Devotional For The Week Of 11/12/18- Salvational Isn't Seasonal

(Galatians 5:22- But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.) “The result (outcome) of His presence within us” meaning that when the Holy Spirit resides in us the fruits of the spirit will follow (are the outcome). Most fruits produce during certain seasons, but the Holy Spirit is everlasting. Since the Holy Spirit lives in us, we are not seasonal Christians and should bear good fruit year round. I came across a quote that said “Some people are spiritual everyday of the year but throw it all away to be carnal on their birthdays. I’ve always said that birthdays are a good day to test somebody’s reserve, self control, and spiritual maturity.” 

When I was in the valley of decision on whether or not I was ready to give my life to Christ, my flesh and spirit were opposing each other. (Galatians 5:17- For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures.) My spirit wanted to serve God and my flesh wanted to continue having “fun” and turning up. It’s like they were having a conversation with me. 

Flesh: It’s about to be warm outside (summer was approaching) that's the best time to smoke. 

Spirit: Aren’t you tired of smoking? It’s not even fulfilling, but God is.

Flesh: But what about your birthday? I know you’re gonna want to get drunk. 

Spirit: You don't need to drink to celebrate your birthday. 

Me: Maybe I can stop drinking until my birthday, celebrate and then stop again. Maybe I can just do it on certain occasions.

I finally decided to give my life to Christ and I can honestly say that I don’t desire to drink or smoke. It didn’t do anything for me but keep me away from God. Our flesh will never want to serve God, but our spirit does. Only one can rule and we have to decide which one it’ll be. 

Before committing to God, I thought it would be possible to be a seasonal Christian, but salvation isn’t seasonal. We can’t pick and choose what days we want to live for God. In heaven we’ll be living with Him for eternity and can’t leave the days we don’t want to serve Him. God doesn’t choose to be our Father on certain days. Celebrating a birthday, summer etc is not an excuse to sin. (1 Peter 1:16- He Himself has said, “You must be holy, for I am holy.”) 

A personal relationship with God is something worth having. Nobody likes a “sometimey friend” who comes around whenever they feel like it and neither does God. He likes consistency just like us. As a friend of God we love what He loves and hate what He hates. God says that He hates sin and just because someone does it occasionally doesn’t make it right. 

(Psalm 1:3- They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.)

Are you bearing luscious fruit each season without fail or are you a seasonal Christian?