Faith: a fruit of the Spirit

Some think that faith comes from within, inside of you, but in Ephesians 2:8, Paul reminds us that faith “is the gift of God” and that it comes from God. It is not something we can muster up or dig down deep to find. It is the fruit of God in the life of His surrendered child. In God, this is called foreknowledge. In us, it is the assurance of His foreknowledge. In Him, this is omniscience. For the Christian, it is reliance upon His omniscience.

Peace: a fruit of the Spirit

We often think that peace is the absence of its anti-type - that its calm is nothing more than the lack of wind, waves, and rain clouds. Nothing could be further from the truth. Peace is something greater. It is not the absence of something, but the presence of Someone. It is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). It comes from God because it is part of God's nature to haply grant to us His grace of supernatural peace - even amidst the storms. Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid."

The Mystery of Unanswered Prayer

Matthew 7:7-12 What is prayer?  Why do we pray?  Do you get prayers answered?  How many have ever gotten one, two, ten, 100, all? In this passage – there is a promise – a most amazing promise.  This promise was given by Christ – it is unconditionally delivered to all mankind.  This is not only … Continue reading The Mystery of Unanswered Prayer