Hello, beautiful hearters. I know this is my second article today. But I was thinking, I want to do a daily article, one that is either about me or funny and entertaining content that hopefully you can relate to but also start daily devotions. Since stopping #TheSmileProject, I have felt God tugging on my heart to make these devotions. It's something I hold true to my heart and if I can make an impact, this is definitely one way I want to do so.

So for the next ten days, we will be discussing the Fruit of the Spirit. Today's devotion is just the introduction, but there is still some scripture to be shared and messages to say. So without further ado, let's get into this, shall we?

(Also, I'll be Bible journaling through this devotion, so if you want to follow me on that journey and share the art you make throughout this devotion, it doesn't have to be Bible journaling but scripture art too, I would love to see them. Use #Writerforlifedevotion so I can find it. :) I hope you participate in that, only if you want, but I find making art deepens the connection.)

Get your Bibles out, loves. And grab highlighters and pens if you want so you can highlight or underline what stands out to you.

First, we'll be reading John 15: 1-11

God's word says:

"'(1) I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. (2) He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes* so that it will be even more fruitful. (3) You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. (4) Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.
"'(5) I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (6) If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. (7) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (8) This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
"'(9) As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (10) If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love. (11) I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.'"
  • In verse 2 of John 15, you can see that "prunes" has a symbol next to it. If you look at the bottom of your Bible in the footnotes section, you'll find that in Greek, "prunes" also means "he cleans." So if you put it into context:
"'He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he cleans so that it will be even more fruitful.'"

Next, we're reading Galatians 5: 22-26

God's word says:

"(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance [patience], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (24) Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (25) Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (26) Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other."

Above this scripture, in verses 19-21, you can read the acts of the flesh. I did not add those verses because we are mainly focusing on the Fruits of the Spirit, but I encourage you to read them on your own time and take them into consideration.

How these devotions will work is I will write the scripture we will be reading and then below write the messages that I found in the scripture. (And for those who want to participate in the scripture art for today, you will be featured in tomorrow's article.)

Main Points

Like I said, these are the points I got from the passages we read.

We are nothing without these fruits. By receiving and bearing these fruits, we become more connected with God. We understand his promise for us. If we live without these fruits, we are disconnected.

These fruits give us life and freedom. By bearing these fruits, we have the power to influence others and we have the freedom of talking to God and hearing what he has to say. When you're disconnected, however, you shut God's voice out. He is always trying to speak to you, but you won't listen because you can't. You don't know what his voice sounds like, you don't know what he has in store for you. With these fruits, you're not only connected to God, but to everyone around you, which is his greatest command.

We can't let our flesh and human nature control and deceive us. Without Jesus in our lives, we live in a withered garden. We are surrounded by negativity and emptiness. God promises hope and love and a life. When you let your human nature take over, you're connected with earthly things, which can quickly lead to anxiety, depression, rebellion, emptiness, and loneliness.

If we want to follow God and have a relationship with Him, we must bear these fruits or our relationship with Him and others will be tainted. I know it seems painful, but without God cutting all of those ungodly fruits and qualities, we will never know Him, we'll never know His promises. Would you rather live in a thriving garden with freedom and love and peace and joy? Or would you rather live in a garden full of weeds and thorns and deceit and negativity and false hope?

Question: What fruit of the spirit do you need to work on most?

That's all I have for you today, loves. I'm super excited for this devotion series and I can't wait to see what God puts in our hearts. If you ever want to talk, feel free to message me. :)

Like always, I hope you have a great rest of your day and week. Remember to listen to God. He only wants the best for you. Do you hear Him?

XO,
Kaylee

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