030405 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who [a]belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
We are all faced with decisions from day to day. As one who has struggled with weight and an enormous appetite I full well understand the depth of the struggles, even to the point of addiction, many people have. Shame, personal feelings of degradation and humiliation have led many people to be constantly at war within themselves, most usually failing in their attempts to change things. These are compulsions, and the root of the problems is most probably in the mind. (See Philippians 2 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus)
So often we confuse the cart with the horse when it comes to this passage from the writing of Paul the Apostle. We do not try to achieve all of these characteristics in order to receive the Holy Spirit. It simply cannot be done, no matter what you have been brought up to believe. It is only through the crucifixion of the will and the surrendering of the mind, and the body as led by the heart that we receive the Holy Spirit and begin to manifest these qualities in total.
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