Bible Journaling by Joydi Michelle | Self-Control

Process is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end; then what do we want to achieve? Our goal is to look like Christ! We are always trying to find a way to look like Jesus, but we tend to do the wrong things.

A couple of years ago I was the assistant pastor of the local church I was attending. I was in charge of all the ministries and its staff. Solving problems, teaching, preaching, doing community work can be gratifying but a bit stressful, specially if you start losing focus.IMG_6046
It is not the amount of work that you do that makes you look like Jesus, but instead the fruit you ripe.

As I was reading this month devotional “Bearing Good Fruit”, I remembered one Sunday night at church. We were having our usually service, and the Babies Presentation was about to start. That night the ministry leader did not attend, and once again I was solving a problem. Between tiredness and stress I started arguing with one of the helpers. As we were arguing I felt the voice of the Holy Spirit saying to me, “You have failed”.

At first I did not understand, but suddenly it hit me. Arguing was not a reflection of Christ, and as I stood there my heart began to fill with sadness.  Immediately I ended the argument and left. That night I felt embarrassed and deeply sad. The “assistant pastor” arguing with a helper. What an example! I had lost my way. I remember praying for forgiveness and asking God for help. I was desperate for his presence! Stress and tiredness took control of me without noticing.

 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.

(Galatians 5:23)


Immediately, next morning I arranged a meeting with the helper I argued the night before, and asked for her forgiveness.

…the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. (Galatians 5:17-18)

Our flesh has a constant conspiracy with our spirit. We have a constant battle within ourselves.  Flesh drives us away from Jesus. Apostle Paul said:

For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do. (Romans 7:19)

Our biggest problem are not demons, its our flesh! We all have flesh, but we also have a spirit. Whom do we satisfy? That is the question that we need to asked ourselves every morning when we wake up. IMG_6042

God seeks fruit in us. If you are a work in progress like me, be patient with yourself. We must work and wait patiently to produce it.

Let’s remain in Him! There are results that are not seen until one is constant. If you work as a leader in your church do not use leadership to devour people, but help them to bear fruit, build them, and show them to follow God.

Until next time,

Joydi Michelle

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