit but willfully allow Him to work within us to transform our mind in growth of the fruit of the Spirit, which should manifest outwardly. For example, land must first be cultivated before planting seeds. After seeds are planted, in time, you will reap beautiful crops from the seeds you were most attentive to. For example, constant watering, especially in Florida, and destroying weeds. This analogy is applicable to how we should care for our mind, body, spirit and soul with daily watering with the fruit of the Spirit while simultaneously malnourishing [destroying] the lusts of the flesh.
Which is the greatest commandment the question was asked? Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength and with all your mind’ and, Love your neighbors as yourself. Do this and you will live” ~ Luke 10:26-28. This was also cited in Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Matthew 22:36-37 and Mark 12:30-31.
My Prayer: Lord, thank you for your genuine love shown to me upon the cross. As I continue to walk in my Christian journey, I will allow your gift of the Holy Spirit to lead me in feeding the fruit of the Spirit. I am thankful for you loving me despite who I am. You alone are worthy to be praised! In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
Ladies, let us walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls us into His own kingdom and glory ~ I Thessalonians 2:11-12.