Friday, August 17, 2012

Filled with Fruit

*A year ago I wrote this devotional, found it organizing the bookshelf yesterday, and wanted to share it with you. I pray it encourages your heart in the Lord!* 

The thanksgiving is hard when you compare and believe Satan's lies.

Instead of being the person that takes every opportunity to look for the good in that situation, you reel back and are not filled with joy. You are filled with darkness and bitterness that what you have is second best. You believe that if you were really loved your lot would be different. You would have what someone else has.

Is it really about what you have materially that makes you happy?

No, it's about the joy you find in what has already been given.

Philippians 1:11 says, "filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." 
Think of a home-made apple pie FILLED with sweet goodness. It overflows out onto the plate.

That's the joy I want. The joy in Jesus. The overflowing joy, the sweet goodness of Jesus' righteousness, so full in me that it cannot be contained.

It comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

When we are filled with the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, our response is the praise of God.

Lord, dig out the ugly in my heart, and fill me with your righteousness. In Jesus' name, Amen!