25 Aug The ” Meekness” Fruit
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT CHALLENGE
In Galatians 5:16, the word of God tells us to walk in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. In a couple of verses further down, we learn that the fruit of the Spirit is; Love, Joy, Peace, Long-Suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance ~ Galatians 5:22-23.
The next Fruit of the Spirit that we will discuss is Meekness aka Humility. Ladies, we cannot avoid God’s process and in order to be fruitful wives, we are going to have to humble ourselves unto God. We all have a story of a hard lesson in life that could have been avoided if we would have just pass the test of humility in the beginning. God knows the number of hairs on our head and He knows just what to do in order to get our attention!
Let’s look at the story about Nebuchadnezzar…
Nebuchadnezzar was the King and he had it all! He had the palace, pleasure, prosperity and power. He was very high-minded and gave all of the glory to himself for what he had. He thought that He was above everyone! He was very conceited. Then God rocked his world with a dream. This dream bothered him terribly. So much so that he called forth magicians, astrologers, and soothsayers to interpret his dream but they could not. He dreamt about a massive tree being cut down and losing its leaves and branches. Daniel interpreted his dream to mean that he would be the tree that was cut down and driven away from men and into the field with beast for seven years. His hairs would grow and become long like a bird full of feathers and his nails would be like claws. His mindset would be that of an animal. Even his heart would be changed to have a beast heart. After seven years of living like an animal, Nebuchadnezzar finally looked to God. Nebuchadnezzar changed his focus from himself to the one true God who deserved to be worshiped and praised. He turned from his pride and became humble. Right away, his mind was made right. God forgave Nebuchadnezzar and returned all that he had lost, plus a lot more. Nebuchadnezzar showed that he became humble when he admitted his sin of pride in a letter that he wrote for the entire world to read. He also used the letter to praise God and declare that God was in control of everything. (Refer to Daniel Chapter 4)
I could have been seeing changes in my marriage if I would have just humbled myself the first time with God’s process of winning my husband over with a quiet and gentle spirit. I could have saved myself a lot of disappointment if I would have given it to God and got on my face to intercede for my marriage. I could have avoided some heartache in my marriage if I would have trusted in God’s process instead of my own. But instead, I was thinking that marriage should have been easy and that it just didn’t take all that. When I sinned against God and my husband, the aftermath was a humbling experience for me. God was showing me that He was in control all along. He was in control of changing my husband. He was in control of working on his heart. He was going to be the one to cause change to take place in my marriage but it first had to start with a change in ME. My unhealthy SHE-Motions weren’t going to do it. My nagging spirit and belittling was not going to do it. And cheating was definitely not going to do it. So, God had to bring me back to HIM. He had to cause a change to take place in my heart first. I had gotten to a place of not knowing who I was and believing that God was mad at me and would not forgive me. I had to learn of His grace for real and then turn around and extend that same grace to my husband when he sinned against me and our marriage.
When we don’t humble ourselves to God’s process then He will end up humbling us. So whatever your process you’re in right now, the answer is to humble yourself. Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up ~ James 4:10. We each went through a humbling process and God has lifted up our marriage. He has restored our hearts and has brought HIS love and HIS peace to our household. We have to humble ourselves to God’s process in our marriage, on our jobs, in the ministry that we serve in, and in our relationship with Christ! For every job that I have worked and there was a struggle in some area, there was always a spiritual lesson behind it that God was trying to teach me. Either it had something to do with where I already was in my spiritual walk with Him or it was about where I was heading in my walk with Him. For example, if I was having an issue with authority (my supervisor) God was teaching me to obey those that had rule over me. He was trying to pull submission out of me. This does not mean that I had to be a doormat. But it did mean that I had to learn to be stretched. I had to stay and pass the test because if I wasn’t going to pass it there, then I was going to be taking the same test at a different job. When I worked on a job wherein that my coworkers would talk about me, God was showing me that I needed to have tough skin because of where He was taking me spiritually. Even where my husband and I are now with such a testimony of God’s forgiveness, love, and restoration people will have a desire to want to judge our past and talk about what used to be. But let them talk. Everything that you do, should be for the audience of ONE! And that ONE is Jesus!
If you are struggling with growing humility on your tree in the process that you are currently facing right now, I encourage you to stay humbled! If you don’t pass the test in that area, you will end up taking it in another area. God desires to pull something out of you. Remember that God is not out to get you. Don’t be like Nebuchadnezzar and have to be cut down in order to look up. Realize that God is in control of the process. Let’s learn to avoid wilderness experiences that can last longer than what they have to. Don’t delay your marriage from finally experiencing a breakthrough. Don’t delay yourself from blessings that God has in Heaven waiting to be released to you. Humble yourself and God will be faithful to lift you up!