Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT)

 

Before we go any farther in this series on the Fruits of the Spirit, let’s consider the salvation question. Try as you might love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control won’t flourish. You might experience all of them to a degree, but I don’t think we can experience their full potential without the Holy Spirit. And we can’t receive the life-giving Holy Spirit without first receiving Christ Jesus into our hearts, as Lord and Savior (Romans 8:2).

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no other way. (John 14:6)

Are you a believer?

Have you taken that step yet?

Do you know about God’s love for you?

John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (New Living Translation)

The peace we all long for is elusive without Jesus.

If you’ve been thinking about receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not take that step today? I guarantee you, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you want to receive Christ into your heart you can do that right now. Just say this prayer and believe it:

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept You out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear You knocking. By faith, I gratefully receive Your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe You are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank You for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe Your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Congratulations, friend. The adventure is just beginning. Next step, find a bible-based church and go meet your new church family.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to read the Bible before, try starting with easy to read versions like The Living Bible or the New Living Translation. Yes, it is a big book, but that shouldn’t stop you. Just pray for God’s direction first and He’ll direct you (Psalm 119:105).

It’s not necessary to start reading at the beginning either. You can learn all about Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These are the first four books of the New Testament. Try starting in the Book of John then maybe move to Psalms or Proverbs. These are all great introductions. There are no rules here, as His word is always good.

If you don’t have a bible, there’s no need to wait, you can easily access one on your phone or computer.

Here a just few links to very good FREE  bible resources.

www.biblegateway.com

www.blueletterbible.com

www.biblia.com

You can go to the following resources to find excellent bible-based teaching. That’s super important:

In Touch Ministries 

One Place

Proverbs 31 Ministries

Crosswalk.com

I pray that this post is helpful you.

 

Go to the Table of Contents to read more posts in this series as they go live.

It’s October so this must be time for 31 Days of Five Minute Friday Free-Writes. The event is hosted by Kate Motaung over at Five Minute Fridays. We write daily for five minutes, or maybe a bit longer. The point is to write. Kate provides writers with a one-word writing prompt each day. Today the prompt is OTHER. 

Picture Credit:Canva.com with a little help from me.

Salvation prayer by Dr. Ray Pritchard at Crosswalk.com

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