Stay Filled with the Holy Spirit,Â Bearing HisÂ FruitÂ
Yes, struggling believer, you will prevail in your soulâ€™s battle between your new spiritual nature and your old corrupt nature. We will stand with you, and God will give you the victory.
Yes, Lord Jesus, we yearn for Your Holy Spiritâ€™s fruit in our lives. Prune us, fill us and guide us.
Let the Holy Spirit transform you into the image of Jesus as you strive to imitate Him. [The English first-person imperative occurs so rarely, that it startles of repels readers.]
Keep the localÂ Body healthy and holy by not over-emphasizing anyone’s pet ministry.Â
Â Resources For While You â€¦
Defang modern Pharisees. This story depicts vividly how to liberate believers who struggle against petty rules and dogmatic arrogance. Do so by unleashing Godâ€™s free grace:
Sense the crushing force of Edenâ€™s events. Relive Adam’s and Eveâ€™s catastrophe with its universal effect of original sin. This fun drama lets adults and children act together to portray our first parentâ€™s fall:
Expose devilish hypocrisy. Act out Jesusâ€™ miraculous healing that exposed Phariseesâ€™ haughty spirit:
Ensure believers of their free entry intoÂ heaven. Jesusâ€™ trial by fire of believersâ€™ works is aÂ strong incentive for holiness. Relive Mosesâ€™ testing of Midianite contraband, and see how it compares with Jesusâ€™ coming judgment seat. Scripted to reenact: [Is there aÂ â€œcustomsâ€ desk at heaven’s door? Do we want new believers to think so?]
Play the plumber. Unclog a common blockage by clergy of the flow of Godâ€™s grace:
Choosing between Moses and Messiah. Avoid common, painful legalism stemming from confusing Old Testament Law with New Testament standards for living:
jit 4d 91 Key contrasts between Old, New Testaments, 3 pages
Fortify faith. Enact Abrahamâ€™s battle with five pagan kings and other exploits of faith:
Calm the soulâ€™s conflict between humanityâ€™s two natures. Help believers escape painful stress by replacing their old, bent animal nature with the new nature born of the Spirit:
Â Lay historical foundations for global outreach. Relive how God launched His worldwide campaign to reach all nations. Scripted to act out:
Find how Abrahamâ€™s faith changed the course of the entire world. Scripted to reenact:
Common Traps To Avoid
Church policies that replace Godâ€™s guidelines for naming shepherds, forÂ serving Communion and forÂ baptizing.
Petty rules that churches or misguided believers impose on othersÂ in order to control them.
Manipulate believersâ€™ conscience to make them feel guilty so they yield to abusive leaders.
Cite Old Testament laws to govern New Testament believers.