GENTLENESS

Soft Crosses

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By louis gander

I’m under the leaves of tall coconut trees,
(on trunks that are warped in a curve).
They rustle up high in the oft windy sky.
Enjoying the shade, I observe…

…the Heavens above that are filled so with love
and grace only God can bestow –
from free virgin birth for the people on earth.
I ask, “Have I failed Him so?”

Am I like the leaves that everyone sees,
that wave to and fro in the wind,
drawing attention as if I’m important?
Could that, my dear friends, be a sin?

His sheep, under wool, must be fully faithful –
not warped as the coconut trees.
How is it fitting if I am still sitting –
not helping the poor “least of these”?

How disconcerted am I that Christ suffered?
I hold my small cross close to me.
Genteel, I’m living, but what am I giving?
Are soft crosses not meant to be?

Oh, should I be stunned if my cross isn’t cushioned?
I’m carefree- and comforts I seek!
Is love, au contraire, to this cross that I bear
as others are hungry and weak?

Our God sits above and He fills us with love.
We’re blessed with His soft, gentle breeze –
on tropical islands with soft, idle hands,
enjoying a lifetime of ease.

I’m under the leaves of tall coconut trees,
(on trunks that are warped in a curve).
They rustle up high in the oft windy sky.
Enjoying the shade, I observe…

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Matthew 6:24 (KJV)
“No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

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Walking in the Spirit – By Joseph Parker

Galatians 5:16-26I say then: Walk in the Spirit, & you shall not fulfill the lust’s of the flesh.For the Flesh lust’s against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the Flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.But if you are lead by the Spirit, you are not under the law.Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, Idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,Envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like: of which I tell you beforehand, just I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.But the fruit of the spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONG-SUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL, Against such there is no law.And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another (NKJV)

Walking in the Spirit

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THE SPIRIT IS OUR FIREWALL See we can refuse to do the best for our lives because we refuse to listen to the Spirit of God. In so we commit the sin of idolatry. We must show to our selves that we follow our LORDS CALL!!!!!! By listening we become more comfortable with what the lord leads us through. Could we be just playing a card when we call us Christians but lets start to discover our power-filled-lives in the spirit

THE SPIRIT IS OUR COMFORT We must see and listen to be used and comforted by the spirit. Our Lord beckons us to call upon him for our needs. He is our provider and assurity for he knows all that will be and was and is. He wants to be a help to you my friends. Please listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit, Obey it, follow.
THE SPIRIT IS OUR HELPĀ  He has determined to help us reach our full potentials. When we realize this it will transform your’s and mines lives forever. Whom can we trust if not the Spirit of the loving living God? God has only the best intention for you my friends. We can be better off with being people of integrity by following the leading’s of the spirit. He is not loud or bold but is compassionate. He wants you to succeed for any one who cares would want that for you. Please understand that God is for YOU!! He is your encouragement.

Application

PRAY AS A CONVERSATIONĀ  prayer is meant to be conversation with God not always a petition. He wants to have that deep connection most of your earthly friends have with you. We have this Hope in spite of our circumstances. God wants you, to become the true you!!!!! You don’t know you until you know Jesus.

STUDY GODS WORD(THE BIBLE) His word has never been broken. It still is the most reliable ancient text out today. It might be the only one that actually transforms lives. The Bible actually is sixty-six books that don’t contradict each other. Sometimes it seams like it but what was said may have been written either at a different time or the persons has two different vantage points so if we look we can find these connections. God wants us to be able to discern what is happening. The word holds the key to our problems. Study will enlighten you of Gods love for you. Final thought We can be more fulfilled with less because of the comfort of the spirit. We can grow our relationships better because we finally understand what could have been the worst situation, to die for your enemies. We are called to love in-spite of there response to us. Christ gives us this charge so we must follow.

Conclusion

If we understand this right walking in the spirit simply means to be empowered by God to do His will. His will is to use your life to be a living sacrificial testimony of His Love two every person

About the Author: A former Episcopal Lay-minister now doing evangelistic ministry through this new media.

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