“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:22-24
Today, as food for thought, I am going to share an entry from one of my favorite daily devotionals, God Calling, A Devotional Diary edited by A.J. Russell. I have read daily in this beautiful book for well over ten years now. The book is very dear to me because it is written by two women, suffering illness and financial burden, who prayed together daily and were led to write what they considered to be messages from Our Lord. The messages have helped to shape my personal, joyful spiritual outlook and desire to be all that I can be for Him.
April 29 – Disharmony
Seek and ye shall find. Shall find that inner knowledge that makes the problems of life plain.
The difficulties of life are caused by disharmony in the individual. There is no discord in My Kingdom, only a something unconquered in My disciples. The rule of My Kingdom is perfect order, perfect harmony, perfect supply, perfect love, perfect honest, perfect obedience–all power, all conquest, all success.
But so often My servants lack power, conquest, success, supply, harmony, and think I fail in My promises because these are not manifested in their lives.
These are but the outward manifestations that result from the obedience, honesty, order, love–and they come, not in answer to urgent prayer, but naturally as light results from a lighted candle.
It is very hard for us to to hear that we live in disharmony, even chaos, as a direct result of our own actions or inactions. We like to think that these things, these problems, are totally out of our control. We do not like to take ownership of our actions and inactions, because it naturally follows that we could change our circumstances.
Jesus tells us that in His Kingdom the natural order, the Divine Order of things is one of perfect harmony and, that when we are aligned with Divine Order, we are in perfect harmony also. And, just as a lighted candle produces light, faithfulness and obedience naturally produce order in our lives.
Do not blame your lack, your chaos, on God. Examine your life and see where you are not in alignment with Him. Correct that and you will begin to see the fruits of His Divine Order. You will begin to live in perfect harmony, and perfect love.
As I said at the beginning, food for thought. Seek and ye shall find.