Which Are You Bearing: a Work of Flesh or a Fruit of The Spirit?

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by Kim Howell

We are beginning to see more of the gifts of the Holy Spirit flowing in the Body of Christ. I praise the Lord for this has been on my heart for many years, especially after some hard learned lessons.  I would like to share a teaching with you where the Lord woke me up at 4 am one morning and downloaded to me. May you be blessed and possibly freed from some things that were wrongly spoken over you.

Are we walking in LOVE; what is the motive of your heart?

We HAVE TO and MUST be very sure we have a CLEAR and PURE word from the Father when we claim to be speaking forth His Word.

1 Cor. 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. Rev. 19:10 … for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Prophecy and directions from the Holy Spirit are always from a place of LOVE and a desire to see freedom come and grace and mercy work. Even correction is supposed to be done in love, because when we speak forth hard words and accusations we need to remember, who is the accuser of the brethren? The enemy is. (Rev. 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

When we hear from the Holy Spirit it is for a purpose. The Father isn’t showing us something to gossip about, but rather to pray, speak His Word into the situation, and sometimes it’s to keep to yourself and intercede.

You see, when the Lord shows us something of this level it is for us to HIT OUR KNEES IN PRAYER AND INTERCESSION. We have to be careful to not become critical, judgmental, or religious by continually renewing our mind with the Word of God.  By renewing our minds, we have the mind of Christ; therefore, we come forth with a word from the Holy Spirit and not our flesh. (Rom.12:2, I Cor. 2:16,Philippians 4:13)

Another thing we must do when a word is given to us, is to check the word against the Word of God and see if it is inline with scripture, grounded in love, and in truth. (1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.)

Yes, there are times when a hard word of correction comes, but we must not allow the enemy or our own flesh to be used to bring condemnation to our own brothers and sisters. I have been guilty of using harsh words “to get God’s point across”. I was wrong. When we are obedient and led by the Holy Spirit, the message is anointed, full of His love, and can pierce the hardest heart, all while being spoken out of unconditional love and humility. The Word says in: Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.Because the Word clearly states that ONLY the Holy Spirit can bring about conviction. John 16:8 and when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

I cannot stress the importance of keeping a renewed mind. This way, when we are used to speak forth a word of correction, it is done in love, with no condemnation, only true conviction, which brings about change and repentance in the person receiving.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Spending time in the Throne Room of His Glory and Grace and going to that intimate place with our Lord and Savior, keeps us full of His agape love, which we pour out to all who cross our path. We can become glory carriers. We must check our own heart before we deliver a Word from the Lord to see what our true motive is. Is it to control, manipulate, or bring down?

Or is it to see true freedom, be an encouragement, and love loosed into a brother or sister.

You see the enemy knows the words we speak carry weight and have authority. That’s why the word says there is death and life in the power of the tongue. (Check out these verses for an in-depth look at our word:Rev.12:11, Jn 17:20, Matt. 12:35-37)

When we speak forth Gods word he sends the angels to carry those words to accomplish that which they were sent to do.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

When we speak what the enemy is whispering in our ears, he knows that gives him a legal right to send his demons to take and carry those words out.

Like I said, even the devil knows what our power and authority is through the name and the blood of Jesus Christ.

When are we,, as the Body of Christ, going to wake up to the revelation of EXACTLY WHO WE ARE AS SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD?

In conclusion, I want to share these following scriptures with you:

Galatians 5:19-26 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. [26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Its time we ask ourselves, which are you bearing: a work of flesh or a fruit of the Spirit?

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One Who Illuminates

By Cortney Donelson

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

Some of my closest girlfriends gave me a new name… a Hebrew name, Meira. It means, “One who Illuminates.” Let me explain. These wonderful Christian women view me as the “Light” of our group. There are eight of us in this accountability group, and each has her own significant name, apart from her birth name. Some of the names are Ariel or “Lion of God,” Rafaela or “Healed by God”, Cherut or “Freedom”, and Liron or “My Song.”

These names are a reflection of how a Holy Creator designed us as uniquely as He did each snowflake that falls from the sky. The names also highlight our God-inspired strengths. They represent the holy piece of God that we carry around on display for others to see.

I love my name. It was given to me during a very dark time in my life. It was a reminder of God’s truth and His promises. I may be a fragile jar made of clay where life’s trials and struggles can crack my exterior and bring me to my knees. However, the Holy Spirit within me is a light that can shine forth through those cracks, spreading joy, hope, and truth.

My cracks won’t cause me to crumble. My difficult days won’t cause me death. Even more amazing than what the Lord does for my heart is how He can use my imperfections and struggles to minister to others. I can be sitting in my own dark cave, and I can still shine with His Light for those around me. I may be ripping at the seams, yet I can still provide to others that same joy, hope, and truth that the Lord provides for me.

That is the glory of it all. God is bigger than any of our cracks. He is bigger and better. His power is infinitely stronger than our flesh and the enemy’s tactics combined. As 2 Corinthians 4:7 states, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” That great treasure is God himself…. How does He shine through you? Is it through worship and praise? Is it through ministering to wounded hearts or breaking down walls? Perhaps it is through speaking like a Holy megaphone. For me, it is shining his Light into darkness, illuminating the path for others to see.

Prayer – Dear Lord, we whole-heartedly thank you for creating us to be delicate vessels that will never shatter as long as we have You. We praise you for every good and perfect gift you provide, despite our mistakes, weaknesses, and shortcomings. You are a great treasure! Thank you that even in darkness, you have and will continue to overcome! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!